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Scuba Diving Tank: How To Choose Wise?

By Allyn Cutts

Scuba tanks, whether you are a scuba diver, you run a dive shop or you have a dive boat, are essential and are used. Varying in features, you should be able to know the differences of tanks in scuba diving to fulfill a great diving experience. The following is a glimpse at the essentials when choosing a tank. Getting the right tank is simple if you’ll follow such tips.

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* Price. One of the most popular tanks in scuba diving is the Aluminum 80 tank. There are also tanks that run 50, 63 72 and 100 cubic feet but the 80 is the most popular for the price and because it is one of the first in Aluminum tanks.

* Air Capacity. Picking one that matches your breathing needs is crucial when it comes to choosing the right air capacity in your tank. Everyone breathes at varying speeds so you need to rate yourself and see what tank best meets your breathing needs as well as the type of dive you are into. If you are just going for a short dive such as with students, you can go with a smaller tank but if you are going on a dive with family or friends and you will be out awhile then a tank that has a larger air capacity will be needed.

* Consider weight and buoyancy. Aluminum tank becomes buoyant when it gets empty and people that are new to diving may not be aware of this. At 500psi, it is usual for an 80 cubic foot aluminum tank to be 5 lbs positive buoyant. A steel tank is favored by some people to avoid this difficulty but is not compulsory. A number of companies make aluminum tanks with neutral buoyancy thus buoyancy dangers can be minimized. Steel tanks function at higher pressures which makes people find it tough to use and it can be hard to get them filled as many dive shops don’t do the filling. Steel tanks are also much more expensive than an aluminum tank and rust issues are involved particularly if any bit of moisture or water gets into the interior part.

* Size does matter. The length of the tank is what is annoying for many people rather than the diameter. Tanks that are too long can interfere with your diving and you will not be able to properly use the tank. You can buy some tanks that are purposely made 3 inches smaller than the average size of an aluminum 80 tank. Because of the length and diameter, the tank can be easier to carry despite the heaviness. You can find a high pressure steel tank that runs just 20 inches in length. Go with what you feel you are at ease with.

Consider the right fit and needs when getting gears in scuba diving such as buying for tanks. Right air capacity as well as the right length should be considered in choosing as mentioned above. Take your time in choosing for a dive experience can be ruined just by using the wrong tank and certainly, you would not want that to happen.

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