There’s a lot of scuba equipment out there, and there’s quite a few big name brands that dominate the market, but you have to do some serious digging to find WOMEN’S scuba equipment that comes recommended. Move aside men, we have THOUSANDS of women who are part of Girls that Scuba who have tried pretty much everything out there in the market - and here’s our favourite.
*This guide is a extremely valuable piece of information for female divers so make sure to share it with the women you know!*
Scuba Dive Masks
Say goodbye to hair getting stuck in your mask forever. Yes, this really is a female (and male) problem and there’s absolutely nothing wrong about caring about your hair getting trapped.
It’s annoying and distracting, so avoid it with the AquaLung Linea Mask. Made for the female diver, to be more comfortable and fit better. The small internal volume brings the lenses closer to your eyes for a wider field of vision and quicker to clear, with the strap being designed to avoid hair tangles.
Shadow Mask features a sleek 100% liquid silicone skirt that attaches directly to the tempered glass lens. No mask frame means the Shadow Mask offers an incredible field of vision and packs flat. Available in yellow, pink, sea blue, white, black, and clear, and two sizes for a perfect fit.
Available in: Black, Sea Blue, Clear, Pink, White, Yellow
It's not female specific but they do a smaller size for narrower faces and we love the mask. A huge field of vision is brought closer to your eyes by the flexible skirt and lack of frame. Schott Superwite™ UltraClear lens allows up to 96% of available light to reach the eyes for a clear accurate view of the underwater world.
Thank god for female BCDs! Most of us will remember when these weren’t a thing and our hips and lady lumps were extremely uncomfortable. Now thanks to the increase in female divers, brands are adapting their product lines and creating BCD’s with the female body in mind. Integrated weights help us even out our weights correctly, and pockets have been trimmed and even completely taken away (wings). Here's a few BCD's we love.
Cressi say: The combination of lightness, flexibility and equipment make this model a perfect choice both for dive trips as well as for divers who value the comfort, hydrodynamics and sense of freedom provided by light lean jackets. The ultra-light structure of Travelight and its anatomical cut make this jacket quite close-fitting and hydrodynamic, posing very little resistance underwater. Girls that Scuba say: Super light and easy to pack and really comfortable when underwater - we don't understand why you wouldn't choose a travel light BCD as its not missing anything normal BCDs have but is literally half the weights. And, yes, it comes in pink.
Specifically designed to be more comfortable for the female diver compared to the unisex alternative. An adjustable waistband and curved shoulder straps provide a custom and comfortable fit. The length of the BCD has also reduced for the female figure. The Wrapture Harness deflects the weight of the cylinder off your shoulders and down to your hips which make walking to the water easier.
Yes, there are actually female specific regulators, well not the whole piece, just the mouth piece on the primary which is slightly smaller and more comfortable for women. Then of course there’s the coloured hose covers, pink being one of the most obvious, but many other colours are available.
The Mikron is the smallest and lightest weight regulator in the Aqua Lung line. Weighing in at just 26 oz. (din) and 31 oz. (yoke), this regulator is perfect for the travelling diver. Even more amazing is the performance is not sacrificed by the extreme compactness of the regulator. Its balanced first and second stages produce excellent breathing performance. We actually gave away one of these regulators with our Girls that Scuba Facebook group recently - just another benefit of being apart of the GTS army!
GTS founder Sarah uses this regulator she got from Simply Scuba and loves them! The Scubapro MK25 EVO S600 is a very high performance regulator that is designed for cold conditions. The MK25 first stage is paired with the S600 second stage for effortless breathe and excellent coldwater performance. MK25 EVO 1st Stage is one of the highest highest performance first stages available now with a dramatically evolved balanced piston first stage with 30% increased freezing resistance, greater inhalation sensitivity for ultrafast breathing response, instant delivery of air on demand and extra high airflow no matter how cold the water temperature.
One to splash the cash on.The Apeks XL4+ is a compact and versatile regulator based on the original XL4 but it has been updated with an additional high pressure port and a stylish new colour. A lightweight regulator that lends itself to travel diving but it is also certified for cold water use so it also a great regulator for all environments.
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Along with the BCD a female wetsuit is the most important piece of gender specific piece of kit. Wetsuits should be well fitted, and our hips don’t lie! Ideally, we’d all have custom made wetsuits, but that’s pretty pricey, but these ones do a great job too.
We first stumbled across these awesome wetsuits when GTS member and Truli founder, Mia Toose shared some pretty cool shots into the group. After further research we realised we needed one - fast. Diving in winter isn't always a pleasant journey, but once you've been bitten by the scuba bug, there's no cure, and what's a bit of cold water to stop us? Wearing our Truli wetsuit under our full length worked miracles, and winter temperatures were no longer a worry. Life, literally, saved. Ridiculously flattering, warm and stylish, there's no wonder GTS members are also hailing them as their favourite wetsuits. What's more all GTS discount card members get 10% off any Truli wetsuit.
We all need a 5mm wetsuit and this stylish and warm one from Scubapro is also super reasonable at only £189GBP. Comes in a range of colours and is durable and good for both warm and cold waters.
The AquaFlex jumpsuit line, with super-stretch neoprene, provides the ultimate in comfort and quality. With the full super-stretch neoprene used throughout, plus the liquid-sealed seams, the AquaFlex’s quality stands out amongst the competition. The suits are made with AquaFlex neoprene which has three times the stretch of standard neoprene, making the suit easy to get on and off and also ensures a great fit for every body shape. AND IT'S GLITTERY.
The Fourth Element Xenos Wetsuit is made to be easier to put on and take off while keeping the thermal performance. Stretch neoprene and a clever cut make the Xenos one of the easiest suits to don and doff in it's class. 5mm will keep you warm in colder waters about 20-25°C depending on how much you feel the cold.
Highly recommended by our drysuit GTS experts.
O’Three has built its reputation on neoprene dry suits and are staunch believers in neoprene and the additional benefits it offers over other types of material. Developments in technology and techniques means that the depths and run times being achieved today are quite simply staggering. Neoprene is being taken into new territory. If you're in the market for a drysuit you are going to want to check them out.
Scubapro Everdry 4 DRYSUIT
Diving in a drysuit means you're always warm and comfy, no matter how cold the water.
The EVERDRY 4 offers the streamlined fit, comfort and flexibility of a wetsuit, with the thermal properties and water-tightness of a drysuit. It is constructed of 4mm high-density neoprene sandwiched between layers of nylon jersey -- the heavier outside layer is designed to withstand abrasion, the lighter inside layer is more for comfort.
Feeling cold? Take a look at our guide to keeping warm when scuba diving and the equipment you need to stay nice and toasty!
Not female specific, but women tend to have smaller feet, so finding booties in your size could be tough. We’ve sourced some smaller sizes for the ladies. GTS faviourte are the AquaLung Ellie Ergo boot - watch out where you buy them - Amazon have them up for £58 while SimplyScuba have them at £35.
Stay warm and keep your hair away from, well, everything.
Needed for cold water diving, nice for warm water diving, especially if you are prone to being cold. All the time. Ladies sizes tend to be smaller, we particularly love the Aqua Lung Ava ones down there (first ones). Might also be worth checking out kid sizes if available.
A few of our favourite, available in smaller sizes.
The Scubapro Seawing Nova Fin combines paddle fin power, acceleration and maneuverability with a split fin's effortless efficiency and comfort. Its articulated joint, like that of a whale or a dolphin lets the blade pivot, reducing drag while generating and maximizing thrust. Yes, they come in pink, and purple.
The Mares Avanti Quattro+ Fins build upon the popularity, reliability and strength of the traditional quattro model with a new blend of high flex materials for increased efficiency. A popular favourite of Instructors and advanced divers accross the globe the Mares Avanti Quattro+ have been extensively tried and tested in all waters.
Designed in collaboration with the US military and renowned for outstanding performance and reliability, the Apeks RK3 is a rugged thermoplastic rubber fin featuring an over-sized foot pocket to accommodate drysuit boots and a spring strap for easy donning and doffing. Now available in S size.
Because we all love a splash of colour under our wetsuits!
Yup, that's a whale shark suit! And yup, we've most definitely worn it diving! A tight fitting full zippered body suit designed to allow you easy entry and exit into your wetsuit- wet or dry. There are foot stirrups and thumb holes to make slipping in and out of the wetsuit a breeze.The garment has 60+UPF sun protection and dries quickly, so it's also ideal for snorkeling or diving without a wetsuit or lounging on the deck of the dive boat. You'll never have to worry about sun over exposure.
Slipin surfskins also give all of GTS discount members 20% off all suits.
Part mermaid, one part dragon, and completely captivating! Made with insulating 2.5mm Yamamoto neoprene from Japan – Yamamoto’s premium limestone-based neoprene (that's why it's often referred to as "geoprene") is globally regarded as a superior quality & eco-friendly alternative to traditional neoprene. You really can be a mermaid. Sireonsong wetsuits are also offering GTS 15% off when signed up to our discount card.
In those summer months when wetsuits aren’t needed we grab our leggings and dive in.
High performance leggings with unique prints adapted from photographs and inspired by nature. Made from 10 recycled, post-consumer plastic bottles, UPF sun protection rating of 50+, 4-way stretch, quick drying and anti-microbial. Wide, comfortable waistband and fabric that supports you while you move. Designed for exploring, sailing, kiting, surfing, swimming, diving, running, yoga, traveling, lounging, workout classes and any other ways you can think of to move that bod of yours.
TODIVEFOR Dive Leggings - Soft Italian Lycra printed with beautiful LIMITED EDITION FINS print. Luxe White Neoprene panels at the side & double lined for a little extra warmth & protection from the reef they are a perfect alternative to wearing a wetsuit. To Dive For offer GTS 15% off for all discount card members.
4way stretch lycra SCUBA Socks. Use them under your scuba booties or with full foot fins to protect your feet from chafing. Or just wear them to show off your style under that monotone wetsuit. Embrace your inner mermaid. We love these nudibranch inspired ones!
Real Life Mermaid hair bands have come up with a genius way of keeping your long hair at bay with their long hair band that wraps around your pony tail and keeps the strays away.