When divers talk about regulators they're usually talking about a complete set of regulators which is typically made up of a first stage, hoses, a second stage, a redundant second stage (normally referred to as an Octopus) and an instrument console (which can include pressure gauge, depth gauge, compass or possibly a dive computer) All of these components can be bought individually but manufacturers match suitable elements together to create pre-assembled packs to meet a number of uses and environments that both recreational and technical divers typically find themselves in.
When it comes to choosing your regulators it's very important to bear in mind what sort of diving you intend to do and environments in which you’ll be diving. For example, if you intend to only dive to normal recreational limits while on vacation in a tropical location your choice of regulator is not going to be any where near as demanding as a diver descending to 150ft+ in water temperatures below 50°F (below this temperature is considered to be cold-water).
With so many models, combinations, and manufacturers out there, how do you know which regulator to buy?
Well let us start by saying this: There is no such thing as a "bad" regulator. We live In a litigious society and therefore, it's not possible for a scuba manufacturer to produce a life-support product that is faulty or doesn't work as advertised. If they did produce such equipment, they'd be sued out of existence. So if you're shopping for dive gear and someone says to you, "don't buy gear, they make bad equipment", turn around and walk away. That is a sign of a dishonest person who only wants to sell you the brands that they sell.
Here are ADI's key factors to consider when buying a regulator:
At American Divers International, we pride ourselves on making sure the life-support equipment you purchase fits your needs and is comfortable. As with any purchase, you are always welcome to jump in our heated pool and try out different equipment before you buy it!