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  • noun The set of equipment required by a scuba diver to be at ease when submerged for extended periods of time. Modern equipment sets include tanks containing mixes of nitrogen in varied ratios with oxygen (the most common ratios are 21%, 32% and 36% oxygen), a buoyancy control device, a first- and second-stage regulator (to allow the regulated flow of gas from the tank into the user's respiratory system), a wetsuit and accessories for heat insulation, fins for underwater propulsion, as well as a mask (to be able to see underwater) and a snorkel (for moving around the surface of the water without using up breathing gas). Many divers also choose to dive with a diving knife (in case of a tangle with a net, etc.), and night divers may also dive with a waterproof flashlight.


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