The gloves are very important to take photos. Free-diving, I am always slightly positive buoyant. To take a picture, I often have to grab onto rocks. In HK, these are full of barnacles. The gloves take quite a beating. These are Kevlar, and super-long lasting. They also protect much better against bites and stings than neoprene.
The socks are just for convenience in my fins. Mine are a bit over the top, actually semi dry with double cuffs. I had originally bought them to wear them inside my booties for scuba in
These are straight forward carbon blade free diving fins. Excellent.
They buoy performs as a small support vessel. Here, I put the camera, a grab bag, and sometimes even drinks, and drag it behind me. It is supposed to protect against HK’s rowdy boaters, but I am not too sure about this. Mostly, it allows me to take a rest.
The knife is key. Scuba divers tend to show off with knifes that fill Rambo with envy. Usually, they could do with a small jacket knife. Free-divers however need large knifes.
The elastic belt has two advantages. Firstly, it enables deep breathing before a dive. Secondly, it won’t slip off the hips. Since I don’t wear any neoprene suit, this belt can be a bit scratchy. The small karabiner is used to fix the anchor, so I can drag the buoy hands-free.
The anchor is made by Christel’s dad. Excellent.
The mask is a low-volume free-diving mask. I bought it years ago for a couple of Euros, and only started using it regularly in HK. The snorkel’s bright color helps to be seen by boats and buddies.