How to choose your diving regulator

Single piston diving regulator

Choose your diving regulator according to your practice and the depth

It is important to choose your regulator according to the depth so that you can dive with peace of mind! There are several options available to you:~~- a single piston regulator (photo 1): this is the regulator used by diving clubs. Perfect for diving to a depth of 0 to 20 metres, it is the regulator to get if you are a beginner or level 2 diver. It's a simple, durable and easy-to-maintain regulator. ~~- a balanced piston regulator (photo 2): this type of regulator is recommended for dives more than 20 metres deep. It gives you a high flow rate of air if necessary. In addition, it is a comfortable and efficient regulator. Several systems can be adapted according to your type of practice, such as anti-freezing for cold water or venturi assist to make it easier to inhale if you are going deeper. ~~- a balanced diaphragm regulator (photo 3): this is a similar regulator in terms of performance to the balanced piston regulator except that it is more suitable for cold or murky water thanks to its superior insulation.  

Din system

The DIN system is lightweight and compact. This type of regulator is suitable for diving tanks pressurised to maximum 300 bar. It has a single O-ring seal. 

Diving regulator DIN system

Which diving regulator system to choose?

There are several possible configurations to connect your regulator to your scuba tank. So which one should you choose? 

Diving regulator INT (or yoke) system

Int (or yoke) system

Unlike the DIN regulator configuration, the INT system has a double O-ring seal, making it even less likely to leak. On the other hand, it is a fragile regulator system and must be handled with care. 

How to choose your diving regulator

Diving regulator technical choice criteria 

How to choose your diving regulator
Diving regulator choice criteria
Alexandre, diving sales assistant at Decathlon Toulon, France


Diving sales assistant - decathlon toulon, france - level 3 ffessm and subea sub-editor 

Remember to always rinse your regulator with clean water after each dive and to store it in a suitable cover to protect it. In addition to general maintenance, don't forget to have your regulator fully serviced by an approved centre every year.