Cressi Start Scuba Set


The Cressi Start scuba set is an excellent buy for a diver wanting to purchase their own set of scuba gear. It comes with the Cressi Start BCD, Cressi AC2 1st Stage, Compact 2nd Stage, Compact 2nd stage octopus, and a pressure gauge. we recommend the Cressi Start Scuba Set for any beginner or somebody who would like an entry level set of gear.

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Cressi Start Scuba Set

The Cressi Start scuba set is an excellent buy for a diver wanting to purchase their own set of scuba gear. It comes with the Cressi Start BCD, Cressi AC2 1st Stage, Compact 2nd Stage, Compact 2nd stage octopus, and a pressure gauge. we recommend the Cressi Start Scuba Set for any beginner or somebody who would like an entry level set of gear.

Start BCD

The Cressi Start BCD is a heavy duty BCD, with excellent functionality and at a great price.

The BCD vest is constructed from an extremely rugged condura, in both 500 and 1000 denier “condura” which is an extremely rugged material. Condura is incredibly rugged, being very scratch and damage resistant. The BCD has rock solid construction, with high density plastic for all releases and D rings. The back plate is nicely padded and offers decent support, and it also features a durable carry handle on the top of the bcd. It has a standard 4-release design and a large padded cumber-band to assist in mid section support and weight distribution. It also has a large pocket on each side for all of your accessories.

The tank mounting system is a standard buckle and tank saver, and a mounting plate of high density plastic. The BCDs bladder is larger than average, and extends from the back to sides. This is great for a more entry level BCD as it can make staying vertical when on the surface much easier.

Cressi Start BCD Features:

  • Made in resistance 1000 Denier Cordura (outside panel) and 500 Denier (inside layer).
  • The Denier Nylon Cordura is harder than Nylon, and therefore more resistant to erosion caused by long-term friction and extends the duration of the welding.
  • The waist strap is independent of the air bladder. You can tighten the strap on the deflated jacket, without it tightening further when inflating.
  • The Inflator has a double air filtration system, and you can easily rinse the inflator to remove sand and other debris.
  • The backplate system is made by ultra-durable thermoplastic which is truly small and compact. It has a rubber damper help grip the tank, and a second tank strap can be added. A nylon locator strap is included to ensure proper tank positiong every time.
  • 3 exhaust valves for buoyancy adjustment in any position.
  • 2 large pockets cargo pockets with Velcro closure. On top of each pocket there is a compartment for holding the pressure gauge and the octopus.
  • 4 technopolymer D-rings of 32mm available: 1 above, 1 at the bottom of each pocket.

Cressi AC2 1st Stage

The Cressi AC2 1st Stage is simple, reliable, and robust, even nicknamed a “work mule”. The AC2 is very low maintenance, and is known for it’s surprisingly high level of performance.

It features a conical filter with large filtering capacity, which is great for preventing infiltration of particles from the tanks.  It also comes with a complete maintenance kit which includes very affordable spare parts.

Cressi AC2 1st Stage Features:

  • Administers the air flow at 2100 l/min with an intermediate pressure drop in intensive breathing (150 bar) 0.5-0.8 bar.
  • Featuring one high pressure port (HP) and four low pressure ports (LP).
  • Exterior LP regulation via Allen key, can assist managing adjustments and technical maintenance.
  • Weight: Int: 615 g

Cressi Compact 2nd Stage / Octopus

New ultra simplified monocoque second stage created from ABS, elastomer, and stainless steel. This regulator 2nd stage is quite small (6 cm in diameter), very light (153 g) and robust, designed and built to have a minimum number of components.

It is a smart buy due to its combination of performance, reliability, price and cost of maintenance. It is perfect for uses requiring maximum reliability and as a travel regulator, given its lightness.

Additionally it features a integrated purge button, between 80-400% larger than that of any other regulator on the market. This can help make purging quicker and easier, especially for beginning divers. It has cap system assembly by a 30º bayonet turn, assuring a very safe and simple assembly-disassembly, even while cleaning out sand on the beach, without the need of tools. Lastly, you’ll notice reduced ageing due to usage thanks to the casing finish, achieved by applying a new technology in the mold that creates a variegated look on a micro-texture of rounded profiles.


  • Downstream system.
  • Adjustable Venturi effect.
  • Patented anti-friction lever.
  • Big purge button.
  • Anti-scratch surface.
  • Bayonet-type cap holder with security lock.
  • Stainless steel cover.
  • Removable exhaust tee without tools.
  • Weight without hose: 4.9 oz / 140 g.

Take a look at the Cressi XS Compact Regulator 2nd stage instruction manual.

Pressure Gauge

An air gauge is a simple necesity for a dive to keep you aware of your air levels at any time during the dive. The Cressi Pressure Gauge has handy colour-coded air levels to help you keep on top of your air with a simple glance. The blue zone is from 350-200 bar, the green is 200-100 bar, which can show that you’re getting low, and red is 100-50 bar, which means it’s time to get organize to ascend to the surface as air is running out, and finally there is a luminescent orange which hopefully you will not see your air get to, as this is close to empty.

This gauge features a chrome plated brass casing for durability, and a rubber boot for grip when underwater. This boot is shock resistant and extremely durable. There’s an attachment loop on the top of the gauge to allow you to clip it wherever you need it, and it also comes with a rubber high pressure hose measuring 75cm.

It is a compact yet modern looking gauge that’s suitable to fit on any regulator.


Cressi Neon Dive Computer (Optional Add-On)

The Cressi Neon Dive Computer is a watch sized Dive Computer with a simple user interface.  The Neon is a sporty, lightweight dive watch that can be worn every day, to the gym, to the pool and to the dive site. Air and Nitrox Modes are perfect for Scuba divers but Freedivers can use the Neon too. If you’re just training in the pool you can turn off the pressure sensors so it doesn’t fill your logbook or beep every time it goes under the surface.

The Neon has a diameter of only 1.9″ (48mm). It’s display is 1.46″ (37mm) and is high contrast, with extra large numbers an easy access menu. It’s a scuba diving or freediving watch-computer of reduced dimensions and therefore a low profile. This computer would work well for other underwater activities too, as you can turn off the “dive” functions that may cause alarms ringing whilst snorkelling or swimming. The display is made from mineral glass and the case is a heavy-duty design with steel buttons, with a PTU rubber wristband and stainless steel buckle. It’s underwater resistant up to 120 metres.

In regards to watch features, the Neon Computer can be set for a 12/24-hour time format with calendar and seconds doubling as a precision stopwatch function. Additionally, watch functions includes a second time setting alarm clock. The Neon is easy to read in low light or at night with a backlit display. This computer lets you know when the battery is low, and the computer can be set for metric or imperial units of measurements – whichever you prefer.

While diving the computer will display surface time, de-saturation and no fly time calculator. The Neon Computer is fueled by Cressi’s RGBM air/nitrox algorithm for complete dive data processing.

Computer maximum allowable PO2 value of between 1.2 bars and 1.6 bars (for nitrox users) to the mixture’s oxygen percentage (FO2): GAS1 between 21% and 50% and in GAS2 21% and 99% of O2.

The Neon also has a graphic indicator of CNS toxicity level of oxygen, safety stop indicator for multiple levels, Safety factor configuration, is altitude adjustable and has audible and visual alarms. It also features a log function with a 50-dive memory and is powered by a user replaceable 3V CR2450 battery.

It also comes with a semi-solid computer case, to protect or store your computer if you happen to not be wearing it, however doubtful that is!

This computer comes in multiple colours, and we try to keep a few in stock. If you have a time restraint on your computer being delivered, it might be worth enquiring which computers are currently in stock to ensure you get your colour preference! Contact us here!


  • High contrast display with extra large numbers.
  • Easy access menu.
  • 12/24 time format with calendar and seconds.
  • Precision stopwatch.
  • Second time setting.
  • Alarm clock.
  • Backlit display.
  • Surf time, desaturation and no fly time calculator.
  • Lets you know when battery is empty.
  • Metric or imperial units.


  • CRESSI RGBMv air/nitrox algorithm.
  • Complete diving data processor.
  • PPO2 1.2-1.6 configuration.
  • It is possible to select hyper-oxygenated mixes during the dive phase. GAS1 21-50% GAS2 21-99%.
  • Graphic indicator of CNS toxicity level of oxygen.
  • Safety stop indicator.
  • Multiple level safety factor configuration.
  • Altitude configuration.
  • Algorithm for managing uncontrolled ascent.
  • Suitable for repeated, multi day decompression diving.
  • It is possible to alternate between nitrox and air diving even during de-saturation.
  • Visualisation of time at dive phase.
  • Add / remove deep stop.
  • Alarm in case of breach of ascent speed, decompression or PPO2.
  • It is possible to disable the ascent alarms.
  • Indicates time at dive phase.
  • Planning: scrolling of no-decompression limits.


  • Display of all diving parameters.
  • Depth.
  • Temperature.
  • Dive calculator.
  • Maximum dive depth.
  • Dive time.
  • Length of surface interval between each dive.
  • Length of diving session.
  • Depth, dive time and surface interval alarms.
  • Recovery time alarm.
  • Visualisation of time at dive phase.


  • Depth/temperature indicator.
  • Average depth.
  • Dive time in minutes and seconds.
  • Resettable depth stopwatch.
  • Visualisation of time at dive phase.

Want to see the Cressi Neon Dive Computer in action? Watch this video on YouTube!


Not sure if this set is for you? Jetty Dive Centre is proudly a family owned business, and Mike and Deb have run the show since 1996. Our team has developed extensive knowledge in our products, as we’re out diving with them! If you have any questions or would like a personal recommendation, feel free to contact us anytime. We’d be happy to help!

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Where to find us.


Jetty Dive Centre Dive Shop is at 398 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450. This is where you begin your experiences with us! All Scuba Dives and Snorkelling must check-in before moving to departure point.


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