Equipment and the Academy of Scuba
Scuba diving is an equipment intensive sport. Breathing and exploring is not normal for us land-walking mammals. Scuba diving requires the training, familiarization, and use of all types of equipment. As a diver matures, the use of different equipment for different types of diving only adds to the complexity of equipment selection. Equipment selection should not be a cavalier or impulsive purchase. It is life support equipment. Proper training, fit, comfort, and practice makes this equipment feel like a second skin. Proper maintenance is essential to the proper performance of all Scuba gear. Buy right, buy once. This is the mantra of advanced divers!
Selecting Personal Scuba Equipment
Being that this is personal dive gear, fit is essential! You have to try it on. When buying fins, you have to try the boots on with the fins (if open heel). Masks are very individual and fit directly on the face and create a seal. I am not saying you can’t buy through a catalog or Internet, but you have to try it on first. Treat personal gear as such. A nice mesh bag to keep it all in is a very nice add-on.
Buying versus Renting
Additionally, when renting gear, you do not know its history or maintenance cycles. How can you rely on gear to save your life when you don’t know its history or if it has been maintained appropriately? Additionally, rental gear tends to be the lowest cost, most basic setups available in the market. How far would you want to take basic dive equipment? Lastly, the pure economist in me just hates putting money into other people’s pocket. Most dive rental gear is paid for over and over again. If you buy right, that equity is yours to keep. Of course, the reward is far greater than economical. Divers who own their own equipment have a safer, longer, more enjoyable experience exploring the underwater kingdom.
The Pitfalls of Used Gear
Computers Helping Divers Stay Safe
Recreational, Advanced, and Technical Divers can benefit from dive computers. Dive computers require about as much training as dive tables. Don’t make the same mistake many divers make by purchasing a computer and relying on trial by error as your training guide.
As you progress through your diving education, your experience, your local dive shop and your mentors will help guide you through equipment choices. Don’t underestimate trying new gear configurations or be afraid to purchase more gear. Many of us, once we buy our first set, think we have finished. However, trying new gear and further using that new gear can be rewarding and exciting.
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