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Should I Buy Or Rent Scuba Gear?


Should I buy or rent scuba gear?

If you're considering buying scuba equipment but aren't sure if it's the right decision, there are a few things you might want to consider. Buying your scuba diving gear is a big commitment, and you should carefully consider whether it is the right decision for you.

The biggest consideration when deciding whether to purchase or rent scuba gear is whether you are committed to diving frequently. If you are committed to getting yourself into the water regularly, investing in your dive gear will be more cost-effective and better for your safety and diving enjoyment. A basic set of dive gear can range from $500, but a full set can cost upwards of $2000.

If you, unfortunately, do not get to dive very often, renting gear is likely the better solution as you won’t be getting very much use out of your dive equipment. Many dive shops will charge a daily rate for dive equipment hire. At Abyss, we also offer a ten-day rental package at a discounted rate for dive club members, so it’s a great option for divers who aren’t ready to buy their own scuba gear yet.

If you want to purchase your first set of diving equipment, you don’t need to buy a full set of scuba diving equipment immediately. Starting with the essentials is great for investing in scuba diving equipment without blowing the budget. Essential dive equipment includes an exposure suit, fins, mask and snorkel set. You can rent additional items, such as dive computers, BCD and regulators, from your local dive shop until you can purchase your own.

If you opt to buy your own dive gear, then you must receive the best advice possible. Ensure you speak to an experienced PADI instructor to get the advice necessary, not just a sales assistant who lacks the full understanding of your needs.

Abyss Scuba Diving is a Sydney-based dive gear shop that stocks scuba gear specifically for the local Sydney community of divers. As we are staffed by experienced scuba instructors, you can get the right advice on the dive gear you need to buy. Abyss Scuba Diving also offers an option to buy now and pay later ( Zip Money) on their scuba diving equipment for up to 24 months interest-free. This can be a great payment option for divers on a budget.

Frequently Asked Questions By Divers Considering Buying Their Own Dive Gear.

  1. What are the advantages of owning my own dive gear?

    Owning your own dive gear means having gear that fits you properly and that you are familiar with. It can also save you money in the long run, as renting gear for every dive can become expensive.
  1. What are the basic components of dive gear that I should consider buying?

    The basic components of dive gear include a mask, fins, snorkel, wetsuit or drysuit, BCD (buoyancy control device ), regulator, and dive computer.
  1. How do I know what size and fit I need for my dive gear?

    It's important to try on gear before purchasing to ensure a proper fit. Many dive shops have gear for you to try on and can provide advice on sizing.
  1. What kind of exposure protection do I need?

    The type of exposure protection (e.g. wetsuit, drysuit, gloves, boots) depends on the water temperature and your preference. Syndey recommends a 7mm wetsuit if you intend to dive throughout the year.
  1. How do I know what type of regulator to buy?

    Many types of regulators are available, but it's important to choose one appropriate for the type of diving you plan to do. A dive shop can provide advice on selecting the right regulator.
  1. Do I need a dive computer?

    In addition to monitoring dive time and depth, a dive computer can track a diver's nitrogen uptake and calculate a no-decompression limit (NDL) based on the dive profile. These metrics can be crucial in helping a diver avoid decompression sickness and make safe ascent decisions. However, it's important to note that not all types of diving require such detailed monitoring. There are now options for using a smartwatch as a dive computer with apps like Oceanic+ for those who prefer a more compact and versatile option.

  2. How do I maintain and care for my dive gear?

    Proper maintenance and care of your dive gear are important for safety and longevity. This includes rinsing gear after use, storing gear properly, and having gear serviced regularly by a professional.
  1. How much should I expect to spend on dive gear?

    The cost of dive gear can vary widely depending on the quality and type of gear. Setting a budget and prioritising which items are most important to you is important.

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