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When to buy your dive gear
If you're interested in diving, then you'll need some scuba diving equipment! This guide will teach you the basics of what you need to get started and when to buy each item, as well as tips on how to save money on your set. Let's get started!
Where to buy your dive gear
Where you buy your dive equipment is important. Getting the dive equipment that meets your needs is important. General the better each item fits the diver, the safer, more comfortable and more enjoyable each dive will be.
Purchase your gear from a dive professional, not a shop assistant. The first question you should ask when buying dive equipment is, "what sort of diver are you?" if they are not a PADI instructor, then ask to talk to someone who is.
It is best to have your instructor involved in what you buy. Most reputable dive centres will allow time on the first morning of your course to fit out and buy your basic dive gear. There are all sorts of great brands out there, but for your all-so-critical basic gear, rely on your dive instructors.
What is the best order to buy scuba gear?
While there is no one definitive answer to this question, you can follow some general tips to get the best gear for your needs without overspending.
- Get the basic diving gear you need for class.
- Use rental gear while you figure out what suits you best.
- Buy the major pieces of life support gear after 20-25 dives:
- Continue to rent your tanks
- Buy more advanced gear to match your training
Get the basic diving gear you need for class.
You'll need a few items of scuba gear before you start your PADI scuba diving course. Even if the course supplies them, it's best to buy these items early on so you can get more use out of them. Your dive instructor will be able to help you choose the right gear for you. Having your own diving equipment is essential for getting the most out of your scuba diving experience. Comfortable and correctly fitting scuba diving equipment is key to having a great time underwater. In addition to scuba diving, your own masks, snorkels, and fins can be used for a variety of other water activities. So get geared up and ready to dive into your next adventure!
When do I buy a wetsuit?
A wetsuit is so critical to enjoying diving, and it is so dependent on fit and comfort. The issue with rental suits is fit and hygiene. A new wetsuit in a shop never feels comfortable unless it is too big; your instructor can tell by looking and doing a few simple tests. It is only after you have dived it a couple of times that you can tell.
If you are a standard size, you are best to wait until after you are a certified diver and are used to a wetsuit. If you are a non-standard size, then buy before the course. A wetsuit takes time to fit, so don't try to buy it on the morning of the course. Make an appointment with your instructor a few days prior to the course. It is important with a wetsuit not to buy online or from a shop assistant who lacks knowledge of diving. Trust your instructor to choose the best wetsuit for you.
Use rental gear while you figure out what suits you best.
Scuba diving is a great experience, but it's important to remember that you don't need to buy a scuba diving equipment set (BCD, regulator and dive computer)right away. In fact, it's best to rent gear while you determine what works best for you. This way, you can try out different types and all the best brands of gear before making a purchase. Most dive centres will have a Rental Gear card system where you can buy bulk rentals, and this will work out at a great price. Try to bulk rent about ten days of gear hire. This way, you can dive as often as you like and get a feel for the gear before committing to a purchase.
Buy the major gear after 20-25 dives.
Once you've completed 20-25 dives, you'll have a better idea of what type of diving you like to do and what gear works best for you. At this point, it's time to start considering purchasing your own life support gear. This includes items such as BC (buoyancy control device), regulator, and dive computer. These are the pieces of diving equipment that you'll use most often, so it's important to make sure they fit well and work correctly. Consult with your dive instructors or another knowledgeable diver before making any purchase.
Why Do a PADI Scuba Equipment Course?
PADI scuba equipment courses offer in-depth information on how to properly maintain and care for your scuba gear. You'll learn about the different types of scuba gear and how to choose the right gear for your diving needs. In addition, you'll learn important skills, such as how to properly clean and store scuba gear. This course is essential for anyone who wants to get the most out of their scuba diving experience. By taking this course, you'll be able to extend the life of your scuba gear and ensure that it works properly when you need it most.
There is no reason to buy dive tanks unless you live near a dive site and dive often. The only convenience of owning dive tanks is not having to go to the dive shop before each dive, but remember that you'll still need to get the tank filled and that the cost of the fill is the majority of the rental cost. Also, keep in mind that you'll need to pay for an annual hydrostatic test if you dive in Australia.
So unless you dive often and live near a dive site, it's highly recommended to continue to rent your dive tanks.
Buy more advanced gear to match your training.
It is highly recommended to listen to your speciality or technical diving instructors' advice and buy the gear that best meets your needs.
Advanced or technical scuba diving equipment such as reels, torches, cameras and sidemount sets are only recommended once you have completed the appropriate diver training.
How to save money on your scuba set!
If you're looking to save money on your scuba set, your dive centre is the best place to start. All the best brands offer package deals, and you can often find a great price on complete packages. Buy buying a gear package; you also know all the gear is compatible. Many dive centres also offer payment plans that can end up saving you money in the long run compared to renting gear. Talk to your dive instructor about which scuba package would be best for you and see if your dive centre near you has a payment plan that fits your budget. Your dive centre may offer payment plans, such as zip money. If you dive regularly, then these plans normally work out at a significantly lower cost than renting.
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