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AlexG
posted : September 25, 2009 Post subject: Selecting Gear
Hi, I'm a recently qualified PADI OW diver and am looking to building up my own set of gear. Could anyone please suggest good value for money equipment please - am a student and not got a lot of disposable cash for spare at the momento....

Thanks for the advice,

Alex

 
Diveshark
posted : September 28, 2009 Post subject: Selecting Gear
Well done firstly on passing the OW cert.

as for equipment, my advice would be to join a club that has membership and equipment hire. Basic kit will cost you a pretty penny, even for entry level stuff!
If you choose second hand equipment, there is a rink of it needing repair, or servicing before use, so the costs can mount up.

If you DO want to get kit, id advise having your own Semidry suit, or a Dry suit that fits you well.
Then a Decent mask THAT FITS, dont worry on cost the more expensive ones rarely do anything better than cheaper ones for basic Open water diving. Get a snorkel while youre at it.
Then Regulators, make sure they are comfortable and your breathing is ok with them. New is always best, and the Dive show is coming up, a perfect opportunity to try some out before buying. If you go for second hand, make sure they are working and remember they may need a service.
A BCD should fit well, and a basic one can be found second hand for under 100.
Remember POOL fins and SEA fins are different. Dont buy pool fins and use them in open water!!!
Youll also need weights, and a weight belt.
Next is a decent torch, and a dive knife. These are important for OPEN WATER in uk, you may find it dark in places, and if you get tangles in nets, cables, seaweed/kelp
Then theres various other bits and pieces that you can build up as you go.

As you can see, the cost would mount up quickly if you bought all this in one go! probably 1000 easily for basic kit. The club route is a better way to go and save for the kit you want. It gives you the opportunity to try some kit, and find what you like to dive in and then buy that piece later.

Good luck!



 
Iain3
posted : October 1, 2009 Post subject: Selecting Gear
I think most universities have there own clubs. You should look into that, also it's a good way to find a buddy.

 
AlexG
posted : October 3, 2009 Post subject: Selecting Gear
Hey,

Thanks for the advice! Yeah, the uni. does have a club but is sub-aqua and don't provide any gear, however it'd be good for finding buddies to dive with.

 
abucs
posted : October 6, 2009 Post subject: Selecting Gear
first well done i only started 2 years ago my self and LOVE it i have for sale a mares bcd used once i bought from a freind that didnt like it as much as he thought i have a 12 ltr tank with insert valve you can unscrew to mke it take a clamp or din with 2 years test as have just upgraded to a twin set a set of fins used once that freind again and weightbelt and weights block or shot all for 150 pounds there is also a set of regs i got at a car boot that you can have with gages but will need looking at by a pro

 
abucs
posted : October 7, 2009 Post subject: Selecting Gear
ps the email address for the tank bcd and fins is abucs@myway.com

 
DeepStop
posted : November 24, 2009 Post subject: Selecting Gear
firstly as many have said here first most important thing is to join a club use there gear and get diving we could all give you our favourite brands and tell you what to wear but buying gear now will complicate your training in the future as you will become a loath to change , see what other divers wear watch how they dive ask why they use that gear coniguration then find out what is BEST FOR YOU dont let people or dive stores pressure you into buying gear, buy a few books and research research research trust me the worst thing you can do is buy a loads of gear fresh out of your OW as when you become more experienced and your diving advances you equipment will have to change also if your going to buy, buy things that will stay with you no matter what path you take.


 
DeepStop
posted : November 24, 2009 Post subject: Selecting Gear
""first well done i only started 2 years ago my self and LOVE it i have for sale a mares bcd used once i bought from a freind that didnt like it as much as he thought i have a 12 ltr tank with insert valve you can unscrew to mke it take a clamp or din with 2 years test as have just upgraded to a twin set a set of fins used once that freind again and weightbelt and weights block or shot all for 150 pounds there is also a set of regs i got at a car boot that you can have with gages but will need looking at by a pro ""


this isnt ebay mate they guy is asking for advice not looking for a quick bargain. not very responsible of you.

 
AlexG
posted : November 26, 2009 Post subject: Selecting Gear
Hey,

Have reesloved on joining local BSAC club as is cheaper than PADI and although slightly less professional I think it'll drill in the requirements. Unfortunatly they only have gear to loan for pool session's so will be borrowing/renting gear.

As is the festive period (due to coca cola advert!) am hopefully getting a BCD for chirstmas as already have mask + snorkel and will be investing in fin's soon enough hopefully.

Thanks again everyone for your advice!

 
Diveshark
posted : January 28, 2010 Post subject: Selecting Gear
Agreed Deepstop!

ADVICE on the correct direction is more valuable than someones USED kit that may not fit and may not be what he wants.

As my post says, TRY KIT OUT before you buy, new or secondhand. YOURE the one diving in it, if youre not comfortable then diving is not fun and can be dangerous.


 
ian_6301
posted : April 23, 2010 Post subject: Selecting Gear
Wholeheartedly agree - try it first!

Most dive sites that have a shop will hire out the same kit that they sell. Try and mix it up and find stuff that works for you. You may also be able to bag an ex-hire bargain, especially as a lot of dive shops have their own certified technicians who will service it prior to sale.

 
ash Royston
posted : May 5, 2010 Post subject: Selecting Gear
A suit is always good to own, as it can be hard to hire one which fits well. You just need to take the time to find if you need a wet or drysuit.
But I agree with the earlier posts of trying before you buy.

 
semizen
posted : June 7, 2010 Post subject: Selecting Gear
Check out the free ads papers (Trade it, etc), they often have entire sets of gear used once and then shelved when the buyer ran out of interest/time/bottle. Often his 'n'hers ! Often top notch!
Take someone who knows their dive gear and you could snap up some bargains. I have bought 3 virtually brand new dry suits this way over the years.

 
fseoer2010
posted : August 5, 2010 Post subject: Selecting Gear
Me,too! I agreed Deepstop!
Advice on the correct direction is more valuable than someones USED kit that may not fit and may not be what he wants.

 
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