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posted : September 9, 2004 Post subject: Bying my first lot of gear
I've just done my first try dive and I'm hooked. I've also got access to what seems to be an excellent club. All I need now is to start thinking about gear. I can't seem to get acess to gear that will fit me for a reasonable price. : So I've got a couple of questions: : 1. Is it safe to go for second hand gear (bearing in mind my life might depend on it). : 2. I'm 6' 2" and have a 42" chest and size 13 feet. Where can I find gear for someone of my size. I've looked and looked. : Any advice appreciated : Cheers : Richard



 
Gilbo
posted : November 9, 2004 Post subject: Bying my first lot of gear
I am just assembling a whole set from e-bay! Will need to get some of it serviced (esp. reg's) before use. The tanks are 'in test' so we'll see how it goes. Loads of gear on offer all different sizes types etc. Your plates might be a probem in a drysuit but you can replace the boots.

 
Rebecca
posted : November 13, 2004 Post subject: Bying my first lot of gear
Dear Richard

I run a dive center on Tenerife, and am confronted with this question quite often. My advice to ALL new divers is: do NOT purchase too much in the way of gear.

You can rent gear at good dive centers, and thus have the opportunity to try out different makes and models, until you find what suits you and the type of diving you plan to do. Will you be doing cold water diving or warm water diving only? This is the first question to ask, and until you are sure, do not purchase dive gear!

Until then, I consider it wise to only purchase the ABC gear: mask, fins, snorkel.

We have gear to fit you, so I think any other reasonable dive center should have gear to fit you as wel

Best regards
Rebecca

 
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