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posted : May 10, 2009 Post subject: Equipment Purchase Order
Hi - I am new to diving and just about to complete my PADI Open Water course. I intend to continue diving in the UK, but am also going to Sharm el-Sheikh in the summer and late winter (November).

I want to start investing in some gear but am unsure what oder to do this in.

I was thinking that a dive computer would be useful both in the UK and abroad. I am looking a either a Suunto D4 or D6 (not sure how useful the compass is on the D6).

What other purchases would be useful for both locations, to save cost on renting abroad? Any advice appreciated.

posted : May 11, 2009 Post subject: Equipment Purchase Order
Things you definately need for every dive are wetsuit, regs, bcd, mask, fins. Computers are useful, but you can dive off tables initially in the UK and rent when you are abroad.

BCD, regs you need to rent everytime, UK and abroad, so you can save money by buying upfront and saving rental fees. Also they are essential to your safety so nice to know they are looked after properly and only used by yourself. And that you use the same BCD every time and are familiar with it, know where all the quick dumps are, etc.

If you need a wetsuit go for a 5mm full with a 5mm shorty and hood to go on top. The basic suit is good for Egypt and the extra shorty/hood part helps for UK summer diving. Go for open heel fins and boots.

Hope some of that helps.

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