The Right Time to Buy your own Scuba Equipment

Gentle little ripples of water tickle your feet by the shore and you’ve just finished another dive. The experience was wonderful, but deep down inside, you know you didn’t want that to end. You glance by your shoulder and catch a glimpse of the rented scuba gear you just used during your dive. You ask yourself, “When’s the right time to actually buy my own set of scuba diving equipment?”

maybe your own set of these?

maybe your own set of these?

That “Someday” will come

Learn from nature, and you’ll see that all things do not remain the same forever. The corals will someday die, and they will eventually be part of the sand of the beach you tread on. They can’t be something that exists to be admired forever. The time will come when they will be part of something to set your foot on.  The same thing is with your using of scuba gear. You can’t just rent them forever, can you?

But really, the question of “when” lies in a number of factors.  Are you committed to this passion? Can you afford it? Let’s say you already own one; are you able to maintain it? Will you make the most use of it? Well, there are even more to answer, but only you know them for yourself.

If you’re just a person who’s fascinated with the sport and only dives from time to time as a recreational diver, then I suggest don’t buy your own gear just yet. It’s more appropriate that you just rent whenever you have the urge to explore the wonders of ocean.

You’ll just put it in a corner somewhere in your garage, and perhaps take it out once or twice a year. Waste of good equipment. Waste of good money. But if you’re quite experienced, and you dive regularly, what’s stopping you? If you treat scuba diving not only as a hobby, but as a passion, you should seriously consider purchasing scuba equipment.

Advantages of owning your own set

Care to share my regulator?

Care to share my regulator?

Owning your own set of scuba gear has great advantages!

1) You don’t have to worry if the last guy who used the regulator ever brush his teeth.

2) You don’t have to worry about that something that tastes funky in your regulator – and no I don’t know what the heck it is either.

And best of all…

3) No more rental fees! Sounds fun to you? Sounds fun to me!

Can I afford it? To most of us, this is the most important question. A whole new quality scuba diving gear set can cost roughly around $2,000. Of course your bottle and air supply is separate.

Let me put it this way: Which is more of a factor to you, the $2000 OR the mysterious funky taste and smell of your rental regulator? You didn’t know where the last guy who used it came from. Now does the $2000 suddenly sound cheaper? Thought so. Besides, if it’s your passion anyway, money’s ALMOST not a factor.

So if you’re a regular scuba diver get out there and get your own! Scubaworld is one of the cheapest places to buy the best quality scuba diving equipment by the way – just so you know.

If you’re joining us for the Palau Trip this october – december season then I strongly urge you to bring your own equipment if you already have one. Or think of buying your own. If you’re not joining us for the Palau trip, maybe you’d want to consider joining our online contest for a FREE Palau liveaboard scuba diving trip. It’s easy and fun – and you get to be featured in this blog too!

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  1. For my open water training, I had to purchase mask, fins, and snorkel. After the first pool session, I did not like the way my hands smelled. So I purchased a pair gloves and boots. For my open water dives, I had to rent a wetsuit, hood, computer, BCD and reg. If memory serves me correct that was about $50. Right after getting my C-card, I purchased a wrist-mounted Suunto Stinger. It looked good and it diving was a passing fancy, I had a watch that I could wear nearly anywhere.

    My cost benefit analysis was based on the following costs for rental and buy for each of the following:
    1. PDC $300
    2. Reg $400
    3. BCD
    3. Wetsuit $300

    If I was going to go for my advanced open water card, I looking at 8 rentals for a total of $500 – 4 x $50 for class + 4 x $75 for open water. The rental fees were half of the purchase of the low-end equipment. I had not factored in the cost of air. I figured I was about half way there on owning my own equipment so why rent. My gear was more that the low-end cost equipment. Factor in the rental cost for a week of diving for two years on vacation and wham you could have purchased the basics. That was before the excessive baggage fees.

    You don't have to buy everything at once. As for mouthpieces on rental regs. Most states in the US require the mouthpieces to be changed after each rental. I purchased my own mouthpieces–my primary and alternate air sources.

    My purchases went in the order of:
    — PDC (portable dive computer)
    – Regulator (Nitrox ready) & BCD
    – Wet suit
    – Lights

    I did take a three year break in the nine years that I have been diving. But in that time, I have obtained my advanced open water card plus additional specialties. By not renting, I have confidence in knowing how everything works. I even have started building redundancy into my setup. Can't do that easily with rental gear.

    Best time to buy is as soon as possible.


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