10 Top Tips for buying Scuba Diving Gear1st August 2011 | Jackie Hutchings
Buying scuba diving gear is expensive; read our top tips before you buy . . .
- When buying a diving computer, consider getting one that is compatible with nitrox for they are also compatible with traditional air.
- One feature that is best to have in a diving computer is an alarm. Alarms will alert you when your air is running low or you’re ascending too fast. Most diving computers have visible alarms though it’s also a good idea to get one that has an audible alarm. This way you don’t have to keep checking the monitor.
- A good fitting mask is important. It must have a strong seal and must stay in place. A silicone seal is able to withstand exposure to salt and sun.
- Snorkels must have flexible joints at the bottom that permits it to adjust to the contours of individual faces. A purge valve will enable the easy removal of water if it is required.
- Divers, at a minimum, should have their own masks, fins, snorkel and booties because these are personal items.
- Before buying scuba diving gear, make sure to read up on literature for diving equipment. Look for the pros and cons for each brand before making a decision.
- An important item to have is a good dive watch. This could be a backup in the event that some gauges fail during a dive
- Buy equipment from an authorized dealer for that manufacturer. Purchase from a shop that is also an authorized repair facility for that gear to make sure that warranties and service agreements will be honored.
- Buy only from a reputable dive shop. Try on, touch and feel the diving equipment. Ask questions of the store personnel. Find out if your gear selections are correct.
- Don’t scrimp. Buy what you need. Buying cheap actually cost more money later on.
[Photo credit – Kelvin Murray, Silvertip Expeditions]