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Top 5 Dive Sites in Dahab, Sinai Desert, the Red Sea

Top 5 Dive Sites in Dahab, Sinai Desert, the Red Sea

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Located in Egypt’s Sinai region, Dahab has become a huge attraction for divers. North of Sharm el Sheikh’s popular holiday and dive resorts, the little town of Dahab has everything an und... Read more

Polar Pro Snap on Dive Filters review

Polar Pro Snap on Dive Filters review

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Polar Pro Filters is more than enthused about the release of their new Snap-On Dive Filters available for the Go Pro Hero 2 Camera.  This accessory is compatible with the Hero 2 Dive Housing and... Read more

Scuba Diving beautiful New Zealand

Scuba Diving beautiful New Zealand

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There are many dive centers in New Zealand as this country is perfectly positioned to see a number of wonderful rugged coastlines covering its two islands of the South and the North.  Dive s... Read more

Scuba Diving Beautiful Bonaire in the Caribbean...Made for Divers

Scuba Diving Beautiful Bonaire in the Caribbean...Made for Divers

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The Caribbean has many lures for tourists, one being its fantastic location as a scuba diving spot. However, if you’re a diving enthusiast and want to visit a retreat which seems to be wholly t... Read more

Scuba Diving in the Bahamas

Scuba Diving in the Bahamas

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Scuba diving in the Bahamas is one of the world’s most sought after pastimes for thrill seekers fascinated in an underwater world experience that will stay with them for the rest of their live... Read more

Coral Reefs Video....

Coral Reefs Video...."Take Care of them"

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    Biological oceanographer Dr. Chris Langdon (University of Miami) tells us that about 25% of all fish life in the ocean spends some part of its life cycle in a coral reef. He belie... Read more

Unigue Dive Sites on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii

Unigue Dive Sites on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii

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Few people can disagree that Hawaii boasts one of the top diving destinations in the world. It's amazingly diverse ecosystems contain much marine life that can be found nowhere else in the world. Add... Read more

Five Best Scuba Diving Spots In The Canary Islands

Five Best Scuba Diving Spots In The Canary Islands

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Dive Holidays come only a few days a year. So if the opportunity presents itself, one should take advantage and plan a getaway to remember. It is particularly enticing to see pristine waters and pow... Read more

Great Thailand Popular Dive Locations Map

Great Thailand Popular Dive Locations Map

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Heres a map of just some of the amazing diving locations in Thailand that one of our Global Divers sent to us. Read more

Laughing and Diving at Deep Blue Dive Resort, Utila

Laughing and Diving at Deep Blue Dive Resort, Utila

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Relaxed, at home, fun, great vib!!!....is what I felt during my stay at Deep Blue Dive Resort on the island of Utila. Steve, the owner, I must say, is one of the most unique people I have ever met. W... Read more

Whale sharks off Utila island in Central America.

Whale sharks off Utila island in Central America.

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For many years the local fishermen of Utila knew about a huge fish that swam around the shores of Utila- it was called “Old Tom”, the largest of fish, today we know it as the Whale Shark.... Read more

Choosing a Dive Center to do your IDC (Instructor Development Course)

Choosing a Dive Center to do your IDC (Instructor Development Course)

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When you take your PADI Instructor Development Course you will find it is made up of two parts; the Assistant Instructor Course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor Course. Once these are completed yo... Read more

Planning a Dive Vacation

Planning a Dive Vacation

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Becoming a certified scuba diver is the first step in unlocking the door to an amazing world that only a small percentage of the earth's population will ever see. The ocean is the planet's last front... Read more

The Mesoamerican Reef

The Mesoamerican Reef

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The Mesoamerican Reef is the two largest barrier reef in the Atlantic.  The Mesoamerican Reef is so large, diverse, and pristine that it has been called the "jewel" of the Caribbean...and I call... Read more

Benefits of Scuba Diving with Nitrox

Benefits of Scuba Diving with Nitrox

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Over the past 20 years there have been many advances in the scuba diving world because of the availability of diving with enriched nitrox air. Put into simple terms, nitrox is air with more oxygen in... Read more

Top 5 Dive Sites in Khao Lak, Thailand

Top 5 Dive Sites in Khao Lak, Thailand

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Thailand has long been regarded as having some of the world’s best diving spots and Khao Lak – a resort town north of the more famous Phuket Island – is no exception.The Khao Lak co... Read more

Destination Hurghada on the Red Sea - Scuba Diving In Hurghada

Destination Hurghada on the Red Sea - Scuba Diving In Hurghada

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Hurghada, along with Sharm el Sheikh, is where it all started. These where the first two destinations of the nearly 20-years old diving history of the Red Sea. Diving in Hurghada needs no introductio... Read more

Scuba Diving Cebu in the Philippines

Scuba Diving Cebu in the Philippines

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Scuba diving in the Philippines would not be complete without a visit to the coral reefs of Cebu. Up until recently the area was a marine reserve belonging to the administration of two of the largest... Read more

Why Scuba Diving in the Turks and Caicos?

Why Scuba Diving in the Turks and Caicos?

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If you are a scuba diver, there is a chance that you’ve heard of the Turks and Caicos Islands. This is a popular scuba diving location about 60 minutes away from Miami. In the next few lines, y... Read more

Choosing a Scuba Diving Resort or Dive Center

Choosing a Scuba Diving Resort or Dive Center

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When deciding which dive center or location to go scuba diving, you should consider if the resort is well managed and run by experienced CMAS, ITDS and PADI certified instructors, and do local diving... Read more

Some Scuba Diving Sites off Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Some Scuba Diving Sites off Puerto Vallarta Mexico

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THE MARIETAS ISLANDS A group of 3 islands, La Larga (long island), La Redonda (Round island) and La del Medio (Middle island). The Marietas Islands are located in the mouth of Bandera’s Bay a... Read more

Scuba Diving in the South of France

Scuba Diving in the South of France

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The south of France offers most divers several suitable conditions for scuba diving and a number of different wrecks to see. The waters here are warm and balmy most of the year round and even in wi... Read more

Caribbean island of Dominica schedules Dive Festival for July

Caribbean island of Dominica schedules Dive Festival for July

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Officials from the Caribbean island of Dominica have announced that the 18th annual Dive Festival event will take place this July. The popular annual event provides scuba divers with option for a mid... Read more

Scuba Diving in Thailand. The 5 Big Truths

Scuba Diving in Thailand. The 5 Big Truths

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No other country in the world could offer tourists such varied scuba diving sites like Thailand does. From beginners to seasoned divers, the islands of Thailand have so much to offer, with its amazin... Read more

Diving the Bunaken National Marine Park

Diving the Bunaken National Marine Park

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  The Bunaken National Marine Park was established in 1991 and is among the first of Indonesia's growing system of marine parks. The park has a surface area of 89,065 hectares, 97% of which is o... Read more

Coral Bay Diving – The Ningaloo Reef - Australia’s Forgotten Reef

Coral Bay Diving – The Ningaloo Reef - Australia’s Forgotten Reef

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If you’re thinking of heading out to Australia for some of the best scuba diving in the world then you’re probably already thinking of the Great Barrier Reef. However, Western Australia h... Read more

Scuba Diving Ras Mohammed National Marine Park in the Red Sea

Scuba Diving Ras Mohammed National Marine Park in the Red Sea

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  Ras Mohammed National Marine Park is situated at the extreme southern part of the Sinai Peninsula. Here, where the Gulf of Aqaba meets with the Gulf of Suez the ocean floor drops down to depth... Read more

Dive and Snorkeling Sites off Ambergris Caye, Belize

Dive and Snorkeling Sites off Ambergris Caye, Belize

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  Along the entire length of Ambergris Caye the reef is comprised of spectacular three dimensional coral formations which include canyons, grottoes and tunnels. Curiously, the more common reef f... Read more

Greek Dive Spots - Scuba Diving with the Gods in Crete

Greek Dive Spots - Scuba Diving with the Gods in Crete

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Greece, and certainly Crete, is surrounded with an air of ancient mystery and classic history. The birthplace of Zeus, and said to be Goddess Kalypso’s Lost Kingdom, the island is a huge attrac... Read more

Scuba Diving off the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea

Scuba Diving off the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea

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Located between Britain and Ireland, the Isle of Man offers world-class diving spots rich in diverse marine life and underwater attractions. There are only two ways to reach the island: by ferry or b... Read more

Dahab International Watersports Festival 14th – 20th April 2012.

Dahab International Watersports Festival 14th – 20th April 2012.

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  The people of Dahab, in South Sinai, Egypt invite you to attend the second Dahab International Festival of Water Sports, Culture and Desert Adventure on the 14th – 20th April 2012. ... Read more

Enjoying The Waters Of The Northern Red Sea

Enjoying The Waters Of The Northern Red Sea

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The charm of Jordan and its neighboring countries lie in the sand dunes of deserts and the waves of the Red Sea. While many associate Jordan and Middle Eastern countries with vast areas of sand, the... Read more

Whale Shark Research Weeks on the Island of Utila with Deep Blue Dive Resort

Whale Shark Research Weeks on the Island of Utila with Deep Blue Dive Resort

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    Deep Blue Dive Resort will be conducting one of the largest scientific research projects ever undertaken in the Caribbean to find out more about the whale sharks of Utila.   Scient... Read more

The Perfect Scuba Diving Adventure in Key West, Florida!

The Perfect Scuba Diving Adventure in Key West, Florida!

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It’s not surprising that divers across the world hail Key West, Florida as one of the best locations for scuba diving. Apart from the scenic landscape that’s distinctive of the Florida ... Read more

Diving Cano Island National Marine Park in Costa Rica.

Diving Cano Island National Marine Park in Costa Rica.

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Cano Island is a National Marine Park and is protected by the Government and the National Park Service and therefore there is no fishing allowed there. Because of its remote location it is considered... Read more

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Feb 07
2013

Should I rent or own my Scuba Diving Equipment?

Posted by: sddiver96

sddiver96

Ask any experienced scuba diver and he or she will soon tell you that there is nothing like owning your own gear. Each time you go away on a scuba diving trip you will at first need to hire out scuba diving equipment. But what if you already own your equipment? How much of an advantage is this? The truth is, as any experienced diver would agree, owners of their own scuba diving equipment means you get to know your own stuff inside out.

There is certainly that element of safety in knowing your own equipment. Each time you put on your diving suit you will know exactly how to put it on and it will always fit like a glove. There is nothing worse than hiring a diving suit and finding it's a bit of a tight squeeze. Scuba diving equipment is best worn when it is your very own and not hired. But, there are some drawbacks with buying scuba gear and taking it with you on every dive.


Some of the world's best dive centers are located in the most far flung exotic centers of the globe; in Barbados, Bali, Thailand, Australia and off the coast to the Great Barrier Reef, there are hundreds of exotic locations littered all over the planet that are fantastic spots for diving. Let's say you come from Europe and want to travel down to the Great Barrier Reef for a diving experience of a lifetime, the cost of taking your (heavy) suit and cylinders will create a number of problems before you even take flight.
There are certainly occasions here where you should consider renting dive equipment, rather than hauling all your own stuff half way round the planet. Think carefully of the expense (the extra luggage fees could soon mount up) and the safety factors of taking cylinders on flights. I am sure most airlines would not entertain taking the cylinders.
So what are the factors behind owning v buying your dive equipment? Put simply if you are traveling by plane, hire your suit and cylinders and if you have some smaller items that will not impact on luggage weight on a flight, then by all means take them. If you are traveling by boat all the way to your dive center or dive location, then why not take all of your own stuff with you. An example of this would be Spanish residents living in the Costa del Sol traveling up the Mediterranean by boat.

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