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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

Post Dive Flying – Flying Implications After Scuba Diving

Post Dive Flying – Flying Implications After Scuba Diving

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The experience of scuba diving and the variety of dive sites which are spread across the world mean that it is only natural that you’ll probably be flying before and after your trip. Whilst you... Read more

What is a Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)?

What is a Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)?

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When you go scuba diving it can be frustrating when, for instance, you visit a wreck and find yourself floating down to the sea bed. A shipwreck often sits on the sea bead floor but some of the more ... Read more

Scuba Diving in the Maldives

Scuba Diving in the Maldives

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  There are few places on earth that could be described as an ultimate paradise; the Maldives is most certainly one of them. Once you come into land across the Maldives, you'll straight away rea... Read more

Five Best Things To Do In Koh Samui Thailand, including scuba diving

Five Best Things To Do In Koh Samui Thailand, including scuba diving

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Like every treasure, Koh Samui has been around for many centuries. But it was in the early 1970’s when two tourists came across the tropical paradise. During those years until the 1990’s,... 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

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

The Coral Rock Cod Fish -

The Coral Rock Cod Fish -

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The Coral Rockcod (Cephalopholis miniata) is a cod species that belongs to the family Serranidae. It is a tropical fish species that is found throughout the Indo-Pacific region. It is found in the tr... Read more

Scuba Diving in Borneo, Malaysia / Indonesia

Scuba Diving in Borneo, Malaysia / Indonesia

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Borneo is one of the world's largest islands and is situated in a tropical and scuba diving paradise. No less than three countries own parts of Borneo; Malaysia, Indonesia and the small state of Brun... Read more

Shopping and choosing a Dive Computer

Shopping and choosing a Dive Computer

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Since the early 1970s divers have seen their pastime and favorite hobby revolutionized by a series of technological advances. As computers become part of our daily lives, divers have also taken a... Read more

Scuba Diving at Beqa Lagoon in Fiji

Scuba Diving at Beqa Lagoon in Fiji

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Scuba Diving at the Beqa Lagoon in Fiji is paradise itself. The heart of the unspoiled South Pacific is about as far removed from the hustle and bustle of American or European toil as you could imagi... Read more

Scuba Diving the Banco Chinchorro atoll in the western Caribbean.

Scuba Diving the Banco Chinchorro atoll in the western Caribbean.

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Diving Banco Chinchorro, the western hemisphere´s largest coral atoll, is on most seasoned divers´ shortlist. It has earned a reputation as one of the last unspoiled dive destinations thi... Read more

Cayman Islands Diving – Grand or Little Scuba Exploration?

Cayman Islands Diving – Grand or Little Scuba Exploration?

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The Cayman Islands, just south of scuba in Cuba, continues to be a vastly popular area of the world to enjoy scuba diving. They offer a huge array of dive sites and exploration opportunities, in addi... Read more

Dahab on the Red Sea - Scuba Diving Destination

Dahab on the Red Sea - Scuba Diving Destination

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Dahab, the famous town of the Red Sea Riviera, is a great diving holiday destination for the experienced diver and for someone wanting to obtain their scuba diving certification. World-famous dive si... 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

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

Scuba Diving and enjoying Boracay Island in the Philippines

Scuba Diving and enjoying Boracay Island in the Philippines

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Boracay island is a world-class tourist and scuba diving destination in the southern Philippines. It is one of the most popular getaways in the Philippines, attracting close to one million local and ... 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

Scuba Diving the Sha’ab Abu Nuhas Reef in the Red Sea

Scuba Diving the Sha’ab Abu Nuhas Reef in the Red Sea

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Sha’ab Abu Nuhas is a coral reef northwest of Shadwan Island in the northern Red Sea. It is a navigation hazard because it projects into the shipping channel, as evidenced by the (at least) 7 s... Read more

Diving FIJI? Heres some Dive sites around Fiji with great dive site map.

Diving FIJI? Heres some Dive sites around Fiji with great dive site map.

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With our fast custom built dive boats you have access to a wide range of divesites in the Mamanuca group of islands. Generally, there are two very distinctive marine environments. One is a huge lagoo... Read more

Macro photography in scuba diving.

Macro photography in scuba diving.

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Macro photography is defined as photography where the image projected on your sensor is life size. This is referred to as a 1:1 magnification ratio, meaning the magnification is the actual size of t... Read more

Divers blow amazing rings of air in spectacular underwater competition

Divers blow amazing rings of air in spectacular underwater competition

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These breathtaking pictures capture divers blowing beautiful bubbles - at a bizarre underwater competition. They were taken at the first ever King Of The Bubble contest, which requires contestants to... Read more

Our visit to Utopia Dive Village Resort on Utila Island in Honduras

Our visit to Utopia Dive Village Resort on Utila Island in Honduras

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Since becoming on of our Dive Resort advertisers last year, Utopia Dive village Resort has been on our list of places to visit. If you like remote, quiet and relaxing places to visit and dive, you mu... Read more

Scuba Diving beautiful Koh Samui island in Thailand

Scuba Diving beautiful Koh Samui island in Thailand

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Koh Samui is a beautiful island in the Surat Thani region of Thailand. The majority of the professional scuba diving schools and dive shops in this area are affiliated with the SSS network. On Koh Sa... Read more

Want to go Scuba Diving in Barbados, the South East Caribbean?

Want to go Scuba Diving in Barbados, the South East Caribbean?

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The reefs and edges just off the coast of this small tropical Caribbean paradise are home to many different plant species, coral and sponge life. The sheer diversity of the reefs here is simply astou... Read more

Protecting Palau's Marine Ecosystems

Protecting Palau's Marine Ecosystems

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The life-sustaining natural systems in the region of Palau have reached a critical tipping point that calls for immediate action and long-term support. If this call goes unheard, Micronesian island p... Read more

Our divers told us what was important to them when searching online for a dive center or resort.

Our divers told us what was important to them when searching online for a dive center or resort.

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A few weeks ago, we asked our 13,000 Facebook and Twitter divers, followers and members    " What is most important to you when searching online for a dive center, resort or liveaboard... 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

Heres some Top Dive Sites around the BVIs, British Virgin Islands.

Heres some Top Dive Sites around the BVIs, British Virgin Islands.

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Wreck of the RMS Rhone - (Salt Island)The most famous dive site in the BVIs is located off Salt Island near Black Rock. This is considered to be one of the best wreck dives in the Caribbean and was t... Read more

Scuba Diving Accidents – Common Injuries to Avoid

Scuba Diving Accidents – Common Injuries to Avoid

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As with all exciting and exhilarating sports, there are a few accidents that can occur in scuba diving. The marine world is not a natural place for human beings to be, and as such divers have to use ... Read more

Should I rent or own my Scuba Diving Equipment?

Should I rent or own my Scuba Diving Equipment?

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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 scub... Read more

Who Else Wants to Go Scuba Diving in Fiji?

Who Else Wants to Go Scuba Diving in Fiji?

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Fiji is synonymous with scuba diving and for great reasons too. With over 300 small unique islands that are highly distinct from each other, Fiji holds an endless charm for scuba divers and sea explo... 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

Our Fiji Dive Centers and Dive Resorts for our visit soon!!!

Our Fiji Dive Centers and Dive Resorts for our visit soon!!!

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A few of us here at TheScubaDivingDirectory.com are planning a trip to Fiji in the upcoming months to meet our Fiji Dive Centers and Dive Resorts and do some amazing diving. We love to visit our Dive... 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

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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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