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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

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 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

Divemaster/ Instructor position available in Malaysia

Divemaster/ Instructor position available in Malaysia

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Divemaster/ Instructor position available in Malaysia with Bubbles Dive Center Job Title- Divmaster/ InstructorJob Category-  Dive Masters (Dive Master)Address-    Tanjung Tukas, ... Read more

Scuba Diving the Florida Keys

Scuba Diving the Florida Keys

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Scuba diving centers don't come much more thrilling and easily accessible than those dive Centers and resorts located across the Florida Keys. Here many of the shops selling scuba diving equipment wi... Read more

Experts Called in After Shark Attack Causes Fatality in Sharm El-Sheikh

Experts Called in After Shark Attack Causes Fatality in Sharm El-Sheikh

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Egyptian authorities have called in an international team of shark experts to "assess and advise on the best course of action" after the Red Sea resort of Sharm el- Sheikh experienced five shark att... Read more

Scuba Diving the Beauty of Bunaken in Indonesia!!!

Scuba Diving the Beauty of Bunaken in Indonesia!!!

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Beauty is being able to Scuba Dive along with other creatures of the sea , moving to the rhythm of the waves? In the Bunaken Marine Park, you will encounter that beauty, and you can also get a glimps... Read more

Moorea - Tahiti Dive Sites

Moorea - Tahiti Dive Sites

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PAPETOAI POINTThe best spot for beginners and lessons in the lagoon. On a white sand valley, coral patches with a lot of small coloured fish are waiting for you. A little bit deeper, you will encount... Read more

Red Sea Scuba Diving Destination El Gouna - Scuba Diving In El Gouna

Red Sea Scuba Diving Destination El Gouna - Scuba Diving In El Gouna

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El Gouna is a great divers' destination in the Red Sea Riviera. For new divers, heated pools and calm local reefs provide an excellent start to your diving experience. For more experienced divers, El... 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

Man proposes to girlfriend while Scuba Diving in Mexico

Man proposes to girlfriend while Scuba Diving in Mexico

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So sweet. A couple of scuba divers decide to go for a dive. The boyfriend plans his proposal for 6 months, then pops the question below the surface off the Mexico coast. By the excess bubbles, the ... Read more

Scuba Diving with thescubadivingdirectory.com team in Honduras on the island of Roatan.

Scuba Diving with thescubadivingdirectory.com team in Honduras on the island of Roatan.

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We loved the only 2.5 hour direct flight from Houston to Central America and the  island of Roatan, and love the nice locals as well as all the xpats of Americans, English, Italians and even Sou... Read more

Helicopter Diving – A New Thrill for Scuba Divers

Helicopter Diving – A New Thrill for Scuba Divers

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You may already be fairly convinced that scuba diving is thrilling, with you able to enter a mysterious marine world where life is very different from that of on land. However, if you’re lookin... 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 and Underwater GeoCaching, becoming more popular.

Scuba Diving and Underwater GeoCaching, becoming more popular.

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Underwater geocaches can be found in the waters of more than a dozen countries, from Indonesia to South Africa to Spain, but "there's just not that many of them out there right now," said Chris Waggo... 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

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

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

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

Scuba Diving beautiful Palau

Scuba Diving beautiful Palau

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Beautiful Palau is an island in the Pacific Ocean, about 500 miles east of the Philippines. It gained iindependence in 1994, making it one of the youngest nations. The name of Palau itself is relativ... 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 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

Diving the Straits of Tiran off Egypt.

Diving the Straits of Tiran off Egypt.

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The Straits of Tiran The straits are formed by the island of Tiran to the east and the Sinai coastline to the west.  The meeting of deep waters, continental plate, and narrow passage creates a ... Read more

Michael's trip to Utopia and visit to our dive centers listed on in TheScubaDivingDirectory.com

Michael's trip to Utopia and visit to our dive centers listed on in TheScubaDivingDirectory.com

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Well, I arrived on Utila last night after a great catamaran trip over from Roatan on Captain Vern's daily trips between the islands.Check out the blog for some new pics, video and stats, then I am off... 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

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

Snorkeling – An Ideal Alternative to Scuba Diving

Snorkeling – An Ideal Alternative to Scuba Diving

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If you’re a keen scuba diver then you’ll know that nothing quite compares to the feeling of immersing yourself into the underwater realm. However, there are times when you might not be ab... 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

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

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

Scuba Diving around Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef

Scuba Diving around Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef

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Diving in the North Queensland area of the Great Barrier Reef is an experience that will allow you to boast that you have dived the world's largest reef system. Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef is... 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 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

Shark Conservation Act Signed into Law to Curb Cruel Shark Finning

Shark Conservation Act Signed into Law to Curb Cruel Shark Finning

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WASHINGTON (Jan. 5, 2011) — Humane Society International, The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund applaud President Barack Obama for signing an important... 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

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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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