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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

Scuba Diving in Palau – Make the Most of Your Dive Experience

Scuba Diving in Palau – Make the Most of Your Dive Experience

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Palau, located in the Pacific Ocean 500 miles east of the Philippines, is a top spot for divers. Whether you’re very experienced or are a novice looking for new dive resorts and scuba diving ex... 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

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

Scuba Diving Hurghada on the Red Sea

Scuba Diving Hurghada on the Red Sea

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The best time to come out to the Red Sea area of Hurghada is during the months from March to September. Diving conditions are perfect here during this period, although July and August can get oppress... 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

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

Important Steps to Avoid Decompression Sickness...or The Bends.

Important Steps to Avoid Decompression Sickness...or The Bends.

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Decompression illness is one of the leading concerns if you’re a diver, with the sickness a major risk for scuba divers. The severity of decompression sickness can range from light headedness a... 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

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 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

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

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

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

6 Things You Need to Know About Scuba Diving in Bali -

6 Things You Need to Know About Scuba Diving in Bali -

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Bali, Indonesia is a popular scuba diving destination in Asia. The country’s rich culture, scenic landscape and serene lifestyle offer sanctuary to harried travelers who need to break away from... 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

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

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

Top 5 Hurghada Scuba Diving Sites in the Red Sea

Top 5 Hurghada Scuba Diving Sites in the Red Sea

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Egypt remains one of the most popular destinations for scuba diving in the world. With the Red Sea holding a diverse variety of marine life, and water temperatures ranging between 20°C and 27°... Read more

A TRI-PARTISAN LOOK AT THE STATE OF REBREATHERS

A TRI-PARTISAN LOOK AT THE STATE OF REBREATHERS

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Posted on: May 8, 2012CCR Pioneers ANDI, IANTD, and TDI to Release Historical Data about rebreathers at Rebreather Forum 3 (RF3)For the first time in the history of the scuba diving industry, ANDI, ... Read more

Scuba Diving off the Island of Roatan in Honduras

Scuba Diving off the Island of Roatan in Honduras

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Roatan is an island just off the north coast of the Central American country of Honduras. It is surrounded by several other islands, most of which are smaller, and include Utila, Guanaja, Hog Island... Read more

Scuba Diving In beautiful Panama

Scuba Diving In beautiful Panama

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If you are in search to experience and scuba dive a tropical paradise, then keep your eyes open for special offers to Panama. Whether you just have three to four days, or entire weeks of vacation, th... 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

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

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

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

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

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

Scuba Diving Italy's beautiful Mediterranean coast and Islands

Scuba Diving Italy's beautiful Mediterranean coast and Islands

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  Italy is quite a popular tourist destination that is not so well known for diving, besides the areas around the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. Perhaps the diving is overshadowed by the onshor... 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

Epic Journeys of Turtles Revealed Via Satellite Tracking

Epic Journeys of Turtles Revealed Via Satellite Tracking

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ScienceDaily (Jan. 4, 2011) — The epic ocean-spanning journeys of the gigantic leatherback turtle in the South Atlantic have been revealed for the first time thanks to groundbreaking research us... 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

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

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

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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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