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  1. oliviarichards

    When should I buy my first bit of Dive Gear?

    • The Blonde Abroad

      Hey there! It really depends. If you plan on diving quite frequently, it can be great to buy your own equipment but if you’re not going that often, it may be better to rent the big gear. Typically if you’re going through PADI certification, they’ll give you input on what to purchase. https://theblondeabroad.com/getting-padi-diver-certified/

      You can rent a mask, wetsuit, snorkels, and fins. Other things you’ll be using are a regulator, buoyancy control device (BCD), dive computer, scuba tank, wetsuit, and a weight system (sometimes gloves and boots are required—particularly for colder and rockier environments). Some people choose to invest in their own scuba gear after they get certified and have done a bit more diving…but again, totally up to you!

      I personally invested in my own mask, wetsuit and dive computer after I got Open Water Certified, but I still rent the rest of my gear from dive shops since most of my dive trips require lots of travel.

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