Buying Used Scuba Equipment: Is It Ever A Good Idea?

SCUBA diving can be costly, especially if you are a beginner. Purchasing all scuba equipment, especially when personal items such as BC’s (Buoyancy Compensators) and wetsuits are involved, and where good fit is arguably an essential consideration.Buying Used Scuba Equipment

The first question you need to answer is should you buy scuba diving equipment? And if so the question is: is it wise to purchase used scuba equipment; if yes, where should you buy them? Below are guidelines to help you make the best decision about your scuba gear.

Wetsuits

Your scuba wetsuits need to fit perfectly. Otherwise, you risk chaffing and discomfort. An ill-fitted wetsuit can also pose safety hazards, because a too tight one will potentially cause blood circulation problems, and a loose one will likely become caught by protruding objects.  Here is how to get a properly fitting wetsuit.

Unless you have tried a wetsuit on before you purchase it, and unless the seller is willing to accept a return, spend your money to get your own brand new suit – one that you can truly feel comfortable in.

Buoyancy Compensators

While it’s absolutely possible to acquire a used BC, it’s also a wiser idea to purchase it from a reliable and trusted source. Always keep in mind that this is an essential piece of your safety gear and one that you will depend on. It’s recommended that you acquire this equipment from your local scuba shop, scuba swap, a demo model sale or an open box sale.

Fins

Used scuba fins can make an interesting find. Just be sure of the size you want. And if you are planning to purchase them from an online source, ensure to ask any questions you may have before you buy. Take a close look at the photos if you are buying online. If you are buying locally, inspect the products carefully before you commit to purchase them.

Masks and snorkels

A not-so-worn scuba mask can make a god purchase if only you try it before purchasing, or if you have a better idea about the brand and size you want. A properly and comfortably fitting mask is necessary. Remember that using the wrong mask can cause nasty headaches. Also, remember to check out on for wear and tear and ensure the mask has no scratches.

Brand new snorkels are affordable, but it’s also possible to get used ones. Make sure you cleanse used snorkels thoroughly before you use them.

Regulators

If you get them from a trusted source, used scuba regulators can make a good acquisition. All you need is to ensure the regulators are treated well and are in good working condition. Be suspicious to any regulator that seems underpriced. Keep in mind that, if a regulator fails, the experience not one you’re going to enjoy.

Tanks

Used scuba tanks and tank accessories can be a good buy. Inspect them for dents to ascertain their condition. As long as you maintain them well, tanks can last for quite many years.

Accessories

Accessories like bags, dive lights, dive knives, hoods, gloves, clips, and reels, etc. can be bought used, usually without any problem. Compasses and dive computers, among other technical items, can also be purchased used. However, be cautious, and again, remember that cheap is expensive.

Do extensive research in advance, seek trusted sources, inspect all the considered equipment thoroughly and where possible, try before you buy. Otherwise, you risk wasting your money and more badly, you risk you safety.

Basic Scuba Diving Equipment for the Beginner

Does scuba diving fascinate you as it does me? The thought of exploring the undersea and seeing amazing new things that remain hidden from us under the deep blue waters of the ocean or sea is all too tempting for most of us. It is no surprise, therefore that scuba diving is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, with million of people trying it out every year. Perhaps you would like to try it out sometime, but have no clue which gear you will need to go scuba diving. Well, worry no more, for I am about to tell you just what you need.

1. Wet suit: When underwater, the wet suit will keep you warm by trapping a layer of water between the suit and your skin. The water warms up to your body temperature and keeps you warm as you venture deeper underwater and temperatures change gradually.

2. Dive mask: The dive mask will cover your face from the water while at the same time serving as a window through which you can see the fascinations of the see all the more clearly. You might want to bring a snorkel too, which is good for breathing on the surface before descending underwater.

Basic Scuba Diving Equipment for the Beginner

3. Dive Booties and fins: Navigation while underwater is an important function as it will determine the amount of energy you will use and the distance that you will cover. The best snorkeling fins help ease movement underwater, ensuring that you don’t use up too much of your energy, tire too soon or spend too much of the air in the tank in too short a time.

4. The Tank: The tank is where the your air supply is stored. Seeing that you will need to spend lengthy periods of time underwater, and that you can’t hold your air for that long, the tank is designed to ensure that you have a near-normal supply of air while underwater. It is important to note that the tank is not filled entirely with oxygen as most people seem to believe, but rather with regular air with all the other gases included in their normal percentages as they exist in the atmosphere.

5. Dive Computer: The dive computer serves you with important information concerning your dive. It tells you how deep you have gone, how much deeper you can go, how long you have stayed under water and how much longer you can stay safely. This way, you have all the information you need to avoid going too deep or staying too long underwater as to affect your well being.

There are a bunch of other equipment that you will need when going scuba diving such as the buoyancy control device and the weight belt, both which are important for manipulating the depth you go underwater. These are, however, the most basic scuba diving equipment for the beginner.