For the avid diver, the question to “buy or rent” is a simple one. Rental equipment on a 10 day trip averages over $300. In many cases, the gear is older and of lower quality and might even have an unknown service history. A good rule of thumb is if you plan to do at least three dive trips in your life, it’s less expensive, more comfortable, and safer to purchase your own Total Diving System. There’s also something to be said for peace of mind. When you have your own gear, are comfortable using it, and know that it’s been serviced and cared for, you tend to rest a little easier during the dive trips.

  • Wetsuit – This close-fitting neoprene garment helps regulate body temperature. It should be comfortable and fit properly or running low on air won’t be the reason you’re getting out of the water. Different suits have different buoyancy characteristics, which necessitates adjusting your ballast weight time and time again. Having your own wetsuit ensures a custom-fit and ease of donning.
  • Regulator – If the idea of sharing a mouthpiece with countless other divers doesn’t appeal to you, you’re not alone. Then there’s the safety value. Once you’ve seen a regulator come apart underwater, you quickly discover the value in owning your own air delivery system.
  • Buoyancy Compensation Device – This inflatable jacket is the critical piece of equipment that holds all your life-support equipment and lets you establish positive, negative, or neutral buoyancy. Having a properly fitted and functioning BCD is critical to ensure diver comfort and safety.

We understand that purchasing a Total Diving System can be expensive. Many of our customers prefer to begin with the Snorkeling System, which includes all the required equipment for the open water class, plus a wetsuit and mesh bag. Whenever you’re ready to upgrade, just pay the difference and you’ll have your own personally-fitted Total Diving System at the same price as if you purchased it all at once!

Whether you buy everything now or gradually collect gear along the way, having your own equipment will make diving safer, easier, and more enjoyable. Please give us a call if you have any questions or would like to get started with your equipment ownership today.