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Buying SCUBA Gear Online vs Local Dive Shops

I'm curious what the general train of thought is when it comes to buying gear online versus supporting local shops. I had a generally good experience with my local shop when it came to getting certified and buying my initial gear but I'm also aware that buying in a shop can sometimes carry additional costs. I'm currently in the market for a BCD, Primary, and Alternate Regulator. I've already bought a Garmin Dive computer but an additional SPG wouldn't hurt though isn't a top-tier priority as of now.

When pricing gear, what price difference (Dollar amount or percentage of total order) would be the limit when comparing prices?

For instance, my local shop has recommended a backplate combo and primary/alternate regulator setup that was estimated to be around $2,000. When pricing online I found the same gear for around $1,800. However, if I don't opt for the SS1, which I'm not 100% sold on, I could buy the same primary regulator my local shop recommended, in a scuba package from an online store with the octo for the same price as the primary regulator alone - effectively saving an additional $400. Making the in-store purchase around $2,000 and online purchase under $1,500 saving approximately 25% and $500,

I know this is the cheap route and isn't how you build stronger relationships with your local shops (albeit local for me is over an hour away). It's difficult for me to pay more when I can order it from other sources and use the saved money to go on trips with the shop or spend time diving on an upcoming vacation.

How do others typically navigate this process without feeling like you're doing wrong to your local shop? Thanks in advance for any thoughts on the subject!

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2024/02/25
20:32 UTC

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When should I consider practicing frog kicking?

I'm advanced certified and, on top of the OW and Adv OW dives, I have done around 10 dives now, so I'm starting to feel a lot more comfortable in the water and feel like I've got a lot of the basics down. That said, I have not considered trying frog kicking but every experienced diver I've been with all seem to do it. Am I ready to try it now or would it just complicate things at my level? Should I hold off on attempting it for now?

17 Comments
2024/02/25
17:55 UTC

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Double gloves wetsuit

I’m currently buying everything I need to go diving in the Netherlands. I’m currently starting my certification course through NOB. I was wondering if I could double glove wetsuit gloves? I find that many 7mm gloves are too large on me as they start with size XS, or the smaller sizer are not in stock. So I was thinking of a 5mm XS glove with a 2mm XXS glove underneath. Is this a stupid idea?

3 Comments
2024/02/25
17:28 UTC

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Is it normal to get a gagging feeling when first starting out?

I just did a discover scuba course, and I want to get fully certified soon. Whenever I put the regulator in above water I get a gagging feeling but then when I go underwater I am generally fine. My dad says the mouthpiece was probably too big...

15 Comments
2024/02/25
16:36 UTC

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HMCS Annapolis & Halkett Wall - Halkett Bay, British Columbia, Canada

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2024/02/25
16:33 UTC

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Found this Blacktip reef shark while diving the South Andaman Sea

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2024/02/25
16:25 UTC

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Close Encounters Part 2.

Not as close as the last one but gives a great perspective to its size and is still pretty cool!

How many feet would we say this is?

Is it small for a tiger?

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2024/02/25
16:13 UTC

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Is underwater welding dangerous or harmful?

Dangerous meaning there is a risk of harm but if you do it safely you won’t be harmed.

Harmful meaning no matter what you do it WILL harm you.

22 Comments
2024/02/25
14:45 UTC

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Diving in Bali. Which area to stay?

I currently have booked my hotel in Seminyak, but I was wondering if it was a good location to reach dive centers around. Anyone has any experience on which are? Ideally I would love to be in a area where there is a balance of diving and nightlife.

I am planning to rent a motorbike and willing to ride in the mornings for diving :)

12 Comments
2024/02/25
13:13 UTC

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Drysuit Brand Suggestions?

Looking to get into drysuit diving and due to the lead times, wanted to put an order in now to have it by the fall season.

I've seen a lot about Seaskin drysuits and after pricing one out, seems to be an extremely good value at around $1500 USD with all the bells and whistles. But is there any benefit to the more expensive drysuits such as the Fourth Element Argonaut 3.0 that make it worth the premium cost of additional $2-3000 USD? My parents live nearby the Dive Right into Scuba stores and I was considering heading in to get sized for the Argonaut, especially with the warranty they offer.

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2024/02/25
12:53 UTC

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Best resource to brush up on Scuba Knowledge?

Me and my s/o are both advanced open water divers certified through padi, however we haven't dived in about 8 years and when we go to dive in Hawaii in about 4 years or so we could really use a brush up on the course literature so to speak before we dive.

What do you consider to be the most effective ways to brush up on the basics again? Any recommended websites or videos?

6 Comments
2024/02/25
10:57 UTC

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Manta has my heart ❤️

Today in the Maldives...South atolls, Manta Point. Bucket list item checked off 🧡

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2024/02/25
05:35 UTC

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Any good diving in the Midwest?

I recently moved to the great state of North Dakota, known for not having access to ocean diving access. Does anyone have any experience with diving in these parts of the country? Any recommendations of dive shops along the ND/Minnesota border?

Thanks in advance!

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2024/02/25
01:06 UTC

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Aggressor Land Packages

Going on the Belize Aggressor in the near future and we’re flying in a week before the cruise. Has anyone done any of the land trips that the Aggressor company coordinates? What’s your experience been like?

3 Comments
2024/02/24
22:20 UTC

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Looking for recommendations to convince partner to start diving! (SE asia)

Hi all,

My hubs and I are traveling to SE Asia for 3 weeks this summer, and looking for site recommendations to help us choose a vacation destination. I'm a vacation diver with an AOW and around 30 dives, my husband is not licensed, but a strong swimmer. He just hates the cold and swimming anywhere outside a sterile swimming pool... Since he's agreed to trying out diving a few times for my sake, I really want to pick a spot that will change his mind!

Do any dive sites pop in to mind around SE asia that might fit the bill? High vis, "LOW" marine life (especially no large ones like sharks mantas etc.), beautiful waters, and warm? Particularly keen on high visibility, since that's what seems to throw him off the most.

Here are some locations I'm considering:

  • Bali, Indonesia: The blue lagoon seems to check a lot of boxes, shallow, white sandy bottom, high vis. Also a plus that the city itself has lots to do.
  • Palau: I've been here before, so I know it has stunningly beautiful waters. I'd like to check out new places myself if possible, but I'm not opposed to revisiting.
  • Okinawa, Japan: Not SEA but open to considering since it's close, maeda point seems promising.

Thanks in advance!

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2024/02/24
21:37 UTC

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Queer-friendly diving operations and location recommendations??

Hello, I am a PADI Divemaster and my boyfriend is working his way through certifications. We are planning a trip for January 2025. I've been diving in NYC (as my primary form of income), Costa Rica, and the Bahamas. I've been trying to find a shop somewhere in the Americas (since we are from NYC) that won't be way too expensive for us since we are still in college but obviously, that deems more of a challenge haha. We are looking for a place that would be good diving for someone who is a beginner since he is brand new to the sport but the more I look into places I realize that not every country in the world is as accepting as the more expensive places. I am currently looking into Grenada and find that it's illegal to be queer and I don't want to be paranoid the whole trip even though we aren't very flamboyant in appearance. Does anyone have any recommendations of specific dive operations or countries where we may be able to not spend an absurd amount of money while also enjoying good diving in the winter months WHILE ALSO not feeling I will be treated unfairly because of our relationship? I know I'm asking for a lot but we want to be able to enjoy as much as we can. Thank you!

55 Comments
2024/02/24
21:00 UTC

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Add grip to gloves

I just bought a pair of latex gloves to use with my dry suit. They are great gloves, but they are very slippery. Does anyone know of a good product to add grip to my gloves? I was thinking something like spray on PlastiDip but am open to other suggestions. Thanks!

7 Comments
2024/02/24
16:28 UTC

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Is it possible to dive anywhere in the UK without drysuit training?

I’m from the UK and aside from seeing the divers in my local harbour and being desperate to join them, I know there’s some great dives in the UK and I would really love to do some including the Farne Islands, Menai Straits, Scapa Flow and around West Wales.

My biggest obstacle though is the fact I’m not drysuit trained. The problem I have is that I’m living abroad and with it, I’m in the UK for a maximum of about 2 months a year at best. This means I’m mostly diving in warm, clear tropical water where a drysuit would be overkill unless you were either doing a really deep dive or doing something like a cave dive. So spending £1000+ on the actual drysuit and then the actual drysuit training would be a complete waste of time and money for the most part unless I wanted to look weird.

I know this would likely mean that the likes of Scapa Flow would be off-limits given that that dive site is in the north of Scotland but this is more of a ‘this dive would be awesome to do when I’m a much more advanced diver with the drysuit’ thing for me. I’m hazarding a guess that some more southern dive sites might be doable but I don’t know.

Has anyone done UK dives with wetsuits? Or would people just recommend I bite the bullet and do the drysuit training?

50 Comments
2024/02/24
15:16 UTC

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Diving in Italy next year

Hey everyone!

I’m going to be starting my cert courses this upcoming summer in preparation for our honeymoon next April and i was wondering if any of you have dived in Sorrento? It’s the only part of the trip where we logistically have enough time to do it and i wanted some feedback from some people who may have already been.

I was interested in doing a dive around Scoglio Del Vervece, specifically to see the madonna statue as well as some of the local fishies.

Does anyone have any feedback on what typical conditions are like in April and whether or not it was a good time or if i should try to wiggle things around to do a different spot. It’s listed as a beginner friendly area, so i thought it sounded perfect.

Thanks in advance everyone!

8 Comments
2024/02/24
13:31 UTC

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DIY Lamp (holder) for Sealife Sportdiver Case

Hi everyone!

I just recently bought the scuba smartphone case by Sealife and after checking the pricing of a lamp + attachment I was wondering if anyone has any experience in building their own lampholders (I‘m sure there‘s a better translation but I couldn‘t find it) for their cameralamps.

Reason is that they want more for that piece of plastic and rubber than the case cost and I already have a far superior second lamp that I use for night dives.

Thought about printing some kind of attachment for that but would love to hear from anyone with experience in DIY dive gadgets.

Thanks in advance for all and any input!

7 Comments
2024/02/24
11:21 UTC

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…. Bali / Lombok

So the final follow-up on follow-ups (https://www.reddit.com/r/scuba/s/vqShGaTVwM) We decided we will fly in to Bali, fly out in Lombok. The most likely itinerary will be:

  • Land on Denpasar
  • Transfer to Candidasa by Southern Dreams Diving Center (SDDC) where we will take following dive course which will lead to our CMAS 1* LINK seems good according to tripadvisor, google and the whatsapp messages are good and informative.
  • Transfer to Padangbai harbor
  • Take boat to gili islands & bangsal (diving sites/organisations you recommend for beginners; SHOOT)
  • Go forward to west nusa tenggara and go to Lombok and western Sumbawa. Also here any recommendations are happily welcomed!

Unfortunately they recommended against nusa penida, for the currents and swells, which will make us to have to wait a little longer to see sunfish and manta reys.

Cheers!

3 Comments
2024/02/24
09:39 UTC

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Sticky ears

Hi I've been a commercial diver for the last 12 years but recently I seem to be having problems with equalizing my ears, they are fine for 45 mins or so then they just totally block up not allowing me to equalize. It's been happening for a couple months now so not just down to a head cold. My nose is unblocked and I'm breathing fine. Has anyone else had similar problems or has anyone got any remedies or ideas how to sort this? Cheers

2 Comments
2024/02/24
07:40 UTC

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Putting a deposit on a hotel room in Roatán , unsure how to do a bank transfer to Honduras

3 Comments
2024/02/24
05:11 UTC

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Suggestions for carrying regulator on plane

Any scuba specific or generic recommendations for carrying on a 1st and 2nd stage regulator, hoses, and small computer? All of the reg carrying cases seem so big. Thanks!

48 Comments
2024/02/24
03:59 UTC

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What to know about your diving instructor before you start?

I enrolled to a diving course and dive center experience is not so great experience at the start. It had great reviews online but the reality is different. With this in mind, I want to ensure that the instructor has right credentials to teach. I could use some help figuring out what I can ask my instructor to verify that they are qualified to teach. Could someone help me with this?

20 Comments
2024/02/24
02:18 UTC

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Weighted Equally

Rental BCD is Scubapro Level which I’ve rented since OWC, 16lbs for weights, which are divided two 5lbs at waist, two 3lbs behind me.

Going diving Sunday and so got the rental weight belt and half way home I noticed four 4lbs weights shop gave me.

All both combos still equal 16lbs.

Question is do different size weights matter where placed or as long as the total weight equals 16lbs I’m good to go?

2 Comments
2024/02/24
00:47 UTC

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Volunteering in Madascar

I've been looking into volunteering in Madascar for their marine conservation. It looks like you do a couple dives a day and survey different creatures, monitor reef bleaching, etc. Has anyone does this before? What was the experience like? What did a typical day look like?

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2024/02/24
00:22 UTC

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I get really confused with different diving institutions and certifications. (ADIP, PADI, etc.)

I am certified by ADIP, in the most basic course. Is this valid at PADI diving schools? If I do a PADI specialization, ADIP will they accept me?

9 Comments
2024/02/23
23:36 UTC

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Winter scuba diving in California

I have trips scheduled for January of next year to California, specifically to San Francisco. I would like help from anyone who has dived or is from the region.

Is it possible to dive there this January time?

Are there many places that promote outings and rent equipment?

What types of diving can we find in the region?

8 Comments
2024/02/23
23:32 UTC

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