I want to get into diving when it warms up does anybody have any advice on getting started?
There is some gear you will be required to purchase for taking the open water class: mask, fins, snorkel, and booties, all of which need to be DIVE quality. Dive quality means the little kits you see at places like Wal-Mart are not good for Scuba Diving. They are meant for light duty snorkeling. When you put scuba gear on it creates some drag in the water and those kits do not provide the needed power to push you through the water with comfort and ease. You will over work yourself with them and that leads to being tired and uncomfortable. Speak with the dive shop's staff about a student discount on gear when you enroll in their Open Water Certification class. The rest of the gear for completing the class is provided to you by the dive shop while in class. After you complete the class you can rent scuba gear till you purchase your own. Your instuctor can help you in deciding what type of gear to look for. Hope this helps!do you have to buy all your own gear to take the class? me and my girlfriend were wanting to get our dive certs so we could have another activity that would involve our sailboat
With regards to the fins: Unless you are in great shape I would avoid the Rocket fins- the ones like rescue swimmers and tech divers use..They work well in NO-Current conditions like the springs but in current you will work yourself to death and/or get cramps in your legs, this is not true for all but is a good rule of thumb for most...Split fins are great and provide alot of thrust with less effort and are what alot of divers who dive alot use...A good regular style mono fin will work as well to and you will just learn the best way to kick with it...As far a brands go that is open to opinion...Everybody likes what they like and can give you reasons for each...Choose a product your dive shop carries for good service and repair and that goes for all equipment...You get what you pay for....If you go the used quipment route get all the info and contact the dive shop first to find out if there is service parts available then ask the seller if you can have it checked out by the dive shop first then go from there...MBT will help you anyway they can for sure...Lastly remember as you get more comfortable in the water and your skills get better you can make your equipment perform to it's full potential regardless....thanks guys, that was my suspicion on the fins vs mask and snorkel importance, ill probably be dumping some good money on fins and sticking with cheap masks and snorkels in the beginning, any tips / pros and cons on fins, like brands and designs?