Just dabbling? ...or is there an intent on going all the way? The answers here might depend on who you ask. I would say it may be best to go to a couple local dive shops and try some on- ask the guys there who use them. Just remember, their "go-to" equipment is probably what "they" sell and receive commission off of. So, hit more than one store. I have used ScubaPro for years- I like the quality and warranty on their equipment. Masks are kinda basic- find a likeable style in your favorite color? They have some nice full face ones out there now, but I'm old fashioned- and they are kinda specialized and expensive. Turbo fins are powerful, but you use more energy and can get leg cramps if not used to them. I have the "split" fins- nice, efficient, and provide power. Some of the newer technical fins are really nice, but more expensive.
While shopping, make sure you buy quality equipment rated for diving.... I don't want you to get a sales-person who may be confused about your intent and set you up with some "cheap" snorkeling gear. Just sayin'.
Anyway- I'm sure the real serious divers here will be chiming in... like sealark and jspooney- to give some real advice. I just got stuck at the desk today and thought I'd put some of my $.02 in here...
Lots of luck- hope you enjoy the new sport!
Try not to look at the cost as much as the quality. Buy something that will last for a long time and save yourself some money. I like dive pros and occasionally MBT. The guys at the dive shop in Gulf breeze are great to deal with also. You can always find what you like then shop on line for the same item and size.
Mask - go to a dive shop and find one that fits right. Let the fit guide you, not the price. Saving a buck don't mean crap if your mask starts leaking at 100'.
The rest is easier. Check the fit and styles of fins at the shop and find used if you can. I ended up with a Mares closed fin so no booties required. You'll need the snorkel to get cert but I've not used one since. I would't spend a lot on a snorkel unless you'll be snorkeling a lot.
Got my cert about a year and half ago thru MBT. Finally got in a lot more diving this year and love it. Getting the cert is cheap, the aftermath is where it gets expensive. Good luck!
Well I have been diving a rebreather for about 4 years now, and I'm still alive. (yay!) So I thought I would pass along my thoughts about rebreathers for any members who may be interested.
Before buying a rebreather:
Open water and nitrox certified
About 200 dives
After diving regularly for 35 solid years..I took a small hiatus. Actually had to create a new fishing forum account!
Bad experience in the Keys put me in a mood toward diving along with a job layoff..(which turned out to be a blessing in disguise). All is good now and back on the saddle...
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