Where to Find Cheap Gear and Cheap Dives (Vic)

1 year 11 months ago - 1 year 11 months ago #302051 by DanSucksAtDiving
DanSucksAtDiving created the topic: Where to Find Cheap Gear and Cheap Dives (Vic)
Alrighty, So I am pretty much brand new to diving, did my course up in Hamilton island and airlies beach. That was in about July (2015) and I have done one dive since then ( a couple of days ago), I wanted to go out, but its just so expensive! especially for a 15 year old, Who's Part time job goes towards car and phone bill!! anyway. anyone got some ideas where I could get some cheap gear? or get out to dive sits for as little as possible? I live in Victoria

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1 year 11 months ago #302052 by AB
AB replied the topic: Where to Find Cheap Gear and Cheap Dives (Vic)
Dan,
I wonder why a 15 yo has car bills? There are a couple of options for cheap gear, but they are riskier than going through a shop. Generally speaking, you get what you pay for! Obviously cheap gear comes up on e bay, but sometimes it isn't as cheap as it seems. Remember, this is your life support equipment, so it needs to be reliable. The service costs on second hand gear can bring the total cost close to new gear. There are a couple of Oz retailers who sell online and can be pretty much competitive with most OS deals. Check out Dive Tub, Dive Imports WA, and Scuba Doc.

If you trained in Qld and haven't had a dive in a while, you should do a checkout dive with an instructor as the conditions in Melbourne are quite different, especially in terms of the suit you need and the weights. People have died skipping this step. AB Ocean Divers have an active dive club which does shore dives, and they could steer you on the right path. When you are set up and have all your stuff, there are stacks of shore dives around Melbourne which are free. Check out FB pages for Melbourne Scuba Diving and you will find an active bunch who may let you tag along!

Do this right and safely and you will have amazing experiences, as Melbourne has some of the most diverse and quality dives on the planet. Once you have yourself sorted and get some experience, look to join an independent scuba club (not associated with a commercial business.) and you will access a greater diversity of diving quite cheaply.

Alan
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1 year 11 months ago #302053 by The Padi Police
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Cheapest way to start out is with second hand brand name gear, check Gumtree, Facebook, etc. and as Alan said, shore dives are free.

If you're buying new gear and doing boat dives it's an expensive hobby, no cheap way around it.
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1 year 11 months ago #302057 by DanSucksAtDiving
DanSucksAtDiving replied the topic: Where to Find Cheap Gear and Cheap Dives (Vic)
Cheers Guys! I have had a look a the websites quickly and they look ace! as for the dive club looks awesome! Will go and have a look!

(P.S Im saving money for a car)

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1 year 9 months ago #302225 by reg of the overflow
reg of the overflow replied the topic: Where to Find Cheap Gear and Cheap Dives (Vic)
i am in my 60's but didn't start diving until my late 40's ( i had family , a house and real car bills...... all of which sucked all the money out of me :P ) As the guys have said, it is an expensive sport and you do get what you pay for. i started off with second hand gear , yes i was poor - in fact my regs are Aqualung Conshelf XIV which were made in 1980 and still going strong. Don't forget with your own gear comes servicing costs.....
If you do want your own gear - and there is no better way to dive than with your own, there are always birthdays, Xmas, wieghtbelt instead of Easter eggs.......
And as for diving in Melbourne.. it's pretty awesome but very different to up north. An intro dive is paramount.. Good luck

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