Advise on Women's Dive Gear

1 year 4 months ago #302630 by fastmummy
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I am a new diver, I have been looking at dive gear packages. BCD, Reg, computer. There are quite a number and was wondering if someone could give me some advice on the best brand to get. Oceanic, Mares, Aqualung etc.

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1 year 4 months ago #302631 by AB
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Fastmummy,
I know you are new to diving, but gear selection can vary quite a bit depending on what type of diving you hope to get into. If you are primarily planning to dive on overseas holidays, weight and common brands are important, if you are hoping to progress to deeper dives, you may be best to stick with gear which can grow with your advancement. If you intend to do most of your diving locally, it may be worth your while developing a relationship with your local dive shop,

Most of the dive gear is of good quality and with care and annual servicing, will serve you for many years, so you can influence your decision with other considerations. What sort of diving do you hope to do??

Alan
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1 year 4 months ago #302635 by bergersau
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With personal fit gear - BCD, wetsuit/drysuit, mask etc, I think FIT is more important than which badge has been slapped on the item. To that end you should attempt to try those items before you buy if you can and you may want to find a dive shop with female staff who are also active divers. They'd be able to offer a female perspective on design and fit issues that might be valuable to you. I've noticed over the years that women are shaped a little differently to men...

If you look at the gear most experienced divers are using, you'll often see a mashup of multiple brands of gear. Partly because they've added or replaced gear over time, but also because with experience you start to favour a one brand of wetsuit and another brand of BCD and yet another for mask or fins...
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1 year 3 months ago #302637 by The Padi Police
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For recreational diving in temperate waters you can't beat a stainless backplate and 30ish pound wing. Have a look at Diverite, Hollis, Halcyon, HOG or OMS they're all good and available through Australian sources.

Regs wise Apeks are the go,they're well made, perform well, parts are universally available, and have good resale value. Scubapro Mk25 are highly regarded as well but parts can be a poo fight.

Some highly regarded fins are Diverite XT, Mares Quattro, Cressi Frog, Scubapro Jet Fins/clones. Fins are a great tool for getting your trim right. Buy your BCD exposure suit and regs first and dive with borrowed fins. If your feet are floaty go with rubber fins, if they're heavy go with a plastic fin. Don't pay silly money for fins, $200 max, and don't be conned into buying split fins.

If you're in NSW a 5mm two piece wetsuit will do the job, have a look at Seatec, great quality and Australian made.

If you can afford it, get a Shearwater Perdix dive computer. Yes its a technical computer and yes it is massive overkill for recreational diving however they are so much easier to use than any recreational computer on the market and so much easier to read underwater. If you can't afford the perdix look at Suunto Zoop or Cressi Leonado.

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