So you got your certification, have done a few local dives and have even planned your first Scuba Komodo island vacation. You have chosen your destination, have your dive card, and are ready to board your plane. One last thing to consider is what to take with you on your dive trip. Whether you already own your own gear or are thinking to purchase new gear, this is a decision everyone must make before heading to the airport.
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The first thing to consider is the location or komodo.com' target='_blank'>scuba Komodo you have chosen as your destination. Is it a common location for divers where there are a number of dive shops with decent gear that is serviced on a regular basis? What type of gear are they using? Though it is said a lot, this is life support equipment. I have used some rental equipment that is kept in great shape, but I have also seen equipment that is low quality, old, and rarely serviced. If the information is not on the shops website, e-mail or calls them and asks them what type of rental gear they use, how often it was serviced, and if it was serviced by, someone qualified to do the work. Having done service work on scuba Komodo equipment for over 7 years, I can say that poorly serviced equipment can be as bad if not worse than non-serviced equipment. If they are unsure or hesitant to answer then it is not a good sign.
If you are unsatisfied with the equipment available at the destination, but are not ready to purchase gear then you might look at renting from your local dive shop. There is a better chance that this equipment is serviced on a regular basis. Always be sure to test the equipment before heading off for your trip.
Light or Functional
For those of your who want to take your own gear, there are a number of options to choose from and this article certainly is not long enough to cover them all. I will focus on whether or not to choose some of the lighter or travel options available. When considering products designed for travel, it is important to think of your needs. If you only travel once or twice a year and most of your diving is local, then I would recommend choosing gear with the features you need over the equipment designed for travelers. If most of your trips are require traveling, then some of the lighter gear may be of some benefit.
Regulator- Though there are a number of regulators made from lightweight materials like titanium or aluminum that are designed for travel, they are generally not worth it. Unless you have the money to burn, the price difference is just too great. They are also more prone to damage and require greater care than the standard regulators.
Dive Computer- I consider a diver computer a must for traveling. Not only does it allows you to maximize your dive time it also allows you to spend time enjoying your vacation rather than doing calculations. I prefer a console to a wrist mount so it is attached to my regulator, but some people prefer the latter. Weight wise they will be about the same so choose the one with the features you want
BC- The BC is actually an item you want to consider choosing a light and streamline version. This is actually true regardless of the diving that you are planning to do. If you find a well designed BC, you do not really have to compromise. Weight integration is necessary as it makes things simpler when traveling. Focus on a choosing a BC that is streamlined and that packs small.
Wetsuit- Choosing a wetsuit can be somewhat difficult and depending on how often and where you dive you may need a few. Most thin wetsuits will not take up much space, so choose the one that you feel the most comfortable with. I would also like to note that there is a big difference in quality, so keep that in mind when comparing prices.
Snorkeling equipment- There are masks and snorkels that are designed for traveling. However, I have yet to see one that really saves that much space. Since the mask is your most important piece of equipment, choose the one that fits your best. If you are doing mostly warm water diving, then I actually do recommend that you purchase full-foot fins. They are not only much lighter and do not require booties, they are also more efficient.
Dive bag- I recommend bringing two. One travel bag for the plain, trip, and one large mesh bag for your daily dives. There are a number of options out there, and after making a couple of wrong choices I learned a lot about the features I wanted. The first thing to consider is to get a bag that is lightweight yet durable. With airlines constantly lowering the weight limits you do not want your dive bag taking up half the limit. However, it should also be durable. Since it will be tossed around through airports, buses, taxis, and maybe more; I recommend that, all pockets are on the inside of the bag. If it has outside pockets, then they should be streamlined. Fitting within the airline size limits and roller wheels are necessary. One other thing to check is to make sure it will stand up on its own when full. You do not want to hold it up all the time.
As a last note, if you are planning to purchase gear, do your research and find a reputable shop. It should be a fun experience and do not be pressured into something you do not want or need.
Enjoy your scuba Komodo vacation. For more information on Komodo National Park Diving, visit Scubakomodo.com
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