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Benefits of Owning Your Own SCUBA Dive Gear

Here @ Key Dives we maintain and service our rental gear on a routine basis. Every year we replace our gently used rental fleet with the next years model, so we always have the latest, greatest, most up to date technology and gear.

Now, it is the time for us to sell our MARES rental gear. This is a wonderful opportunity to own your personal set of SCUBA gear. We have a limited number of BCD’s and Regulators available. Please call us for more info or to reserve. Time is limited, we are receiving our new gear the first week in August.

$275/Mares Prestige BCD and $425/Mares Prestige regulator with Puck Pro computer.

Buy both together and SAVE! Total = $650


There are many advantages to owning your own dive equipment. Familiarity with a personal set of scuba gear means greater comfort and a better dive experience. More importantly, it can help you avoid an emergency situation.

From a safety perspective, owning your own gear ensures you know how to manipulate it in an emergency – ditching weights for example. Get to know your gear: practice adjusting it and ask your PADI Instructor or Divemaster for recommendations. By consistently diving with the same equipment you’ll learn how things are “supposed” to feel which will also help you fine tune your scuba skills such as buoyancy.

Above all, a comfortable dive is a good dive, and when your gear is your own, you have a lot less to worry about – and a lot less tugging and adjusting to do. When you’re ready to start buying your own kit, these are the items that should be first on your list – and why you’ll enjoy owning them.

Regulator – If the idea of using a regulator that’s been in the mouths of countless other divers doesn’t exactly appeal to you, you’re not alone. Buying your own regulator gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing who’s used it, as well as how it’s been cleaned and maintained. You also don’t have to worry about adjusting the settings every time you dive.

The good news: Among major-label regulators–the kind sold in dive stores–there is no junk. Regulators have been perfected to the point that even budget regulators can offer high performance.

What It Does – Converts the high-pressure air in your tank to ambient pressure so you can breathe it. A regulator must also deliver air to other places, such as your BC inflator and alternate second stage.

What to Look For – High performance. The best regulators can deliver a high volume of air at depth, under heavy exertion even at low tank pressures.

Comfort. Look for a comfortable mouthpiece (these are customizable) and have your local dive store select hoses of the right length for you.

* Buoyancy Compensating Device – This critical piece of equipment holds and connects all your life-support gear and lets you establish the right amount of buoyancy you need, either under water or at the surface. Having your own BCD enables you to keep all of your accessories arranged just as you want them and gives you the added comfort that comes with being totally familiar with the equipment you’re using.

What It Does – What doesn’t it do? It holds your gear in place, lets you carry a tank with minimal effort, floats you at the surface and allows you to achieve neutral buoyancy at any depth.

What to Look For – Correct size and fit. Before you try on BCs, slip into the exposure suit you’ll wear most often. Look for a BC that fits snugly but doesn’t squeeze you when inflated. The acid test: inflate the BC until the overflow valve vents. The BC should not restrict your breathing. While you have the BC on, test all valves for accessibility and ease of use, then make sure the adjustments, straps and pockets are easy to reach and use.

Pay particular attention to the inflator hose. Is it easy to reach and extend over your head? Make sure there’s a clear distinction between the inflate and deflate buttons and that you can operate them easily with one hand.