August 2004 I took up SCUBA diving. It’s an opportunity to look as daft as humanly possible on land while having a great time underwater. I never thought I’d get the opportunity to swim under a fish (doesn’t sound like much I know, you had to be there).
I’ve got all my own equipment now (what I need, anyway) and it’s listed here:
|Equipment||Make & Model||A few words of reason|
|Wetsuit||Oceanic Shadow System 2005 5mm||Full titanium lined suit and a shorty; makes 3 suits.Keeps you warm and, well, moist.
|BCD||Mares Morphos Twin||No inflator hose (Airtrim), integrated weights.|
|Gloves||Hydrotech||Cheap. Work well. Oceanic gloves are too small!
|Boots||Oceanic Shadow System||Match and integrate with the suit.|
||Watch size, built-in compass and wireless air integration. USB PC interface. There’s no scratch guard so it can get knocked, but it’s mineral crystal and titanium so it doesn’t matter too much.|
|Knife||Hydrotech Titanium||Won’t rust, it’s titanium!|
|Fins||Mares Avanti Quattro Pro||The best you can get, apparently.|
|Weight System||Mares MRS||Integrated weights, fit the BCD.|
|Weight System||Oceanic Shot-Weight Belt||Integrated weights are rubbish. 😉
|Bag||Oceanic Excursion Plus||Big and has wheels. Took days to find all the pockets.|
|Mask||Cressi-Sub Matrix||It fits my face and it let’s me look at the instruments.|
|Regulator||Oceanic Delta 4 Second Stage with Oceanic DX4 First Stage and Oceanic Swivel 180 Octopus||Free parts for life if you have them serviced annually so you just have to pay for labour. The octopus has no ‘right way up’ so works straight away in a panic.|
As you can see, a lot of my equipment is from Oceanic, the reason being, I like Oceanic equipment, nothing more to it than that. I wasn’t going for an everything from one manufacturer thing.
I bought most of my equipment from Taunton Scuba at the Dive Show but I also bought some from Dive 90 in Cheltenham. The BCD came from Dive Inn and was shipped from Denmark. I’d happily buy from any of them again.