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July 19th, 2012, 03:44 PM
I'm Mazen and I'm going to be at Berkeley for almost 2 months (August and September). I wanted to ask if there is a place for renting scuba gear (everything from the mask to the fins) and meet up with cool people to have a dive or more during those 2 months.
July 19th, 2012, 04:04 PM
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July 19th, 2012, 05:29 PM
You should check out Monterey. Any of the dive shops there can do you right.
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July 19th, 2012, 06:47 PM
Welcome to NorCal :)
As suggested above Monterey holds some of the best diving around and there are plenty of shops to set you up with gear.
The water is cold, so a drysuit would be ideal, although any shops that rent drysuits will require a c-card to do so. Every shop rents wetsuits. 14mm at the core isn't enough for me, but might work for you.
July 24th, 2012, 01:30 PM
Thanks, I will check it out. By the way can they buddy me up with someone like if there are tours or something?
July 24th, 2012, 03:23 PM
I had a great expierence with Seven Seas Scuba. Seven Seas Scuba - Monterey, Dive Tours, PADI Dive shop, Dive Certifications, Scuba Lessons, Dive Gear, Equipment Service (http://sevenseasscuba.com/monterey/index.htm). I was unable to find a last minute dive buddy for a tue dive. They provided a guide with very little notice, and everyone was supper nice. Since its a new store all there gear is in great condition.
July 24th, 2012, 08:17 PM
For finding buddies, you can post here and sometimes you'll get response.
There is also The Greater Bay Area Scuba Lovers Meetup (Santa Clara, CA) - Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/scubadivers/)
That is the meetup for scuba in the bay area. if you're familiar w/ meetup, it's a way for folks to organize "meet ups" for all kinds of activities (hiking, biking, etc.) including diving.
For renting gear, there are a number of dive shops in Monterey (just do a google search), where you would likely be diving. There are also small shops in Oakland & Alameda.
July 24th, 2012, 10:38 PM
There's a list of dive shops and clubs at
The clubs are a good way to meet folks.
Also read the two sections that start "Information".
I suspect you don't have a lot of (any?) cold water experience. The water is cold,
but the invert life is world-class.
The Monterey shops all do tours. My recommendation would be to talk to
Aquarius on Del Monte (not the same as Glenn's Aquarius II at the breakwater)
and get a tour with Bruce.
You probably want to buy a mask so you have one that you know fits.
And if you wear glasses, you can get prescription lenses in the mask.