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Backpacking in Thailand. Should I bring dive gear?

Discussion in 'Thailand' started by NWDiverdown, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. NWDiverdown

    NWDiverdown Angel Fish

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    hey there. I’ll be backpacking around Thailand for a while but will be settling on Ko Phangan for a few weeks to visit friends. I am a PADI MSDT and am hoping to possibly teach some courses. I dive mostly sidemount and teach it as well. Is it worth bringing my SM gear? Should I just bring a travel single-tank BCD? I’m just wondering about logistics and the comfort of carting dive gear around the country before I hit the islands.
     
  2. stevenl

    stevenl Loggerhead Turtle

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    Take into account that you can not legally teach, a workpermit is required for that.

    In general I'd say don't bring your own gear, it is a hassle to drag around.
     
  3. NWDiverdown

    NWDiverdown Angel Fish

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    Thanks!! I’ll just bring mask/fins/reg
     
  4. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

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    Based on my experience in Thailand, the rental gear is often in pretty poor condition (although there certainly are good operators with decent rental gear). Visit the shops to assess gear condition (or maybe your friends there have recommendations). Bringing your reg definitely makes sense to me.
     
  5. stevenl

    stevenl Loggerhead Turtle

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    Do I recall correctly you paid one visit here to limited destinations about 20 years ago or so?
     
  6. SurvivalD

    SurvivalD Angel Fish

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    i’m with @drbill , just being your fins and mask and reg set up. the rest is in pretty good condition. Check your tank as you normally would, and keep track of your gear on a big boat if you do end up teaching. Unless your a known face on the boats, they may ‘help’ with your gear. You don’t want that. maybe assemble and disassemble your gear and stow before and after every dive. Things can get beat up otherwise, or just treated like rental thrashers.
    Just thoughts from no one near as experienced, but it is a hassle to drag you gear, it’s not really required apart from what i already listed. I’m a newbie, but a smart one :)
     
  7. Edward3c

    Edward3c Instructor, Scuba

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    I was in Thailand last December. The authorities were actively checking work permits and deported, after collecting fines, those they found without the right paperwork. It wasn’t just dive operators they were checking restaurants and other sporting activities.
     
  8. stevenl

    stevenl Loggerhead Turtle

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    Disassemble after every dive is not really practicle. And what do you mean with this "Things can get beat up otherwise, or just treated like rental thrashers. " are you saying diveoperators are treating their gear badly?
     
  9. SurvivalD

    SurvivalD Angel Fish

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    Yes, that’s exactly what i’m saying. But not really their fault. The dive operators are not usually the ones doing it. It’s the people operating the boats and the ‘helpers’
    As for not practical, to remove your bcd and reg and drop in your bag, why not?

    I saw lots of dropped gauges, thrown regs and the like.
     
  10. Edward3c

    Edward3c Instructor, Scuba

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    That’s not been my experience in the 5 trips to Thailand I’ve done.
     
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