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Hello from Beautiful Hawaii!! Quick question...

Discussion in 'Diving Into New Gear' started by Msufootball84, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. Msufootball84

    Msufootball84 Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: O’ahu, Hawaii
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    Hey everyone! First time on this site and it seems like there is a wealth of knowledge!

    I am new to diving and new to Hawaii. For some background, I did a discovery dive in Doha, Qatar and decided to jump into scuba. Planned a trip to get my SSI OW Certification while in the Philippines. Now I’m in Hawaii and will be doing a lot of diving on weekends and holidays.

    First question is about path. I will continue to go down the SSI route. The LDS I will be frequenting is also SSI so that helps. Many divers opt to go the Advanced Adventurer route following OWD. I was thinking of just diving to log more dives and going on to specialties to get my AOW (24 dives and 4 specialties). What are your thoughts?

    Secondly, I purchased mask, fins, computer and thermal protection already (turns out I don’t need much thermal protection here). I want to get into my own BCD and set of regulators. Any recommendations?

    The LDS is offering a nice deal ($1200) for:
    Aqua Lung Axium i3 BCD
    Aqua Lung Titan First stage and Primary
    Aqua Lung ABS Octo
    Aqua Lung i300c computer 2 gauge

    Heard mixed reviews on the i3 setup and I already have a computer but I like the idea of the backup, especially if it is in the package.

    Is this a good deal, assuming right fit? Is it worth buying items new or should I go used route (potentially buy 1 yr old rental BCD and regs)

    Thanks for continuing to provide great information!
     
  2. RogueClimber

    RogueClimber ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Honolulu
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    Aloha and welcome to the islands!

    I like your idea to just get out and dive to get some experience. Then you can work towards SSI's AOW if you so desire, or you can. just do the specialties that you will use in your diving (Deep, Nitrox, nav, etc)
     
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  3. Msufootball84

    Msufootball84 Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: O’ahu, Hawaii
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    Thanks for the input. That’s what I’m thinking. Just have to rest for NITROX and I want to do wreck, deep, navigation and buoyancy. After all of those with some shore dives, I’ll be there!
     
  4. joewr

    joewr ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Northern California
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    Hi,

    I’m very prejudiced! Besides being certified by PADI for OWD, the most useful certification I’ve gotten is for Nitrox. It’s a boon for shallow or deep dives, rec dives or wreck dives! The one caveat: in order to take full advantage of Nitrox, you need good bottom times. That tends to come with experience—so, get in as much diving as you can AND work on breathing.

    BCs: be prepared to try to sort all the info and opinions regarding vest-style vs backplate and wings (BPW). Both types will serve you well. There are advantages to each.

    I’ve used a vest type since Day One, but I’m not a tech diver or a wreck diver. My advice: if at all possible try renting BPWs, and diving with someone who regularly uses one. Whilst vest types are almost intuitive, I think BPWs need training—not a lot of training, but some.

    By the by, if you haven’t dived the Big Island, give it a try. Delightful diving

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    Have fun!

    Joe
     
  5. joewr

    joewr ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Northern California
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    Hi, again,

    I would tend to avoid buying most used equipment. Most dive gear is for life support, especially regs. Stick with a high quality new reg AND have it serviced annually.

    Instead of buying a used BC, just rent them until you can afford the new one you want. Take good care of it, and it will take good care of you.

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    Have fun!

    Joe
     
  6. Jackie Treehorn

    Jackie Treehorn ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Between Mikes and Weekapaug
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    I'd personally hold off on the BC. Rent them for a while. Less to carry back and forth and as you get experience you will have a better idea what you might really be interested in. I think you'll find its one of the least important pieces of gear you'll have. Especially in tropical/recrational settings.

    Take that money and go a bit bigger on new regulator. Deep6 has a regulator close to that price point I believe but that whole selling direct model might not be of your interest. Your LDS might have an affinity toward Aqualung -- so check out the Leg3nd or Apeks XTX50 regulators. The Atomic Z2/Z3 is closer to that price point as well. Those are all excellent and great breathing regulators.

    Good luck!
     
  7. ScubaWithTurk

    ScubaWithTurk Bubble Blowing Buddha

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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    One thing I can say is to stay away from the i300 computer. I had an i200 and had nothing but issues with it. Not to mention the menu is not easy to navigate.

    I would look into Deep 6 regs I currently dive them and absolutely love them. I won't give advice on a BCD as I am not a big fan of a jacket style. I have a Scubapro Knighthawk which is a back inflate BCD and just don't like they way they feel. I much prefer the minimalist feel of a backplate and wing (bp/w). Before you buy a BCD, see if you can try out different styles including the bp/w.

    Good luck on the gear hunt , let us know what you end up buying and above all else, keep diving!

    I am jealous of you in Hawaii. I fell in love with Hawaii (the Big Island is my favorite) and I hope to get back there to dive one day.
     

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