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Discussion in 'New to Scuba Diving' started by AdsDiving833, Aug 9, 2017.

  1. splinter

    splinter Active Member

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    The upside to what pitdiver describes is that you appreciate it all the more when it does go to plan.

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  2. AdsDiving833

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    I'll be sure to remember the good times, positivity and all that! :D
     
  3. JohnL

    JohnL Well-Known Member

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    If you want to dive in the sea, whether in the UK or elsewhere, you have to put up with days off. The alternative of diving in puddles is more reliable but less exciting - keeps you going through the winter, when the sea is reliably unreliable.
     
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  4. Tel

    Tel Super Moderator
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    After the Apeks buyout by Aqualung a fair few Apeks dealers are now pushing Aqualung bolstered by volume discounts.
    As the entry level is a a sub-£500 retail Blizzard Pro it's this suit quite often at stupidly low prices of around sub £300
    that's seen a lot. It's 4mm, quite thin and pretty soft material with sizes a bit on the small size than what the label says.
    They come with socks so need boots and no drysuit hose which adds +£80 at least to any purchase. If you have one already
    sure they are fine:p If you don't then leave alone :)
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    Typhoon do a big range from entry level right through to 4 figure+ suits in both membrane and neoprene. They've been around
    a long time and are bigger in the sailing market which has led to older non-diving suits with a couple of valves stuck on being
    sold as diving drysuits. This means that older suits like the Ranger need to be avoided at all cost.

    At entry level the school/club favourite is the red/black neoprene Seamaster and Seamist (often called the un PC Seamistress
    by mistake :) ) [Mk1 1 & 2 red/black, Mk 3 Grey/black] Base retail cost is sub £500 and are often discounted new to £350 odd.
    As it's the first suit that many buy new they often end up on ebay and can be a very good first purchase primarily because they
    are stock and known sizes and being standard neoprene will stretch to suit the owner.

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    Sure they need a bit more lead and yes do some more serious depths they compress and need a few more layers, but to start
    with and until you know enough to be objective as to what MTM really good suit you are going to buy this is a good entry level
    option.
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    The other Typhoon to look at is the TCS which is the blue compressed version. This was about £200 more retail and compressed is better
    for deeper stuff. Has a few extra features as well.

    I currently have for sale
    Medium Seamaster = £120 + postage
    Large TCS = £240 + postage
    XL TCS = £230 + postage

    Let me know by PM if interested and can sort out some pics :)
     
  5. AdsDiving833

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    That's great and a lot of good gen for me to consider, many thanks for all the detailed info!
     
  6. pgarrish

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    Hi Adam, I’m just down the road in preston so capers is my local spot too.

    I’d agree with almost all the above although I’d put a vote in for the Aqualung Core regs, some good deals to be had and they are working well for my wife and I (yes, matching regs!)

    Re suits... definitely drysuit otherwise you’ll be lucky to do more than 3-4 (busy) months at capers. I’m assuming you’re renting just now, so one option is spend 20 rentals on a drysuit and you’ll most likely pay that back in a year. Or 30. After 40 dives you’ll be able to assess the suit and make a decision if you like that style, like Uk diving or not, then you can spend more in confidence.

    I bought second hand... the suit was very cheap so even with seals and repairs it cost me little over £200, and I’ve saved that in rentals, plus you won’t miss out cos ‘your’ suit is booked out (which it will be over the summer...)

    Bcd - loads of second hand ones, and again, to start with maybe buy 20 rentals worth and decide after that.

    You’ve got a computer so buy new regs and you’re well away. Tanks and weights are cheap enough to rent at the dive site.

    Let me know if you can make a Friday at capers!
     

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