Diverdown wrote:Since there has been a fair bit of discussion about ones first set of gear. I thought it would be interesting to find out what gear people have purchased when they first started diving or over the years and never needed/wanted to change/was a waste of time and money etc...
Mine would be a Dacor, Air-integrated, Hoseless computer on a huge rubber platform which clipped across the front of your BC. It died 4 times, was replaced 4 times until I changed to a Uwatec. Aswell as looking pretty ugly. Another was a small strobe designed to attatch to your first stage for night dives. Extremely annoying for everyone else in the water and batteries only lasted 20mins into the dive.
Azza wrote:Aqualung Wave BCD - Was too big for me but the sales guys said it was sweet. Threw it away
Seaquest Pro QD BCD - Too much fancy crap on it and no decent metal D rings. Wasnt too bad a BCD for a stab jacket but couldnt advance with my diving and cost $1400 and sold it one year later on trade me for $400.
Seaquest Black Diamond BCD - No good for twins, in fact the back peeled off one day and my tanks fell back and smacked me in back of the legs.
Oceanic OceanPro BCD - Had to buy it to teach OW class in...good for fcuk all else...and not even that. In the corner of my garage gathering mould somewhere
Micra (Non adjustable) regs actually were not too bad but costs a fortune to get serviced and needed to be serviced regularly..face plates couldn't come off.
Sporasub something or other reg...died one day and parts not available.
Dacor reg...one of the few that apollo parts wont fit...in the corner somewhere
Scan 4 computer...actually loved that old beast but then when it died you couldnt get parts for it...it also had a bar graph.
Cobra computer - Air integrated computer...$1860 but hopeless for trwin tank diving.
Two x 95 cuft aluminium cylinders with Yoke valves. Was going to buy 12 litre steelies but sales convinced me to buy these instead...fricken useless due to crap buoyancy characteristics. Cant even use 'em for deco cylinders... Wife uses them for her tanks
Ikelite D8 torch. died 2 months after I bought it and no one could fix it for me, Takes about $56 worth of batteries every time.
Some yellow "Mallet" type torch. No good as cannot be stashed anywhere when not in use. Frequently seen on divers hanging off them by a long yard of rope...I guess thats what you do with them when they are not being used.
Another "mallet" torch bought at same time as first one. Lost it somewhere...probably on purpose.
3 x Scout clone torches...flooded and died all within 3 weeks of each other...
Excalibur sword for inside leg..blunt as fcuk and the biggest entanglement hazard I have ever had...swapped it for a slab of beer so spose it wasn't too bad of a buy...although effectively that was a $100 slab of beer...
Little BCD knife that fell out of holster second dive
Snorkel-Big and floppy. Used for 6 dives until realised was reason why my mask kept getting ripped off my face during crasy hunting in kelp. Now sits in corner
Saeko dive reel. Birds nested and then the handle broke... Threw it at student that broke it...(Just kidding)
Some plastic reel that was supposedly un jammable...actually lasted for 4 years before jammed and then broke handle off it while trying to reel through the Jam with brute strength because I was so pissed off at myself for buying a jamming reel that I was determined to reel the b@stard in no matter what...sitting in corner so I can bludge the line off it...
Dive Rite reel..jammed and I got pissed off and threw it in the corner of the garage...maybe its my technique...
various hoses all with different size nuts on them so one must carry 27 different size spanners to change a hose or o-ring over
12 fancy retractor type gauge holder thingies...lasted 2 months each and good old me kept going back just like bart Simpson and the Guinea Pig and electricity episode.
Drysuit LPI connection- different size to any other LPI connection on the market meaning custom hose must be used...this screwed up PH as well
Hybrid wrote:A clear sign of an advanced diver is the huge amount of diving sh|t in the garage collecting dust!
Diverdown wrote:Mini Q40 mask mounted torch x 2, both flooded within 4 dives. Bulbs cost $45 million each. When ever you looked at anyone you blilnded them.
My Dacor Extreme access computer had a bar graph, actually it had 3. One for deco, one for ascent rate and one for air remaining.
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