Certainly one can dive for a hell of a lot less. A full set of holiday diving kit could be had for well under £1k new, and considerably less second hand - or just bring your speedos and rent the lot.
GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) starts benignly enough with a mask and snorkel. Then choose a computer, ooooh, look at all the choices.... A BCD so you have the same one every time...
Then you start diving in the UK. The drysuit will be the most expensive piece of kit, or so you think as you spend £500 on an entry level one. Of course this means your fins now don't fit, so new ones and you're under the influence of the recreational community, so some useless "high tec" fins which you don't know that won't work for proper finning techniques.... Probably over £1500 now.
It's dark down there, so a cheapo torch is required. One of those crappy Chinese ones does for at least half a dozen dives before it stops working. Looking at the other people around, you seriously think about spending a couple of hundred or maybe more for some recreational torch that will be reliable. Of course it doesn't last long and the beam's too wide, but it works. Need your own tin. And regs Will only ever need the one... Now over £2.5k
Then some bastard from GUE shows you that there's life outside of splashing off a RIB. And all your kit's way too yellow. Twinset's are essential for redundancy, doesn't everyone know this?... Backplate, harness, wing, fins, twinset and regs soon follows.... Oh, that torch will never do. Needs to be tight, bright and umbilical. Now getting near to £4k.
Drysuit. How can you be a ninja in that entry-level neoprene suit? Now over £6k
Courses thus far have probably added £2k to that total. At least you've the SMB speciality.
More diving. Ignore the costs of these, but about £50/dive plus gas each.
Want to stay longer underwater... Oh, you need an ali80, plus regulators of course. Ah, the course... So splaff another £1k.
Deeper! Another course. Deeper still! Another stage + regs. £1k gone...
Up to £10k now, and still blowing bubbles.
Damn it's cold. £1k for a heater. Better torch required for the odd bit of filming. Camera. Suddenly spending £1k on a torch seems almost reasonable...
Struth, how much for a trimix fill? Now a dive can easily cost over £150 with the gas.
What does a twinset diver get who's got everything.... A rebreather. Only £10k with courses....
And so on...
Life is a GAS, now it's a full on addiction! £350 for a flashy stroby thing... Yeah, whatever.
I am a simple recreational diver and am fortunate enough to have a holiday apartment in Cyprus. Got fed up of paying the airlines to carry my gear and bought a second set to leave out there. eBay - BCD £20. Pair of quatros £25. Set of Apeks regs that belonged to a buddy's brother with about 12 dives £75. Two 12l steels and some lead from a local LDS that was closing £100. Total £220. Carry mask and computer in hand luggage - job done. Help out Cyprus LDS and get fills free. Not expensive this diving lark. (Costs me more in the UK). 👌😎😇
Last edited by Woz; 27-10-2020 at 03:56 PM.
I have nothing to do with BSAC any more apart from being a muggle member. So anything I write on here is likely to be complete bollocks. Hooray!