I received my "In Depth" email from GUE yesterday and was reading up on the cost benefits of CCR? The report concluded you need only 39 tec dives to justify the ownership of a CCR????
I was quite shocked.
When I bought a CCR in 2004 I calculated it would take me about 18 months for the cost to go to positive from negative and that was based on my purchase cost of £3000 and about £2000 on training including travel costs (did tec in the red sea)
But 18 months was about 75 dives?? I was averaging around 50 tec level (below 40m) dives in a year often with 100% of my diving being below 40m every year and most being in the 60-70m range
My typical year started with a Tec diving trip and min 5 tec dives in somewhere with warm water, before returning to the UK to do the proper stuff with another tec diving trip when local waters were warmer. Typically id be doing two dives a week in the UK during the "season" which was pretty much April to October and one a week outside of that and trips.
Quite aside from the GUE even mentioning cost as an issue (I was repeatedly told in the GUE's anti-CCR days that cost was never a consideration) I was horrified by A: the cost of a CCR today and B: the cost of Helium
Which leads me to the question, how much is He in the UK today?
It's quite sad really that a Tec diver must be looking at about a 15 - 20K investment in diving equipment in order to do deeper wrecks. I loved my time tec diving but I would seriously have to think twice today if I were considering that route and the costs are that high. No wonder diving in general is apparently shrinking in terms of sports activities.
So who's gone into tec diving today and what sort of real-world costs do you think you incurred?
Do you think doing 40-50 40m-70m dives in a year is economically viable anymore?
Having recently returned from Egypt we are thinking of buying a property in Dahab, my immediate thought was, I should buy another CCR
Perhaps deep air will have a resurgence in my diving life