Most of the best diving locations are remote island locations and you're there to dive- not shop for skin gear
and/or scuba equipment.
So, buy souvenirs and travel with your own mask, fins, and snorkel aka "skin gear". Unless you like spending your valuable vacation time in the dive shop trying on dilapidated equipment. Anyone who has had an ill-fitting mask will tell you it's like wearing someone else's underwear.
So, customarily during dive training in scuba diving shops worldwide "skin gear" needs to be purchased. Remember to always ask if they have air conditioning at the hotel and ALWAYS bring your own skin gear.
is considered scuba quality mask, fins and snorkel. No this isn't the same as snorkeling gear. When you scuba dive the frame of the mask needs to be tempered glass, The fins are designed with hydrodynamics of a scuba diver in mind, think pushing an elephant through the water, would you like to try that with the hard way or the easy way?
such as buoyancy compensation devices, wetsuits, and regulators, can be rented, but do you know when it was last serviced, how well it fits and how it functions? Given airline weight restrictions avid scuba divers recognize the benefits of bringing their own gear and pay the additional baggage fees, Other items such as tanks are typically rented,
Rental Scuba equipment will be provided during the course, skin gear is an additional expense. However, before you accept the call of underwater adventurer do not purchase personal skin gear or (eventually) your own scuba equipment until it has been discussed in class and you know how to evaluate your purchases.
Basic Diving Equipment
Open Heel Adjustable, Closed Heel Full Foot
Masks & Snorkels
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Masks, Dry, Semi-Dry and Open Bore Snorkels
"The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea."- Isak Dinesen