Why you should always bring your own scuba gear

Sometimes you just have those scuba diving trips where everything seems to want to go wrong. We nearly had one of those ourselves recently, but thankfully we came fully equipped with all of our own scuba gear. The best advantage you can get is not having to rely on dive shops to supply scuba equipment and we were thanking our lucky stars we thought to bring our own.

99% of the time a scuba diving shop has plenty of gear go around, and this is the one instance where they didn’t. It was a small local dive shop on caye caulker, a small island spit off the coast of Belize. All the charm of a tiny south american rasta town and gorgeous reefs to explore and plenty of nurse sharks to swim with on every dive.  After 5 days of exploring the mainland and the surrounding cayes, we landed on caulker and couldn’t wait to start scuba diving.

belize scuba diving location
beautiful diving to be had at caye caulker.

When we arrived at the dive shop they informed us that all their available scuba gear had been suddenly booked by a large private charter. Normally we would have had to postpone our dive but thankfully this trip we had decided to bring all of our own scuba equipment 🙂 We informed the dive company that we would be fine with our own scuba gear and all we needed was a ride on the boat out to the dive site, and a local divemaster to show us around the reef for the first few days.

Needless to say they were very happy we had our own gear, everything from fins and BCD, to a recently purchased Suunto dive computer. SO the following morning when it was time to push off (bright and early) we simply carted it all down onto the boat and took off for 5 more days of gorgeous scuba diving with out own equipment. The sights we saw were magnificent and we will certainly be recommending anyone thinking of going to dive in Belize to spring to action and do it!

From now on we will always bring our own scuba diving equipment wherever we go on vacation, just to avoid any unpleasant complications that could arise. We were so lucky this time!

scuba diving with nurse sharks
nurse sharks and sea stars! awesome scuba diving

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Scuba diving in Greece!

The present economic situation in Greece can seem intimidating, but as outsiders on vacation there, it did not really seem to effect us in a major negative way. we were there to go scuba diving and even with lugging our heavy scuba gear across the Mediterranean, we could not be happier. The sea was a deep, awe inspiring blue and we could tell right off the bat the scuba diving conditions were going to be amazing.

greece scuba diving ocean view
such a gorgeous sea to dive into!

My wife Jill and I had booked 6 days on the coast before heading to the Greek islands for more scuba adventure. On top of the amazing under sea life, the nightlife and food were fantastic. Everything seemed reasonably priced and even the dive tours were fairly in expensive, the one major cost of any dive trip.

So for the last 3 days of our scuba diving trip we spent it on a fantastic liveaboard boat. 2 dives a day for 3 days was a great way to experience the Greek islands and the wildlife did not disappoint. the corals and large variety of fish and smaller sharks, alongside majestic rays.

Thankfully the dive boat team had a fantastic handle on all our scuba gear and made getting ready for each dive a quick and easy process. Fins were always properly stored and they never lost a dive mask. We brought our own gear including some brand new dive computers we recently purchased via www.ScubaDivingDreams.com and couldn’t be happier with the results.

mykonos scuba diving adventure
scuba diving off the coast of mykonos in full scuba gear

The ocean was so crystal clear that many people spent a lot of their time between dives freediving off the side of the boat, a very fun and splashy time. The group we were diving with was fairly small, 3 other couples and 2 solo travelers so whenever we were under the waves we tended to stick in groups of 4 with a dive master which meant a far more intimate scuba diving experience. Overall our time scuba diving in Greece was thoroughly enjoyable, and we will be coming back next year!

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