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Old 11-01-2015, 10:09 AM   #21
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If your instructor is good and he/she offers a separate course that focuses on achieving and maintaining proper buoyancy, take it.

Mastering buoyancy control will increase the enjoyment of your future diving immensely.

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Old 11-01-2015, 10:53 AM   #22
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Thanks crew. Awesome advice. I do some snorkeling occasionally so do have some start up gear.

1983 Present 42 Sundeck
Twin Lehman 135's

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*Present 42 twin 135 Lehmans
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Old 11-01-2015, 04:42 PM   #23
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My 2 cents on this is find dive shop that has been around for several years. The longer the better. This usually translates into a well run service oriented business. I got certified in the 90's and the shop is still around, ongoing instruction and new students are the life blood of a good shop in an area that might not be a diving destination. My shop happened to be an SSI shop and that is why I have an SSI certification. When it comes to gear I would say a regulator set up with primary and octopus would be the best first gear purchase and then a computer. If you travel they are easy to take along and you know the usage and maintenance history of them. Best of luck.

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