If you are new to the hobby of snorkeling, you will probably be on the lookout for some good quality snorkeling equipment. You may well find that the choice is a bit overwhelming, and this is something that most novices discover the very first time they go shopping for snorkeling or scuba diving equipment. Before you rush out and buy the first set of snorkeling equipment that takes your fancy, there are a few things that you need to know in order to make sure that you get the best equipment. In this article, we will guide you through some of the items that you will need in order to get maximum enjoyment out of your scuba diving or snorkeling trip.
Should you Rent of Buy?
This is a question that a lot of people ask themselves when they first take up the hobby. Renting equipment does mean that you do not have to find somewhere to store all of your equipment; however, rental fees can add up over time and could cost you more money than buying your own equipment.
The first thing you need to remember about snorkeling equipment is that this is the apparatus that you are going to be relying on to keep you alive under water. This means that purchasing pre-owned snorkeling or scuba diving gear may not be the best idea.
One item that it is always advisable to own outright, rather than rent, is a wetsuit. This is due to the fact that it is going to be in very close contact with your body’s most intimate areas, so do you really like the idea of wearing a wetsuit that has been worn by someone else? Even allowing for the fact that it may have been professionally clean, there is always that chance that it wasn’t cleaned well enough and it is a common occurrence for divers to urinate in their wetsuits. So, say no more!
Another item that you should think about owning out right is the mask. This is due to the fact that it is important that you use a mask that fits you well enough so as to not let water in, but one that does not fit so tightly that it is uncomfortable to wear.
As you can see, there is much to consider when the time comes to acquire your own scuba diving or snorkeling equipment, least of all whether you should own all of your gear outright or rent. It may make more sense to own a wetsuit mask and snorkel, but rent other equipment you might need so that you do not have to transport it all from one location to another.