Divers who don’t like to be burdened by additional baggage fees for bringing heavy scuba diving gear have no other option but to rent one from stores located near the dive site. There are also divers who refuse to invest on dive equipment due to the reason that they don’t vide that often. If you’re contemplating of renting scuba equipment, take note that renting gear comes with a lot of risks, foremost of which is the fact that you would be diving with equipment you haven’t gotten accustomed to.
Here are tips on checking if you are renting safe scuba equipment.
Find a Scuba Store That Has a Pool
Shop around the locale and find an establishment that has a pool where you can test the gear. Testing the equipment before the actual open water dive will help you determine its condition and if it is reliable. If the store declines on letting you personally test it, find other establishments that will. When you are already in the pool, evaluate the workability of the regulator, the maneuverability of the suit, and the diving weights’ buoyancy levels.
Personally Examine the Scuba Gear
Before everything else, equip yourself with sufficient knowledge about how scuba items work and what to look for when renting. On top of your scuba lessons, it wouldn’t hurt to do a refresher by reading Internet articles about specific gear you want to learn more about. This will allow you to be more perceptive of flaws that may have escaped your notice before such as imperfections in your wetsuit’s seams and seals, its ability to allow movements, et cetera. Check also the air hose seals for rust and corrosion.
Ask Relevant Questions
Dependable establishments are more than willing to entertain your questions about the trustworthiness of the item. Seek information about how often their equipment is serviced, if the stored equipment is regularly tested, and other things you find helpful in your gear rental agendum. Also, ask to see service records and test certifications. If they seem reluctant to answer, they sure aren’t dependable.
What Gear You Must Not Rent
Simply don’t rent the following scuba items: damaged or worn wetsuits (as they affect buoyancy and body temperature), corroded air hoses (for they are sure to break loose in open water), damaged or worn belts (since these can break and cause dangerous ascents), and a faulty regulator (obvious reasons). Do not put your life at risk! Shop around and search for more reliable gear!
Stick with the Deal
If your rental gear assessment is successful and satisfactory, pay what was mutually agreed by you and the supplier. After validating the deal, you are held responsible for keeping the equipment in good condition; make sure to return it in the same condition it was in before you rented it.