What is the Cheapest Scuba Diving Equipment?
Scuba diving can become an expensive hobby, but it doesn’t have to be! There are some reliable brands out there, which can provide good quality, safe diving equipment without breaking the bank!
Of course, the cheapest is not always the best, but neither is the most expensive. You do not have to go out and buy the high-end scuba brands to have the safest equipment.
In this article, a small list of Scuba equipment is listed, along with the cheapest brands.
Cheap Scuba Masks
The cheapest masks on the market can be as low as $15/£10. For example, the Mares Zephir mask. This mask is very affordable for those of you with a budget.
However, usually in life, you get what you paid for! Therefore, these very cheap masks are likely to be a little temperamental. Fogging is a huge issue in cheaper masks, causing frustration during a dive.
Other than accessories such as clips and hooks, a Scuba mask is one of the cheapest items you’re able to purchase. Masks are so easily accessible. Even while on holiday, you can walk down the street and you’re bound to pass a couple of shops selling a mask and a snorkel.
These masks are very cheap, and although they do their job while snorkelling, they won’t be very good below the surface.
You want to make sure you have a good quality mask for Scuba diving, to prevent fogging and leaking, which can end up ruining your underwater experience.
Aqualung is a very popular Scuba brand due to its good quality and reliability. One of the cheapest masks they sell is the Aqualung Ventura+ plus. Although this mask is not the cheapest out there, it is only $40/£30 and is still high quality.
Cheap Scuba Fins
The Power Play open heel Scuba diving fins are one of the cheapest on the market, at only $19.99. However, as mentioned above, the cheapest is not always the best.
Fins are very important items in your scuba diving bag. Swimming through a dive site or against the current, relies heavily on good quality, strong pair of fins.
Depending on where you are diving, you may require a certain type of fin. When diving in strong currents, robust and sturdy jet fins will help you have powerful strokes during your dive.
In addition to masks, fins are another easily accessible, cheap item of scuba diving equipment. Most shops selling Scuba diving equipment are likely to sell cheap masks and fins packages.
If you will only be diving a couple of times a year in easy conditions, a cheap pair of fins might be enough for you.
If you are starting up Scuba diving as a well-loved hobby or a new profession, you might be able to stretch the budget a little more to purchase fins of higher quality. Strong, sturdy fins will be an advantage when diving in a range of different conditions.
ScubaPro Jet fins are a bit more expensive, however, they are extremely high quality, reliable and durable. These fins are proven strong against currents, allowing you to have powerful strokes.
These Jet fins are a good balance between quality and price. Drift diving in the tropics, these fins are very popular!
Cheap Scuba Regulators/Octopus
So which Regulators are the cheapest? One of the cheapest regulators is the Black OC300 of the Explorer series for only $69.95/£50. This seems pretty cheap! However, this is for only one regulator.
Unfortunately, regulators are not that cheap. They are one of the expensive items on any scuba diving list. When buying new regulators, often you have to buy the regulators, SPG and LIP separately. This can end up being costly.
But there must be a cheaper way to buy a set of regulators? There are some cheap package deals online, where you can buy the first stage, both regulators and an SPG. You can find some great deals and only have to buy the LPI separately.
A great value set is the Cressi AC2/Compact & Octopus XS, regulator and octopus for around $225/£195. This is a great deal, however, it doesn’t come with an inflator hose (LPI), A separate LPI hose can be as cheap as $24/£20
For around $320/£240, you can buy the Mares Rover 2S, Regulator, octopus, SPG, LPI hose and A dedicated carry case to protect this vital piece of equipment.
These deals are a great way to get a brand new set of Scuba regulators for a cheap price.
The cheapest way to collect your own gear would be to buy second hand. There is nothing wrong with buying Scuba gear second hand, as long as it was well maintained, cared for and serviced.
Cheap Bouayncy Control Devices (BCD)
There are some really great BCDs available that are very affordable. One of the cheapest BCD’s and one that is extremely popular within dive shops, is the Oceanic EX100 Weight Integrated BCD, at only around $249/£185.
This BCD is great, as it is a simple jacket BCD, with large pockets for accessories, simple D-rings and easy releases.
BCDs are very important during Scuba diving, allowing us to control our buoyancy and have a safe dive. It is crucial that your BCD fits well, is comfortable and you know how to use it.
Cheap Scuba Sets
It is entirely possible to build your scuba equipment from good quality second-hand finds. This is one of the cheapest ways to have all your own gear, ready for your next diving trip!
However, if you want everything brand new, this can become costly. But it does not have to be! There are some famous Scuba diving equipment websites that offer Scuba sets. The one I’ve used successfully in the past is House of Scuba.
Scuba sets can include anything from just regulators to a full set such as regulators, BCD and even a dive computer!
One of the cheapest, quality packages on House of Scuba includes an Aqualung Wave BCD, Calypso Regulators and Gauge for only $749.
Whilst this is still a sizeable chunk of cash, if you have the desire to buy new gear, Scuba sets can save you a lot of money!
Cheap Scuba Dive Computers
For a single item, Scuba diving computers are one of the most expensive items. However, there are some high-quality computers that are affordable. One example, is the Cressi Sub Leonardo Wrist computer, for $199.95.
Diving computers are a very crucial piece of equipment. They are using algorithms to constantly calculate your no decompression time at the current depth.
Wrist computers are very popular, as they are easily accessible on your wrist and are always in view throughout your dive.
Don’t Forget Your Dive Insurance!
Before you go out on any dive trip or holiday, it is essential to make sure you have insurance that covers you if something goes wrong. Check out our dive insurance article for more information.
Or go straight to these dive insurance company websites:
There has been a lot of equipment discussed in this article, with a range of prices. Different types of items will be more expensive than others, but it is always possible to hunt down some awesome deals!
Scuba diving can become expensive if you always buy what is new on the market. It is easy to find cheap but reliable equipment, allowing you to build up a collection of your own personal equipment at affordable prices.
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