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Buying second-hand diving equipment

Second-hand diving equipment

Everyone of us likes buying cheaply. Especially the diving beginners frequently decide to buy little used second-hand diving equipment, a lot of diving gear is offered in online auctions or on Facebook sale groups, because it usually has the most favourable quality to price ratio. The ease of purchasing and availability of cheap diving gear in the market, also the secondary market, sometimes traps us into inconsiderate transactions. So, what is worth keeping in mind when you buy second-hand diving equipment so as not to lose money?

  1. Good sense before anything else.

Be critical both about yourself and the seller. Once you have answered the questions about whether the equipment you’ve found is exactly what you need, check the expositor. Find out how long he’s had the account on the website and how he is assessed by other customers. If he hasn’t been assessed yet, you have the right to ask him to show an opinion about the product issued by a local diving centre. Also, remember that not every item is worth buying second-hand – consider buying a new wetsuit or shoes even for hygienic reasons only.

        2. Jump into the deep water!

Make use of the options you get thanks to buying a second-hand equipment. Ask for the possibility to test equipment in action – in case of purchasing new components, it would be rather impossible. Do not be afraid to ask questions and exchange experiences with the diver you got to know. The value of having such an acquaintance cannot be expressed in money.

         3. Nothing lasts forever.

The equipment sometimes gets broken, this is clear. When buying more expensive devices, such as a computer or diving regulator, it is worth thinking about the future and immediately considering whether it is possible to service and check the availability of spare parts. It is also good to ask the seller about the warranty period – in case of certain elements of equipment, it is sometimes lifetime.

Regardless of whether you decide to buy brand new equipment, or one with a history, always try to compare as many offers as possible to find the best one. Have a successful hunt!

Łukasz Głowacki

I’ve been diving for almost 10 years. The underwater world won my heart quite quickly. From the very beginning I wanted to be a good diver and partner, so I kept practising until I got a Master Scuba Diver PADI degree. I dive in hot and cold waters around the world. The thing I like most about diving is the sense of weightlessness and possibility to dive in the depths. I’m not too demanding when it comes to the landscapes, although I do enjoy their diversity, so I like diving in different places and conditions.

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