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OK, brief background, certified in the early nineties, well over 200 dives in my log, most of them in cold water here in California with a few in the Eastern Caribbean, some in Cozumel plus a fair number in the Poor Knights and other spots in New Zealand during a great trip there. My last big Scuba adventure was working on the local sheriff’s dive team, training for black water searches, surface supplied air and diver to surface crew communication. It’s been a great ride.

However, I made the decision to stop diving a while ago. I’d like some help in figuring out what to do with my (well used) gear. I’m not trying to get rich, just keep things like my DUI dry suit and Zeagle BC in use and, hopefully, get a few bucks to ease the pain of giving up so many great memories. Any instructors with a student who could use a great deal on gear? All my stuff is for large people (6’ 4”, was 250+ when I bought the gear) and I want to keep the snorkel, masks and fins for my use. You’d need to anyway but the dry suit needs new seals, the zipper has been used very little since it was replaced so that expense should be deferred for a long while. ideas?

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Marie13

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There’s a classified section here in SB. Suggest you post there. Otherwise, FB has scuba groups for different areas. If you’re on FB, suggest you search those out to post your gear.
 
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There’s a classified section here in SB. Suggest you post there. Otherwise, FB has scuba groups for different areas. If you’re on FB, suggest you search those out to post your gear.


Thanks but I was looking for something more than just selling the gear. I sold my tanks through a friend’s shop, that was fine but if I can give some newbie a deal and help them get into diving that would be ideal. That is why I asked for ideas.

Just adding a bit, if you live in Hawaii or Florida getting into diving is fairly cheap, in cold water country it is pretty pricey. I’m hoping I can help me (stuff out of my crowded house and a few bucks) and help somebody starting out have as much fun as I had underwater.
 

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Check with the local scuba clubs.

Other people have given away gear here for FREE.
 

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And I don’t know how old your stuff is, but depending on the regs, they might be a lost cause if parts aren’t available. Better post the models and photos so the reg gurus can put their two cents in.
 

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Forget I asked.

You were given ideas. Do they require too much work or not what you wanted to hear? And if it’s too old, giving it to a newbie if it can’t be serviced isn’t much help to them now, is it?
 

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I sold my tanks through a friend’s shop, that was fine but if I can give some newbie a deal and help them get into diving that would be ideal.

I’m hoping I can help me (stuff out of my crowded house and a few bucks) and help somebody starting out have as much fun as I had underwater.

That's a commendable intent. It's not easy to do in practice, because it's sort of like trying to mentor (at least with passing on gear) someone you don't know yet and probably won't get to know. Listing it cheaply on a local classifieds section might accomplish what you wish, but no guarantees. Since you're getting out of diving, joining a scuba club and looking for a candidate there seems unlikely.

The other possibility I can think of is to talk with a local dive instructor. He or she is in a position to see a number of newbies, eventually one similar in physical size to you (for gear where fit matters), and could also advise about where to get gear serviced if needed, etc...

No guarantees of a satisfying experience; sadly executing charitable intensions can sometimes leave someone feeling like no good deed goes unpunished. I hope this works out well.
 
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