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Question What to bring vs rent?

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yle

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I'll add my two cents. I just got back from a week in Coz. I used the dive op's BCD and reg, I brought everything else. Did this because they included free gear rental with the diving, and by leaving my BCD at home I saved on checked bag charges.

In general, my priority list for diving in the Caribbean:

Must bring, can't dive without:
Computer (it's on my wrist)
Mask (it fits well... and it's prescription)

Always bring... but could get by without:
Neoprene (I have a closet full of suits, one for any occasion)
Fins (my warm water full-foot fins fit perfectly... I'd never risk using rental fins that don't fit well)
Mesh bag (difficult to appreciate how useful this is until you don't have one to use)
SMB/reel/whistle

Sometimes bring, sometimes not... just depends:
Regulator (I like my reg... but I don't mind using a rental, as long as I'm breathing)
BCD (I like my BCD... but I don't mind using a rental.)

I usually bring my Gopro and a couple small lights. I left gloves and knife off the list because I don't bother bringing them to Coz. And trying to bring a knife anywhere is impossible if I'm not checking luggage.
 

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I'll add my two cents. I just got back from a week in Coz. I used the dive op's BCD and reg, I brought everything else. Did this because they included free gear rental with the diving, and by leaving my BCD at home I saved on checked bag charges.

In general, my priority list for diving in the Caribbean:

Must bring, can't dive without:
Computer (it's on my wrist)
Mask (it fits well... and it's prescription)

Always bring... but could get by without:
Neoprene (I have a closet full of suits, one for any occasion)
Fins (my warm water full-foot fins fit perfectly... I'd never risk using rental fins that don't fit well)
Mesh bag (difficult to appreciate how useful this is until you don't have one to use)
SMB/reel/whistle

Sometimes bring, sometimes not... just depends:
Regulator (I like my reg... but I don't mind using a rental, as long as I'm breathing)
BCD (I like my BCD... but I don't mind using a rental.)

I usually bring my Gopro and a couple small lights. I left gloves and knife off the list because I don't bother bringing them to Coz. And trying to bring a knife anywhere is impossible if I'm not checking luggage.
That's very similar to my list except that I always rent BC and regulator. I still have checked bags, though.
 

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The older I get, the more I dread having to haul my gear to far flung places, particularly if I will only be in the water a couple of days. But based on this thread, I will probably be leaving the BCD and wetsuit at home. I too have a full body rash guard that will suppress the ick factor.
 

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I guess that I've paid for my 40# lift BC once again in luggage fees, maybe thrice, but it's just part of the requirements for me. It's an important piece of life support, I know how it works exactly, know how the parts are (I guess that others like me unscrew the parts for cleaning after trips), I test it before diving, and I trust it.

I got my home bud to go to Cozumel on his first dive trip after he flaked on me for a few, and he tried diving rental gear for a few days with uncomfortable difficulties. Then the worthless group Inst who was supposed to refresh him and another cold-feet diver as well as certify a scared trainee but took them bar hoping mornings instead until I took the two who were at least certified diving with me, so he loaned him his new BC from the college he taught at. I don't know if the scared trainee ever certified or not or if the college students had back home all survived his failures to teach as that was beyond my abilities. The BC's relief valve came off on the first dive. I got him back to the boat tho, and we went over his BC carefully putting it back together. That was a trip from hell, the group leader also leading in bar hopping, three divers leaving in ambulances, etc. '

That story may not directly fit the question, but it's part of why I like my own gear. Beyond that, I'm just not a trusting type anyway.
 

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I guess I'm spoiled.

Both Air Canada and WestJet offer non-stops out of Toronto to many (most???) of the popular Caribbean destinations (including dive destinations). On both airlines, I get up to 3 checked bags for free. I can fit my reg & dive computer into my carry-on and all of my camera gear into a "Pac-Safe" Backpack that is my "personal item".

How much I bring often depends more on how much I feel like dragging through the airport than any other factor.
 
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