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SCUBA-L  October 2001, Week 4

SCUBA-L October 2001, Week 4

Subject:

SCUBA newcomer questions

From:

"Catalin ]::[ Braescu" <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Scuba diving discussion list <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 23 Oct 2001 02:21:43 +0200

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Dear all,

Let me introduce you myself. My name is Catalin Braescu, 31 yo, located in
Bucharest - Romania (Eastern Europe). While I earn my bread working for a
web development boutique, I enjoy the sea life and always wished to practice
scuba diving. I took some scuba lessons about 12 years ago, but it seems as
far as into another life to me.

So I consider that, for good reason, I am a complete newcomer to the field.
Please don't get tough on my following issues and questions.

I just bought some diving equipment from Budapest (Hungary). I spent some
money on it (quite consistently given my salary level) and (because it is
not complete nor very known to me) I need some hints from you.

--------------------------------------------------------------

1. Wet suit.
1.1. ISSUE: I bought a second-hand wet suit called Camaro
http://www.camaro.at/indexe.htm. The suit itself looks in very good shape. I
can't recognize model but looks similar to Camaro Tropical Suit Bonair.
1.2. QUESTION: How is this brand? How do you find the price?
1.3. COST: $225 (second-hand)


2. Mask.
2.1. ISSUE: I bought a Cressi-Sub mask http://www.cressi-sub.it/ The mask
looks modest but good.
2.2. QUESTION: How is this brand?
2.3. COST: $25 (brand new)


3. Fins.
3.1. ISSUE: I don't have decent fins so I must buy a new pair.
3.2. QUESTION: I intend to buy long fins with open heel, priced about
$25-to-60. What will be your choice (and why)?
3.3. COST: -


4. Tank.
4.1. ISSUE: I bought a second-hand 12-liter aluminium tank manufactured in
1999. Can't identify the original manufacturer.
4.2. QUESTION: What's the expected lifetime of such tank (I don't like the
idea of carrying a time bomb on my back)? How can I identify the original
manufacturer? How do you find the price?
4.3. COST: $150 (second-hand)


5. Regulator.
5.1. ISSUE: I bought a Colitri Sub http://www.coltrisub.it/  regulator model
Ocean C30 INT (featured here
http://www.coltrisub.it/catalogo/erogatori/pag17.htm ). Looks a bit cheap.
5.2. QUESTION: Are they still in business (their online catalogue specify
"copyright 1999")? How do you rate the brand? How do you rate the model? How
do you find the price?
5.3.COST: $135 (brand new)


6. Buoyancy Jacket.
6.1. ISSUE: I don't have such item at all. That store offered me brand-new
nylon jacket for $330 or second-hand nylon jacket for $200
6.2. QUESTION: How do you find the prices? What should I look for? What
would be your budget choice (and why)?
6.3. COST: -


7. Fitting item (??)
7.1. ISSUE: The regulator cannot fit into the tank valve. It seems between
them must be placed an item whose name I don't know.
7.2. QUESTION: What is this item called? What would be a normal price for
it?
7.3. COST: -


8. Instruments.
8.1. ISSUE: Underwater or not, I must be able to control the air pressure
within the tank (and perhaps perfomr other checkings).
8.2. QUESTION: What instruments do I need? Where will they be
fitted/located? What brand should I look for? What prices should I expect?
8.3. COST: -

--------------------------------------------------------------

Those were all my important questions. As you perhaps already understand I
lack some basic knowledge about the equipment. I am not lazy and at first I
went to web sites but, lacking basic information, I was unable to
distinguish between what's good and what's not, between what's required and
what's just fancy. I humble ask you to educate me a bit.

Also please notice I intend to perform scuba diving in Black Sea, Red Sea
and Mediterrana, at no more than 15...40 meters (i.e., 50...130  feet)
depth. I assume it's moderate depth and also moderate-to-warm water
temperature. These, together with a rather tight budget, are my main
constraints when looking for an item to buy.

I hope my request is not completely out of context.

Best regards,


Catalin

--
Catalin Braescu
Online Magus Corp.
http://www.onlinemagus.com

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