My suggestion is that you rent  and try many different things before you  buy.  There is a lot of diversity in the world of diving and you may find you want to do something like cave or wreck that needs a specific gear coniguration.  I dont know abot you but I always hate spending the same money twice.
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From: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">David and Judith Andrews
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Sent: Saturday, February 17, 2001 9:52 PM
Subject: Re: FYI - Cozumel Conditions

hi - i went on my first dive there. i did the resort package and im hooked now. i can wait to get back this fall and looking forward to getting my open water certificate now. any suggestions on what name brand equipment i should buy?? thanks, tim.
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From: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">Chuck
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Sent: Saturday, February 17, 2001 9:44 PM
Subject: FYI - Cozumel Conditions

Conditions are great (tongue sticking out.)  Mid-80s sun shining dead calm water that was about 80F down to 100FSW.  Visibility was limited by available light and your imagination. Dve Palancar Gardens (almost no current) and Yucab (ripping current) today.  Went with Yellow Rose Divers for the first time. Nice boat. Too many people for my taste (17).  No real 'rules' laid down by he DMs.  EVeryone dove their own dive and people came up when they came up.  That part is nice (and unusual for Coz.)
 
CH