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    TadPole
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    Question about what gear to get for cave diving

    Hi,
    I've just started diving and I'd like to start purchasing my own gear. I will be getting my advanced cert next weekend and then move on to technical dive training. I'm very interested in cave and wreck diving.

    Is it best that I start buying gear for technical diving, particularly cave diving, instead of basic rec gear?

    If so, what recommendations do you have for cave diving gear?

    Thanks,
    Teo

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    have a look at this website:

    Equipment Configuration | Global Underwater Explorers

    that will give you a good idea on what you will need to start off with.....

    One other thing you may want to look at is sidemount configuration:

    Why Sidemount - Steve Martin Sidemount Diving - Course Director PADI TecRec Side Mount Scuba Diving


    Here is GUE's cave 1 course outline.......it will also give you a good idea of skills you need and gear you need

    Cave Diver Level 1 | Global Underwater Explorers

    There is a lot of info on this website about backplate and wings........have a look because a BP/W setup is the first step in gearing for tech.......but i warn you.......be ready to drop a ton more money then rec diving haha Tech requires 2 of everything it seems.....and tanks.....soooooooo many tanks

    Dive lots, work on your trim and buoyancy,

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    The biggest piece of advice I can give you on gear for cave is wait and go do real world diving first. get a few hundred dives under your belt and then start looking at the tec and cave diving. Take it one step at a time. Get with a good group and see what they use and go from there. I like the BP/W set up and it will work for both tec and cave. but as Fox hound says the side mount is up and coming as the newst rec trend as well so that warrants some looks as well. But start with a bunch of dives!!!!

    I once saved a man in Wichita just to watch him dive...(inventor)

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    I'd say start with a good back plate and wing setup. I started diving BP&W right after certification.

    As for specifics.... Best to get that advice from the instructor you are going to use.

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    One other thing you may want to look at is sidemount configuration:

    Why Sidemount - Steve Martin Sidemount Diving - Course Director PADI TecRec Side Mount Scuba Diving
    PADI side mount? I'm a little scared to click that link...

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    Quote Originally Posted by navyhmc View Post
    The biggest piece of advice I can give you on gear for cave is wait and go do real world diving first. get a few hundred dives under your belt and then start looking at the tec and cave diving. Take it one step at a time. Get with a good group and see what they use and go from there. I like the BP/W set up and it will work for both tec and cave. but as Fox hound says the side mount is up and coming as the newst rec trend as well so that warrants some looks as well. But start with a bunch of dives!!!!
    I second this. Why such a rush?

    Learn to dive with what you have now, and ramp up over time to the tech/wreck material--you'll appreciate the training more at that point.

    PPM
    John Lewis--the PlatypusMan!


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    Quote Originally Posted by FishFood View Post
    PADI side mount? I'm a little scared to click that link...
    yeah no doubt.

    just a blurb on what sidemount is.....IMO, great way to dive, just getting squared away on SM.

    Ignore the PADI part haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishFood View Post
    PADI side mount? I'm a little scared to click that link...
    I am trying to find a PADI underwater wedding Instructor.......Sheesh

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssmdive View Post
    I am trying to find a PADI underwater wedding Instructor.......Sheesh
    Try Vegas.... Elvis on every corner I'm sure one has taken the course
    United States Marine Corps (2002-2006), PADI OW, AOW, NITROX, RESCUE

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    Cave line! Gotta find your way out of course =]
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