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Travel Tips to Scuba Lightweight w/ @scubacom #scuba #top10


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geemac
geemac
4 months ago

#ASK MARK Hi Mark, interesting content regarding travel light and the variety of ‘travel light’ equipment available is mind-boggling to say the least. There are countless manufacturers in today’s scuba equipment market and I ask for your thoughts on the OMS brand which I believe to be a German company. Have you or any SDM subscribers purchased or used OMS dive equipment and can shed some light on this brand for me?

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Reply to  geemac
4 months ago

I know a little about OMS, we used to stock a few of their parts. They’ve been around for a while now and I think they started in the US. I think now they’re owned by DUI.

One of my DMs had an OMS wing with all the bungee loops around it and she seemed to get on with that. From the gear I saw and played with around 5 years ago, it was perfectly fine equipment. Nothing bad but, nothing fancy neither. Just standard dive gear that gets the job done but, it was hard to justify stocking it when we had other brands on shelves.

Duncan
Duncan
4 months ago

Great tips , thank you! Is that a aqualung fast strap on your Atomic mask? They fit?
Best regards Duncan.

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Reply to  Duncan
4 months ago

That one is a Fourth Element Mask Strap, they’re a very similar design. Both are quite universal and fit a wide range of masks, they just clip on the little bar your silicone strap normally loops over.

Duncan
Duncan
Reply to  Duncan
4 months ago

great thanks!@Scuba Diver Magazine

Jesse Steele
Jesse Steele
4 months ago

So hard when traveling with multiple bc’s having gear for backmount and backmount. Carrying my 3 regulators on the plane helps a lot

Jeremiah Blatz
Jeremiah Blatz
4 months ago

Huh, we just chuck our dive computers, masks, cameras, and (minimal) lights in our carry-ons and rent everything else. Every dive shop we’ve used (150 or so dives, all on holiday) has provided very clean wetsuits and, well, at least adequately functional BCDs and regs. It would be nice to have our own fins, but good fins won’t fit in a carry on.

As a result, we never have lost or damaged luggage, never pay baggage fees, and have no trouble getting our bags from point a to point b. I understand that your sponsors really want to sell everyone two sets of gear, but I think more people should try travelling light.

David Tillotson
David Tillotson
4 months ago

I usually pack mask, computer, spares (o-rings, boltsnaps/clips) and any cables (like camera and torch charging) in the mask shipping box, which then goes in the regulator bag, along with weight belt, DSMB, spool, webbing, and torch. Camera (in housing) goes on to of the reg bag in the standard cabin bag, so don’t count to the hold allowance. The hold luggage just has fins (Tusa lightweight) at the sides with the BCD metalwork and knife/cutters inside the foot pockets. Backplate & wing go in the bottom, with the wetsuit rolled on top. Then the everyday clothes go in the remaining space.
I definitely agree on the reg hose suggestion – they’re not just lighter, but are more easily routed in the bag to make room.
Rather than using “wet boots”, I have a pair of cheap Converse clones, which double up as “normal” wear if I can dry them out, saving on taking extra footwear. This setup has been good for everywhere I have been lucky enough to go so far (including Egypt, New Zealand, and Hawai’i).

Elena Shelemina
Elena Shelemina
4 months ago

Unfortunately, there is no way to travel light when you are a cave diver and travel to cave dive 🙂

duikmans
duikmans
5 months ago

The best buy I’ve made when it comes to travel gear is my Oceanic Viper fins: they’re extremely lightweight but still give great propulsion (and they certainly don’t break the bank). I really enjoy them, especially on longer dives.
I also invested in a good travel reg, the Aqualung Mikron: small, light and performant. As I’m diving in warm water during a holiday, I don’t see the need to dive with 2 1st stages, so I can leave my Apeks regs at home. It makes quite the change in the weight of your dive luggage…

VeryFunnyStuffs
VeryFunnyStuffs
5 months ago

In each video there is even more stuff in the background 😂 looks familiar 😏

Bloody Marvelous
Bloody Marvelous
5 months ago

Have your regulators as your “personal item” and put the computer in the regulator bag as well. Weight of the regulators doesn’t matter that way.

When booking your flight, check what luggage is included in the price. A cheaper flight might allow only a carry-on bag, and charge extra for personal items and checked luggage. This often will make your flight more expensive than the flight that included all 3 in the price.

Most airlines allow 23 kilos or 50 pounds of checked luggage, and 10 kilos or 20 pounds of carry-on, plus a personal item for international flights. That should pretty much allow you to bring whatever you need.

When diving to tropical locations or if you’re doing a liveaboard, don’t overpack clothes. You won’t need an extra pair of jeans or dressy clothes. You’ll be spending most of your time in t-shirts, shorts, and flipflops. Don’t bring a lot of shirts either as you’ll likely be buying some as souvenirs anyways.

duikmans
duikmans
Reply to  Bloody Marvelous
5 months ago

Do they accept a regulator bag as personal item? It is rather bulky (relatively speaking) after all.

Bloody Marvelous
Bloody Marvelous
Reply to  Bloody Marvelous
5 months ago

@duikmans A personal item needs to fit under the seat in front of you. A regulator bag should fit.

duikmans
duikmans
Reply to  Bloody Marvelous
4 months ago

@Bloody Marvelous My luggage has just become lighter…

Dreoni
Dreoni
5 months ago

I usually put my booties in the fin pockets, where do you put yours?

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