Scubapro Hydros Pro w/ 5th Gen. Air2 BCD Review – Diving in Style

 

Product: Scubapro Hydros Pro w/ 5th Gen. Air2 BCD

Price: $1,049-$1,151

Place to Buy: Amazon.com

My rating:  8 out of 10

Size: Small – 2XL


Product description:

  • Ultra Durable: Patented Injection Molded Monprene® Gel Harness is extremely resistant to UV, chemicals and abrasion. The fabric-free harness uses no velcro or zippers.
  • “BC-4-Life” Modular Design: Customizable to add/remove weight systems, straps and pouches. Extended lifespan due to simplified repairs. Virtually every component, including buckles, can be replaced without stitching.
  • Instant Dry: Ideal for travel due to less water retention and lower post-dive weight.
  • Neutrally Buoyant: Near-Zero inherent buoyancy requires less lead, resulting in better buoyancy control and much more enjoyable diving.
  • Dual-Compound Back-plate: Provides the ultimate in stability and comfort. Single tank band system allows for easier assembly.

I own my a Scuba Pro BCD and I think that they are top notch. They are simple to use and easy to set up. I like the back inflate as opposed to the side inflate of some to the other brands. Scuba Pro makes some quality equipment and you get what you pay for. It truly is worth the money to have a good BCD. You will thank yourself in the end.

Feel free to leave a comment or ask questions below.

Dive bags with Wheels – Storage and Travel

I am going to address what you do with your scuba diving gear when you are storing it and traveling with it.

Scuba gear can be quite cumbersome and heavy, especially if you have weights in your bag. The best way to store them for traveling is in a bag that has wheels on the bag.

This way you are not having to carry it all the way from your vehicle to the airport check in or the beach. A pull behind bag that is not designed for dive gear can easily fall apart causing loss of your gear.

A good bag with wheels will cost you a $100 plus but you have to think that it will keep all your stuff together and safe when traveling. A quality bag is important for this very reason. You do not want to show up to go diving and find that you are missing a piece of gear.

This can end a dive trip before it begins. Another feature that you want to look for in a good bag is that it has the ability to place a lock on it when traveling. Most of the time it has to be TSA approved so they can inspect it if needed.

While placing things in your scuba bag with wheels, you want to make absolutely sure that everything is dry. This will prevent mold and rot to your gear.

For travel, you want to put the heavier items down at the bottom close to the wheels. You do not want your weights breaking your goggles. You are going to want to maximize all the space within you bag so you can get all your gear in safely without it being destroyed.

Storing your gear can be a lot simpler. You can place it in totes with lids so that they stack easily out of the way. Make sure they are sturdy enough to handle what is going to be place in them.

Again you want to make sure that everything is completely dry so that it does not mold or rot while in storage. Also, make sure the lids are on tight enough that bugs and rodents can not get inside and ruin your gear.

If you go all out and buy a nice scuba diving bag with wheels you can store everything inside of it. I know that I do that with mine and it is placed where it can not get ruined.

Basically you want something that is going to be functional for all intensive purposes. Please do not go cheap, it will only cost you more in the long run of things.

 

Wet Suit VS Dry Suits – Which Do You Prefer?

Wet suits and dry suits come in many styles. They also come in different thicknesses to allow for different water temperatures.

The thickness depends on what temperature the water is. When I was diving in the Caribbean, I didn’t wear a wet suit or I wore a 3 mm shorty. When I did not wear a wet suit I would wear a pair of shorts with a rash guard.

When I was diving in the Pacific Northwest, I wore a 7 mm long sleeve long leg wet suit with a 5 mm sleeveless hoodie. I also wore gloves and boots.

This article will hopefully help you decide what you need for your diving adventures.

Warm Water Wet Suits

A 3 mm shorty is a short sleeve short leg body suit that is used in waters of 75 – 85 degrees. There are also full wet suits that are of the same thickness or less. You really do not want to wear anything thicker than 3 mm in tropical warm waters.

The picture above is an example of what a shorty wet suit looks like. With the short legs and arms you get to feel more of the surrounding water. The water that is trapped inside the suit gets heated up from your body and keeps you warm in the depths of the ocean.

An alternative to using a warm water wet suit would be a swimsuit and rash guard. Your going to be wearing a swimsuit regardless, the rash guard is to protect your skin from getting rubbed raw by your BCD or becoming sun burnt.

Cold Water Wet Suits

Cold water wet suits are much like the warm water ones, except that they are full arms and legs and much thicker than the warm water suits.

As I mentioned before, I wore a 7 mm wet suit with a diving hoodie that was 5 mm. This gave me 12 mm of thickness on my chest with 5 mm on my head.

The water gets trapped between the layers of the wet suit and your body. Your body heat heats the water and helps insulate you from the colder water that surrounds you.

The water that you would use this type of wet suit is 45 – 60 degrees. This does not seem to be very cold but when you go down deeper under the water it feels even colder.

Now with a cold water suit you are going to need thick gloves and boots to protect your hands and feet while diving in cold water.

Dry Suits For Cold Water

Dry suits are completely different from wet suits. Obviously you are not getting wet with a dry suit. The suit you put on completely seals you from the water and the only skin that is exposed is your face round your goggles.

The way it seals is similar to the wet suits but seals from water getting inside at the wrists and ankles. This give full body protection from the extremely cold water.

For added warmth there is a top and bottom that goes under the dry suit that is sort of like sweats. This helps you stay warm because it traps in your body heat within the dry suit.

You also need special gloves the screw onto the dry suit in some instances. This is another preventative to keep water out and the warmth in.

Honestly, you could even wear a dry suit for warm water diving if you so choose. You would not wear the under layer of sweats because you do not want to be too warm.

My Personal Preference

In the past I have used wet suits for cold and warm water diving. I have even used a rash guard when just diving in warm water. My preference would be to use what you can afford in my case that is wet suits.

If I had the money to buy a dry suit I would for cold water diving. This makes the most out of your dive and helps you relax. You are not worried about keeping warm because you are not at the mercy of the cold water.

Dry suits for cold water are worth the money in the long run. I have tried to make multiple dives in cold water with 7mm wet suit and it does not work out so well. You will be freezing by the time you come up from your second dive and it does take quite awhile to warm back up.

So I would definitely choose a dry suit if I could. Not only does it keep you warm and dry but it allows you to make multiple dives with ease.

Conclusion

No matter what water you choose to dive, making sure you have the proper suit is important. There are many cool things to see in cold water so do not shy away from it just because you think it will be too cold.

Picking a wet suit over a dry suit is something to consider. In the long run you very well maybe happier spending the extra money for a dry suit just for the comfort.

Going off my personal preference is something to consider but not to live by. You need to make sure that you are happy with what you get. If you are in a cold weather climate like the Pacific Northwest consider investing in a dry suit.

If you are in more of a tropical setting you will be fine with wet suits or even a rash guard.

So evaluate what types of water you are going to be diving in and get the proper suit. This way you will enjoy dive and the surrounding underwater environment.

So no matter your preference in the temperature of water that you are diving in pick the suit that is best for you. It may not be a wet suit at all or it could be the dry suit. The choice is yours to make and you will enjoy your dive more when you are comfortable in the water.

Scuba Diving Equipment on Sale – What to Buy?

Everyone likes to find things cheaper than buying at retail. There are many sites that offer things that are on sale such as eBay. This is a good place to pick up equipment new and used.

There are lot sales where you can get just about anything you want.

Make sure you have an idea of what you are looking for so that you so you do not over pay or get more than you bargined for.

Lot Sales – The Most Bang For Your Buck

In a lot sale you can get a number of things for one price. You can get complete scuba diving gear or you can get just what you are looking for.

I have used eBay lot sales before for other items and come out with more than I have ever needed. It is a good way to acquire equipment especially if just starting out.

You can also find parts for things that get broken and need to be replaced.

Lot sales are usually a good way to go cause you can get mulitple items for the same price as one thing brand new.

Buying New – Advantages or Disadvantages

When you buy new equipment or gear you will be subject to things of the unknown. You will not know if it will fit you properly or if things are right for you.

An advantage you get with buying new is just that IT IS NEW! You should not have to worry about someone mistreating it or if its worn out.

A disadvantage of buying new would be not getting a warranty when buying over the internet. Yes its going to be cheaper in most cases but buying from a dive shop often gives a warranty on maintenance parts or complete break downs.

When I bought my regulators from a dive shop, I was given a maintenance package as long I got the yearly maintence done that would be free for all parts. This is a great money save and something that you can only get when you buy new.

There is another advantage to buying new and finding it on sale. A lot of dive shops will discount last seasons gear just to get ride of it.

This can help you save money in the long run because it is new and you may still get the warranty that comes with it.

Buying Used – What Could Go Wrong?

There is always a chance of things going wrong when you buy used. It could be defective without you even knowing. There are shady people selling things on the internet so make sure you know it is not a scam.

Make sure you know what to ask when buying used. Ask questions like; when was it last used? How was it maintained and cleaned? Did they keep up with regular maintence on the scuba gear.

There are some quality things that you can find that have been previously used. You may find something that has only been used once or twice.

Buying used can have many downfalls. You never know when it was last maintained which causes you to spend more money on the scuba gear before actually getting to use it.

Know What You Need Before You Buy

When you start searching online for new or used scuba gear you first need to know exactly what you need and what you are looking for.

Looking for what you need or what is a big difference. The essentails that are needed for diving can vary from person to person.

You do not want to buy more than whats actually needed. You do not need two masks. You only have one face so the other one would be a waste.

I know from personal experience that having too much scuba gear is something that you do not want lying around. It collects dust and just plain gets in the way.

Conclusion

I would like to end by saying that whether you buy or used it is completely your choice. Just keep in mind that you maybe able to find some great deals online or at a dive shop.

Know what you are getting when you buy used. This can be a waste of money if you do not ask the right questions from the seller.

Remember that diving can be dangerous without the proper equipment that has been inspected and maintained properly.

Scuba Diving Vacation Packages – The FUN Begins

There are all sorts of places to go scuba diving throughout the world. Some of the most common places are in tropical settings. There are also a variety of ways to book a scuba vacation package.

A good deal of people may use a travel agent or a vacation search engine.

However it is done it can be a useful tool to make your trip more exciting and very family friendly. This also allows you to compare prices that way you know how much you will be spending and if you need to add any more entertainment while on vacation.

Using a Search Engine

One of the most common ways people book trips is through sites like Kayak, Expedia, or any number of reliable sources to try to get the best price possible.

By conducting a comparison search you are able to look for your basic needs as well as extras that you want to do like scuba diving. Planning out your vacation is something that is good to know.

This way you can save money if needed to do more things or pay for those pesky plane tickets.

What to Expect from a Vacation Package

Normally a package is pretty cut and dry with little to nothing incorporated in what you are going to do for entertainment. Scuba diving vacation packages are a bit different since obviously you are planning to go diving.

Although you can’t spend all your time under the water, you have to do some things on land as well. Or you could do a lot of snorkeling.

Sometimes you may already know what you to expect. Say you are going on a wreck dive. You already know there is going to be some sort of ship or boat that has sunk in some manner.

Maybe you do not want to know what to expect and you just want to be surprised by what the dive many hold in store for you. Whatever you choose there is no wrong way IT IS YOUR SCUBA VACATION!

To Bring Your Scuba Gear or Not to Bring It?

Some people who are into diving may or may not have their own gear. The gear itself can be bulky and heavy costing you at the airlines for baggage fees.

Something to look into with your package would be if they are providing any sort of equipment for you. Or if not would it be cheaper to rent rather than pay the outlandish airline fees for extra or heavy bags?

Maybe instead of lugging the baggage to the airport you can ship it to your hotel that you will be staying at. I would think that this could be a bit risky but it may be cheaper than airline costs.

There maybe people who are more comfortable using their own gear of be germ-a-phobic and do not want to use a rental regulator.

All things considered, there are many things to decide. Is the scuba package going to be all inclusive or is there a lot more that you are going to have to pay for out of pocket?

Choosing Where to Go

By doing a quick Google search I have found that you can easily come up with some of the top dive locations in the world.  A few that come to mind off the top of by bucket list would be:

  • Jamaica
  • Bermuda
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Egypt’s Red sea

It doesn’t really matter where you want to dive as long as you are prepared to go and have fun and see the sites that each place has to offer.

Don’t forget to make a list of your own destinations that you want to dive.

 

Conclusion

From the time you start planning to take a trip to actually walking into your hotel room or out on the beach for your first dive, there are number of things to consider.

So whether you use a travel agent or a search engine to find your next scuba vacation take into consideration what you want to do. What you need to bring, where you want to go and how you are going to get there.

Making a bucket list of where you want to dive is something that can be really helpful.

Personally the best way is always the easiest along with getting what you want. Don’t forget you are the maker of your own memories and dreams do come true.

Scuba Diving Vacations – Things to Look Forward To

A vacation in which you are able to go diving at is very relaxing and enjoyable for everyone in the family. Not only do you get to spend time under the water and exploring the creatures beneath but you also get to spend time on the beach. You get to explore on land and under the water.

Preparing for a dive vacation can be expensive especially if you plan to travel with all your own gear. It maybe cheaper to rent gear from your destination. Make sure to pack your dive qualification cards and your dive log so you can log your dives.

Creatures of the Deep

There are many creatures that you will encounter when in the water. It can range from fish to turtles to coral reef. Each creature is incredible in its own way. There are fun ways to interact with these creatures without disturbing or harming them.

One way I have interacted with fish is by grabbing some sand and spreading it through the water makes the fish go crazy thinking that it is food. Another way I have interacted with creatures under the water is by chasing an octopus.

If you are diving in an area where sting rays are around make sure to shuffle your feet so that it scares them away before you get stung like I did. It is not a pleasant experience at all. In fact, it feels worse than a bee sting! There is not much that can be done for that pain that a sting ray can cause but let the pain subside.

One thing that is important if you do get stung is make sure the barb did not stick into you. This can cause problems especially if you can’t remove it from your leg or arm this can cause your wet suit to be cut off which can be expensive to replace.

Creatures on Land

There are a few creatures that I have encountered on land that come from the ocean. I once found a blue crab that was scuttling by the walls of the hotel I was staying at. This turned out to be a good deal for me as the cooks made it into a meal for me free of charge. It was delish!

If you are taking a diving vacation in a tropical area, there can be iguanas that are fun to observe and chase around. They are harmless and they can get pretty large.

Another creature that I have encountered while on the beach are the sand fleas. They will bite any exposed skin and cause you to itch and just be plain miserable. I recommend packing some bug spray to fend these little boogers off.

Time Between Dives

Depending on how deep you dive you need time to recover from one dive to the next. Using a Nitrox combination (if you are certified to use it) can help reduce your time between dives. Most of the time you can get two dives per day but you will be limited on the depth and bottom time you are able to go to.

You do not want to get the “bends” which is where nitrogen builds up in your blood causing bubbles. The only way to fix this is by spending time in a decompression chamber. Something that you really do not want to do.

As a good rule of thumb after a diving adventure, you SHOULD NOT fly in a plane for at least 12 hours since your latest dive. Flying with less time can cause you to get the “bends” as well. The “bends” can cause death if you are aboard a plane without enough time from diving to flying.

Skin Diving

Skin Diving or snorkeling as it is commonly referred too can give you another chance of being in the water and observing the creatures below. I have snorkeled with reef sharks that was a really neat experience.

All you need for snorkeling is a mask with snorkel and fins. You do not necessarily need a wet suit in you are snorkeling in a warm climate. You can get away with a regular swim suit. Just make sure to apply some waterproof sun screen so you don’t burn your back.

Conclusion

In conclusion, there are many adventures to be had on a scuba diving vacation. Make sure you pack what is needed like your qualifications and dive log. Know the creatures you are going to encounter so you can prepare for what you might see or try to find.

Watch out for creatures on land as well that may come from the sea. They can be tasty treats or annoying biting insects.

Always watch your times between dives. Make sure that you are not diving within 12 hours of departing your destination by plane. This can cause a deadly ailment that you would need specialized equipment to combat.

Snorkeling can be a fun way to enjoy the water without scuba diving. It does expose your back to the sun which can cause you a severe burn. So packing sunscreen is the way to go.

Scuba Diving Gear Packages – What You Need to Dive

Scuba diving can range from snorkeling on top of the water to going down to the depths. It all depends on what you are qualified for and having the right equipment. Embarking on a diving adventure is something that is unlike anything else you have ever done. It gives you the satisfaction on the beach, ocean, sea creatures all wrapped up into one event.

Importance Of Proper Scuba Gear

Having the proper gear will take just a bit of time to get figured out but once you have everything from head to toe you will be set for a lifetime of diving. You will first need a mask and snorkel. There are many styles of masks for all peoples faces.

You need to find a mask that you can fit to your face and have it suctions on without using the strap. This will help prevent any water from leaking in while you are observing the wonders below. There are even masks that cover your ear for those who have issues with their ears.

A wet or dry suit would be the next thing you want to prepare for. When you are diving in waters where it is warm you can probably get a way with a wet suit that is three millimeters. In colder waters you are going to want a heavier wet suit or even a dry suit.

A dry suit is exactly that. It keeps you dry, all except your face. It also acts as you BCD which will be discussed below. A dry suit has boots and gloves that attach to the suit itself so that no water leaks in keeping you warm and dry. There are also thermal clothing that can help keep you warm. These types of suits are recommended for cold water diving like in the Pacific Northwest.

BCD or Bouyancy Control Device is a vest of sorts that helps you maintain flotation while in the water. It can be filled by mouth by blowing into a tube or it can be inflated by pressing a button using air from your scuba tank.

The Octopus is what you need for breathing underwater. It has two parts, one is your regulator that you breathe through and the other is an emergency regulator for your buddy if they run out of air while under water.

Your gauges or dive computer, these tell you what your depth is and how much air you have. This is VERY important to manage your airflow so you have enough to make it back to the surface without running out of air.

Your fins are what propel you through the water. There are many kinds of fins that you can choose from. Split fins, full fins, fins that you don’t need boots with and others that you do. These are just some fins that you will need to find what works best for you.

Lastly, is your scuba tank. Always make sure that you have an O-ring installed in the neck of the tank. When connecting your octopus, make sure to lube the O-ring with water. This will help guarantee a tight seal and not have any air leaking out of your tank.

Have The Proper Training

You should always be certified to the level that you are diving. If you are a beginner DO NOT go below the recommended depths. Once you get more training or certifications under your belt you will be able to do so much more.

Some certifications that you will be able to explore are: Deep diving, Rescue diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Cave Diving, Wreck Diving, Master Diver, etc…

Setting Up Your Gear

Your gear is important because it can literally be life or death under the water. You will need to set up your gear before entering the water. First you want to get the proper tank for your dive. You will need to strap it into you BCD and make sure that it will not interfere with your legs while walking which in turn will be the same as kicking in the water.

Next you need to connect your octopus to the tank and secure it to your BCD and check how much air you have based on the reading of your gauges or dive computer.

Suit up! Getting into your wet suit or dry suit can be a bit of a struggle you want to do this as close to the time you are going to enter the water.

Once you have your suit on, go ahead and put on your BCD. Adjust it if needed to make sure that it fits comfortably and secure it to yourself with the straps.

Lastly you will need to put on your fins and mask. This can be done in the shallow waters that way you can maneuver out to the deeper water once your all set.

Diving With A Buddy

It is imperative that you dive with a buddy or group. Never dive alone! Diving with a buddy is important because you it gives you an extra security in case something goes wrong.

Make sure to always stay close to your buddy in case of murky waters or kelp beds, you can easily get separated. If you get separated make sure to surface and stay at the top until you buddy surfaces as well.

Once you find each other you can resume your dive if you both have enough air to proceed.

Conclusion

In conclusion, selecting the proper gear will be most beneficial. It is important to select get what you need for a dive and be prepared for what sort of dive you will be diving.

Know your limitations when diving based on what you have been certified for and/or have certifications. Set your gear up and double check everything before entering the water. You will be thankful that you take the necessary precautions before entering the water.

Always dive with a buddy, your buddy is your secondary life source under the water. Make sure to stick together and never cut it close on air.

About a Retired Sailor

Welcome to Scuba Diving Gear. We are here to help you acquire the needed gear for your underwater adventures.

MY STORY

My name is Shawn. I am retired sailor from the United States Navy. I spent nine and a half years as an Aviation Electronics Tech. While I was in the Navy I learned to Scuba Dive and became a Rescue Diver through PADI. I have dived in the warm waters of the Caribbean, Guam, as well as the cold waters in the Pacific Northwest.

As a kid from the Mid-West United States I was never much for swimming. I was absolutely terrible at it, in fact I sunk like a rock. I never thought that I would be able to dive under the water and enjoy myself as much as I have.

Now I want to give back and help others experience the underwater worlds that I have.

WHY I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE

I want to help people get acquainted with the water and have fun doing so. Under the sea is an amazing place to dive. It is like adventuring into a whole new world. I want people to explore a new place and be safe doing it.

From the time you select your first snorkel to the wet/dry suit you pick out everything is going to be a snap. I want to give back to the people that have helped me become an experienced diver and show others that it is a great time to be had.

THE GOAL OF SCUBA DIVING GEAR

The purpose of Scuba Diving Gear is to get you set up for all water adventures whether they be on top of the water or down in the depths of Davie Jones’ Locker.

Getting the right gear is important and having the right skill set for the adventures you seek. I will be able to get you in touch with the right equipment for all your diving needs.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Shawn

Founder of Scuba Diving Gear

https://scuba-diving-gear.com/