Planet Scuba India turns 12 this year.
To celebrate, we have announced our Big Anniversary Sale, with up to 50% off on dive gear and scuba courses.
Yes, you heard that right. We have slashed our prices so you can stay safe during Covid-19 by diving with your own scuba equipment. The good news is that scuba diving in India has already begun in a few places. And, it is only a matter of time before you leap into the blue again.
SHOP NOW, PAY LATER FOR DIVE GEAR & SCUBA COURSES
What’s better than getting a 50% discount? Not having to pay the entire amount in one go. Our EMI facility at Planet Scuba India ensures you pay for your already discounted dive gear in installments. We can’t think of a more enticing reason to pick up new scuba gear or sign up for your PADI dive course right now!
Get in touch with us on +91-9686446033 or email us at email@example.com for more details on our EMI option.
15% OFF ON PADI COURSES IN INDIA
Learn scuba diving in India. Stay ahead of the curve by finishing the theory sessions of your PADI course, and be the first to jump into the ocean. We are offering 15% discount on:
- PADI Open Water Diver Course (theory and confined water session at Planet Scuba India)
- PADI Enriched Air Diver Course
Fill out our contact form here or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get right back to you. Keep an eye out for our next blog on fun PADI contests and giveaways coming soon.
BIG ANNIVERSARY SALE
New offers on dive equipment from Aqua Lung, Apeks, Omersub and Ocean Technology Systems coming up every 10 days from August 22 – September 30, 2020. Make sure you save this link and check in later if you don’t see the discount on the dive equipment you wish to purchase right now.
August 22-31, 2020
20% OFF ON DIVE GEAR
- Masks, including the Ocean Technology Systems (OTS) full face mask
- Dive computers
- Select BCDs: Dimension, Zuma, Pro HD, Black Ice
- Select regulators: Mikron, XTX40, XTX50, XTX200
15% OFF ON DIVE GEAR
- Apeks Sidemount sets: XTX50 regulator kit, WSX 25 sidemount harness
September 1-10, 2020
30-50% OFF ON DIVE GEAR
- Select Aqua Lung Legend regulator sets
- Dive pointer sticks
20% OFF ON DIVE GEAR
- Dive computers
- Surface Marker Buoys
- Reef hooks
- Dive torches
- Dive knives
September 11-20, 2020
30-50% OFF ON DIVE GEAR
- Select Aqua Lung Legend dive bags
20% OFF ON DIVE GEAR
- BCDs: Zuma, Pro HD
- Regulators: XTX40, XTX50, XTX200
September 21 -30, 2020
LAST IN STOCK OFFER: 30 – 50% OFF
We extended our biggest Anniversary sale ever till September 30, 2020. Now get 50% off on select fins, masks, wetsuits, rashguards, dive computers, regulators and other dive gear.
We promise some great deals in the coming days too. Message us on +91-9686446033 for more information or any queries you may have. View or download our dive equipment catalog from the links below:
Aqua Lung & Apeks Catalogue (.pdf)
OTS, Aqua Lung Snorkeling Catalogue (.pdf)
It is a common dilemma: should you buy your own scuba diving equipment in India or continue renting your dive gear. If you think you’d like to buy scuba gear, you may be asking yourself: ‘when is the right time to buy?’ Or ‘which dive equipment is the most important to purchase first?’ Or even, ‘is it more essential to buy now due to Covid-19?’
Buying your own scuba diving equipment is an investment. Hence, it is important to look at all of the options before making a decision that is right for you personally. After all, there is no one universal answer. But there are some good guidelines to help you reach your decision. Here are some pros, cons and suggestions for both new and experienced scuba divers to help you navigate your way around the scuba diving equipment store!
Buying vs renting scuba diving equipment in India
It is not necessary to have your own scuba diving equipment if you plan on going diving with a certified dive center. However, there are some exceptions such as:
- Professional divers who may be required to have their own scuba gear for work
- Divers who have special fitting requirements
- Scuba adventurers planning trips to remote destinations (or on some liveaboards) that require you to supply at least your own basics dive equipment. These include mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuit.
It is not imperative to buy scuba equipment due to Covid-19. However, everyone has different comfort levels regarding buying versus renting. If you do not feel comfortable renting gear, you may wish to purchase key items such as a mask, snorkel, regulator mouthpiece, rashguard and wetsuit. Today, most scuba divers in India, and even snorkelers, prefer owning at least the key dive equipment. Quite a few scuba divers in India are even choosing to purchase their own regulators right now.
On the other hand, if you feel comfortable renting dive gear, you should check the precautions your chosen dive center is taking to prevent the spread of Covid-19 via their rental equipment. The Divers Alert Network (DAN) has published guidelines for dive centers. It details how to care for rental gear and how to correctly disinfect equipment between uses.
At Planet Scuba India, we not only meet these guidelines, we exceed them! We are taking the utmost safety measures to disinfect our equipment. Both our rental scuba gear, as well as dive equipment that is being serviced by us. (You can find additional details here.)
The pros of buying your own dive gear
There are numerous plus points to owning your own dive gear, these include:
1. Comfort & fit
When you buy your own scuba gear, you’ll take some time trying on different sizes and styles. You will make sure that you get the fit that is most comfortable for you. This is important – a badly fitting rental BCD or a leaking mask can really take away from your diving enjoyment.
2. Safety through familiarity
When you have your own dive equipment, you get familiar with it. You know exactly where everything is, which increases your safety. Your SMB is always in the same pocket. You know where you have hooked your alternate air source. And it is easy to locate your other accessories.
3. Long-term savings
Equipment rental prices can vary considerably, depending on where you are diving. When going on longer dive holidays, gear rental can make a sizable difference to the overall cost of your trip. Especially if you are planning on diving every day.
At Planet Scuba India, our PADI courses (up to and including PADI Rescue Diver) include equipment rental in the price.
Owning your diving equipment in India, or anywhere else in the world, means that you know its service history. Since you alone are using it, you know that it has been well looked after. At Planet Scuba India, all of our rental gear is either new or well-maintained. We follow a thorough maintenance schedule. We are an Aqua Lung Partner Dive Center. This means we have trained technicians on site to service Aqua Lung, Apeks and the other equipment brands we represent. You can rest assured that your scuba gear is being professionally serviced.
5. The right item for the job
Some divers have specific scuba equipment requirements, which may not be guaranteed if you are renting. For example, an underwater photographer may need large BCD pockets to store interchangeable wet lenses. You often have limited options when renting gear. It is best to buy your own dive equipment to avoid being disappointed. Especially if you have special requirements.
Not all diving gear is only for scuba diving. Your mask, snorkel and fins double up as snorkeling gear for your next beach holiday. Wetsuits can be used for other water sports. Rashguards can be used while swimming in the pool to avoid sunburn. Many dive computers also include free-diving modes.
7. Dive computers
Each dive computer has different settings, buttons, menus, functions and algorithms. It can be both frustrating and time consuming to try and figure out a different model of rental computer each time you go diving. More importantly, it can also potentially compromise your safety. More so if you do not fully understand the information on the display. Owning your own dive computer means you will get to know how it works. Also all of the dives stored in its memory will be your own dives. Many computers also link up to apps and/or your laptop so you can transfer your logged dives instantly.
The pros of renting your scuba gear
1. Baggage allowance
Consider your baggage allowance if you are planning on going diving on holidays. Some airlines provide additional allowance for scuba gear. However, if they don’t, you could be charged for excess baggage at the airport. That said, quite a few companies have come out with lightweight scuba gear that’s perfect for travel.
2. Different locations, different requirements
That 3mm shortie you love may be great when you are scuba diving in India or in the tropics. But what about when you travel to cooler waters?!
3. Maintenance & servicing
You need to look after your scuba equipment, and this extends beyond rinsing it after diving. Dive computers need battery changes. BCD inflator hoses need to be cared for. Regulators need servicing and parts (especially O-rings) need replacing periodically. We, at Planet Scuba India, are currently offering free servicing on Aqua Lung and Apeks diving equipment in India. So that you can take that giant leap into the blue without stressing about your gear. For details, click here.
You will need somewhere to store your equipment at home when you are not using it. This should be somewhere cool and dry, where it can be hung up or laid flat.
5. Try before you buy
Here’s the kicker with scuba gear: in most dive stores, you can try the gear on in the shop, but not in the water! One way around this is to note down the rental gear that you really like. Record the manufacturer and model name (and size) and start creating a wishlist.
There is no way around this one; buying a full set of gear is a big investment.
Important: If you decide to buy your own scuba gear, only buy it from a reputable dealer and follow the manufacturers’ instructions. Keep your receipts, warranties, guarantees.
Scuba diving equipment in India & Covid-19
To ensure the safety of our staff and scuba divers, at Planet Scuba India, we have implemented additional disinfection measures post the onset of Covid-19, especially with regards to our rental equipment. All rental equipment will be thoroughly disinfected after each use. The entire regulator system including the primary and the alternate air source will be disinfected, as will the BCD oral inflator and the internal bladder.
For scuba divers who prefer to purchase their own equipment, we have a well-stocked dive store comprising the best scuba diving equipment in India, from the best brands from around the world. Our experienced staff are on hand to offer any advice regarding fit, suitability and compatibility of your scuba gear purchase.
Have some more questions about diving equipment in India? Simply drop us an email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. You could also just fill in our online contact form here, and we will get right back to you!
We look forward to diving with you soon!
Text: Sarah Wormland, PADI (with inputs from Planet Scuba India)
‘How do I disinfect my scuba diving equipment in India?’ In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, this is the key question doing the rounds. By divers of their own personal scuba gear. By fun divers and students using rented equipment. And by dive professionals and dive centers in India that will soon start renting out their scuba diving equipment.
The specifics of the question lie in the ‘in India’ part. Though there are many articles on the topic, few list products available in our country. Bleach was touted as a savior till fairly recently. And we must say that bleach-based products help keep your personal space, office and dive center sanitized. But can bleach, even in its diluted form, be used on scuba equipment?
The jury is still out on this one. Some equipment manufacturers have released statements based on the CDC recommendations of 1/3 cup bleach per gallon of water. But after multiple tests on its products, Apeks released a blog a few days ago. It stated that divers should “not use bleach-based disinfectants. Or disinfectants known to be corrosive, as these can prematurely age or corrode the equipment being used.”
Our recommendation based on current information:
Disinfecting your dive equipment
Planet Scuba India has been servicing dive equipment with Biox for quite a while now. It is a cleaner that has been designed to remove contaminants on breathing apparatus, including scuba gear. It is non-toxic, non-hazardous and non-flammable. Which means that it can be used without gloves. Unless, you have any cuts or other open wounds on your hands. Of course, that was during the pre-Corona era (when the above image was clicked), right now gloves are a mandatory part of equipment servicing.
Biox has been formulated to aid cleaning in ultrasonic baths. Baths that run at temperatures at which we know the Corona virus strain starts to break down. Still not convinced? The brand has also suggested additional cleaning processes to ensure that traces of bacteria and viruses are removed.
Besides, Biox is an excellent stain remover. It removes surface oils and other particles, thereby reducing the chances of the virus being protected by other contaminants. That means that there are no hiding places for the viruses and bacteria to exist on.
The even better part about this cleaner? It is biodegradable! Yes, you read that right. You don’t need any special methods to dispose of it.
Free servicing of scuba diving equipment in India
We know you are as eager as us to get back into the ocean. So why not get your scuba gear checked, before you take that giant leap into the beautiful blue again. After all, equipment servicing is key to safe diving.
Planet Scuba India is offering free servicing, calibration and testing of your Aqua Lung and Apeks BCDs and regulators. We know your next question. The answer is, yes, our technicians are using all the necessary Covid-19 safety precautions. While servicing, and later while handling and packing your dive equipment.
*The above advice is based on current information regarding Covid-19. It does not reduce the chance of catching the infection post your equipment servicing. Or common sense and adherence to all government and medical guidelines regarding Corona virus.
Scuba diving in India is still at a nascent stage. This is mostly because only a small percentage of Indians have taken that giant leap and joined the dive club. That said, most non-divers are as intrigued by the underwater world. As a scuba diver, you have definitely been asked some, or most, of these questions: What does scuba mean? Do you breathe oxygen underwater? Are corals as colorful in reality as they are in pictures? Have they really found the lost city of Dwarka, and can you dive there?
You can find the answer to all these questions here, along with some more fun facts about scuba diving in India. Also we have interesting tidbits about diving in general, which you may not have known.
Scuba is an acronym.
It stands for ‘self-contained underwater breathing apparatus’.
In 1943, the first scuba gear was invented.
Divers breathe compressed air underwater.
No, not oxygen. In fact, breathing oxygen under pressure is toxic. The scuba diving cylinder contains the normal air you breathe on land, which is 79% nitrogen and 21% oxygen.
Colors fade underwater.
This is because water absorbs light. Water absorbs different wavelengths of light to different degrees. The first to fade is red. Next to follow is orange, then yellow… This is why your blood looks greenish-black underwater. It is also why corals don’t appear as colorful as they are in pictures. Well, until you point the light from your dive torch at them.
Only 5% of the oceans have been explored.
The final frontier is not just space, but also our own oceans. Approximately 95% of the world’s oceans still remains a mystery to us.
The Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench is the deepest point in the ocean.
It is about 10,944 metres below sea level. No chance of scuba diving there. But it was first explored in 1960 by Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh.
The world’s deepest scuba dive is at 332.35 metres.
Or 1,090 feet and 4.5 inches to be exact. Ahmed Gabr broke the Guinness World Record for the deepest scuba dive in 2014. Then 41-year-old, he set this world record in the Red Sea, off the coast of Dahab, Egypt.
For scuba diving in India, only a fraction of our 7,500-kilometre coastline has been explored.
Scuba diving in India at Dwarka has been on every avid diver’s bucket list.
Ever since marine scientists discovered archaeological remains underwater, off the Gulf of Khambhat, on the west coast of India. Rumor has it that the discovery might change history as we know it. And that the remains lying underwater here are allegedly 9,000 years old.
You can begin your scuba training at age 10.
The PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification allows young divers to dive with a PADI professional or certified parent or guardian to the depth of 12 metres.
Myths that are preventing people from learning scuba diving in India. From fear of shark attacks to having to travel to international waters. We debunk the top five diving myths.
#1: You have to travel to international waters to scuba dive
There are some great sites for scuba diving in India. In fact, for some time now, scuba diving has been available right at your doorstep. For city dwellers, inland dive centers in India are a dream come true. You can complete the theory and confined water sessions of the PADI Open Water Diver Course in your city, over a weekend. (No point being stuck in a classroom on your holiday.) And then head out to the sea to complete your open water dives. Scuba diving in India is available at Goa, Andaman Islands, Lakshadweep, Netrani, Gujarat, Chennai, Pondicherry, Kerala and Kovalam. With new dive centres are opening up in different places across the country.
#2: You need to be an Olympic-level swimmer to scuba dive
You need to have basic swimming skills to learn scuba diving. The PADI Open Water Diver Course needs you to swim 200 meters without stopping. But it’s not a race. There is no time limit. The swim and 10 minutes of floating or treading water is just so that your instructor knows you are comfortable in the water.
Still have apprehensions about scuba diving? Ask your dive center about the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, before you take the plunge.
#3: You have to shell out a lot of money for diving gear
While scuba diving is a sport that needs equipment, it doesn’t mean to have to rush out and buy it. Most centers for scuba diving in India and internationally rent out gear. To begin with, you should start with the three basic items: mask, snorkel and fins. Wetsuits are the next on the to-buy list. Start buying gear only once you’re sure you are going to be diving regularly. Besides, renting gear initially will give you a good idea of which brand you should invest in.
#4: Snorkeling gives you the same experience as scuba diving
We love snorkeling, especially when there are whale sharks or mantas close to the water’s surface. But nothing compares to the immersive experience that scuba diving gives. Why squint at the colorful reef way down below, when you can strap on your diving gear and descend for a closer look. Besides all that swimming on the surface is bound to tire you out. You can stay down much longer and explore more of the ocean when you scuba dive. Think turtles hiding below overhangs. Pygmy seahorses clinging to soft corals. Moray eels peeking out of reefs.
#5: You will get attacked by a shark
The theme song of Jaws hums in the heads of those who have developed a fear of sharks. It is the one of the main reasons why people are apprehensive about scuba diving in India, or anywhere else in the world for that matter. But as most divers will tell you, sharks are the most amazing creatures to see up close. In fact, you should count your lucky stars if you see one during a dive. Sharks are not in the least bit interested in divers. It’s just Bollywood and Hollywood fantastical blockbusters which have given them a bad rep.