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Well mine is 1 mile away and i very rarly buy anything from them, but then we have a compresor and do Nitrox.

We as a club have been far from happy with quite a few issues like Hired Regs that did not work right - but were apparently OK at the shop.

Rip off tank inspections (although that was contracted out), and generally high prices, although these seem better now.

If i want stuff now its from The Dive Show, Net or Dive Kent which is 40ish miles away.

Before going to LIDS i will decide most of what i want and get prices off the net, find the best then shop around at the show.

I would add i got very good service from Divers warehouse after an online purchase when my Greenforce packed up. 1 week turnaround although it cost me £18 (i think) in postage.

Buying from shops online i feel gets you good follow up service - secondhand you takes your chances.

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My LDS offers a price match on larger items - somtimes they come up trumps and sometimes not.  It also pays to have a good rapport with them - i wanted some glue to patch up a tear in my wetsuit and they repaired it for me foc.

A big up from me also to Mikes WW in Chiswick - they ordered my BCD without asking for a deposit and i wasn't duty bound to buy it if i changed my mind when it arrived.  They also rang me when i got 5 mins down the road to tell me i'd left my credit card on the counter - doh!
 

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My LDS just sucks. They try and rip me off and inconvenience me at every turn so I dive 40 miles away and buy off the internet.  If they go bust, I wouldn't notice or care.  Which is a shame since it is about half a mile away and next to the sea - if they pulled their respective fingers out they could be excellent.

The internet is here.  Diving is expensive.  Pay for service (training and air fills) and get your toys where they are cheapest.  The days of LDS dispensing advice as the sole source of info is long gone with the likes of YD etc and we now have a choice.  And so do they.  Offer better service or go bust.  
 

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Quote[/b] (Mdemon @ Mar. 03 2004,22:18)]My LDS just sucks.
I'm semi lucky, I have two LDS near home. One of the home LDSs is brilliant with cheerful, helpful staff and reasonable prices for Nitrox, technical bits, etc.

The other LDS is a perfect example of how not to run a dive centre. The staff are rude, offer dangerous advice, have a tiny range of equipment and everything is very expensive. Its a pitty that they are so different; some divers will only ever find the bad one  
 

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I notice one or two of you have expressed doubts about buying a drysuit at a diveshow. I bought my new drysuit at LIDS last year and it was a real bargain, so, to those of you needing a new drysuit, I'd say wait until after LIDS. You just might be able to pick up just what you're looking for at an exceptional price. Of course, you need to know what to look for and it must be a good fit, but that goes without saying.
 

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The main LDS to us here in Nottingham is Go Dive, and personally i'd rather fry my own b*ll*cks than buy any life supporting equipment off them. Most of the bigger dive shops will price match. At the end of the day, loyality to a shop is nice, but money in your pocket because you can get it cheaper else where is even better!

Saying that though, the guys at Cannock have been superb with me, and i'll go to them pretty much 95% of the time.

 

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Mixture of both, I tend to speak to my LDS, get a few fills there and buy bits and pieces. For bigger kit I will shop around, I can often save £20/£30 on the net and they are still making money. I have in the past gone in with several hundred pounds only to walk out after being told, what I consider, to be a stupid and amateur price, they should know better. I won't bother for a couple of quid.

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<font color='#736AFF'>I support my LDS (Hydroactive in Letchworth). Staff are very friendly and helpful. Craig the owner has very high training standards, a well laid out shop, free drinks available, will lend (not hire) some people kit in certain situations. Hydroactive offer a discount scheme if you have done some training with them. Advert over.

For me service is everything. I have had two kit failures; the dive computer was swopped on the spot, and the battle with Scubapro about my torch is still being pursued by the shop. I look around online but have never bought much dive kit this way. I like to be able to see and feel things before purchasing.

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There are 3 dive shops in Nottingham - Barracuda and Sherwoord Divers [name?] (sherwood) and First Stage in Ruddington.  

Each are useful in their own way.  I always get my seals done by Pete in Barracuda and he does the club's training regs and many of the member's regs too...
 

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Quote[/b] (Mary @ Mar. 04 2004,00:38)]I think that might be the problem, i know that the chances of me fitting an off the peg suit are about 1,000,000 to 1
You never know. Mine was made to measure for someone else but is a perfect fit except that the boots are a bit big. However, I didn't change them as it's good to have room for an extra pair of thicks socks, especially in the winter.
 

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Quote[/b] (lynnj @ Mar. 04 2004,09:04)]There are 3 dive shops in Nottingham - Barracuda and Sherwoord Divers [name?] (sherwood) and First Stage in Ruddington.  

Each are useful in their own way.  I always get my seals done by Pete in Barracuda and he does the club's training regs and many of the member's regs too...
Sherwood divers (if i think we are talking about the same one, on mansfield rd) trades as nottingham scuba center.

Personally I find that none of these have very much in the way of stock and the service i personally have had has been shocking in a couple of them. I have heard good things about Barracuda and suit repairs but have never had reason to use them personally (cause my dry suit is dry).

I also couldn't beleive than none of them had shot lead in stock, either loose or in pouches. Nottingham scuba centre could sell us 4lb, not too much use when a friend has a new shot belt and we are off to scotland in 2 days!

1st stage diving wanted to charge me £50 to swop a scubapro A-clamp to Din, I asked why so much when the part was £35 and was told cause it's very difficult to do and requires time and special skills, when i said i had heard it was easy she put the phone down, not good customer service in my book!

Locally the best for servicing and cylinder testing has to be Divequip. This is run by a guy with huge knowledge and very reasonable prices from home.

As for Go-dive I think Tiewrap has said all that needs to be said really!
 

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<font color='#0000FF'>i have 2 good dive shops that are very local  roho 400yds away and diverswarehouse about 3 miles away
if you haggle you can usually get 15 to 20% off retail prices
was also in a hayhursts shop in cumbria last weekend and he as some  very good prices on some of his equipment
 

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I bought my regs and computer mail order.
For cheaper items where p&p has a major effect and items that I wish to try on I normally go to the LDS. I bought my wetsuit, fins, boots, gloves etc... locally.
 

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Quote[/b] (lynnj @ Mar. 04 2004,09:04)]I always get my seals done by Pete in Barracuda
I must admit, barracuda are great for doing drysuit repairs and replacing seals. But they are only a little shop and dont have much stock and can't do much of a price match when your trying to buy kit.

Pete Church at divequip is fantastic for reg servicing and tank testing etc.
 

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I e-mailed 5 dive shops last year for prices on 4 sets of new regs a reel and a self inflating dsmb.  Go-Dive undercut all of the others by at least £200 and nearly £400 in one case.  I also asked my LDS for a quote on the regs and they couldn't even buy them in at the price I got from Go-Dive.  I use the LDS for all of the little things you always seem to need plus fills and boat dives.  I'd use Go-Dive again and have also used Divers Warehouse and Deep Blue.

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Quote[/b] (Sandman @ Mar. 04 2004,12:38)]I'd use Go-Dive again
Have you ever tried to take anything back to them? Talk about sh*t aftersales care. To be honest i find the manager to be rude and unhelpful.

I seriuosly wouldn't buy any major kit off them, cos when it goes tits up he won't want to know, ask Digger about his torch he got off them.

Screw them stupid for their free air but don't get major kit off them.  
 

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I don't have an LDS at present but our old LDS, Triton Scuba in Portsmouth, just repaired a reg for us foc (although we did drive an hour each way!)
 
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