Dave / Kate,
Pull yourselves together - We will not have such a defeatist attitude.
Repeat after me, "It's only money, diving is the most important thing in my life"
Food, rent, mortgage and other luxuries can wait
Quote[/b] ]it's not fair is it? how do people afford all this kit?
Kate, Welcome to the world of credit and high finance
And don't forget when you upgrade
to new kit, it is cost effective to keep your kit current and you will always get a good price for your old kit
(Actually that's not strictly true. You will actually hang on to it as you will not be able to bear to sell it for such a loss.
The most important hurdle to overcome is to learn how to break the price down, for example..
I really want a twin set, but it is just so expensive!
Hang on I can get a backplate for £40 and web it myself for just a few quid. Oh and I can get a new wing for £160. (Actually webbing it will cost more than a few quid, but stay with me on this one)
So that's £200, wow that's cheaper than a BCD... Oh that's so cheap.
Now cylinders, well I need 2 the same anyway, So I'll get two and sell my old one, because you don't lose much selling cylinders second hand and I won't need to have them tested for another 2.5 years. And a set of bands will only cost about £40, oh better get a manifold, I'll look at those really cheap ones.
You see how it works now.. Very, very cheap.. and before you know it you have spent the best part of £600 on a harness, wing and banded O2 twin set (Of course you actually went for an expensive manifold and bands because afterall it is false economy to trust your life on something cheap.
Tee Hee... and so it starts.