vitya - 7/31/2019 1:11 PM
That’s exactly what my 3 friends and I agreed on when we finished diving class. We aimed to get wet as much as possible rather than go on the most exotic trips. Craigslist and local scuba flee markets got us all very good gear sets and spares that we keep on hand for ~$700 each. The first year we did a lot of diving, even managed to squeeze a few charters for wreck dives, but a majority of our dives were from inland. This was the best approach because we got way more comfortable with our gears, adapting to situations, currents, compass usage, and etc. we had a ball every time with lots of funny memories. Unfortunately people got married or moved for work reasons, we share our exotic trips rarely but still get together 2-3 times a year to do a budget dive for fun. I am still using the first gear I originally bought other than the new wetsuits that I have added to my arsenal and a few tanks. As long as it is inspected and works there is no need to spend thousands of dollars for gear either.

Long story short. I agree with diver A and B, just wanted to share our startup.