Yes bring your own , what is it $ 25 to $4o and you have it, also you can purchase breathing tubes in a variety of colors so when you look up you can hone in on who your with very easily and know they are safe.
I spent less that $16 on a dry top snorkel from leisure pro. Fins are the only thing that is remotely difficult to pack. Masks and snorkels take up very little space. If your mask came in a plastic case, make sure you pack it back in that when you pack your bag. It will protect the lens from any baggage mishaps.
ArubaLisa...you are, as usual, right !!! I am so new that I really only know my gear and would probably have a stroke if I had to use another manufacturer's gear that I was unfamiliar with ......so right-0.....I will pack my own.
Michele, here is US Air policy on dive gear. Obviously you are not traveling with a tank.
"Scuba diving equipment
Effective April 1, 2009, scuba diving equipment (including the scuba tank) will be accepted as checked baggage for $100. If the scuba tank is not included, the remaining items will be accepted as part of the normal baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage. Items are subject to overweight and oversize fees if over 50 lbs or 62 inches. One item of scuba diving equipment consists of:
Chadd, what about your scuba gear...do you take your bc, reg and wetsuit or do you rent?? Now that I'm excited about going I am not sure if I should take my gear or not...
I normally don't use a wetsuit and I don't own a tank, everything else comes with me. At 6-1 230, a lot of rental gear doesn't fit me, so I prefer my own. I also feel more comfortable with gear that I know, I don't have to figure out the quirks that each piece of gear inevitably has. I also like having my own computer with me, I can go back and fill out all of the dive details in my log book after I get back to the room, or back from the trip. Saves a lot of time on the boat and nothing gets wet.
One caveat though, I work for an airline and don't have to pay for my checked bag. If I had to pay an extra couple hundred bucks for a round trip things would probably be a little different.
If you are already checking a bag, you can probably get all of your personal gear into any carry-on sized roller bag. Fins can be a problem for me but I'm guessing you don't have size 11 (or larger) feet.