|Tom and Sabrina|
|New to me BCD|
I have new to me diving gear. NICE gear. Really, really nice gear. And of course there is a story behind it.
|So nice. Designed for women|
While we were stateside last summer (2017), we met a friend of a friend Sandy. She is a fellow sailor, sailing on Stockton Lake in Missouri and holiday charters in the BVI and such. In chatting with her I also found out she and her husband/partner are divers. They have been on many a dive holiday in fabulous dive places around the world. "But I really don't dive any more. I had a scary experience last time so I think my diving days are over." she said to me. Hum? So of course I said "Any interest in selling your dive gear?" This totally caught her off guard. "Oh. Um. Well, I don't know. I.... Hum.....I...." I told her to think about it and if so, I would be very interested and we went on to chat about other things. By the end of our time visiting she brought it up again. "I will think about it and let you know."
|Built in weight pockets|
A week later she contacted me saying she did want to sell and that we should meet at a cafe with internet so we could look online at "fair market value. The gear is really nice stuff and I have taken really good care of it." "Sure. That sounds like a good plan." However, she was busy and then heading out on holiday. No rush. Just contact me when you get back. Then I did not hear from her again for some time. Eventually, she sent me an email to say she had broken her back in a boating accident and was home in a brace and in no shape to do anything including selling dive gear. "Of course. Can I bring you anything? Sailing magazines, etc...?" I knew her partner was taking care of her but I thought at the very least, sailing mags to pass the time. No, she was ok.
|Breath in, breath out|
"I love it. I will take it all. How much?" I asked. Sandy immediately said "Just take it." "Noo. Sandy no. I must pay you. Please." She said "No. Just take it, use it and enjoy it. I would rather someone have it that it going to really use it and enjoy it than hassle with selling it and such. Just send me some pics." I was flooded with gratitude. Such generosity. I thanked her over and over and then left.
|Dive computer and regulator|
|Silver tank is my new tank|
|Securely stored in the aft head|
We were too busy messing about in Grenada to go diving. And the dive site I wanted to do is on the west side of the island. So the first diving in my new gear took place in Bequia. That story next.
****BIG Thank you to Sandy in KC. And to Laura and Jason for finding me a tank.