What Sells: Scuba & Snorkeling

Regulators, wet suits, dive computers and underwater cameras are among the many different types of scuba gear sold online.

Research Resources

Andreas Nowotny offers a glossary of diving terms. Visit the website at http://www.nowodiver.net/en_glossary.php.

The following websites have photos and historical information about vintage diving equipment:






Look for these signs of wear and tear:

  • Tears, holes, weak seams and other damage on suits
  • Scratches, scuffs and dents on tanks
  • Missing or malfunctioning valves
  • Cracks and scratches on masks, snorkels and other plastic gear

Tanks should be inspected annually by a trained technician. If you don’t see a current inspection sticker on a tank, ask the owner when it was last inspected and if any problems were found with it. If it hasn’t been inspected recently, you can sell it “as-is” but the sales price may be lower.

Key Details

Include these details in your listing:
  • Brand
  • Model name/number
  • Type of equipment
  • Age (if known
  • Size (for suits, fins, etc.)
  • Weight and pressure-rating for tanks
Storage and Shipping

There are hangers specially designed to protect scuba gear during drying and storage. If available, use one to hang wet suits. Use the contoured slots in the hanger to fit shoulder straps. Boots and gloves should fit on the lower extensions as well. There is also a place on most hangers to attach the regulator, with loops for hoses. If one of these heavy-duty hangers is not available, standard shirt hangers or hooks can be used to hang each item separately.

All scuba equipment should be stored away from extreme temperatures, children and pets.

To ship diving gear, wrap each item separately ensuring that supporting equipment is isolated from the wet suit to prevent tears and other damage during transit.

Most carriers require that air tanks be emptied before shipping; ask the owner if you aren’t sure how to empty the tank.

Also, high-intensity diving lamps can generate extremely high heat when operated in air. In order to be shipped safely, the bulb or battery must be disconnected while in transit.

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