Is there a clear advantage to buying titanium parts, sealed first stage? Im buying for my daughter (She is 16 yrs old and would like to go into marine biology. Already certified) so I want to know it will be highly reliable. Also looking for anyones personal experience on: do you buy a regulator for life or do you upgrade throughout your diving? Thank you for your responses.
(Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com)
Hello John, a sealed first stage will help keep the water from going inside the first stage to prevent freezing if you are diving in water with ice. As for upgrading the regulator over time the manufactures will change there lines and when new tech comes out they will go with that so if you have a regulator that is 20 years old will be hard to find part for service on that.
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