Originally Posted by iWill
Secondly, I don't advise anyone to buy a transceiver and gear until AFTER they have completed the requisite training. You do not want the temptation.
Really? I'm just starting to gather equipment, and am planning on a level 1 class this winter. I do not plan to go out until after I've done that, but your advice doesn't seem like the best idea to me, mainly because of this:
Originally Posted by newfydog
No surprise, I bought the transceiver I trained with in my first class. The best unit is the one you know how to use and practise with.
If you're going to buy a beacon and take a Level 1 class, wouldn't it be great to actually have the beacon you're going to carry regularly for the class? That way you can practice and get familiar with that specific model of beacon while you have instructors there to help? That definitely seems like a better way to go, IMO.