Shipping and Delivery
We ship most orders the same business day.
About Our Shipping -- We ship worldwide from Pompano Beach FL 33073 USA, subject to some restrictions for a few specific countries, with guaranteed safe arrival via your paid choice of U.S. Postal Service (USPS), United Parcel Service (UPS), or DHL Worldwide Express. Once you reach a minimum order value that depends on the destination, most orders have a Super Saver FREE Shipping option where we select the carriers and service levels. You also can choose contact-less curbside pickup of your order at our retail store location.
Guaranteed safe arrival means we are responsible for delivery of the undamaged order to the ship-to address. You are responsible for providing the correct address of a delivery location that is accessible, safe and secure; then collecting the order from the carrier and promptly notifying us of any discrepancies. For international orders shipped outside the US, you are also responsible for paying import fees upon delivery. Please note the special conditions for orders shipped to APO/FPO/DPO mailboxes, orders with specified date delivery, orders requesting non-guaranteed shipping, and orders shipped to package forwarding services.
Same-Day Dispatch -- Orders with paid shipping and all Items marked In Stock, paid-in-full before 3:00 PM Eastern Time (our current local time is: ), usually dispatch the same business day, weekends and holidays excepted. Most other orders ship within 1-2 business days. We'll always e-mail a tracking number when the order has shipped. Please see our Transit Delays Notice.
The day of shipment does not count as a transit day. There is no weekend pickup carrier service for any of our expedited shipping options. Therefore, an expedited order that was fulfilled on a Friday evening, Saturday or Sunday does not actually reach the carrier systems and begin transit until Monday.
Shipping Rates -- The online rates quoted to us by the carrier are the exact same rates, including our carrier discounts, we show you during checkout. The easiest way for you determine our domestic or international shipping costs is to simply add your product choices to the shopping cart, select a checkout option, and then enter the ship to address to see all the various shipping options available and their exact cost.
Please keep in mind that for a low value order the minimum shipping fees can be disproportionate to the value of the order, so consider carefully before ordering low value goods with expedited shipping especially for international destinations.
Delivery Terms -- If we arrange guaranteed shipping then delivery terms are DAP destination (Incoterms 2020). DAP means we are responsible for packing plus shipping costs and ownership transfers to you upon delivery from the carrier to that address. If your order specifies Store Pickup then delivery terms are EXW origin (Incoterms 2020). EXW means your unpackaged order is available for collection at our retail store location and ownership transfers to you upon exiting our premises.
Delivery Problems -- Although rare, we know a problem can be frustrating when it happens to you and we will work with you to resolve any issue as quickly and effortlessly as possible. Please visit our Delivery Problems page for additional details and advice.
Super Saver Shipping
Once you reach a minimum order value for qualifying products that depends on the destination, most orders have a Super Saver FREE Shipping option where we select the carriers and service levels. Most Super Saver orders dispatch within three business days. Please select a paid shipping choice if your order is time-sensitive, requires door-to-door tracking during transit, or to choose a specific carrier.
- $49.00 order subtotal qualifies for FREE STANDARD SHIPPING† to Contiguous United States (excluding AK, HI, Territories)
- $199.00 order subtotal qualifies for FREE STANDARD SHIPPING† to Non-Conterminous U.S. (AK, HI, Territories)
- $250.00 order subtotal qualifies for FREE STANDARD SHIPPING† to International
- $750.00 order subtotal qualifies for FREE EXPEDITED SHIPPING† to any address (subject to carrier availability)
† Order subtotal is before sales tax, if applicable. Free shipping is not available on cylinders, rebreathers, absorbent, DPVs, gas boosters, also large volume bulk orders will NOT qualify for our free shipping promotion.
Domestic Paid Shipping Choices
US Postal Service Priority Mail provides delivery via mail carrier to all U.S. addresses. Using your USPS tracking number, you can manage delivery of your package with the USPS Informed Delivery® website. Please be aware there are reports of delays that are typically less than a week, but in rare cases up to a month, please see our Transit Delays Notice.
UPS Ground provides date-definite delivery via private carrier to physical addresses (no PO boxes). Ground transit time depends on the address (see UPS Ground Map). Expedited 2nd Day Air®, and Next Day Air® receive priority order processing from Dive Gear Express and provide rapid delivery (Transit Delays Notice). Using your UPS tracking number, you can manage delivery of your package with the UPS My Choice® website.
International Paid Shipping Choices
US Postal Service Priority Mail International provides delivery via mail carrier to most addresses outside the US. Delivery is historically about two weeks (Transit Delays Notice), not counting any time required to clear local Customs. Our shopping cart will not provide the USPS Priority Mail International shipping choice if service is not currently available to your country. Depending on the destination country, door-to-door tracking information may not be available once the package reaches local Customs. USPS has a maximum value limit of USD $2500.00 on international packages.
UPS Worldwide Expedited provides fast international delivery to many countries. Orders receive priority processing at Dive Gear Express and delivery is about one week including expedited in-house Customs clearance (Transit Delays Notice). Using your UPS tracking number, you can manage delivery of your package with the UPS My Choice® website.
DHL Worldwide Express provides the absolute fastest international delivery via private carrier. Orders receive priority processing at Dive Gear Express and delivery is about three business days including expedited in-house Customs clearance (Transit Delays Notice). Using your DHL tracking number, you can manage international delivery of your package with DHL On Demand™ website.
If our checkout process provides carrier rate quote(s) for your country, then we are able to ship to your address and Dive Gear Express guarantees safe arrival of your order. For countries which we are unable to ship and guarantee safe arrival, we recommend hiring a third party package forwarding service. For more information see Forwarding Services for International Customers.
We Can't Always Take Blame for the Problem, But Do Take Responsibility for the Solution
Over the years we have shipped a great many packages to both domestic and international destinations from our facility in Florida using USPS, UPS and DHL services. While we do everything within our power to assure a smooth delivery, in our long experience a few of those packages will have some kind of shipping problem. As of early 2021, recent parcel carrier reports are that a significant amount of all retail packages continue to have transit delays, depending on the destination.
Thankfully most problems are just brief delays due to equipment failures, capacity overloads, or inclement weather. Handling damage is rare but seems to occur more often with heavy items such as tanks and delicate items such as oxygen sensors. Occasionally a package encounters a bureaucratic SNAFU even though we follow best practices to describe the nature, value, and contents of our shipments. While we might be blamed for shipping problems, the fact is that internal issues with bureaucracies and couriers are all well outside our control.
However, we do take responsibility for the solution to shipping problems because Dive Gear Express guarantees safe arrival of your order. Although rare, we know a problem can be frustrating when it happens to you and we will work with you to resolve any issue as quickly and effortlessly as possible. Express is part of our name and, while we can't overcome the physics of time and distance, we will try to get you back in the water as soon as possible. If you have a time critical issue, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate your deadline.