As scuba divers, we are very much reliant upon the gear we use, and, sometimes, even a minor equipment malfunction may become a reason you have to miss that long-anticipated dive. So, it is essential to carry a well-stocked save-a-dive kit that will help you handle basic, foreseeable issues and gear hiccups, such as a broken mask strap, dead computer battery or blown O-ring. The exact contents of a save-a-dive kit aren’t universal and will vary depending on the gear you use and the diving you do. Nonetheless, some things will be in most, if not all, kits. Below, you’ll find a list of items that should help you to troubleshoot the most common problems that may arise before, after or during a dive.
The whole diving process is an amazing adventure with a never-ending amount of beautiful moments you’d like to remember and important details you need to keep in mind. Thus, if diving is not just a one-time thing for you and you want to improve your skills or even become a professional, it is highly advisable to keep track of your practices, hence the need for a logbook. In fact, there are many more reasons why you should keep a logbook. Let us look at a few of them.
Known by many names - including the muck stick, the reef stick, the lobster or tank tickle stick - the humble scuba pointer is one of the most versatile accessories you can have at your disposal while diving. This short stick is usually made from fiberglass or an anti-corrosive sturdy metal, such as stainless steel. Some models come with a noise maker on one end and/or a hole for a lanyard on the other.
A proper weight system is an important part of every diver’s gear setup. Choosing the right amount and type of dive weights can make or break a dive, however many beginner scuba divers struggle with the task. In particular, there are a few common issues divers face in regard to weights - not being able to calculate how much weight they need to wear on a dive; not knowing what type of weights to use and how to distribute them properly; failing to adjust the amount of weight they wear as conditions or gear change.
Whether you are a new diver or an experienced dive professional, every now and then, you’ll find the need to write something down underwater, be it a quick message to a buddy, the species of fish you’ve encountered, a map of your dive site or some information for your logbook. Here is where various underwater writing devices come into play. Dive slates, scuba notebooks, magnetic boards, and wrist slates are all useful tools that facilitate underwater communication, education, and data collection.
A lift bag is a piece of diving equipment designed to lift objects and/or divers from underwater towards the surface by means of the bag’s buoyancy. It is normally made of durable airtight fabric with straps. Oftentimes, lift bags are also used by the scuba divers to maintain the level of depth during safety stops or are deployed as surface markers if an ascent is performed away from the anchor line.