Let’s face it: scuba diving means a lot of scuba gear. In addition to your mask, buoyancy compensator, scuba fins, scuba diving masks, scuba regulator, wetsuit or dry suit, fins, and other standard scuba gear, you might have plenty of diving accessories. If you’re traveling to your dive site, you might have to lug your equipment quite a way to get to water. In these situations, dive cases can be a smart way to protect your gear and keep you organized.
Scuba equipment cases are watertight, hard-shelled, hinged containers that come in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors. You can use them instead of dive bags or as a great supplement to your trusty dive bag. Diving cases do several things:
1) They keep your equipment together. You don’t want to waste time hunting for your mask, fins, or other scuba gear. With diving bags and diving cases, you can keep your diving equipment organized and together, so that you are always ready to go.
2) They protect fragile equipment. If you’ve just spent a small fortune on a diving computer or other scuba gear, you want to protect your investment. Specially padded diving cases help you get the most life out of your equipment by keeping your scuba gear safe and secure. Cases are especially important for your camera, regulator, octopus, and other breakables.
3) They help you travel with your scuba equipment. Diving enthusiasts travel half-way around the world to the best dive sites. If you’re traveling with your gear, diving cases help you pack and help you bring all the diving equipment you need.
If you are looking for diving cases, look for:
1) Size. Decide what you want to keep in your case and select the proper size for the gear you intend to carry. If you want to just keep your wallet and cell phone dry, look for a watertight case in a small size. If you want to carry your fins, tanks, buoyancy compensator, and more, look for a case that will accommodate all of this. Since you may have different needs on different dives, you may find that you need a few diving cases in various sizes. This is always a better idea than making do with a too-small or too-large case.
2) Use. Consider how you will use your diving case and what you will need it for. If you are diving close to home and mainly need to keep your valuables safe, for example, look for a watertight diving case that floats. This will protect your valuables most, as it will ensure you can find your case more easily if it falls into the water. If you want to take your case when traveling, look for a case specifically designed for air travel, as these cases are designed for the abuse that airports can inflict on your luggage. If you are traveling with your case, also consider a case with a telescoping handle – it will make dashing for your flight that much easier.
3) Accessories. Cases with great designs can be nice. Choose a style of case that you actually enjoy. If you don’t, your case will likely end up covered in dust at the back of your closet, where your Aunt Ethel’s horrid holiday gifts reside. Carefully look at the details of any case you are considering buying. If you are traveling or are buying a larger case, make sure it has sturdy and comfortable handles and wheels that will make using your case that much simpler.
4) Protection. If you will be storing fragile gear in your case, look for cases offering high-density foam that will keep your breakables in place. This is especially important if you will be taking your scuba gear on an airplane, where turbulence can damage any gear that is not correctly protected.
5) Water protection. Watertight cases protect your gear and your valuables. For the most watertight cases, look for strong clasps, a good seal, and sound O-rings. To keep your case watertight, regularly clean the seals of sand or grit. If you want to travel with your gear after a dive, consider cases that keep water in. These cases will prevent a pool of slime from forming in your car. As well, these cases will act as a washing basin if you need one on your diving adventure. If you need a case that keeps water in, make sure to look for a case with a drain inside of it. This drain will prevent a huge mess in your case.