Scuba diving is one of the most mesmerizing and amazing sports in the world. However, it can be dangerous and even the most experienced scuba divers can find themselves in a situation where things go wrong.
These can be major things, such as getting stuck under water, but they can also be minor things like finding that the strap of a mask has been snapped. It can also happen that your diving buddy becomes unwell, both under water and en route to a diving spot.
Luckily, although these problems are highly inconvenient, most of them can be resolved. The mantra is that proper preparation and planning prevents poor performance and this is true for scuba diving as well.
If you always carry a “save a dive kit” with you, then you will be far less bothered by the minor inconveniences. But what goes into such a kit?
Essential Items to Put in a Save a Dive Kit?
You need to make sure that you carry some spare equipment parts, just in case. It is all too easy for a hose to split or a strap to snap.
Naturally, this should also be prevented by regularly checking your equipment and doing an extra check before you actually go out on a dive. However, you should be prepared for all eventualities so that you don’t find yourself missing out on a dive.
Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to easily carry a spare tank, wet or dry suit with you. However, some smaller items like a spare mask, or at least a strap, are easy enough to carry with you.
These are hugely important for any scuba diver. They are used on tanks, dive lights, cameras, valves and so on. They are small and very lightweight and can easily be stored in a small box. So make sure you have plenty of those with you in your save a dive kit.
Dry suit glue:
Dry suits will always experience wear and tear. Not drying one off properly can mean it becomes weaker and will tear easier. Perhaps you have to climb down a few rocks to get to the diving spot and find yourself caught on something.
There are many reasons why your suit can rip, and having some proper glue with you will make sure that you are still good to go.
Similarly, having some zipper wax with you will stop you from having to dive in freezing conditions or finding yourself stuck in your suit.
Finally, bring a couple of tools necessary to perform emergency repairs. Only bring tools that you know how to use, of course.
Although you will have been taught to use spit and salt water on your mask, having a de-fog agent is actually much better (and more hygienic).
Read more about: how to prevent your mask from fogging
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Motion sickness pills:
If you are going on a dive that often means traveling by boat, motion sickness pills will be your best friend. There is nothing worse than being seasick on your way to a dive site. Not just that, if you find yourself seasick, you may not be able to dive at all and you will find yourself stuck on the boat until the other divers return, getting sicker by the minute.
Read more about: how to prevent seasickness when scuba diving
First aid materials:
A first aid kit is perhaps the most important part of your entire package. This should include things like plasters, bandages, cleansers and painkillers, but do make sure you also include a sting aid and some sunscreen.
This is particularly important if you are bringing an underwater camera. Imagine that you are close to the dive site and you are preparing your camera and finding your camera is out of batteries! Come prepared and bring some spares. And, if you are bringing a camera, include a camera care kit too.
A dive watch / computer:
If your own watch or dive computer dies, you need to have a spare. This doesn’t need to be one as high-tech as your normal watch, but you do need to have something in place (waterproof) that you can use.
How to Store Your Scuba Kit?:
It is best to purchase some sort of box that helps to keep all your belongings together. This way, you will always be sure that your kit is complete as well.
Do try to choose a box that is fully waterproof. Plastic is generally best, as this is great for keeping things dry. However, it is lightweight, so you do have to make sure it doesn’t accidentally get lost.
Make sure that there is a checklist in the top of your box so you always know your kit is complete. Although we are not affiliated with Leisure pro we recommend to check them out for your scuba supplies and to create your save a dive kit.
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Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.