Enhancing Your Save-a-Dive Kit


Back on schedule! As you may recall, a week or so back I posted about the essentials for a save-a-dive kit. It’s time for the enhancement list for your save-a-dive kit! Bear in mind, this is more of a cold water related list, but you can’t go far wrong by including any of these items in your warm water kit. Another point worth raising is that both of these articles have more or less been focused on these kits as being for your own use. It’s worth saying that you’ll probably have to let other divers use your kit once and awhile, since no one can predict equipment issues. Plus, you might be the only diver who has one! So, without further adieu, ten things to add to your save a dive kit:

1. High Pressure hose, because a leaky SPG hose is not conductive for success.

2. Low Pressure inflator hose, for keeping that BCD working.

3. Back Up Computer (like this one), in case the main one dies.

4. Dive Tables; because then if your computer dies, you can keep diving.

5. Digital Watch rated to at least 50m, to be your bottom timer if you end up on tables.

6. Spare Regulator Mouthpiece, and ensure you have a few spare zap-straps too!

7. Spare batteries for each battery powered device you have.

8. Spare Diving Hood, the most commonly forgotten item in my experience.

9. Spare Diving Gloves, wetsuit or drysuit, a set of 5mm wetsuit gloves can mean the difference between a dive happening or not for the diver with gloves.

10. Spare Dive Light, whether a light floods on the first dive or otherwise dies on you, having a spare handy is always good.

So, that’s the list. Ten items to add to your save-a-dive kit. Naturally, you’re going to have to put the kit in a larger container than before. A small tackle box for fishing or something similar is usually a good call if you’re doing a lot of shore diving. A pelican case or a similar sealed case is your best bet if you’re boat diving, to keep out unwanted moisture and the corrosive effects of salt spray. Having made a kit like this myself, I can say that it definitely has saved more than one dive for me, and far more for other divers I’ve been out with!

In other news, after a period of voting, the Snakelock Anemone picture was selected by readers to be the cover image of the dive logbook! The proofs are coming in right now, and it looks good! There’s only a few tweaks and adjustments left, then it’ll be going to print and made available here at Cold Water Diver, then on Amazon and hopefully at various dive shops!

About the author

Graeme is a professional diver, qualified as a PADI and SDI Divemaster, DCBC 40m Unrestricted Commercial Scuba Diver, 30m Restricted Surface Supply diver, and CAUS Scientific Diver Lv.2. Graeme has an Associate Degree of Arts in Environmental Studies, where he focused on archaeology and physical geography, and an Advanced GIS certificate.