Just about every dive instructor admonishes their students about the importance of having a save-a-dive kit. Like a lot of other things, this often flies over the heads or in one ear and out the other of new divers; who are often more interested in the fact that they’re now scuba divers than what they might need one day down the road. Others are put off by the impressive nature of the kits assembled by some dive groups. Here’s a quick list of 10 must haves for a small kit, appropriate for travel and fitting in your gear bag!
1. Spare mask strap or mask; if you opt for the less expensive strap route, make sure it fits your mask.
2. Spare set of fin straps and buckles/fasteners (if needs be), most brands have spare straps available, pick them over generic ones if you can.
3. Drysuit zipper wax. This is more for cold water folks, always remember to keep your zipper clean and well waxed!
4. O-ring kit; these are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, all of them are useful.
5. Silicon grease; this is for said O-rings, and for your camera and anything else that needs it.
6. Small spanner/wrench, for attaching/detaching hoses from your first stage.
7. Multi-tool, it never hurts to have one of these around.
8. Personal first aid kit, make sure the contents aren’t expired!
9. Aqua-seal; be careful using this field expedient repair goop, too much may void your drysuit/wetsuit warrantee.
10. Defogging solution; whether it be baby shampoo or a professional blend, sometimes spit isn’t enough to keep a mask clear.
Now, all of these items should fit neatly into a small mesh bag (like the kind dive gloves come in), and not take up too much space in your dive bag. There are other bits you can add to this basic list, but that’ll be for next week!
To finish off this post, I’d like to mention that by mid November (at the latest), Cold Water Diver will be releasing a Dive Logbook! Carefully designed to have the essential information needed, it’s capable of logging 180 dives/book! The best part? It’s no larger than a normal logbook. It’s currently finishing the design process, and will be produced locally in Kelowna. They’ll be for sale directly from the site, and hopefully from Amazon and local dive shops! Also be on the look out for a new logo soon!