Diving requires a number of essential accessories, and while some of them are vital for keeping your alive, others just make the sport a lot more fun. If you’ve already got all the basics and want to add something a little different to your kit, this article focuses on twelve of the best must-have scuba accessories that will take your diving experience to the next level and help you to enjoy yourself to the max. Here are some of the best.
- Full-Size Equipment Bag
- Dry Bag
- Dive Lights
- Surface Signaling Device
- GPS Rescue Device
- Tool Kit
- Dive Knife
- Tank Banger
- Diver First Aid Kit
- Mask Defog
- Neoprene Patch Kit
In This Guide
Full-Size Equipment Bag
Having a large bag to carry your scuba gear around, to keep it organized and to protect it effectively is pretty essential, especially if you’re planning on taking your equipment on vacation with you. Full size dive bags these days tend to be more lightweight than they were in the past, which is excellent when bearing in mind the draconian airline baggage restrictions that have been put in place in recent years.
One of the best is the Kraken Aquatics duffle bag which has a handy, sturdy shoulder strap for easy carrying and mesh panels to allow your gear to dry more quickly. It’s also very lightweight so it won’t be an onerous burden.
On most dive boats, there are limited dry areas, so how can you keep your essentials like your clothes, wallet and cell phone dry? You need a good quality dry bag that seals out moisture and water even if it is accidentally dropped overboard.
The Accent on Adventure compression dry bag is ideal for use with its handy detachable shoulder straps, buckle closure and handy phone case.
If you’re diving at night, you really need a reliable dive light. While a primary light is essential, you could also really benefit from a pocket dive light that will serve as a backup and which can also come in handy during daytime dives for looking into gaps and crevices.
The Goldengulf Cree XM-L2 is a perfect choice – waterproof down to 100 metres and coming with its own rechargeable batteries and charger.
Surface Signaling Device
If you happen to surface a long way from your dive boat, you can make sure that you attract attention by having a quality surface signaling device.
The New Ideation Dive Alert Plus Version 2 is an ideal choice. By using a tiny amount of air from your tank, you can create a piercing noise that can be heard for up to a mile so you can easily get back to your boat.
GPS Rescue Device
No diver wants to get lost at sea, however you can prevent that from ever happening by investing in a GPS rescue signalling device that will send our your position to any boats in the area.
One of the best is the Nautilus Marine Rescue GPS, which can be taken down to 425 feet and also floats.
You don’t want to set off on your dive and then realize that a minor fault in your gear means that you can’t actually get in the water. Having a good tool kit with some spare parts will allow you to do some basic repairs in the field so you can get on with your dive.
The Trident divers’ tool set has everything you need to repair leaky fittings and blown O-rings with ease.
Probably the most useful item in your dive kit is a dive knife. Having gone through numerous improvements over the years, today’s designs are created to resist corrosion and to stay sharp for longer than ever.
The Primate titanium dive knife comes with a sheath for extra safety as well as straps to fix it securely to your leg. Low maintenance and lightweight, this knife rally ticks all the boxes.
When you want to point out something under the water, or need to attract attention quickly, you need a handy tool to bang on the tank. A tank banger is the ideal solution.
One of the best is the Trident underwater signal device which is easy to grip and which makes plenty of noise.
Diver First Aid Kit
You’ll be prepared for any emergency if you have a divers’ first aid kit in your gear bag.
The Dive 1st Aid kit contains everything you need to tackle minor injuries while out at sea, and as it comes in a sealable waterproof shell case, you won’t have to worry about its contents getting wet.
While having a mask defog in your kit won’t actually save your life, it does prevent your mask from being constantly fogged up which is pretty irritating.
McNett Sea Drops can be quickly applied to clean the lens and get rid of all the fog for a crystal clear view. Safe for use on rubber and silicone, it is not abrasive and long lasting.
Neoprene Patch Kit
You don’t want to have to cut your dive short in chilly water if you find that your wetsuit splits a seam.
The Stormsure Neoprene Queen adhesive and patches are ideal, offering a first aid solution for your wetsuit. As a black liquid, this neoprene adhesive is able to glue together any kind of wetsuit damage such as splits, rips or unstitched seams and it can either be used with a patch or without one so you can quickly get back to your dive.
If you have a compass in your kit you’ll never end up getting lost again in the water.
The DGX tech dive compass has a very easy to read luminescent face so it can be seen in the dark, even on night dives.
These are just some of the gadgets and items that you should definitely consider adding to your scuba accessories collection. For the absolute essentials, you’ll want to visit our homepage. That’s the best place to find current reviews of all the top scuba packages for beginners!
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