Scuba Gear Checklist for your next dive
Don't forget your essential scuba dive gear
by Rehan Husain
One of the best ways to avoid forgetting important items
for a dive trip is to keep a scuba gear checklist. In fact,
if you are about to make a trip, make sure to have your scuba
dive gear serviced. To enjoy your trip, you need to divide your
scuba gear checklist into two groups, the first group pertains
to the actual dive, the other is for your time in the boat.
For your actual dive you want to make sure you have the
Mask: This is essential for good visibility underwater.
Remember, goggles will put too much pressure the deeper you go
Snorkel: This is used primarily to conserve the air in your
tank at the surface.
Fins: Try to move 30 feet underwater without a pair of fins
and you will appreciate the importance of scuba fins.
Booties: For colder environments, dive boots are a must in
your inventory of scuba dive gear. They will protect your
skin from the cold water.
Mitts and Hood: Hoods are extremely important in colder
climates. They protect your head, which has the potential
to loose the most body heat underwater.
Appropriate wet suit: More useful in moderate to warm waters to
protect your body from the elements (i.e.sea urchins).
Weight belt and enough weights: To help you stay down deep
BCD: Buoyancy Control Device to help you maintain your
buoyancy both underwater and at the surface.
Regulator: with octopus (alternate second stage), low-pressure
inflator hose, and submersible pressure gauge, dry-suit
inflator: Regulators allow you to breath the air from your tank
at low pressure. One of the more important components of your
scuba gear checklist.
Tanks (checked and filled): The tank stores the air that you
need underwater to survive. There is an instrument that gauges
the amount of air left in the tank to help you plan your dive.
Dive tables: The further deep you dive, the more you need to be
concerned about your decompression levels. Unless you have a
dive computer in hand, it is almost mandatory to use dive tables
to plan your dives for the day.
Compass, computer, timer, depth gauge: These are very popular
and more commonplace now than ever before. It is easier to keep
track of your decompression needs with a dive computer than a
dive table. Remember, dive computers come in all types of price
Incidental accessories like knives, shealth, collection bad,
dive float, dive flag: These accessories, though often over-
looked, can play an important role in your safety underwater.
The better prepared you are, the more you can enjoy your
Any potential need for specialty equipment like lights, cameras:
Dive lights are not only useful at night, but also in murky lake
First aid and oxygen kit: If you and your friend are diving
independently, this is of paramount importance. Do not overlook
C-card and logbook: This refers to your open water certification
card. The logbook keeps an account of the number of dives that
you have made.
Check list for your time at the boat: These items are not a part
of your scuba dive gear checklist, but are useful in any outdoor
Hat: To protect you from the sun.
Water: You always want to stay as hydrated as possible.
Remember, when you are diving in tropical climates, it is best
to have a bottle of water with you.
Windbreaker: When you are on a boat in the ocean, you sometimes
cannot avoid heavy winds. Having a windbreaker can help you
avoid the temperature fluctuations of heavy winds, especially in
non tropical climates.
Towels: This comes in handy when you get back on the boat after
your dive. Make sure you dry yourself thoroughly.
Long-sleeved shirt for protection from the sun: Diving in
tropical climates requires some sort of protection from the sun.
In addition to being hydrated properly, you should take a bottle
of sunscreen, as well as long-sleeved shirt. Sunburns can
totally mess up your time underwater.
Lunch and snacks: Donít always depend on your dive group to
provide you with meals. Quick snacks such as fruit/granola bars
and beverages will prevent you from being hungry. Ask beforehand
if food will be provided or catered. Otherwise, consider
bringing a sandwich if there is a fridge on board.
Seasickness medication: Consult your doctor beforehand if your
are prone to seasickness and need medication.