Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Onsite scuba gear repair, and the importance of a save-a-dive kit

The adage "Be prepared" is true of most things in life, but doubly so when scuba diving.  

Scuba equipment is life-support equipment after all, and the importance of regular maintenance is paramount.  But, even with proper care, unexpected failures can still occur.

Everyone knows they should carry a "save-a-dive" kit, but like buckling a seat belt, often the simplest safety procedures can sometimes seem like too much trouble.  A commercial save-a-dive kit is an excellent step on the road to preparedness, since a simple o-ring can make the difference between executing a dive or not.

Generally these kits contain the bare necessities, (assorted o-rings, a mask strap, a mouthpiece, etc)) and I recommend divers carry these items, but failures can occur on any piece of scuba gear, and having a spare for any circumstance is invaluable.  This is by no means an exhaustive list (I see divers that advocate carrying a spare set of fins) but it is what I take to every dive site, and it does not require a steamer trunk to hold all of its components.

Everything listed below fits easily into a small duffle bag.  In fact its primary compartment carries 2 canister lights, and does so handily with all of my spare parts in tow.
save-a-dive kit
A well stocked save-a-dive kit
Armed with these items you'll be prepared for most scuba gear breaks and won't have to scrub the dive plan.  This list of equipment may sound a bit excessive to a new diver, or understocked to a boat captain, and I'd encourage you to find what works for your needs, your style of diving, and the type of gear you own.  I can tell you from experience, something only needs to break once for a spare to become a mandatory component of your kit, so better to over prepare now then find yourself lost in your time of need.

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