Its important to always be prepared! So I spent last Friday evening putting together my awesome Save-A-Dive kit… Its important for dive professionals (really ANY diver) to be prepared to help themselves and others when they have a gear emergency, so having a good kit is really essential. Whether an O-ring blows or a fin strap break, being able to assist someone with minor (or sometimes major) gear issues can really make their day! Anyways, after perusing lots of info online and talking to friends at the dive shop, I put together my kit with what I feel to be essentials, and with the hope that down the line I’ll be able to add some not so much essentials, like a DIN – Yoke adaptors, and other more specific type spare gear. After hitting up a the dive shop… for spare Scuba parts, Home Depot… for some tools and Jo-Ann’s…for some jewlery cases (to hold O-rings and other smaller bits and bobs)… I headed home to get everything organized. Quite quickly I ran into a problem.
I wanted to write, “Kelli’s Save A Dive” on my nice new pelican case (god I love those things!) but was suddenly too nervous of my penmanship skills to continue. What if I messed it up? I was using Sharpie Paint Pens, so there would be no erasing if a sizing or spacing error was made. I had tested using a stencil, but the paint leaked around it a bit so that was no good. Here I sat on my bed with one line drawn on my case too nervous to contine. I realize this is pretty silly, but I felt good about my kit and wanted it to look good to! So I took a few deep breaths and just went for it. Luckily, it all turned out okay. My bubble lettering skills are still passable, and I didn’t make any shameful spelling errors.
So what goes into a good Save A Dive kit you ask? Well there are a ton of answers to that question, but it really boils down to where are you diving, and what type of diving do you typically do? My kit, as a future Instructor, will look alot different than your average recreation divers, which may just include a few o-rings, and 1 or two extra peices like mask strap, fin strap, etc… just enough to save their own dive. A technical diver or cave diver’s kit would be much different than mine, with more gear and probably more specific gear and spare gear.
My kit however is geared toward general recreational diving and being able to help student divers, or other divers with some typical problems.
I’ve got a bunch of tools that will be helpful, from allen wrenches, screwdrivers, regular wrenches, pliers and wire cutters (all with a life-time garuntee, so when the salty sea makes them rust I can replace them!). There are bunches of zip-ties, O-rings, snorkel keepers, octopus holders, duct tape, mask defog, silicone grease (for O-rings), spare mask straps, fin straps, a mouth peice, weight belt, glow sticks, hair ties, sharpies, bonine (anti seasick medicine) and some gear clips.
While its alot of extra stuff to carry around, its well worth the added weight. Case in point, Saturday when interning at the pool in the afternoon, we already had a student who had no snorkel keeper, so I helped him out. Then just after getting into the water, the instructor Ryan blew an O-ring in his fancy little air pressure guage and needed tools to remove it. Since I had brougt my awesome new kit in with me to give the student a snorkel keeper, we were able to grab the wrenches quickly and he fixed his problem. Let’s just say that made me feel good!