Do you need a save-a-dive kit?
In a word, yes.
I have yet to meet a diver that has not had something break on them while out for a day of diving. These equipment failures are usually very easy to fix, but will keep you out of the water if you don’t have the right part, tool, or knowledge. This often results in lost dives and wasted money, especially if you’re on the boat at a remote location. No one wants to miss out on the dive of their life because they didn’t have a 25-cent o-ring.
There are dozens of inexpensive pre-made kits available and most of them will allow you to repair a few minor issues, such as a leaking tank o-ring.
Many experienced divers, however, maintain a small toolbox that contains much more than the small kits being sold in shops and online. The contents of these kits will vary depending on the sort of dive trip that’s being planed.
Here’s a few guidelines for building and stocking a save-a-dive toolbox that’s perfect for you:
Building the best save-a-dive kit for YOU
1. Determine what you need to carry
Anything that can go wrong, eventually will go wrong.
It sounds simple, but this is step is often overlooked. Spend some time thinking about what could break on a dive trip after you leave the dock, and whether or not you could fix the problem quickly if you had a few simple items. Talk to any experienced diver and they’ll tell you that Murphy was right: anything that can go wrong, eventually will go wrong.
Here’s a few things to think about building your save-a-dive box:
- What if my tank o-ring starts leaking?
- What if I break my mask? What if I lose it?
- What if that thingie I use to hold that doodad in place breaks?
- What if my regulator starts leaking gas?
- What if I get hurt?
- What if one of my fin straps break?
- What if my BC stops working properly?
- What if the seas are rough?
- What if my dive computer dies?
Ask yourself: which of these potential problems are likely enough to be prepared for? Could you fix something quickly (e.g., a broken mask strap) on the boat if you had the right part or tool?