- 8″ zip ties for general repairs
- 1.5″ EPDM rubber bands for securing things on my harness
- Spare mouthpiece
- DIN to yoke adapter in case I’m stuck with a rental tank
- Permanent marker for marking cylinders
- Masking tape for marking cylinder contents
- Ear beer aka swimmer’s ear drops. Used to rinse my ears after diving in fresh water.
- Motion sickness pills in case somebody needs them
- Pressure checker
- Oxygen analyzer. Always analyze your gas before you dive it!
- O-ring picks for simple regulator repairs
- Scuba multi-tool has the most common allen key sizes seen in dive gear, as well as some valve tools
- Spare batteries for back-up lights
- Bandage shears or nail clippers. Great way to cut & trim things without risk of stabbing yourself on a rocking boat.
- Odd sized allen wrench that fits some tank valve inserts commonly seen in this area.
- Scuba wrenches. The slim cut is great for hose fittings, and they store well. All commonly used sizes are included in the set.
The small parts box keeps the itty-bitty stuff organized:
- Computer Batteries
- HP & LP port plugs
- BC inflator tool
- Tool for changing computer battery
- Wing nuts & washers for BC assembly
- 200 bar DIN plug to convert to yoke
- #112 O-ring (for standard DIN connections
- #003 O-ring (HP spool)
- #013 O-ring (larger LP ports)
- #015 O-ring (cylinder valve)
- #011 O-ring (standard LP ports)
- #012 O-ring (HP ports)
- #014 O-ring (yoke valves)
- #111 O-ring (small DIN connections)
- #010 O-ring (LP hose)
In order to decrease the possibility of getting all those o-rings mixed up, I put two sizes in each compartment: one noticeably bigger than the other. The less common size is zip-tied together, keeping them neat and tidy. It’s a piece of cake to fish out what you need with a brass pick, even with the boat rocking all over the place. If you don’t fee like making your own, there are some nice looking pre-made o-ring kits out there.
- Spare wrist seal
- Spare neck seal
- Neck seal tool
- Spare P-valve stuff
- Zipper wax
If that sounds like a lot of stuff, it’s because it is. Fortunately, I’m able to carry all of this in a single 14″ x 9″ x 2.75″ Plano waterproof utility box, with plenty of room to spare. The box fits easily in a boat bag, or in the bottom of a tub for shore diving. Since it’s waterproof, I’m not concerned about tossing wet gear on top of it. It’s always easy to access, and simple to find what I’m looking for.
What’s in your save-a-dive tool box?
One of the best ways to learn is by observing other divers and finding out what works for them. What’s on the ‘must-have’ list for your personal save-a-dive kit? Let me know in the comments section, or on the Meraki Diving Facebook Page.
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