One of the cool things about scuba diving is that it is pretty much the only sport that requires participants to wear a life support system while participating! However, beyond the basic mask and tank there are lots of additional accessories that every diver needs to think about buying for their scuba diving kit!
A Dry Bag
If you are diving a site with boat access rather than shore then you are likely to be on a fairly small vessel which limits the availability of dry areas for items such as your wallet, towel and phone which you will want to keep completely dry! That is why you need a dry bag. This will be an airtight and waterproof bag that you can place important items in to keep them dry during your trip.
Some Diving Lights
If you are going to be diving in the evening, or are taking part in deep water dives, then you may be surprised at just how dark it can get beneath the waves. That is why dive lights are a very desirable accessory to add to your scuba diving kit. You will need a good primary light and a smaller pocket light for backup. It may also be worth investing in a head lamp as well.
The last thing that any diver wants is to get lost underwater. It is incredibly easy to get off course down there, so a good quality compass really should be a staple item in your kit. There are plenty of different ones on the market which will attach to your gear for convenience.
Surface Signal Kits
As mentioned, it can be difficult to keep control of your bearings when you are beneath the waves and the current doesn’t help matters either. Every once in a while, you might find yourself surfacing away from your boat. That is why a good surface signalling kit is well worth investing in as part of your dive gear. Most kits consist of a signalling mirror, whistle and inflatable signal tube.
A Good Dive Knife
A good quality diving knife is an essential piece of your kit as it can come in very handy if you need to cut a rope in an emergency or if you get tangled in something underwater. Diving knives have evolved a great deal in recent years and you can now find really good lightweight, yet durable knives which are corrosion proof.
Quality Clips and Retainers
One pieces of gear that everyone forgets about is a set of clips and retainers. These are important for securing all of your other gear making them a must have accessory for every diver!