Anyone who has taken up scuba diving as a hobby will tell you that it is expensive. Firstly, the cost of the course can be more than a week's wages! More so if you gained your certification on an exotic holiday! Then there is the cost of all the equipment, the BCD, wetsuit, snorkel, masks, cylinders, fins (never say flippers!), gloves, boots, regulator, dive computers...the list goes on.
However, many people forget to consider the most important item of kit, the waterproof bag. Indeed, it is a frequent occurrence to begin packing for the first dive as a qualified open diver, only to realise that you have nothing in which to carry your equipment. Out come the plastic bags, and with them an air of disappointment, you have all this shiny new stuff, that often costs upwards of £1000 and nothing to carry it in but a few supermarket bags. Clearly, you cannot use your favourite backpack; you will not want it ruined by all the water from your used kit. Nevertheless, it is scary to carry such fine and expensive equipment in flimsy bags; if you drop them, you risk damaging your scuba gear. Moreover, you will need to use several plastic bags to hold your kit in; this means that you are much more likely to lose items, they will scatter around, as you get ready for your dive.
This then, is why, it is essential to invest in a decent waterproof kit bag. You need to protect your newly purchased equipment from knocks and bumps, and ensure that it is all stored in one easy to reach place, to reduce the risk of losing anything.
There are many factors to consider when purchasing an equipment bag for scuba gear; here we have provided a checklist that will help you choose the correct type of bag for your needs:
This is the bag you will need to carry your equipment between your home and the dive site. When buying a travel bag, ensure that it is sufficiently large, so that you can fit all your equipment. Choose a bag with various pockets for storing smaller items, such as your dive knife and your dive computer. The most important feature that your dive bag should have is wheels – many a diver has struggled with a non-wheeled kit bag, ask any of them if it was fun, and they will offer a resounding ‘no!'
Travel bags come in a range of styles, including duffle bags, cargo bags, and backpacks.
Mesh bags are more lightweight than travel bags, and divers use them to carry equipment to the dive site too. They are waterproof bags (your travel bag should be too!), and allow water to drain out. Again, they come in a range of styles, including backpack, duffle bag, and cargo bag varieties.