Thanks for checking our SCUBA Gear for the New Dive Professional: Part I, now let’s continue learning about some extra dive gear that makes the life of a dive professional more enjoyable!
Last time we covered how to make sure your students can see you, both in low visibility and at night. This time, we’re going to show you what you need to be a superhero on the surface.
Hoses come loose and o-rings need to be replaced. With the right tools, this can be a brief distraction. Without them, it can be the end of a day of diving. If you’re a boat-based guide, it makes the most sense to have a simple SCUBA multi-tool. If you have extra space to store tools, a full diver’s tool kit can be a lifesaver.
Beyond just having the tools, you need to know how to work on gear. Take a PADI Equipment Specialist course, sign up for a repair clinic at trade shows like DEMA or just tag along with your local repair technician while they work on each piece of gear. Aside from technician seminars, you won’t be a certified equipment repair person, but you will know how to conduct a field repair for your student.
Hopefully your boat or dive shop already has these, but if you’re going to be out with students or leading trips, it’s worth adding gas analyzers to your kit. Carbon monoxide and incorrect enriched air calculations can be a serious concern and again, you’ll be the hero if you can help your divers make sure they aren’t going to run into gas issues while on a dive.
While not typically a problem at established dive centers, strange problems have happened and being able to identify them before getting under pressure is key to saving lives. To be completely thorough, get both a carbon monoxide detector as well as a nitrox analyzer. As both of these devices are semi-fragile, keep them secured and well maintained for optimum performance. Also, make sure you fully read the training materials so you know how to use them correctly.
Okay, depending on how you’re feeling, this can be purely for you or to be a hero to your divers. After a long day of working as a dive professional, the last thing you want to find is your clothes, towel or phone soaking wet. Protect your personal belongings from the elements with a dry bag. If you’re working for tips, it’s a great service to be able to help your divers by tucking their phones and wallets into your dry storage too.
A dry bag is your most versatile option because they come in a variety of sizes, are inexpensive compared to dry boxes and can be packed small.
Be sure to check out SCUBA Gear for the New Dive Professional: Part III for the remaining items to add to your professional gear kit!