Must-Have Scuba Accessories for Your Save-A-Dive Kit

"My fin strap broke." "My tank o-ring is missing." "My daughter's BCD isn't holding air." Whether you're a new, experienced, or professional diver, at one point or another you'll encounter a reason to need a save-a-dive kit. It can seem difficult and overwhelming at first to decide what to add to your save-a-dive kit at any level, but it is actually fairly simple.  You’ll want to consider a few things.  Consider for a moment Murphy's Law. Then, think about the dives you’ve done thus far. Finally, look at the gear you have and which parts of it you might need to save during a day of diving.  Check below to get our tips on what you might want to include in your save-a-dive kit.

As a new open water diver who’s eager to continue and expand their diving, you start to add to your personal gear.  To start your own save-a-dive kit, get a small, easily-portable dry box to hold your kit. Pro tip: pick a size up from what you think you need today - unless you're a relentless minimalist, you'll fill your first box about two-thirds of the way through your journey. Remember, it's better to have a little extra space and not need it than to need a little extra space and not have it.

Let's get started!

The EVO Save-A-Dive Kit is an outstanding start. This kit contains a silicone mouthpiece, a replacement fin strap, a snorkel keeper, zip ties, a backup silicone mask strap, and two O-rings for scuba tanks. This is the absolute minimum gear you need in your personal save-a-dive kit.

Mask, Boots, Snorkel, Fins - what can go wrong?

  • Mask strap breaks
  • Mask keeps fogging up
  • Zipper on your dive boot breaks
  • Snorkel keeper breaks
  • Fin strap or buckle breaks
  • Hair tie breaks

Add these parts to your save-a-dive kit:

  • Mask defog
  • Duct tape to hold things together temporarily
  • Zip-ties to replace a broken zipper
  • Extra fin buckles (buckles must match your dive fins)
  • A pack of hair ties, though we've seen zip ties used for this purpose, too

Even though your instructor, a boat crew member, or someone on site might be able to help you out with any of the these parts, we strongly recommend building your own save-a-dive kit. You'll be more prepared for the unexpected, and begin to learn how to fix some of your own gear issues. You'll become a more independent diver. And remember: the dive you save may be your own!

As you continue diving and gain more experience, you’ll witness problems that other divers have.  You’ll see or talk about what they did to compensate for their issues and from that knowledge, be able to add to your save-a-dive kit.  Whether you add a BC, regulator, computer, or wetsuit to your gear collection or expand on where you dive, you’ll have more to consider as you're building your kit.

BC, Wetsuit, Computer, Regulator - what can go wrong?

  • Dump valve gets cracked
  • String to the dump valve breaks
  • Inflator button sticks
  • Wetsuit zipper breaks
  • Wetsuit zipper leash breaks
  • Wetsuit rips or tears
  • Tank that was rented is missing or blew an o-ring
  • Computer is dead
  • A hose leaks
  • Regulator mouthpiece fails

Questions to ask:

  • Is this leak one that can be fixed on site?
  • Can the zipper be fixed? Can we rig a replacement?
  • How many dives until the wetsuit tear gets worse?
  • Wetsuit difficult to zip up?
  • Do I know what to do if an o-ring blows?
  • Do I know how to change my dive computer battery?

Add these parts to your save-a-dive kit

Once you've assembled your personal save-a-dive kit, you'll see opportunities to improve it further. All you have to do is pay attention on your dives. What goes wrong? What do fellow divers always seem to forget, or need? We know one diver whose kit includes band-aids and hydrocortisone cream, another who packs granola bars and duct tape. Your own dives and interactions with other divers will inform the contents of your save-a-dive kit. Even better, you’ll become a valued source of knowledge for the new divers you meet and spend time with.

If diving has become a passion you share, and you're becoming a professional leader, you should consider adding to your save-a-dive kit. It's not just your own dive you might be saving anymore!

Personal or rented and miscellaneous gear - what can go wrong?

  • Regulator free-flowing
  • Ears wont clear
  • Hose leaking bubbles at the 1st stage
  • Forgotten dive computer (trust us - it happens!)
  • Computer dies

Add these parts to your save-a-dive kit

This save-a-dive Kit will not only be an asset to you but also other divers you encounter.  It will help educate them about thinking of all the components that need to be considered when diving.  It’s great to help others, but you're also helping to create divers that can be self-reliant problem solvers and that's a huge advantage.

A save–a-dive kit is such an important tool for all levels of diving.  It provides a sense of reassurance knowing that you have the tools to fix what needs to be fixed.  As you further your diving, you’ll want to think about the aspects of your style of diving.  What can go wrong, analyze other similar dives that you’ve done, and what tools or gear can you put in your kit to alleviate or prevent those problems from occurring.  Though the above lists of items are helpful starting points, there are an infinite number of pieces that a diver, novice or experienced, can add to their kits.  When creating your save-a-dive kit, cater it to your personal needs and diving environment.  Talk to others and observe what they have in their kits to help get a better idea of some additions to yours.  Keep in mind that, much like diving, you should not try to solve an issue that you haven’t encountered before or don’t have the training to adequately handle. You’ll always want to take the courses necessary to know how to fix the problem as well as ask for help.