Diving

Gear and pre-dive checklists

Gear
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You have your scuba certification card ("C-card") with you to show when you check in on the boat or need to get tanks filled.
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A "save-a dive" kit, including seasickness medication, if needed when you are going on a boat dive, extra "O" rings, a snorkel strap, sun screen and any items you feel you may need to be able to due minor repairs.
Your scuba gear, packed in a gear bag, including:
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__________ Mask
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__________ Snorkel
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__________ Fins and booties
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__________ Weights and weight belt
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__________ Your "C-card"
In a sealed, water tight bag:
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__________ Towel and warm, dry clothes
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__________ Windbreaker or parka
3
__________ Bottled water
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__________ Your dive log
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__________ Pen (for writing in your log)
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__________ Printed and laminated dive tables, even if you have a dive computer your dive buddy may have forgotten theirs.
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__________ For all day trips bring some food. Avoid salty snacks, chocolate and caffeinated beverages since these can all promote dehydration. Instead, choose fresh cut vegetables and fruits.
Conduct your pre-dive briefing with your dive buddy.
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__________ Discuss your dive mission, objectives and goals. What is the purpose of your dive and what will you do if you're separated from your dive buddy or have trouble?
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__________ Identify your dive, site entry procedures and exit access point(s).
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__________ Define depth, bottom time and limits for your planned dive.
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__________ Define the next deeper depth and next longer bottom time limits in case planned limits are exceeded accidentally.
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__________ Evaluate and discuss potential for encountering dangerous marine life.
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__________ Evaluate and discuss surface and underwater conditions including strong current, low visibility, cold water, thermo cline's, surge swell, or fog.
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__________ Verify that your dive buddy is physically and mentally fit to conduct the dive. They didn't get sick on the way out or have severe cold conditions.
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__________ Be sure that you and your dive buddy are properly hydrated and rested before your dive.
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__________ Evaluate repetitive dive designations if a previous dive was made within 12 hours.
Conduct your pre-dive check.
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__________ BC: Check adjustment, operation, low pressure inflater connection and ensure that the tank is properly adjusted. Depending on your entry technique you may need to have your BC partially inflated.
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__________ Weights: Your weight belt should be set-up with a right hand release. You should be properly weighted - not over weighted. Your quick release must be clear for a quick ditching of your weights if required.
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__________ Releases: Make sure your buddy's releases work and you are familiar with their locations and operations.
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__________ Air: You should always start off your dive with a full tank of air. Confirm that you both have ample air for the dive, and that your valves are open, that your regulators including your octopus work. Know where to find and how to use your dive buddies octopus.
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__________ Final OK: Give each other a final inspection from head to toe and front to back. Check for dangling gauges, missing gear, torn straps or leaking hoses.
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__________ If you are diving from shore or on a private boat be sure you have appropriate dive flags that are prominently displayed during your dive.
Created by Backpacker. This checklist is public.
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