In general, accessories mean add-ons which are something not needed for daily survival. However, in terms of scuba diving, accessories are just as important as the diving gear. You need them to help you find your way underwater. Also, you might get tangled in a rope while exploring sunken wrecks so you need to bring a sharp knife with you.
Marine life is teeming with life and colors. However, as you go deeper into it, the darker it gets. Once you reach a depth of 30 feet, the marine surroundings start to look blue gray and get darker and darker as you descend. This is where dive lights come in handy. With a dive light, you can see the full range of colors of marine life underwater. There are two types of dive lights and each has its specific purpose.
Primary Dive Lights
Primary dive lights are versatile since they can be used day and night. With their large size comes a capacious battery. If you’re in the market for a primary dive light, choose a durable model that is operated by rechargeable batteries. Above all, look for one that has a large battery capacity, providing a long-run time.
Secondary Dive Lights
If in case your primary dive light fails to function, especially during night diving, then you need a secondary or backup dive light. Although they are smaller in size, they can fit into a diver’s BCD vest pocket. They cast a narrow beam, perfect for examining cracks and crevices of a reef and underwater ledges. When looking for backup lights, select a compact model and can use disposable batteries.
Getting lost in-land say in the woods seems already terrifying but how much more getting lost underwater. There are basically no roads that you can follow underwater, not even stars. Of course, in order for you to reach a certain location underwater, you should know how to get there. Aside from mask goggles, the tool that can help you navigate your way under water is a compass. Scuba diving compasses are classified into two types: dive computers and analog compass.
As their name suggests, dive computers are advanced models of diving compasses. They are digital compasses, capable of providing you information of the amount of time you can spend underwater and the gas levels in your tank, aside from providing you direction. However, you need to calibrate them before using to get the right information.
Analog compasses may be pretty basic but they can be used anytime you want without calibrating them. However, they don’t have the other features that dive computers offer. Aside from that, you should also know how to read them, unlike digital compasses that provide you the exact information. When choosing analog compasses, find one that can be strapped onto your wrist, has a high tilt tolerance, and a larger size so you can read it with ease.
A dive knife is not a weapon you can use to battle sharks, giant squids, and other large organisms underwater. Instead, it is a tool used in cutting underwater hazards like seaweeds or other vegetation if in case you are caught in them. A small or medium diving knife will suffice for cutting such pesky vegetation. Also, a good diving knife has versatile edges that are serrated and straight.
Choosing a diving bag ultimately depends on how much diving gear you are going to stuff in it. If you are going to carry lots of stuff, then duffel bags and roller bags are the ideal choices. Otherwise, go for backpacks, plus they offer comfort since you can carry them hands-free and sling them on your back.