Going For Offshore Dive – Must-Have Dive Safety Equipment Pieces Checklist

Those who love to explore the depth of the ocean need to be careful while doing this activity especially the inexperienced ones. Besides requiring skill, training, and knowledge, Scuba divers need the right equipment to make it successful. Besides having the bare essential equipment such as cylinder, an exposure suit, BCD gauge, regulators, weights, and timing device, you need additional equipment to have a safe drive. These equipment are as below.

Dive Computer

Earlier, this was considered a luxury item, but now it is considered as an essential equipment. Professionals cannot dive safely without using it. With the help of this gear, you will know the time length you are in the water, the depth of your current position and how long can you be at this depth. It tracks the personal exposure to oxygen and nitrogen gases on recreational dives. It constantly keeps track of the movement and assess the depth to easily plan your multi-level dives. Most importantly, it has warning features that can be useful when safety standards are exceeded.

Marine Rescue GPS

The modern technology has brought dive to another level. In the case of strong currents and tides, this equipment is very beneficial. This helps in tracking your location by your boat or by another person near you. It communicates directly with the ships or boats around you. The Nautilus lifeline marine rescue GPS is compact and easy to use. It can track nearest to 1.5 meters accurately. It works comfortably at a depth of 425 feet.

Cutting Tool

The cutting tools are necessary to set you free from the underneath plants or fishing nets. They are used for prying and also to communicate with the fellow diver by tapping on the tank. Generally, the cutting tools are knives made of titanium or stainless steel, having a serrated edge and/or sharp cutting edge.

Underwater lights

The underwater lights known as dive lights can be useful

  • During day time besides using them for wreck penetration or cave dives.
  • For observing color and exploring crevices and cracks underwater.
  • As a signaling device with fellow divers or giving a signal to the boats.

DSMB/SMB and Reel

The DSMB/SMB and reel play a vital role in case you are strangled in hi-currents, drifting away, unexpected changes in underwater conditions and similar situations. It helps the boat crew in tracking you from the boat surface.


It helps in defogging the fogged-mask so that your dive is enjoyable and safe.

Writing slates

This helps in writing notes underwater. It consists of special underwater pencils and slates that are either erasable magnetic slates or wrist slates.

Besides, above you should carry First aid kits, dive logbooks and another emergency related equipment. To sum up, the diver’s equipment list can depend on diving location, skills, experience, and goals.