Save a dive kits may be a small as a zip-lock bag or as big as a tool box, a diver’s save a dive kit will differ depending upon his needs and type of diving.
Suggested parts for the Basic Save a Dive Kit:
• Spare mask strap
Mask straps are one of the most common items to break before a dive. Be sure to select a spare mask strap that fits your mask.
• Spare fin strap and buckle
Fin straps break less frequently than mask straps, but they do break. Be sure to choose the correct strap for you fins.
• Spare regulator mouthpiece and zip tie/cable tie to secure it.
A spare regulator mouthpiece is an absolute essential.
• Basic o-ring kit
This should include o-rings for low pressure and high pressure hoses, as well as o-rings for yoke tank valves or o-rings for DIN regulators (depending upon which you use).
• High pressure and low pressure port plugs for the regulator first stage.
When a diver removes a hose from his regulator first stage, he must plug the hole with a port plug. Bring along both a high pressure and low pressure port plug that fits your first stage (apex first stages have unusually large port plugs).
• Small adjustable crescent wrench
This is used to remove hoses from the regulator to replace o-rings.
• Hex wrenches/ allen keys
Hex wrenches are used to remove port plugs, as well as for a variety of other applications.
• Cutting device/knife
At a minimum, your cutting tool should be able to cleanly slice off zip ties and snip strings and bungee.
• Needle nose pliers
Needle nose pliers are great for just about everything that needs to be pulled or tightened.
• Small pot of silicon lubricant
This is used for greasing o-rings in dive gear, dive lights, etc.
• A lighter
• Zip ties and duct tape
• Nail clippers
Nail clippers are useful for nipping of zip ties and clipping small items.
• White trash bag.
Use a white plastic trash bag as a work surface on dirty or wet areas. This makes seeing o-rings and parts easier, and keeps them clean and dry.
• Dry suit zipper wax.
Essential if you use a dry suit.
• A DIN-to-yoke or yoke-to-DIN adaptor
This allows you to dive with both DIN and yoke tanks.
• Bungee/ Shock Cord
Bungee can be used to secure lights, create necklaces for back-up regs (long hose configuration), manufacture watch/computer straps, and create octopus/alternate air source holders.