Traveling With Scuba Dive Gear And Equipment

Traveling With Scuba Dive Gear And Equipment



With today’s state of​ air travel and airport security,​ scuba divers often have to​ decide how to​ travel with all their dive gear. For those scuba divers who plan to​ rent all their equipment at​ their destination,​ this isn’t an​ issue. However,​ the​ trend in​ diving has always been that as​ divers become more experienced with more dives logged after initial open water certifications,​ they tend to​ want to​ use their own equipment rather than rent. This is​ especially true with masks,​ regulators,​ wetsuits and dive computers. Avid scuba divers will often travel with their entire gear including fins and buoyancy compensators. of​ course because of​ weight issues,​ scuba divers rarely travel with tanks or​ weights.

I have an​ air integrated Oceanic scuba dive computer that I wouldn't want lost or​ delayed in​ checked luggage during my dive trips so I always carry it​ on​ with me on​ airplanes. I have never had any problems going through airport security. Sure,​ they might check my stuff because scuba dive gear looks pretty foreign to​ most airport security staff but that's okay as​ my scuba dive computer always got through. the​ only thing I have to​ be careful of​ is​ how I pack it. on​ a​ few occasions,​ I had put the​ computer in​ a​ soft bag that also contained my regulator,​ another piece of​ my own scuba equipment that I would prefer to​ use rather than deal with a​ rental. During travel,​ one of​ the​ buttons on​ the​ dive computer must have gotten accidentally depressed which activated the​ device. Because of​ the​ altitude and/or pressure changes during a​ flight,​ the​ dive computer thought that it​ was going on​ an​ actual dive. it​ started beeping because it​ didn't like the​ statistics it​ was sensing which was a​ bit annoying on​ board. After the​ flight,​ my dive computer actually locked out for 24 hours. it​ was a​ good thing that I didn't dive until the​ next day. So from now on,​ I always pack my scuba dive computer in​ a​ box which prevents accidental activation and then the​ box goes into my carry on​ baggage. I also carry on​ my mask as​ well as​ my log book and certification cards. I wouldn’t want to​ be refused for diving by a​ dive operator in​ case my checked baggage was lost so it​ is​ highly recommended to​ carry your log book and certification card with you.

Everything else like my wetsuit,​ booties,​ fins,​ snorkel and buoyancy compensator goes into my checked baggage. if​ my checked baggage is​ lost,​ stolen or​ delayed,​ I can always rent the​ extra equipment I need without losing any dives. Some folks believe that one should not check in​ any large scuba dive bags with the​ dive flag displayed as​ it​ may advertise luggage containing expensive dive gear. in​ this case,​ one can always pack a​ flexible scuba dive bag inside a​ larger regular suitcase. So a​ good rule of​ thumb to​ use is​ to​ always carry on​ the​ scuba dive equipment that you​ can’t afford to​ lose or​ be without for your diving and check the​ rest.




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