To get the best out of your scuba diving experience, there are a lot of things you need to learn. As you will be coming into close contact with many different underwater creatures and critters, you need to familiarize yourself with treating marine life injuries.
As well as learning how to operate your BCD and regulator, your diving computer and how to swim through the water, you also need to learn about deploying an SMB effectively as this can help you if you get into a spot of bother.
How to Mark & Identify Your Scuba Diving Gear
Scuba diving can be quite expensive, and you need to invest in lots of the scuba accessories every diver should have in their kit. With regards to your scuba accessories, though, there is one thing you especially need to be careful of.
As many divers will tell you, it can be easy to get your own gear mixed up with someone else’s.
An All Too Common Problem
Personalizing your dive gear is really easy to do as there is not a lot to differentiate between one high quality and extremely popular BCD, regulator and tanks to one another.
If you want to avoid starting fights just before you make that plunge into the watery deep or risk using someone else’s equipment by accident with their own precise settings, check out our guide to how you can mark and identify your own scuba diving gear.
Invest In an Instantly Recognizable and Distinctive Dive Bag
The best way to ensure there is no way of mistaking someone else’s stuff for yours when diving with several different people is by ensuring that your mesh bag is very distinctive.
Most manufacturers of diving equipment also sell mesh bags too. Along with choosing a colorful scuba diving bag, accessorize it with a clearly marked out tag featuring your name. After a dive try and make sure you pack away your own bag.
Invest in Robust and Durable Metal Tags
To help differentiate your BCD and regulator from other people’s who are using the same brand and even models, you should invest in engraved metallic tags.
These can be attached to your BCD and used to display important information such as your emergency contact, blood type and whether you have allergies or not if you become incapacitated while out on a dive.
Why not go back to basics and invest in some good old diving sticker labels which can be stuck onto your dive gear?
Consider Investing in Customized Scuba Gear
Customized exposure protection can be easily personalized. Neoprene and personalization go together perfectly well. You don’t necessarily have to opt for the shiniest and brightest markings, but there are places you can have your name printed, such as on the strap of your mask and on the back of your wetsuit or even just on the label.
Here are some great products to invest in to help you customize and identify your scuba gear so that you’ll never get it mixed up with anyone else’s ever again!
Invest in a Friction and Water-Resistant Marker
There are some parts of your scuba diving gear you can’t put tags on, like fins for example. That’s when it is a good idea to think about investing in a high-quality marker pen, like the ones we have featured above! If a paint pen isn’t quite what you are looking for, why not try personalizing your dive gear using acrylic paints.
Many manufacturers have designed and released markers that are friction and water-resistant, but that are safe to use on soft materials and goods. It doesn’t matter whether you are incredibly creative or stick to a very simple idea. The key is to use the marker to personalize your gear so that you will know it is definitely yours.
While some people choose to write their initials, others draw a little logo or sign things in their own distinctive signature or even just use their favorite colors. Need some design inspiration? Make your scuba gear really stand out with some of these simple marine animal drawings on Pinterest.
Always Use Very Bright and Vibrantly Colorful Dive Gear
You will find that many scuba diving equipment manufacturers are now releasing their equipment and accessories in a wider array of colors than ever before. As well as appealing to a wider array of tastes and preferences, this can help you to make sure you only ever use your own stuff. The more distinctive and personalized your gear is, the better.
So rather than finding yourself deep underwater trying to figure out why the diving computer you were sure was set to your BCD and regulator is not working properly, use the tips above to fully personalize your gear by marking it so you can identify it.
It may sound patronizing, but if possible, make sure you always pack your own bag after dives, or at the very least, someone who is traveling or diving with you does it when you can’t.