Scuba Accessories for an Outdoor Trip

While many of us enjoy taking trips to nearby or far-reaching areas to explore the abyss, often times vacations that involve scuba diving will involve other activities as well. If you plan on bringing your own scuba equipment, you won’t have much room for anything else, unless you’re willing to haul around more bags or rent equipment from dive shops. However, there are some versatile items that can add to your scuba repertoire that will come in handy in other situations as well. These accessories aren’t absolutely necessary, but they offer advantages at a relatively low cost and don’t take up much space.

Dive Watches

If you don’t already have a dive watch, we would suggest getting one when you have the means to do so, as they can really make a difference. Deep divers have previously had problems finding affordable watches that were resistant to their desired depths (some claims by watch companies were proven untrue the hard way!), but fortunately, as technology has advanced and high-quality durable items have become more commercially available, there are lots of options now.

If you want to be confident that your watch won’t leak or crack at various depths, will function properly, and will stand up to brutal punishment, a good place to start is looking for military-style items. For example, military dive watches have proven to be very durable and functional, and while they are more bulky than your standard Timex, they can actually be quite sleek, allowing you to wear them on a regular basis. They often incorporate navigational features as well, such as GPS or a digital compass, making them great to have when camping, hiking, mountain biking, or anything else in the great outdoors! For more military-grade items that can be used outdoors, check out Tac X Tactical.

Hand Warmers

Simple hand warmers from your local outdoors or hardware shop can make a huge difference in comfort both after diving and in any other outdoor situation that becomes a little chilly. Being more accustomed to the Atlantic, I find these almost essential, not so much for the actual diving, but to keep myself happy afterward! If you’re on a trip and plan on doing other outdoor activities as well, these are great not only for your hands, but to help heat the inside of your sleeping bag, your feet, or any other small area that becomes a little too cold for comfort.

Dive Lights

Dive lights are also handy, especially if you’re diving in darker conditions (obviously). The reason we bring these up is because even if you don’t use them for diving, they can still come in handy in many other outdoor situations, whether it be hiking or camping, hunting, or even just making your way back to the tent after using the bathroom. Given these lights are a little more expensive due to their high functionality and water resistance, they can be a little hard to justify, but if you need a flashlight in general, this is a good way to kill two birds with one stone, assuming you don’t lose track of it!


These are just a few ideas for small convenient items that can be great to have when scuba diving, but also have applications extending far beyond the underwater environment. The watch is the most important of the three, but make sure you have all your other equipment in place prior to enhancing your setup with these items.

Buying Used Scuba Equipment: Is It Ever A Good Idea?

SCUBA diving can be costly, especially if you are a beginner. Purchasing all scuba equipment, especially when personal items such as BC’s (Buoyancy Compensators) and wetsuits are involved, and where good fit is arguably an essential consideration.Buying Used Scuba Equipment

The first question you need to answer is should you buy scuba diving equipment? And if so the question is: is it wise to purchase used scuba equipment; if yes, where should you buy them? Below are guidelines to help you make the best decision about your scuba gear.


Your scuba wetsuits need to fit perfectly. Otherwise, you risk chaffing and discomfort. An ill-fitted wetsuit can also pose safety hazards, because a too tight one will potentially cause blood circulation problems, and a loose one will likely become caught by protruding objects.  Here is how to get a properly fitting wetsuit.

Unless you have tried a wetsuit on before you purchase it, and unless the seller is willing to accept a return, spend your money to get your own brand new suit – one that you can truly feel comfortable in.

Buoyancy Compensators

While it’s absolutely possible to acquire a used BC, it’s also a wiser idea to purchase it from a reliable and trusted source. Always keep in mind that this is an essential piece of your safety gear and one that you will depend on. It’s recommended that you acquire this equipment from your local scuba shop, scuba swap, a demo model sale or an open box sale.


Used scuba fins can make an interesting find. Just be sure of the size you want. And if you are planning to purchase them from an online source, ensure to ask any questions you may have before you buy. Take a close look at the photos if you are buying online. If you are buying locally, inspect the products carefully before you commit to purchase them.

Masks and snorkels

A not-so-worn scuba mask can make a god purchase if only you try it before purchasing, or if you have a better idea about the brand and size you want. A properly and comfortably fitting mask is necessary. Remember that using the wrong mask can cause nasty headaches. Also, remember to check out on for wear and tear and ensure the mask has no scratches.

Brand new snorkels are affordable, but it’s also possible to get used ones. Make sure you cleanse used snorkels thoroughly before you use them.


If you get them from a trusted source, used scuba regulators can make a good acquisition. All you need is to ensure the regulators are treated well and are in good working condition. Be suspicious to any regulator that seems underpriced. Keep in mind that, if a regulator fails, the experience not one you’re going to enjoy.


Used scuba tanks and tank accessories can be a good buy. Inspect them for dents to ascertain their condition. As long as you maintain them well, tanks can last for quite many years.


Accessories like bags, dive lights, dive knives, hoods, gloves, clips, and reels, etc. can be bought used, usually without any problem. Compasses and dive computers, among other technical items, can also be purchased used. However, be cautious, and again, remember that cheap is expensive.

Do extensive research in advance, seek trusted sources, inspect all the considered equipment thoroughly and where possible, try before you buy. Otherwise, you risk wasting your money and more badly, you risk you safety.