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What Do You Have in Your Dive Bag?

better to have it and not need it

from the July, 2017 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

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In Undercurrent's mid-month email, we asked what items you might carry with you on a dive; items such as a surface marker device like a buoy or flag, a knife, a flashlight; items that are better to have and not need than to need but not have.

Gear to be Located By

Victor I. Ruess, MD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF (San Francisco, CA), always packs a small strobe light in his BC pocket, replacing the batteries before any trip, in addition to the sausage and mirror, which he says are probably more hit-or-miss and no good after dark or in overcast.

Getting lost at the surface appears to be the greatest hazard a diver faces.

"Most potential problems are under one's control and can be avoided through prudent diving, except for being left behind. Somebody else's screw-up is what you need to worry about and prepare for as best you can." He's happy to dive with an EPIRB off Wolf and Darwin for the same reason....

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