Anyone who has taken up scuba diving as a hobby will tell you that it is expensive. Firstly, the cost of the course can be more than a week’s wages! More so if you gained your certification on an exotic holiday! Then there is the cost of all the equipment, the BCD, wetsuit, snorkel, masks, cylinders, fins, gloves, boots, regulator, dive computers… the list goes on.

However, many people forget to consider the most important item of kit, the waterproof bag. Indeed, it is a frequent occurrence to begin packing for the first dive as a qualified open diver, only to realize that you have nothing in which to carry your equipment. Out come the plastic bags, and with them an air of disappointment, you have all this shiny new stuff, that often costs upwards of $1000 and nothing to carry it in but a few supermarket bags.

Clearly, you cannot use your favorite backpack; you will not want it ruined by all the water from your used kit. Nevertheless, it is scary to carry such fine and expensive equipment in flimsy bags; if you drop them, you risk damaging your scuba gear. Moreover, you will need to use several plastic bags to hold your kit in; this means that you are much more likely to lose items, they will scatter around, as you get ready for your dive.

Divers Mesh Bag available @ kirkscubagear

There are many factors to consider when purchasing an equipment bag for scuba gear; here we have provided a checklist that will help you choose the correct type of bag for your needs:

Travel bags

This is the bag you will need to carry your equipment between your home and the dive site. When buying a travel bag, ensure that it is sufficiently large, so that you can fit all your equipment. Choose a bag with various pockets for storing smaller items, such as your dive knife and your dive computer. The most important feature that your dive bag should have is wheels – many a diver has struggled with a non-wheeled kit bag, ask any of them if it was fun, and they will offer a resounding ‘no!’ Travel bags come in a range of styles, including duffle bags, cargo bags, and backpacks.

Mesh bags

Mesh bags are more lightweight than travel bags, and divers use them to carry equipment to the dive site too. They are waterproof bags (your travel bag should be too!), and allow water to drain out. Again, they come in a range of styles, including backpack, duffel bag, and cargo bag varieties.

thanks to Project Yukon

Kathy Dowsett


About Kathy Dowsett

I believe in protecting our oceans, lakes and rivers, as well as their aquatic life. I respect the work of conservation groups such as Save the Sharks, Save the Sea Turtles and Save our Wrecks. I believe that the use of plastic bags/bottled water should be discouraged as plastic finds its way to the ocean. I also support Diving for the Disabled and Swimming for the Disabled. As a PADI-certified diver, my interest in diving led to the opening in July 2008 of kirkscubagear, my online business. My site offers more than 2,000 products, including freediving, swimming and outdoor equipment. My continuing goal is to encourage diving and offer customers a shopping alternative for the purchase of scuba gear.

2 responses »

  1. spliffonline says:

    Thanks for this post Kathy! I never realized how important it is to make sure you have the right bag before you go diving.. I’ll definitely keep this in mind when I go diving on my vacation this summer!

  2. Pamela G says:

    What I like about this is that it is actually Waterproof. Tested and proven! Thannks

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