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 Travelling With Scuba Dive Gear and Equipment

Author: Clint Leung

Article:
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.

About the author:
Clint Leung is a NAUI certified Master and Rescue Scuba Diver.
He is also owner of Free Spirit Activewear
(http://www.FreeSpiritActivewear.com) , an online retailer and
designer specializing in premium quality activewear with
specialty sports themes including scuba diving, skiing,
snowboarding and martial arts. Free Spirit Activewear has
numerous information resource articles on selected specialty
sports as well as free eCards.

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