Elastic Band is used in many ways with scuba diving equipment
In today’s blog post I would like to give you some information about elastic band, and where you can use it as scuba diver. This is the second piece we will put in our Toolbox for Divers.
Elastic band that can be used for scuba diving is a line made of rubber with a coat of nylon mesh. The elastic band is therefore very flexible but also durable. You can buy it in different sizes. Established sizes are 3mm and 4mm.
Elastic band can be found in every dive shop and should not be missed in a diver’s toolbox! Price per meter is about 2 Euros.
In this first blog post of the new series „toolbox for divers“ I will show you a part that is not made for scuba divers … in the first instance. This blog post is about bicyle tube. Yes, bicyle tube 🙂
In the picture above you can see two types of bicyle tube. On the left a 26 inches tube for mountain bikes. In the middle a 28 inches road bike tube. On the right you can see the packaging of the road bike tube. Both bicyle tubes are used in different ways for scuba diving. More about that in a minute.
If you do not have bicyle tube at home go and visit your local bike shop. The cheapest bicycle tube is okay for scuba diving. You do not need special tubes with „anti flat“ or things like that. The tube’s valve does not matter as well. It will be cut out.
The ebook “Stage Tanks” from Tips for Divers is now available on iTunes and Amazon! 47 pages of pure knowledge about stage tanks.
If you want to extend your bottom time or take a decompression gas with you, a stage tank is a very useful piece of equipment.
The ebook “Stage Tanks” will teach you what a stage tank exactly is. How you carry one or more stage tanks with you. And you will get a collection of different how-tos and tips about the right configuration etc.
At the beginning of 2017 GUE – Global Underwater Explorers – have launched a new platform for videos. The project is called DiveGUE.tv.
Of course, I had to register there and look what GUE offers at DiveGUE.tv. My first impressions and an overview, what kind of videos can be found there, I would like to present to you in this blog post.
The websites welcomes you with the slogan: “Welcome to DiveGUE.tv, a video learning site designed to educate and inspire divers around the world”.
Part of the wing where the metal clamps of the battery canister damaged the material
Why should you cover up the metal clamps of the battery canister of your tank light? Answer: The parts come very edgy from the factory. That really doesn’t go well with scuba gear.
Here is just an example how my gear has suffered from the two clamps. The picture is showing the exact position of the wing laying directly on one of the clamps
You can find out here how to easily solve this problem:
Many of you who dive with backplate and wing certainly have this problem from time to time: “what to do with the extra equipment”? One way is to thread up pockets on the harness of the backplate. Although here the advantage of combining wing and backplate gets lost to a certain extent because you have a lot of “extra material” in the abdominal area. Another option is to glue special leg pockets onto the diving suit. These are then mounted securely and the content is easily accessible. Here, I want to introduce a step-by-step guide:
Worst-Case-Scenario for Dry Suit Divers: A hole in the seal
Worst-Case-Scenario for every drysuit diver is to spot a hole in one of the seals just right before he/ she wants to go diving. From my own experience I can tell that it will become very uncomfortable in a dry suit with a hole in the neck seal. If your dry suit does not have a seal system (which allows changing the seals very quickly) you could replace the whole seal (needs some time) or you can do a quick field repair!
There is a trick that can safe a dive even with a seal with a hole in it. How this works I will show you in this blog post.
In a diver’s life he or she collects quite a bit of scuba-gear. Technical divers collect even more equipment than recreational divers! If a piece of equipment breaks it is normally put in the trash bin, as we do it with other stuff that we use in our daily lifes.
But in this blog post I would like to show you that you can re-use old – or even broken scuba-gear – perfectly for other handicraft work with your scuba-gear.
Tips for Divers is a website for tinkerers! And what does every tinkerer need? Right: “Raw material” and spare parts for his work. Next to a shopping tour in your beloved diving shop you can also gain material out of old scuba equipment.
Objective of this blog post is to show what parts of your scuba-gear can be re-used or recycled and so can still be used for your diving – even if it is in another way than the piece of equipment was designed for.
You could also name this post: The creative re-use of old scuba-gear.
Today I am very happy to present the very first guest post here on Tips for Divers! Simon wants to tell you a little bit about spools for divers. In this post he will show you a way on how you can attach cave line to the spool.
The spool is an indispensable piece of diving equipment, which can be used for many purposes. Primarily spools are used for navigational aid and setting a surface marker buoy. There are a few tricks and tips on how to prepare the finger spool properly.
Even if the suit is called “dry suit” you will have some water inside from time to time. This could be sweat (e.g. due to warm water temperatures) or it can be a leak. If it is a leak you have some opportunities to repair the dry suit on your own. With this article I would like to introduce some quick checks to you!
Upcoming posts will then show you how to do some minor repairs on your dry suit.