Picture this scene:
The dive boat has just docked after a two tank dive. You’re getting bumped from every direction as you and the other fifteen divers gather up your gear and prepare to disembark. Your inside-out wetsuit drips from the same support bar where six others just like it hang. Your fins are shoved under the bench along with the guy’s next to you, who also owns blue Hotshots. You’re feeling around in your mesh gear bag where you’re pretty sure you tossed your mask, though the one the guy across from you is holding looks an awful lot like yours…
Sounds familiar, right?
Don’t get all the way to the hotel and realize you have one of your size medium blue Hotshots and one of that other guy’s extra large. Marking your dive gear is a simple way to quickly and easily identify your scuba equipment. Below are creative ways to mark your gear. You’ll find all product information at the bottom of this article.
How to Mark Your Dive Gear
Write your initials, your name, or a special symbol on each piece of gear you own. Use Trident U-Mark It, a Sharpie or a permanent paint pen on fins, mask cases, the back of wrist computers, flashlights and camera equipment. Permanent silver markers work well on neoprene wetsuits, booties, gloves and hoods.
Adhere personalized, waterproof labels to camera equipment, flashlights, fins, log books, and luggage. 3M makes sticker labels specifically for scuba divers and boat enthusiasts.
Attach personalized, waterproof zipper pulls to wetsuit and gear bags.
Wrap regulator hoses with brightly colored, plastic wraps.
Attach military or dogtag style tags to BCs and mesh gear bag zippers. Have them engraved with your name, mailing address and/or phone number so anything accidentally lost or taken can be returned to you. Consider using brightly colored zip ties to attach them to D-rings.
Tie fluorescent-colored nylon string to D-rings on your BC and straps on mask and accessories like flashlights, etc.
Cut narrow strips of lime green, hot pink or orange duct tape (or electricians tape) and thread one strip through each of the zipper pulls of your booties and wetsuit. Press the sticky sides together for a bright and visible marker that will make your stuff easy to find, even in a rinse bin full of black neoprene.
To mark your scuba tanks, safety sausages, rebreather, and other larger items, check out DiveSigns.com for reflective diver identification stickers. They are highly visible in the worse of underwater conditions.
DiveSigns.com also sells Stealth Diver Name Stickers. As explained on their website, these are great: “For the diver requiring a more understated name marking. When fitted to a black surface, Dive Signs black-on-black reflective Stealth identification stickers are all but invisible until they are ‘lit’ by torch or sun light. When the light hits the reflective backing the stickers become as clear to read as our regular black on white stickers.”
A Couple Points to Remember
- Don’t forget to mark your weight pockets too. They are easy to lose in a big rinse tank! Use paint pen, Sharpie marker, or stitch a label onto the fabric.
- Make re-marking your gear a yearly goal. When you get your gear serviced each year, re-check the marking system you use, go over any faded writing with Sharpie/paint pen, and replace worn out nylon ties, duct tape or zip ties.
- As divers, the marine environment is important to us. There is interesting information and discussions on environmentally safe ways to mark your scuba gear at TheDivingBlog.com. (Click here to read the article.)
Dive Gear Marking Tools, Product Information
- Trident U-Mark It — http://www.sears.com/search=trident%20u%20mark%20it%20gear%20marking%20paint
- DiveSigns.com — http://www.divesigns.com/index.php?main_page=products_new
- Stealth Diver Name Stickers — http://www.divesigns.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=10
- Personalized, Waterproof Diver Identification Sticker by 3M — http://www.amazon.com/Personalized-Waterproof-Sticker-Boating-Airplane/dp/B00BNQEESO/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
- Emergency contact dogtags http://www.dogtagsonline.com/cgi-bin/dog-tags.pl?emergency-contact-hiking
- Personalized wet suit and gear bag zipper pulls — http://www.ebay.com/itm/Personalized-Custom-Wetsuit-and-Gear-Bag-Zipper-Pulls-Scuba-Diving-/261096692638
- Hose wraps http://www.leisurepro.com/Prod/AQUHW.html?&&#ReviewInfoTab
- Uni Paint Markers http://markers4u.us.com/unipaintmarkersfinepointpx-21set12-2.aspx
- Nylon String (for tennis rackets, would work for marking scuba gear) — http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tourna-Tennis-Racquet-Nylon-String-16-Gauge-40-FT-12-M-Fluorescent-Yellow-/130710832286
- Colorful Duct Tape (also available at Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe’s) — http://duckbrand.com/products/duck-tape?gclid=CMa72_H51rcCFVFo7Aod83QA1g