Gear Checklist for your Dive Trip

Use your own judgement to determine if this is an appropriate list for you!
Make sure all your gear is in top functioning condition prior to each dive trip.


1. Dive Log and pen, SAC rate calculator

2. Scuba Certification card(s) also called “C-Card” (and other cards as appropriate; for example, EANX card for Nitrox, DAN card or other info re dive insurance)

3. Consider bringing a Covid-19 face mask and vaccination receipt which is available online.

4. Cell phone, wallet, credit card, money, emergency contacts, OHIP medical card

5. Directions to the dive site, to your accommodations and to the dive shop for air fills

6. Mask, fins, snorkel

7. Mask defogger: Bring baby shampoo. A drop rubbed in your mask is easy and extremely effective. (Note: We discourage spitting due to the risk of communicable diseases. It’s gross and not very effective as a mask defogger.)

8. Wetsuit, boots, gloves, hood (some people wear socks inside their wetsuit boots to avoid blisters)

9. Tanks (filled) – Note: On most dive weekends, two tanks will be required

10. Regulator with octopus, pressure gauge and BCD hose

11. Weights, with weight belt or BCD weight pockets

12. BCD

13. Dive computer (essential) with the manual

14. Dive tables

15. Dive knife, sea snips

16. Emergency signalling device such as whistle, safety sausage, dive-alert

Required for some dives

17. Dive light – required for night dives and for better visibility on Ontario shipwrecks (charged, bring charger or spare batteries)

18. Tank marker light/cylumes – required for night dives (not the chemical ones which are hazardous to marine life)

19. Flag and float – required for shore dives

20. Other gauges as needed for navigation and redundancy: compass, depth gauge, watch, etc.

Optional, but could be very useful!

21. Tools, save-a-dive kit, tool kit, spare O-rings, spare snorkel-keeper, etc.

22. Underwater slate with underwater pen

23. Fish identification book

Other personal items

24. Clothing: Hat, sun glasses, sun covering (Note: chemical sunblock lotions and sprays are very bad for the aquatic environment and we strongly suggest you use other methods for sun covering such as clothing), rain gear, warm clothing for after the dive, hat & gloves too.

25. Drinking water

26. Towel

27. Dry bag / Waterproof container, if needed for camera, clothes, etc.

28. For shore dives, some people bring a small picnic blanket to lay on the ground to spread out your gear (and not lose anything!) On the dive boat, you have to keep everything under control in your dive bag in a small space.

29. Whatever personal medications you might need, personal First Aid Kit

30. Snacks

31. Camera

32. Fill in anything else you need _____________________

33. A sports bag to hold it all.