Safety Gear For Divers

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Safety Gear For Divers

Safety Gear for Scuba Divers


Scuba Diving is an amazing experience as the underwater world has so much to see and explore. Making sure you have a fun yet safe experience is important and knowing how to stay safe is a must. Today we are going to chat about scuba safety and the products that you should always have when heading under.


  • Safety sausage
  • Whistle
  • Knife
  • Tank rattle/Banger
  • Compass
  • Dive Flag


A safety sausage or signal tube is an item that by law you must have when diving. It is a bright orange or yellow tube that when inflated, stands up 1.5-2m in height. It is used in an emergency situation where you need to be seen from a far as when inflated and sitting tall it can be seen over choppy waves from a distance. They generally have reflector tape on them to be seen at night with a light as well as being seen in the daytime. They are small and compact when deflated and can be kept inside of your BCD pocket or clipped on to a D-ring. Available in a few different materials from cheaper soft plastic to durable canvas.


A whistle is another item that you want to have as this is also another way of attracting attention when on the surface of the water. They are very small and can be easily kept in your BCD pocket or on a clip. Attracting attention in an emergency is priority so with your safety sausage above and a whistle with its high pitch squeal will give you the best chance of being found if lost.  

Having a knife on you is something that most divers will have and they are 95% of the time used to cut rope or fishing line. Whether it be that you are cleaning up the ocean and collecting old fishing line or you are cutting it off yourself, your buddy or even a marine mammal. The “I need a knife because of sharks” comment is not what a knife is for…sharks don’t like scuba divers anyway because of our bubbles. Use the knife in a safe way and help clean up our ocean!

A tank rattle or tank banger as some divers call them are a way of attracting attention to yourself when underwater. They can be shaken or hit against your tank to make a noise that will make others look. As we can not talk to each other or yell out, trying to get your buddy's attention can be a little dificult sometimes if they are not looking your way so a tank rattle will alloe you to grab their attention with a quick shake of the rattle. These are generally 10cm in length and are super compact so can be kept in the pocket of your BCD.

An underwater compass works the same way as one on land, it will prevent you from getting lost and help you find your way back (as long as you know how to use one of course). Use a marker point when you head down the mooring line and go from there.

Last but not least is a dive flag. These are white and blue in Australia and the international one is red and white and both can be used in Australia. When heading underwater, you need to let everyone above the water that you are below them so boats or jetski’s don’t come over you as that can end in a very dangerous situation if not fatal. They can be placed on a float or hung off a vessel.


These above items are the basic safety products that all divers should have in their kit as they can all help prevent life threating moments. Being prepared is so incrediblly important and knowing how to use each item could save your life. 


Stay safe!


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