Most people who have worked underwater can probably relate to this post in some way or another.
For my research, there are a number of items that I need to keep close at hand: slate, spray bottle, fish net, bags, tags, tape measure, torch, camera, GPS, transect line…. Not to mention the regulated safety gear that we need to carry. I usually carry a catch bag full of sciency gear, but I find digging through it frustrating. Many of my bits and bobs are positively buoyant and tend to float away when I go digging through the bag.
I must say, I do love my BC (buoyancy compensator). It has D-rings all over it which makes attaching all of my equipment much easier. This does however, make it quite heavy which isn’t so good for travelling with. Another frustration for me is all of the clips etc. that I have to buy to attach it all. Anything designed for underwater use is usually haenously expensive.
Another frustration I have is that a lot of my equipment (not my diving equipment) are things made for use on land which means that they tend to rust out pretty quickly. For example our spray bottles are just those typical ones you buy at the supermarket. We are lucky to get 2 weeks use out of these.
One piece of gear the I have found to be quite useful for storing small things like spare cables ties and zip-lock bags, is a thigh pouch. Mine is the Seac Sub one. I know DiveRite also makes one and I think I have seen one in the past by Halcyon (who also make some very stylish pocket shorts which pull on over the top of your wetsuit). Many wetsuit brands also make glue on pockets for your wettie.
I also tend to poke things down into my cumberbund if I’m not planning on moving for a little while (they tend to fall out while I’m swimming). Small things like coral tags and cable ties I slip under the wrist band of my computer.
I’d love to hear ideas from others on how you go about carrying everything you need and organising your gear and solutions you’ve come up with for adapting things (especially spray bottles!!) for under water use.