Even the best-rigged dive boat can’t help you if you lose your way un­der­wa­ter or are swept away by cur­rent. When the un­think­able hap­pens and you sur­face to an empty blue ocean, you need emer­gency sig­nal­ing gear. To be seen and heard, the pros from ScubaLa

Boating - - PREPARE TO DIVE - —Pa­tri­cia Wuest

Nau­tilus Marine Res­cue GPS

ScubaLab’s Testers’ Choice win­ner, this wa­ter­proof Nau­tilus

GPS broad­casts a dig­i­tal man-over­board sig­nal with GPS co­or­di­nates to any boat within 34 miles equipped with an AIS-en­abled VHF ra­dio. Open the cap, press the blue but­ton, pop off the re­tainer to un­furl the 9-inch an­tenna, and hold the red but­ton for five sec­onds. $199; nau­tilus­life­line.com

DAN Sig­nal­ing Sausage

Bright orange and nearly 8 inches wide, this tube was

vis­i­ble in the day­time from a half-mile away in our

test, thanks to a 2-inch­wide ver­ti­cal re­flec­tive strip that flashes in the sun. It has a mesh pouch that can hold emer­gency sup­plies, like a light and mir­ror. $80; dan.org/store

Tek­tite Strobe 3500

This emer­gency strobe has full 360-de­gree cov­er­age, so you don’t have to aim it to be spot­ted. Dur­ing our test, the strobe was clearly vis­i­ble a mile away and be­came brighter as the sun set. Tek­tite says the three C bat­ter­ies burn for 100 hours on flash; ours was still go­ing like new after 70 hours. $89.95; tek-tite.com

Dive Alert Plus V.2 Air Horn

Its foghor­nish honk is

clearly au­di­ble from a mile away, is easy to in­stall, and clips in be­tween your hose and power in­flater. Trust us, it’s ear­split­tingly loud. $89.95; di­veal­ert.com

Tri­dent Fold-Up Divers Alert Flag

This col­lapsi­ble flag can eas­ily be stowed in a buoy­ancy-com­pen­sator pocket or at­tached to a D-ring, so it’s out of the way when it’s not needed. $25.95; leisure­pro.com

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.