We use Faber steel scuba cylinders. On board, we carry 4 100 cubic feet tanks, and 2 80 cubic feet tanks. We pump them to 3500 psi. Though they are heavier than aluminum tanks, we prefer steel as they do not change weight as you use the air, thus their buoyancy doesn’t change. We also don’t have to wear as much lead weight on our belts. These tanks have really nice valves with green & red to show, with a quick look, if your buddy has turned the air on, or not – we always check!
SCUBA TANK RACK
We have 6 steel tanks on board. To have them secure in a boat that might be getting tossed wildly in rough seas is critical. We also needed them next to the compressor so it’s easy to fill them. Fortunately, we came across Paul of Ogremaxxraxx who understands the needs of divers & boaters.
Ogremaxxraxx are all hand built & fully welded in their Florida facility from the finest materials available. No matter how many, or what size tanks you need to accommodate, they have your storage solution. On the odd chance they don’t have what you need in their lineup, they can quickly and easily custom design a rack to suit your application. We appreciated the extra tubing and non-skid, non-marking feet that keep the tanks from clanging around. Our tank rack is further locked to the deck floor so it doesn’t move at all.
Atomic Aquatics makes what we believe is the best regulator on the market. The T3 regulator is their titanium standard. Not only is it precision engineered it also has a very cool swivel feature that makes it comfortable to dive.
Prior to the advent of the T3, Tom used the top-of-the-line Atomic Aquatics regulator. Beth uses his previous model, which is still one of the very best Atomic makes.
AIR 2 or SAFE SECOND
We also use the SSI Air 2, or safe second, from Atomic Aquatics. We like to keep our dive kit as simple & streamlined as possible. Rather than have a second regulator dangling from another hose, this Air 2 attaches right to our BCD. The sleek design of the SS1 combines two pieces of dive gear into one, reducing the overall bulk and weight of our dive system.
We use it every time we dive, too, to inflate or deflate our BCD. So we become very familiar with it. It’s a top-of-the-line safety regulator right where we need it should the need ever arise.
Should the need arise to “buddy breathe,” or share air, the SS1 is right there: it breathes as easily as a primary regulator.
Tom dives with the ScubaPro G2 Wrist Computer. We prefer to have a wrist-mounted computer, rather than gauges dangling from a hose, to keep track of our air, depth, bottom time, and other dive variables. With a full suite of diver-friendly functions & full-color screen options, the G2 wrist-mounted dive computer features easy three-button control and an incredibly intuitive menu structure. It’s easy to read underwater.
Beth still uses her older model, but still excellent ScubaPro UWATEC Aladin Z wrist computer, a model no longer available.
Atomic Aquatics also makes our favorite fins. Their exclusive Splitfin technology reduces the stress and strain of the kick for greater sustained speed, power and comfort. These SplitFins provide more efficiency, more power and more thrust than traditional paddle fins.
The regular fin straps are a patented buckle system design featuring easy, one-handed quick release of the buckle from the fin. Beth prefers her Atomic Aquatics Spring Straps EZ-LOK Buckle System Fin Strap that make it especially easy to put her fins on & take them off quickly.
DIVERS ALERT NETWORK (DAN) Dive Insurance
Of all the kit we have, one of the most important items we carry with us is our DAN dive insurance. If you are a diver, whether a new or experienced diver, you need to have DAN in your wallet. In addition to the excellent insurance they offer, for an incredibly reasonable price, you also get a beautiful magazine, online resources, and 24/7 access to dive medical professionals. If you travel and dive, you need DAN!