Do you take a drybag along on dive boats? Our reviewer (who usually does not) takes one along for the first time and quickly realizes the benefits.

I’ve been diving for years and have never once brought a drybag onto a boat with me. I just never saw the point. If I didn’t want something to get wet, then I didn’t bring it onto the boat. That’s pretty much been my motto for two decades.

But recently I had the pleasure of doing some cold-water dives in Tobermory, Canada. These were going to be some of the coldest dives I’d ever done and, for the first time, I found myself thinking…maybe I should bring some warm things along on the boat in a drybag. So, I did just that. After dropping to 100 feet (30 m) in 45 F (7.2 C) water, I started my surface interval by digging into my Cressi drybag  to pull out anything and everything to help ward off the chill. Here’s everything I had in my drybag that day.

Gloves

Extremities chill quickly on a dive and tend to stay chilled, and my fingers and toes went numb quickly. Gloves are logical thing to toss in a drybag to help keep the feeling in your hands, and I was happy to have mine along.

Warm cap

My fleece-lined cap was a no-brainer to toss in there. With lake breezes gusting over cold water while on a moving boat, wind was going to be a serious issue. A warm hat can make a huge difference.

Sweater

I couldn’t put a huge sweater in my drybag, but I could easily fit a smaller, fleece sweater inside to put over my arms after I pulled my wetsuit down. A cold, damp wetsuit on the surface isn’t going to help keep you very warm without a lot of sunshine. And even with sunshine, peeling it down and putting on something dry and warm proved to be a much better idea.

For someone who doesn’t usually carry drybag, I couldn’t be happier that I did for these cold-water dives. And now that I know how easy it is to pop a few things into the bag (and how completely dry they’ll stay), I’ll probably start bringing one along more frequently. Do you take a drybag with you on your dives?  What do you put inside?

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