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Communicate easier and dive safer with the help of a notebook. Scuba diving is a portal to a new world; a place full of fascinating creatures, exciting discoveries, and a new perspective on our planet .If you dive already, then you know that the right equipment makes all the difference. Proper outfitting contributes to safe, easy, and enjoyable trips to the deep.

A standard kit of diving gear usually consists of the basics - BCD (inflatable jacket), regulators, mask, fins, weights, wetsuit, surface marker buoy, dive computer, etc. Many people leave out is an essential part of underwater communication: a waterproof notebook.

Underwater communication is naturally limited, but is made much easier by an underwater notebook. It is regularly necessary to convey an idea to a dive buddy, and a small waterproof notebook facilitates the expression of messages for which gestures cannot suffice.

For standard recreational scuba dives, the basics are communicated through hand signals that you learn during a training course or establish with a buddy before the dive. But what if you want to communicate something more detailed? How about for a technical dive with a long safety stop? Or what if you are working under water as an archaeologist, marine scientist or underwater photographer?

Scuba diver underwater.
I spend most of my workday underwater, having waterproof notes save me a lot of trouble. Sam Ginn, Vessel Inspector

I spend most of my workday underwater, having waterproof notes saves me a lot of trouble.

– Sam Ginn, Vessel Inspector
Field Portrait

The optimal addition to complete a set of dive gear is a proper waterproof notebook like the DuraRite No. 635 or 673. These underwater notebooks solve every challenge of the dive slate and dramatically improve the effectiveness of your communications below the surface. The DuraRite Notebooks are made from a fully waterproof synthetic material that permits seamless use underwater.

DuraRite No 646 notebook in the water against a rock. Item No. 646
Unlike wood-based Rite in the Rain, DuraRite is synthetic.

Choosing the right utensil for your dive is another consideration. DuraRite Waterproof Notebooks still permit the use of graphite pencils or grease pencils. A common recommendation is a cheap mechanical pencil with a 0.7mm lead or larger. Thicker leads are more visible in low-light environments, and corrosion may eat at sensitive components of expensive pencils. Most pens will not function well at depth, so we recommend pencil for most dives. While we offer our own exceptionally Durable Mechanical Pencil, it’s best to dive with something you don’t treasure quite so much.

The durability, ease of use, and flexibility of a small waterproof notebook makes this an essential accessory to your scuba diving gear.