Conservation Diving Equipment

In addition to all of the standard dive equipment, when diving for conservation, many additional materials and tools are needed. These will vary depending on your activities, be it research or restoration. At our program, we try to promote techniques which require little in the way of specialized techniques or equipment, in order that the projects could be replicated anywhere else in the world, by local community members.

Research Equipment

may include (from essential to optional):

  • Underwater slate and pencil for recording data
  • 2 X 50 Meter reels (plastic or pvc, not metal)
  • Ruler, or measuring stick (may be homemade)
  • Quadrant  1m x 1m or 50 cm x 50 cm
  • Camera with underwater housing
  • Coral Watch Color Chart
  • Underwater species ID cards

At our program we also have:

  • Handheld GPS
  • Water testing equipment
  • In-situ temperature and light probes
  • microscope
  • specimen collection bottles
  • Underwater scissors/knife



Equipment will vary greatly depending on the project, but generally includes:

  • Pliers or wire cutters
  • Hammer
  • Cable ties, wire, or string
  • Underwater epoxy putty
  • Floating markers
  • Stainless steel nails or pegs
  • Rope
  • Brush
  • Gloves
  • Knife or diving shears

Please note that divers in our program do not need to have their own equipment as we provide it. If however you wish to purchase your own materials, we would recommend that you first purchase the slate, gloves, and diving knife. If budget allows, having a camera both helps with research, and also adds another layer of fun to each days activities.