We put Diving Labels to the test, getting our own set made and then trying them out on our equipment whilst diving on a busy RIB in the UK and also on a dive trip overseas.
The first step was to order our personalised set, which turned out to be a very simple online process that even allowed us to add our own logo to the stickers, as well as our company name. Once we confirmed our order, we got an email to show us exactly what our stickers will look like before we went ahead with our order. We went for the 3M reflective stickers with a black background, but there are plenty of other colour choices to select from. Once we had confirmed we were happy with the design, Diving Labels got on with printing them, and having told them our next trip was less than two weeks away, they got them to us with plenty of time to spare.
Have you ever struggled to identify which weight pockets or fins are yours on a dive boat? We have. It is common for dive guides to pile them all together at the end of a dive and if you are using the same make as other divers on the boat, it can be a pain to work out which are yours. We have even had to, on many occasions, open up our weight pockets to see if they have the correct weight and therefore might be ours, whilst getting ready for a dive.
By adding these dive stickers, we could easily and quickly identify our items, and, as they had our name on them, everyone else could tell which were ours too, making the job of the dive guides easier. The same applied to our fins, BCD and regulators. On our most recent trip to the Farne Islands, these stickers made finding our cylinders during our surface interval and gear change far easier.
For underwater camera gear, these stickers are fantastic. We used ours on some of our smaller items of equipment including our Paralenz Dive Cameras, confident now that we will always pick up our own from the camera table. We have also put stickers on our camera suction pump, wet lenses and other small items that are difficult to distinguish from others on the boat and also in the hope that, should we lose one of these items, these stickers would assist in getting expensive equipment back to us safely.
With reflective wording and logos, should you drop smaller bits of gear on a dive (or over the side of a boat), for example, a knife, reel or action camera, then they will not only be easier to find, but also have a much better chance of being returned to you in the future.
Having used them both in the UK and overseas, with our equipment having done over 20 dives with their new stickers attached, we were really pleased to see that the stickers stayed on and look as good as new, with no peeling at the edges, and with no sign of any wear and tear.
Diving Labels are sent with an A4 sheet of 108 stickers of various sizes and shapes to help you fit them onto any piece of equipment. These are not only great for individual scuba divers, but would be really useful for dive centres and clubs who want to ensure their scuba gear and underwater photography and videography equipment ends up back where it belongs.
A personalized sheet of 108 stickers only costs $19.99 (around £15) making these Diving Labels a seriously inexpensive way of identifying your equipment and making it stand out from the crowd. We have plenty left and so will be adding a Diving Label to any new gear that we take underwater on our trips diving here in the UK and around the world.
For more information about Diving Labels visit their website by clicking here.