Exposure protection and dive wear powerhouse Fourth Element has joined forces with The Diver Medic to create an ocean-friendly disinfectant and labelling system which shows when a piece of dive kit has been cleaned and is ready to use.
The world is going to be a very different place in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the diving fraternity is going to have to embrace the changes that come with that. Thankfully, diving as an activity is naturally socially distant, and through a medium that prevents virus transfer – I have yet to see a study that shows coronavirus can ‘swim' through a couple of metres of fresh or salt water! – but it is the kit side of things that can pose an issue.
Personal gear is not such a problem, as it is only used by the owner, though the octopus element needs dealing with, but for dive schools and dive centres, where students and those renting equipment will be coming into contact with different pieces of kit, it is more of an issue.
That's where Good To Dive comes in, the brainchild of the creative forces behind Fourth Element and The Diver Medic. Available in a powdered form, it dissolves and is effective in fresh or salt water, and can be used to safely disinfect masks, regulators and BCDs.
The Good To Dive system also includes paper-based tape, which can be applied to regs, masks and their boxes to show that they have been treated with a disinfectant.
Good To Dive is available in 1kg tubs, and just 15g is required to prepare a gallon of sterilising fluid. Even better, once you are done, Good To Dive can be safely discarded without damaging the aquatic environment.