I have always been an avid diver and spear fishermen. Strapping on your gear to roll in is always a bit of a task, but something you get use to. One of my regular dive partners, who is a bit older, always complains about how heavy his gear is and I always laugh before helping him hoist it to the gunwale. I’d often thought of a product like the SDAS One, and am so glad to see that someone brought it to fruition.
A few weeks after talking to the innovative guys at Dive Mate, I just so happened to tweak my back while trying to get some exercise. The next time we went out diving I would have been the one getting laughed at and needing the helping hand, but as though it were meant to be, the SDAS One saved me.
The SDAS One by Dive Mate is a new product developed “by divers, for divers” to make it safer and easier to get your gear on and into the water. The SDAS One is a Scuba Donning Assistance System that slides into any standard gunwale rod holder. The diver sets their air tank onto the gunwale of the boat, clipping it into the SDAS One, immobilizing the tank.
The diver can now safely attach their BCD and octopus to the supported tank without bending over or needing to hold the tank during rolling seas. Once the diver is ready with mask and fins on, they sit on the gunwale and put on and adjust their BCD straps. To release the tank from SDAS One, they simply lean forward to disengage the tank from the clip, grab their underwater gear, and splash over. It's that simple!
The “SDAS One” comes with a hook and loop safety strap that allows the entire setup (tank and BCD) to remain on the gunwale while the boat is on plane. This device turns your fishing boat into a diving boat, allowing more bottom time with less effort topside. The SDAS One needs to be explored if you’re serious about diving. Please check it out at www.dive-mate.com.