Episode 3: Beach Diving Gear

This video demonstrates how I carry an underwater camera housing rig to and from the water while beach diving (aka shore diving). Keeping your hands free is the key to safely getting your camera system in and out of the water without scratches or being hit by waves.

As a California beach diver, much of my diving requires a good hike to the waterline. The trails can be steep, the rocks can be slippery at low tide, and the surge requires swift action during lulls. This system of clips and lanyards is the only way I’m able to scuba dive off the beach, and variations are used by many beach diving photographers.

Beach diving takes a toll on your housing and other gear, with sand and other debris more common than when open water diving, so be sure to work out a solid underwater housing maintenance routine.

If you’re interested in beach diving, check out my article on the PADI scuba blog with beach diving tips and tricks.

Curious about the camera gear I’m shooting with? Check out my underwater camera gear breakdown.

Have more questions? Let me know!

Brent Durand

Professional underwater photography and ocean adventure writer.