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I'm able to rinse outside at home, but I do empty out the salt water (well, most of it) at the site so I don't forget to.I really like the idea of the hand pump. Sometime I need to clean the boots of my dry suit, that will do the work. Also, could rinse the BCD right there instead of waiting to get home and get messy in the laundry room. Thanks for the tip
Our rinse system is pretty elaborate. I bought three, two liter bottles of water. We refill them at home and use them for a quick rinse at the tailgate of the truck.I'm able to rinse outside at home, but I do empty out the salt water (well, most of it) at the site so I don't forget to.
Yes good advice. A little off topic, but of course it is wise to take accessories that you need for the site, maybe spares, but nothing you don't need. I rarely have my foldable snorkel along. Dive flag if near any boat traffic (or cops)-- not needed most of Nova Scotia. Dive Alert ("siren") if in nasty current areas. Basically at home I don't even look at what I'm bringing along since it's always the same stuff.Most of us develop a system that works for the specific sites. I think the best advice is to go and watch how other divers are doing things at the sites you dive. Their local knowledge and experience can save you a lot of hassle.
I am not going to repeat the good advice already posted here. I will make one very strong suggestion. When doing shore dives it is crucial that you have a good signaling device if you need assistence. There have been several occasions where we only realized a diver had surfaced offshore and needed help when we heard their Whistle.
It is also vital that you know what type of surface traffic you may encounter and be prepared for it. Boats, fishermen, surfers etc all are factors you need to be prepared for.
Good diving ...