Suffice to say, most of the below problems - broken mask, fin strap can be prevented by simply taking care of ones gear (for example drysuit repair).
One nightmare that stalks many student divers is that their diving BCD will spring a leak at depth and they will be pinned to the bottom of the ocean, lake, river, or swimming pool like a moth in a display case (BCD Problem).
A related gas emergency is when a low-pressure diving inflator - such as the one on a BCD or Drysuit is Free Flowing.
The most common of all equipment problems is cause of gas loss during a dive and the easiest to fix in water are regulator freeflows and yet this is one of the common causes of diver panic and runaway ascents!
Diving gas loss refers to any loss of breathing gas and this category of nasty events, constitute the most serious threats to a diver's safety. We will look at options to deal with the special circumstances facing a solo diver suffering gas loss in the chapter on equipment.