I recently went on a week of dives using a lembeh stick, an 18-inch long aluminum stick, like what divemasters often use to bang on their tank and point at things.
My question is basically - how do you carry this thing in and out of the water? I am diving with a Nauticam housing for a Nikon D810 with dual strobes. So I have a lot of gear to deal with underwater already.
What I'm really wondering is how people handle these sticks when not using them, and specifically when entering the water.
I bought a stick, and I grabbed a wrist strap from some old gear. I put the wrist strap on my wrist and enter the water holding the stick. Once I am in the water, I swim back to the boat and someone hands me my camera rig. I then spend the remainder of the dive holding the stick in my left hand, and occasionally using it to hold still for a macro, or point to something in an anemone.
I keep thinking there might be a way to clip the stick to my BC instead of having to hold it, at least when entering the water.
I also keep thinking of a dive trip last fall where another diver raved about the uses of the stick. He had it stuck in his BCD somehow, and as soon as he got in the water, I saw the stick hurtle past me to the bottom as it wasn't attached to anything. Fortunately, the bottom was only 25 feet, so he got his stick back.
I'm thinking of all sorts of possible storage places, including shoving it mostly up my sleeve, but it's really too long for that. It's just one more thing I have to deal with underwater, and I want it clipped to me or wrist-strapped, but I want to minimize the hassle of it.