There’s an easy answer to the question “what to do with my belongings and keys when I go surfing, swimming or scuba diving?”: keep them in your room (safer option) or your car (hidden, of course). But then, where should you put your car keys while you are in the water? It can be tricky to find a place to hide your keys at the beach.

I love snorkelling and scuba diving; it brings me a feeling of serenity. So I really do not want to worry about my keys when I’m in the water. I guess it’s the same when you’re surfing. I’m grateful we found an easy solution to keep our car key safe when we’re scuba diving and snorkelling.

Solutions I’ve tried to keep my car keys safe when I’m in the water

If you’re going on a tour, they may accept that you leave your keys at their office. This can work if you trust them in putting your key somewhere safe. I wouldn’t do it everywhere.

Sometimes, they offer to take them on the boat with you. In that case, I highly recommend putting them in a dry bag* just in case. But there’s still a risk of losing them if they get dropped or if someone grabs the wrong bag.

I’ve tried a few ways to keep my keys safe while snorkelling and scuba diving.

Thieves are increasingly aware of the tricks to hide keys. So hiding them onshore, even when scuba diving in Australia, one of the safest countries I know, is not an option for me. The RACQ even urged Australians to be careful with their keys when they’re at the beach or surfing.

I want to fully enjoy my time in the water without worrying about my keys. That’s why I also didn’t want to risk having the key with us in the water in a waterproof box* as it could get lost or flooded.

After a bit of research and asking many surfer friends, I’ve found the best solution for us to keep our car keys safe when snorkelling and scuba diving. It also works well for surfing.

The key lock* works perfectly for us to hide our keys at the beach. We both know the code to be able to access the car easily, and we cannot lose it. We attach it to our suspension spring in the car wheel. It’s both hidden and secure.

Lock to secure keys on a gate and keep them safe when swimming or snorkelling or scuba diving
Our Master Lock* with our car key inside

Tips for choosing the best key lock to hide your keys at the beach

There are a couple of things to consider when you’re looking at buying a key lock to keep your keys safe when you go in the water.

  • The capacity: check the interior dimensions to make sure the lock is big enough to fit your key!
  • Outdoor use: make sure it’s made to be used outside, with a cover for the combination so that rain doesn’t ruin the dials!

Where do you put your keys when swimming, surfing, snorkelling or scuba diving? Share your tips in the comments below!

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. jaan

    You might also consider a DRYFOB aluminum container made for car key storage that is rated to a depth of 130 ft / 1hr allowing you can take your keys with you. We designed and built it because we are divers and could not find a good solution ourselves (more about our story on the dryfob website). The product was released this past May and could be an option for those that don’t want to leave the keys on shore (whether in a lock box or hidden as many do). If we could, we would gladly come and hand deliver one for you in Australia so I could dive in your neck of the woods (an unfulfilled dream for now). Thanks for your informative article

    1. Nathalie

      Now the DRYFOB waterproof car key containers are rated to 330 ft (100 m) and come in 3 sizes. We always bring our DRYFOB whenever we shore dive t’s the best way to keep our electronic car key dry.

  2. Claire

    Love the north brook gorge article and the Brittany beach towel featured in this post!!

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