The SHARKCAGE Gear Locker is “hot dip galvanized” to prevent corrosion of the cage from salty humid environments. Hot dip galvanizing has a theoretical corrosion resistance life cycle of 22 years. Additionally, the moving parts (hinges and locking mechanism) are designed from stainless steel for corrosion protection but also for ease of movement.
The gridded design of the SHARKCAGE Gear Locker promotes good air flow to speed up the drying process for equipment. The shelves and bottom are gridded as well to allow water to drip through the cage to the floor and drain. The bottom grid is elevated to prevent standing water in the locker. The grid also allows for hanging items on the outside of the cage while drying to further increase air flow.
The internal components of the SHARKCAGE Gear Locker were specifically designed to accommodate the gear required for dive students and instructors. We considered the type of gear and designed specific locations for items to be stored (Based on unit SOP). This includes air bottles, wet suits, fins, and other accessories. The cage itself has a top shelf for storage items and the lower portion of the locker is split down the middle with one side containing shelves and the other open to facilitate tank storage and hanging of wet suits and other items. An inventory clipboard (galvanized) is also included on the front of the cage to record the packing list inside the locker and damaged equipment which needs to be repaired.
The Sharkcage Gear Locker resolved the issues related to not having predesigned locations for equipment, the ability to find certain equipment and long-lasting inventories that were experienced with the previous lockers. Additionally, the predesignated load plan reduced the numbers of damaged and lost equipment which require administrative time to reorder or repair those items of equipment.