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Where Do You Keep Keys When In the Water?

Updated on August 26, 2013
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Surfing and Car Crime

Jumping in the car and going for a surf used to be a simple pastime. The car could be left parked up and the car key could either be put on a string around your neck, attached to your leash or tucked into a pocket in your wetsuit. Then electronic keys arrived, and the option of taking your key into the water disappeared. Many surfers took to hiding the key under the wheel arch or, if possible, leaving it with a trusted surf shop near the beach.

It hasn't taken long for criminals to catch on to the hidden key routine; surfers' cars are regular targets with car thieves keeping watch on popular surf spots. In some cases they simply break in to the car and steal any valuables whilst occasionally they will steal the vehicle itself.

Of course, it may not be just your car keys that you need to keep safe. On holiday you may need to stash a hotel key or key card, which presents the same difficulties.

Fortunately there are now two innovative solutions to keeping your keys safe while you surf; check out the options and see which one suits you best.

A Mini-Safe for Your Car

The Keypod is a mini-safe which you attach to the outside of your car. The design features a strong and water resistant "pod" large enough to accommodate a car key and perhaps credit cards. It is secured with a combination lock. The shackle is 8mm thick and designed to be resistant to forcing. Once you stow your keys in the Keypod you fasten it to a secure point on your car, for instance the tow bar or under the bodywork.

A pretty nifty little device, far better than relying on leaving your key under a rock!

The Keypod In Action

Carry Your Keys in an Aquapac Waterproof Keymaster Case

If you really don't want to be parted from your keys, consider taking them surfing with you. Aquapac make a range of waterproof pouches designed to keep your valuables safe in water. The smallest are roomy enough for a single key and/or a card, whilst there are larger cases for phones, iPods and cameras.

The Keymaster cases come fixed to a lanyard, so you can wear it around your neck and tuck it inside your wetsuit. One reported problem is that although the pouch is waterproof, condensation can form inside if you are surfing in cold water. This can be fixed by putting dessicant sachets in the pouch.

The Aquapac Test and Review

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi RingStart - better safe than sorry I guess!

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    RingStart 5 years ago

    Haha...two of the pictures of the Aquapac actually contain a fully waterproof Garmin GPS within them. Not much point in putting them in a waterproof bag. :)

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    Judith Hancock 6 years ago from UK

    Hi tillsontitan - you are absolutely right, I just tend to think of things from a surfing point of view because that's what goes on in our household.

    Thanks for your comments :-)

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    Mary Craig 6 years ago from New York

    Great products and ideas, not just for surfers but any beach goers. Voted up!

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    Judith Hancock 6 years ago from UK

    Ella - glad you found this useful, thanks for your comments :-)

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    Chris Leather 6 years ago from Cornwall UK

    LOL Judi. That sounds like exactly the sort of thing that would happen to me!

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    ellahall2011 6 years ago

    Very useful article.Thank you for the tips.

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    Judith Hancock 6 years ago from UK

    Hi Surfgatinho - first time my husband used a keypod he got out of the water and realised that since he didn't have his glasses, he couldn't see the combination. He had to wait for a passer by, who happened to be rather elderly. As he couldn't ask the guy to kneel down to open the keypod he had to borrow the guys glasses to do it himself. Luckily the guy had a sense of humour!

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    Chris Leather 6 years ago from Cornwall UK

    I still hide my key on the car! About a year ago it fell down the suspension coil. Had cold hands and it took almost an hour to get them out.

    Haven't learnt though!

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    Judith Hancock 6 years ago from UK

    Hi Just History = yes, definitely a couple of cool, useful ideas :-)

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    Just History 6 years ago from England

    What a great idea. useful for any sport where you can't keep an eye on your gear

    Voted up and interesting

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    Judith Hancock 6 years ago from UK

    Hi Donna - you are quite right, I looked at this from the point of view of a surfer, but the products work just as well for anyone.

    Thanks for your comment :-)

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    Donna Cosmato 6 years ago from USA

    Useful information whether you surf or just want to secure your valuables. Great hub...thanks for sharing!

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    Judith Hancock 6 years ago from UK

    Thank you Lady Lyell, my pleasure!

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    LadyLyell 6 years ago from George, South Africa

    Enjoyed reading your hubpage!

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    Judith Hancock 6 years ago from UK

    Thanks Mentalist acer - glad to be useful!

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    Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

    This is a neat product and review...thanks for sharing Judi.;)

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    Judith Hancock 6 years ago from UK

    @ Doodlebugs and @ Mikeydoes - thanks, glad you found it interesting and useful :-)

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    Mikeydoes 6 years ago from Fl,IL,IND

    Great way to Keep Your Keys Safe While You Surf. Useful hub!

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    doodlebugs 6 years ago from Southwest

    That's a very clever product. Great review.