Dive Rite Sidewinder Reels

Dive Rite
SKU: DIVSWR

About Dive Rite Sidewinder Reels

North Florida cave diver, Woody Jasper, first invented sidewinder-style reels around 1980. Less likely to entangle than other reels on the market, Woody's original reel was made of aluminum and a PVC spool. The side-handle style of the reel lent itself to exploration because it could easily switch from hand to hand while laying out line. Dive Rite's Sidewinder Series of Reels are designed to be Anti-Jam by using Precision Machine Tolerances between the Frame and the Spool making it nearly impossible for the line to slip between the spool and the handle.

The Sidewinder Jump/Gap Reel is used to make a Connection between Permanent Guidelines in a Cave or to Jump from the Main Line to Offshoot Lines. It comes with 50' (15.2 meters) of Durable DuPont Fiber Braided #24-Line and a Medium Stainless Steel Bolt Snap. The Sidewinder Jump/Gap Reel is Ideal for use in High Flow Cave Systems where it can be paid in/out very quickly versus spool-design reels.

The Sidewinder Cavern/Safety Reel is available with 140' (42.7 meters) of DuPont Fiber Braided #24-Line and a Medium Stainless Steel Bolt Snap. This model is mostly used as a Back-Up Reel for Cave and Wreck Diving, but has many other uses, like Recreational Diver Training, Search and Recovery etc. Both the Jump/Gap and Cavern/Safety Reels line has a Breakage Strength of 220 lbs (99.80 kg). Both have Injected Molded Polycarbonate Spool with Knurled Lockdown Screw that has a Low Profile to Prevent Snagging and both are Resistant to Breakage and Cracking. Also Both Reels have a High Quality Machined CNC Aircraft Grade Aluminum Frame and Stainless Steel Axle that is Corrosion Resistant. The Jump/Gap Reel weighs 12 oz (340g) and the Cavern/Safety Reel weighs 14 oz (396.8 g). Reels are covered by a 12 month limited warranty.

Warranty Information

This product has a limited warranty of 12 months.


Dive Rite Sidewinder Reels Features

  • Inspired by Woody Jaspers Original Design
  • Side-Handle Style Allows Ease Switching from Hand-to-Hand
  • Anti-Jam Design: Precision Machine Tolerances Between Frame and Spool
  • Nearly Impossible for Line to Slip Between Spool and Handle
  • Line: Durable DuPont Fiber Braided .073" (1.86 mm) Diameter #24
  • Line Breakage Strength of 220 lbs (99.80 kg)
  • Medium Stainless Steel Bolt Snap
  • Molded Polycarbonate Spool with Knurled Lockdown Screw
  • Stainless Steel Axle
  • Frame: High Quality CNC Machined Aircraft Grade Aluminum
  • Knurled Lockdown Screw: Low Profile to Prevent Snagging
  • Corrosion Resistant and to Breakage and Cracking
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Sidewinder Jump/Gap Reel:
  • Connection Between Permanent Guidelines in Cave
  • Jump from the Main Line to Offshoot Lines
  • Ideal for Use in High Flow Cave Systems
  • Pays In/Out Very Quickly Versus Spool-Design Reels
  • Line Length: 50' (15.2 meters)
  • Weight: 12 oz (340g)
  • Cavern/Safety Reel:
  • Back-Up Reel for Cave and Wreck Diving
  • Recreational Diver Training, Search and Recovery etc.
  • Weight: 14 oz (396.8 g)

Dive Rite Sidewinder Reels Specifications

Line Material
Dupont Fiber Braided
Line Diameter
.073" (1.86 Mm) #24
Line Length
Jump/Gap Reel: 50' (15.2 Meters), Cavern/Safety Reel: 140' (42.7 Meters)
Line Tensile Strength
220 Lbs (99.80 Kg)
Reel Materials
Spools: Polycarbonate, Axles: Stainless Steel, Frames: Cnc Aircraft Grade Aluminum
Available in the Following Sizes:
Jump/Gap 50' #24, Safety Cave 140' #24
Weight [with packaging]
Safety Cave 140' #24: 0.9 lb,
Jump/Gap 50' #24: 1.1 lb
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JASON N  This reel is made of quality stuff and is an important piece in my dive gear. During underwater coastal clean-ups I use this reel to fan out collecting trash and bring it to an underwater staging area until my tank is exshasted then float the collection to the surface with a lift bag for disposal.
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