The holiday season is upon us, whether we’re ready or not! Instead of yet another holiday sweater or kitchen gadget that will only collect dust, how about giving the diver in your life a must-have accessory?
Diving is one sport that relies heavily on gear. Between breathing, propulsion and warmth, there is a basic repertoire of gear that everyone needs. Beyond the basics, however, there is a lot of fun and handy gear to explore.
If your diver loves photography above the water, there’s a good chance he or she will love combining their passion for photos and diving. Dive cameras range from waterproof boxes to put over a regular camera to specially designed underwater models complete with flash and body connection points.
No matter the level of interest, budget and skill, there is probably a perfect combination of accessories for your underwater photographer. Check out this GoPro package that includes everything!
Tethers and light kits are a few other accessories to consider if your dive already has the basic camera setup.
Diving is a gear-intensive sport so having the right selection of gear bags can help the diver in your life keep his or her gear organized, prevent loss and protect it from damage.
Whether you are cleaning garbage from the sea floor, rescuing dropped items for friends, or adding to your collection of pebbles, a mesh bag is a great way to gather items. They pack down to nothing and are easy to stuff in a pocket. Mesh makes them easy to open and close without getting waterlogged. They are also great for hand-gathered fishing, like sea urchins, cucumbers and scallops.
Instead of exposing your gear travel bag to water and sand, you can also use a mesh boat bag like this Akona.
A good full-sized gear bag to organize, protect and haul scuba gear when traveling is a must. A lightweight but durable rolling bag like this Stahlsac Jamaican Smuggler Roller Dive Bag would make a great gift!
Dry bags come in a variety of sizes and are a must-have because they give your diver a place to store things like cell phones, wallets, and other things that don’t like to get wet!
There are numerous reasons why a dive knife can come in handy. It can be a tool to help fix things, or it can be a cutting instrument to disentangle yourself from underwater netting or rope. As a last resort, it can also be used as a weapon to fend off an aggressive predator. Check out the selection of dive knives here at ScubaToys.com.
If your diver drift dives, dives in an area with frequent boaters, or swims with some distance from dive partners, a surface buoy is a potentially lifesaving gift. These are long, brightly colored inflatable tubes that you can inflate with your air supply just before you ascend. A good way to go is a kit that includes the signal tube, a whistle and a mirror – this will keep your diver safe from busy boating traffic and let the dive boat know his or her location as well.
These are pretty much as must-have for any diver. Struggling to get your fins on while the boat is bobbing on the waves or when fighting your way through the surf is a big nuisance. Spring straps allow your diver to easily slip them over a heel on the way in and off on the way out!
Having access to a good set of tools can mean the difference between a shortened dive day and a full day. The ability to switch out small issues like O-rings is simple, provided you have the right instruments. Keeping a tool kit with your dive gear will give you a stronger sense of how your gear works, and gives you the power to keep it well tuned. It may even allow you to recognize problems before they become big ones.
Give the divers in your life gifts they will appreciate and use over and over! If you’re unsure of what gear to buy, swing by Scuba Toys in Carrollton, TX and we can help! Or visit us online and browse our huge online inventory.
What dive gear gifts would you like to give (or receive!) this holiday season? Let us know in the comments section below!