Christmas is coming soon! The countdown for everyone’s favourite day of the year has officially started. If you have not started yet your Christmas shopping for your loved ones, here is a selection for scuba diving addicts. The list is based on my own favourite items. I’m sure will make another scuba diver happy!
A thoughtful gift at the best price
Book “100 diving sites”
I have several scuba diving travel books at home, but this one is my favourite. I bought it at the airport of Kuala Lumpur on my way back home from my Divemaster training, and since then, it has been the source of 80% of my bucket list.
I love the way the information is organised with beautiful large pictures. The map at the beginning of the book is really practical to see where all the best scuba diving sites are. It just crazy how cheap this book is now. It’s the best value for money gift for small budgets!
How to make future underwater photographers happy
I personally own a Canon camera with its housing. Yet, I looked for a cost-effective solution for scuba divers who want to start underwater photography to bring back colourful underwater memories from their holidays. I understand that my camera and its waterproof housing are bulky and expensive (the price of the housing is usually at least the price of the camera). As I’m a fan of Canon cameras (I tried to use other brands but I find the settings of Canon are just the easiest to understand), I found this model which is waterproof and shockproof. The perfect point-and-shoot compact camera for world adventurers who wants to have a good camera in their pocket. Most models of this type only offer waterproof guarantee down to 3/5m, but this one is waterproof down to 25m of depth!
For information, when my camera died in Malta, I finished the trip on the Canon D30 of my dive buddy, hence most of the pictures in this blog post about wreck diving in Malta and diving the Blue Hole in Gozo were taken with it. The value for money of this camera is just excellent when I see the quality of the pictures!
A great gift for world travellers
Fins Hot Shot Aqua Lung
When you travel abroad to go scuba diving and you have to rent the fins, you usually end up with bulky, ugly and cramp-giving fins! This is why fins were among the very first pieces of equipment I bought for my own scuba gear. I had 2 other pairs before and the huge advantage of these ones is their compact size: they fit in a normal suitcase! They are also very light, making them the traveller’s best friend. These adjustable fins can be used with or without booties, and the strap at the back make them easy to put on. I used them in Scotland and Indonesia, and I can tell that even if they are shorter, they are very efficient fins. Thanks to their shape, they also perform well with frog-kick. A great gift for a reasonable price.
The dream gift that will make a big impression
Dive computer Suunto D4i
If you are looking to spoil someone, a good dive computer is the best gift you can think of. Without getting in the totally insane price zone, the Suunto D4i offers the perfect balance: a stylish watch style computer you are not ashamed to wear during your holidays, and complete functions including freediving and nitrox modes. My favourite feature is the record of the dive profile. In the dive log of the computer, you can see a curve showing the depth at every minute of the dive. I have also the pressure transmitter fitted on my regulator. It allows me to check if I’m making progress on my air consumption and my depth management during the dive.
Something practical you will be thanked for
A waterproof dry bag
I never pack again without it now. Since I never exactly know which dive conditions I’ll have, this dry bag has become my best friend. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to board a very comfortable boat with a dry area, but sometimes it is just a zodiac boat with no dry zone. Sometimes I can board the boat from the jetty but sometimes you’ll have to walk in water to go onboard. With it, you can take your wallet and your phone without worrying a second about them getting wet. I also put inside my accessories for my camera such as my spare batteries or my baby powder bottle for my dry suit! Besides, they are really affordable for the benefit they offer.
I hope this scuba diver Xmas wish list will inspire you to find the perfect gift for your friends and family!
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