Are You Ready For Christmas?
With it being the festive season, we at DiveStyle wanted to give you the best advice with what to buy your scuba diving friends for Christmas! Whether they’re about to take the plunge with their Open Water course or have been diving for years, we’ve built a list of the best presents that you can get for your sub-aqua friend!
For The New Diver:
A new diver will inevitably have a long shopping list, however the basics are always a good starting point. For someone that’s never touched SCUBA but is considering taking their first plunge into the sport, it’s impossible to know where to start. A chant that is passed from generation to generation of diver, the adage that answers the age old question of ‘what do I need?’… Mask, Snorkel, Fins. Mask, Snorkel, Fins. Mask, Snorkel, Fins. Mask, Snorkel, Fins. Mask, Snorkel, Fins!
With the Cyanea being the bestselling Oceanic or Hollis mask by a landslide at the NEC Dive Show this year, we would recommend this one straight off the bat. With its tall lenses and variety of colours you’ll be able to see your buddy, and they’ll certainly be able to see you! The silicone is super soft, and will fit comfortably on most people, if you don’t believe us then pop down to the shop to try it on! At £55 it’s a great midrange mask that will see you through years of your diving career without telling Auntie Muriel that you could only afford a card and a twix this year!
For our bespecitcaled friends, we would recommend the Oceanic Ion. With its user changeable lenses we can accommodate most prescriptions without having to send it away, we will do it whilst you wait!
There isn’t much to say on the subject of the humble snorkel, apart from that it’s synonymous to the sport and always on the starter list of every diver. DiveStyle would recommend the Oceanic UltraDry snorkel, with its splash-guard, auto-sealing bore and non-return valve, it’s everything that you could wish for!
If you want to go anywhere underwater then you best bring your fins! The Oceanic Viper fins accommodate divers of all experiences and needs. A great power to weight ratio (being some of the lighter fins on the market, both open heel and closed) you’ll find UK and holiday divers alike using them. Don’t try and escape people using them, they’re everywhere – but we can keep you unique and stylish with the amazing range of colours!
Bonus Round: Computers
Even underwater you can’t get away from computers, but these ones won’t let you play CandyCrush… Keeping the diver safe is its main concern, and it’s amazing how much of a difference it will make to the diver! The new diver may not want to plan the dive and dive the plan, feeling a bit out of their depth. Computers come with dive planning, continuous monitoring during the dive, and a myriad of safety features to make sure the user is always as safe as possible! Whether your friend is new or experienced, if they don’t have a computer then they don’t know what they’re missing! We recommend the Suunto Zoop, and the Oceanic Veo 2.0 as great beginner computers!
The Experienced Diver:
That’s all great, but what if my friend has been diving for a while? Worry not, for this is possibly the even trickier question that we at DiveStyle have become experts at answering!
Personally, I dive every dive with a torch somewhere on my kit. You never know when there is going to be a small nook or cranny that you just 100% have to look in! With a small torch with a bit of punch behind it you’ll never be left needing to satiate that curiosity! A must have for internal and external wreck diving, for the night dives, and the gloomy winter UK dives, a torch will always be welcomed! Our recommendation? The Hollis LED Mini3, 210 lumens, AAA battery powered, and at £60 I won’t be lying when I say we know people that have two of them!
For the UK diver, the temperature will always be enemy #1! Drysuit training is almost a pre-requisite of UK diving, even they don’t own a drysuit! The key to it all? The undersuit! Made of special thermal wicking material that draws moisture away from the body, the undersuit keeps the diver sweat free and toasty warm! For the ultimate comfort diving in the UK, we would recommend decking your friend with the Hollis AUG line, for the ultimate warmth and performance without drying your own bank up!
If they’ve got everything we’ve listed above, then trust me, they’re still going to be looking for the next piece of gear, whether it’s the divers silverware (stainless steel), a course, rebreather or drysuit, they’ll love the donation to the diving kitty! Sort them out here!
Stocking fillers are always great for divers. Stainless Steel Snapbolts, O-ring grease, Hoods, Gloves, Anti-Fog, books, spare mask and fin straps and sunglasses are great ideas. If you’re looking for a small gift to fill out the stocking then make sure to get some of these to please the diver in your life!