Our 2021 Holiday Gift Giving Guide for the Family, Friends and Colleagues of Divers
Santa Lloyd and his Elfin Assistants are loading up the sleigh and fattening up the reindeer for a delivery of a slew of the hottest diving and snorkelling gifts to give (and get) for this holiday season! Hannah, Mark, Sam, Linda and Chris have been bringing holiday cheer to the dive shop.
Yes, it's that time of year again. Family, friends and colleagues know you love scuba diving but have no idea what you already own (apart from 'everything' if you ask other halves). They generally have even less idea what they should buy for a diver. Here we've got the perfect gifts for the Scuba Diver, Snorkeller, Freediver or Spearo to pass on as a gift guide.
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The Scuba Doctor Dive Shop staff get to play with all the diving toys so we asked them, "What do you want for the Holidays?" Here are their top picks that are mostly within a reasonable budget. And for those of you who don't already have the extensive range of dive gear each of our staff members have, we also asked them about their top recommendations.
Backscatter MW-4300 Dual Underwater Video Light Package
RRP: $2,598.70, Our Price: $2,469, You Save $129.70 (5%).
Lloyd finally upgraded from his GoPro HERO2 to a GoPro HERO8 Black Edition action camera last year. He still wants an underwater video lighting kit to match the GoPro's amazing video shooting capability of this camera.
Shearwater Research Teric Watch Dive Computer
RRP: $1,780, Our Price: $1,699, You Save $81 (5%).
Hannah is going for broke and hoping Santa will bring her this award winning watch style dive computer. The Teric is an everyday timepiece and dive computer of unprecedented capabilities.
Mark needs to update his twin cylinder regulator set. Well it's really a case of retire the old and start again with a top-of the line regulator set. This made for the job combination from Cressi is an ideal solution.
Cressi Octopus MG Balanced Second Stage Regulator
RRP: $269, Our Price: $239, You Save $30 (11%).
Linda has somehow ended up with a set of regulators without an Octopus second stage. To further complete her kit plus add additional safety, the addition of the top performing Cress Octopus makes a lot of sense.
Kraken Hydra 8000 WRGBU Underwater Video/Strobe Light
RRP: $1,175.90, Our Price: $1,139, You Save $36.90 (3%).
Sam wants more light on his underwater camera rig. Retiring his Kraken Hydra 2500 and switching to the newly released and more powerful Kraken Hydra 8000 should do the trick.
Of course, you can also purchase Photographic Prints of Sam's underwater photos.
For absolute novices that are either about to embark on qualifying, or have just qualified, as an open water diver, then the essential pieces of basic kit are a dive mask, snorkel and fins. Remember you can normally colour coordinate these three items, so if the recipient is keen on their appearance, you may earn extra brownie points for this. If you are unsure try this short test, ask them what car they drive. If they answer with an answer along the lines of 'a blue one' then you should aim to colour coordinate!
A mask with a quality, soft silicone skirt will generally fit all face types. Cheaper masks made using silitex won't conform as well to the diver's face and thus may be more prone to leaking. But we don't sell any silitex dive masks, so fear not!
Tusa Freedom Ceos Mask - Black or Indigo Skirt
RRP: $147, Our Price: $145, You Save $2 (1%).
This is the twin-lens mask we strongly recommend and sell the most of for divers with petite to medium sized adult faces. It has one of the best fitting, most comfortable skirts on the market. Plus it's available with corrective lenses.
Apollo SV-2 Diving Mask
RRP: $139, Our Price: $129, You Save $10 (7%).
This is the twin-lens mask we strongly recommend and sell the most of for divers with medium to large sized adult faces. It's a real winner for comfort and style. Plus it's available with corrective lenses.
Tusa Freedom Elite Mask
RRP: $172, Our Price: $155, You Save $17 (10%).
A low volume, single lens mask that offers a clear, wide view to the underwater world. This mask securely fits a wide variety of faces, and suits divers with petite to medium sized adult faces.
Apeks VX1 Dive Mask
RRP: $160, Our Price: $152, You Save $8 (5%).
Lloyd prefers to dive with a single lens mask, so he likes this mask for it's great view. It's what he currently dives with because it works well when wearing a helmet. It suits divers with medium to large sized adult faces.
Cressi Action Mask with GoPro Mount
RRP: $99, Our Price: $89, You Save $10 (10%).
This mask lets you get into the action of the underwater world and bring back action video or still pictures with your GoPro camera. The built in Go-Pro camera mount offers divers a great way to shoot incredible video while diving in addition to keeping your hands-free.
Why Black Skirt Diving and Snorkelling Masks Are Better
Clear skirts on diving and snorkelling masks are popular because they minimise the claustrophobic feeling some people get when they wear a mask. Nevertheless, clear skirts actually interfere with vision. Extraneous light entering through the clear skirt makes it more difficult for the eye to focus and causes reflections that obscure vision. Demonstrate this by looking out a window from a lighted room at twilight. You will see better by cupping your hands around your eyes as you press your face to the window. For these reasons, knowledgeable divers and snorkellers seeking the best possible vision prefer masks with black skirts. And we do too!
If the diver usually wears glasses while on their surface interval (that's when they're not diving), then it would be wise to get them a gift voucher so that they can get a dive mask with corrective lenses. We have a good selection of Corrective Lens Mask Packages available.
'Bifocal' or 'Gauge Reading' Lenses
If the diver usually needs reading glasses, then they could benefit from a dive mask fitted with 'gauge reading' or 'bifocal' corrective lenses.
Tusa Freedom Ceos Mask with Corrective Lenses -+B
RRP: $303, Our Price: $295, You Save $8 (3%).
If you need a bifocal mask and have a petite to medium width adult face then this is the dive mask we recommend. This is a top quality mask suitable for scuba diving, snorkeling, freediving and spearfishing. It fits a wide range of face shapes, plus has the greatest range of normal and bifocal corrective lenses available.
Apollo SV-2 Diving Mask with Corrective Lenses -B
RRP: $279, Our Price: $259, You Save $20 (7%).
For those divers with a medium to large width adult face who need bifocal corrective lenses, we recommend this great dive mask. It's our top selling mask and comes in a great range of colours with both clear and black skirts.
Tusa Panthes Freediving Mask
RRP: $62, Our Price: $46, You Save $16 (26%).
Designed specifically for freediving and spearfishing enthusiasts requiring an ultra-low volume mask with exceptional field-of-vision.
Cressi Calibro Mask
RRP: $139, Our Price: $119, You Save $20 (14%).
An ultra low volume mask for advanced freediving and spearfishing. It's designed to provide the diver with a feeling of total freedom and comfort. The small outer dimensions mean minimal drag through the water and low internal volume for easy clearing and equalisation. It features the new Cressi patented FOG STOP system.
Scuba Diving Snorkels are very much one size fits all, the only exception being younger teens and petite ladies who may prefer a smaller mouthpiece. Some divers prefer as simple a snorkel as possible. Others prefer a snorkel with devices to help stop water getting in, or to easily purge any water that does get in.
Apollo SV Dry Flex Silicone Snorkel
RRP: $50, Our Price: $45, You Save $5 (10%).
This is our value for money diving snorkel this year. It's high quality, and low cost. It has a splash guard that eliminates 90% of any water entering the snorkel while on the surface, plus a purge valve for easy water clearing once surfaced. You can pay a lot more money and still not get a snorkel this good. Plus it's available in a great range of colours.
Tusa Hyperdry Elite II Snorkel
RRP: $91.50, Our Price: $82, You Save $9.50 (10%).
This is the best features of TUSA's snorkels combined into one top-of-the-line model. With a low-profile dry top and angled purge chamber, staying dry has never been easier.
Mares Flexible Foldable Roll-Up Snorkel @
Our Price: $36
If you rarely use a snorkel, but like to have one handy just in case, then this is the snorkel for you. It rolls up into a compact size that can easily fit into almost any BC pocket.
Apollo SVS Pelagio 'J' Spearfishing Snorkel
RRP: $40, Our Price: $36, You Save $4 (10%).
The "J"-style tube is built from a special polymer with amazing memory properties that allow the snorkel to bend against objects and then spring back into its original position.
Cressi Corsica Snorkel
Our Price: $44
A classic "J"-style snorkel that has been tried and true, designed specifically for deep spear fishing and free diving.
You will need to know the persons foot size to purchase dive fins. However the first choice is whether to go for full foot fins or adjustable heel fins.
For warm water diving (i.e. where you get in the sea without screaming or taking a sharp intake of air), your diver will appreciate a pair of full foot fins.
Tusa Solla Full Foot Fins
RRP: $129, Our Price: $116, You Save $13 (10%).
These are our preferred choice of full foot fins as they combine good propulsion and are light for traveling, which makes them a great choice for both scuba diving and snorkelling in the tropics.
In cooler waters, or where the shore diving is rocky, they will probably need some neoprene dive boots and a set of adjustable open heel fins. There are a wide range of dive boots, from thin 'sock' like ones through to all terrain rock boots. The thickness of the dive boot used effects which open heel fin size is required.
Apollo Bio-Fin Pro Fins with Spring Straps
RRP: $395, Our Price: $335, You Save: $60 (15%).
We prefer open heel dive fins with stainless steel spring straps and these are our favourite. They are rated the world's number one dive fins for very good reasons. And when Apollo provide a FREE mask and snorkel valued at $169 when you plunk down your money on a pair of the Apollo Bio-Fin Pro Fins with Spring Straps, you're getting a great deal.
Cressi Pro Light Fins - Open Heel
RRP: $119, Our Price: $105, You Save $14 (12%).
These fins are a perfect choice for both scuba diving and snorkelling. The blade originates from the upper part of the foot pocket, with a 20% increase in useful surface area compared to a traditional fin of the same length. The unique foot pocket design transfers the kicking load to the diver's heel, rather than the middle of the foot and eliminates foot fatigue and cramping.
If the diver you're buying for already has a set of open heel fins that have the more common rubber straps, they might really like the gift of a set of bungee or steel spring straps to convert their dive fins to this safer, more easy to get on and off setup.
Cressi Reaction Pro Full Foot Fins
RRP: $109, Our Price: $99, You Save $10 (9%).
These fins have been designed not just for and spearfishing and freediving, but also for snorkelling, swimming and scuba diving. They will surprise you with their fantastic performance.
Cressi Gara Modular Full Foot Fins
RRP: $199, Our Price: $179, You Save $20 (10%).
These fins are a perfect choice for deep freediving and spearfishing. The modular design means you can interchange foot pockets and different stiffness fin blades.
Cressi Pluma Full Foot Fins
RRP: $64, Our Price: $60, You Save $4 (6%).
These are by far our best selling fins for snorkelling. People just love the terrific performance and great value for money.
If you are buying for a relatively new diver then (rather worryingly) dive knives are very popular. Generally new divers will have the basics, but will be yet to accumulate the extras. Other good accessories include a dive bag, dive torch, or if you want to really impress, a dive package.
Dive bags are quite easy to buy as there is really only one decision to be made, is it transporting your gear for travel, a wet dive boat bag, a dry bag, or a catch bag?
Dive Travel Bag
Cressi Moby 5 Bag with Wheels - 115 lt
RRP: $399, Our Price: $359, You Save $40 (10%).
This nicely sized and spacious dive travel bag features a large main compartment, side fin pockets, plus two smaller front compartments.
Dive Wet Bag
Trident Aquacraft Extra Large Ballistic Mesh Duffel Dive Bag
Our Price: $130
If the recipient wants a wet bag, where they keep their kit together on a dive boat but it can drain easily after the dive, then go for mesh bag. This one is our favourite because it's spacious and tough. It also comes with carry handles and a shoulder strap for easy carrying. This is by far our best selling mesh dive bag.
Dive Dry Bag
Sharkskin Performance Backpack Dry Bag 30L
RRP: $140, Our Price: $126, You Save $14 (10%).
This dry bag is designed to meet the technical needs of the active watersports enthusiast. Just as Sharkskin protects you from the elements, your Sharkskin Performance Bag will protect your equipment by keeping the elements at bay. The ideal bag for use on or around the water.
Seaka Catch Bag - Spring Loaded - Premium Quality
RRP: $99, Our Price: $89, You Save $10 (10%).
If your diver wants to be able to grab you a feed of scallops, abalone or a crayfish, then they'll need a good catch bag. This is our favourite because it's simply the best catch bag available. It's a no brainer. If your diver doesn't have one, they need one.
A dive torch is a simple but really great gift. Underwater colours disappear quickly as you go deeper, but by using a dive light a seemingly dull grey rock can spring into view under the beam as a vibrant red or orange coral. They are also useful in and around wrecks to see hidden marine life.
We think this makes a great primary dive torch for the new diver. And if the diver already has a dive torch, it also makes for an absolutely brilliant backup dive torch. So you can't go wrong with this value for money gift.
Tovatec Fusion 1050 LED Video / Dive Light - 1050LM
RRP: $189, Our Price: $179, You Save $10 (5%).
Its beam is plenty powerful, and the sliding zoom head lets you adjust it to any width from 100degrees to 12-degrees for use as a video light or a dive light. The magnetic switch couldn't be simpler.
Atorch WP03 Compact Pocket Dive Light - 850LM
RRP: $99, Our Price: $89, You Save $10 (10%).
A compact pocket LED diving torch that pumps out 850 lumens of light in a powerful focused beam. It features a rechargeable battery with a micro USB based charging system.
Mares EOS 15RZ Dive Torch - 1500LM
RRP: $399, Our Price: $359, You Save $40 (10%).
This is a super powerful, rechargeable, adjustable focus, 1500 lumens output hand held dive light. Made from light corrosion resistant aluminium combined with the compact size makes this a perfect primary underwater light for scuba diving or snorkelling. Zoom function and adjustable power make this a truly multi-functional torch.
We offer a few different package combinations:
Dive Perfect Matilda Streamlined Sport Diver Regulator Package
RRP: $1,199, Our Price: $1,009, You Save $190 (16%).
Every detail of this product has been carefully designed to deliver a complete regulator package of the highest quality with improved safety. These regs meet the tough CE EN250 European standards, and are cold water and Nitrox ready. Includes: 1st stage reg, 2 x 2nd stage regs, SPG, necklace, DIN to Yoke adaptor, and bolt snaps.
Apeks XTX200 Regulator with XTX200 and XTX40 Octopus
Our Price: $1,340
This is the flagship regulator in the Apeks range and a favourite of ours. All five sets of regs in Lloyd's recreational and technical dive kits have an Apeks XTX-200 1st and 2nd stage.
Cressi T10-SC Master Regulator Set - DIN or Yoke
RRP: $979, Our Price: $859, You Save $120 (12%).
This top-of-the-range Cressi regulator package, with its environmentally sealed first stage, has been designed for the more extreme cold/temperate water diving environments, but it's equally suitable for warmer waters. This regulator set delivers outstanding flow rates and superior resistance to freezing, plus it's extremely comfortable to use. Fantastic performance, stunning finish and exceptional value for money.
Cressi MC9-SC XS Compact Pro Regulator Set - DIN or Yoke
RRP: $699, Our Price: $649, You Save $50 (7%).
This great Cressi regulator package, with its environmentally sealed first stage, has been designed for the more extreme cold/temperate water diving environments of both technical and recreational divers, but it's equally suitable for warmer waters. This regulator set delivers outstanding flow rates, plus it's extremely comfortable to use, all essential qualities for any regulator.
Cressi AC2 XS Compact Regulator Set - DIN or Yoke
RRP: $399, Our Price: $359, You Save $40 (10%).
For recreational divers seeking value for money regulator performance we recommend this regulator set. Lightweight and compact, this is an ideal regulator set for the rigors of local diving, plus great for the traveling diver.
Reduce Jaw Fatigue
To reduce jaw fatigue and provide better hose routing, many experienced divers like to have a 360-degree omni-directional swivel adaptor, or a 20/70/110-degree swivel adaptor, at the second stage end of their regulator hose. No matter how the diver's head is turned, the swivel will allow the hose to find the point of least resistance, thus eliminating jaw fatigue. This also allows improved regulator hose routing by making it easier to have the hose go down the diver's chest and/or under the arm, eliminating hose push and giving you a more comfortable bite on your mouth piece. Your regulator hose will lay closer to your body (under your arm) helping to eliminate tangles and improve streamlining.
Sonar LP 360° Omni-Directional Swivel Adaptor for Regulator
RRP: $64, Our Price: $61, You Save $3 (5%).
The Omni-swivel adaptor installs between the low pressure regulator hose and second stage regulator. The rotating 360° swivel action increases comfort and reduces jaw fatigue.
Sonar LP 20/70/110-Degree Swivel Adaptor for Regulator
RRP: $24, Our Price: $22, You Save $2 (8%).
Enables comfortable, streamlined underarm routing of the regulator hose. We prefer this 20/70/110-degree adaptor over a 90-degree adaptor because it angles the regulator hose slightly away from the neck and face.
Eventually they will need the Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) too, but your budget will determine if you can include this. Don't worry if you can't, all BCDs are compatible with all regulators, so they can easily be added later. One note here, if you are buying for a lady make sure you get a package with a ladies BCD.
Mares XR-REC Silver Single Backmount Set
RRP: $1,399, Our Price: $1,259, You Save $140 (10%).
For both new and experienced divers we strongly recommend you look at a rear-inflation jacket BCD. This one is a truly great choice. Rear-inflation BCDs provide better stability and allow the diver to obtain better trim in the water. This tech style harness and wing combination gives you total freedom in the water.
ScubaLab Travel BCs Best Buy 2019
A back inflation style buoyancy control device that is super lightweight, making it great for the traveling diver.
Cressi Travelight BCD, Blue
Our Price: $759
ScubaLab Travel BCs Best Buy plus Testers Choice 2014. This jacket style buoyancy control device is very lightweight, making it great for the traveling diver. It's available with Blue or Pink trim.
Cressi AquaRide Weight Integrated Jacket BCD
RRP: $759, Our Price: $675, You Save $84 (11%).
While you can buy a wide range of traditional jacket BCDs with wrap around inflation bladders online, our favourite is still the Cressi Aquaride Weight Integrated BC. It's made rugged and durable to take the rigors of frequent diving, and is more feature packed than comparable jacket BCDs.
This section also is applicable for people buying for divers who have incriminating information or photos on you. You really need to prove your love so unfortunately (for you, not us or them) you will be required to invest some serious cash (read plastic). Seriously, there are some really great items in this category and you'll be relieved to know this is possibly the easiest category to buy for:
The first thing to suggest would be a dive computer. It allows them to stay under water longer and provides greater safety.
Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer - Nitrox Wrist
RRP: $449, Our Price: $349, You Save $100 (22%).
For a new diver, plus the experienced recreational diver, this dive computer has got all of the essentials, yet is simple to use and ideal for those who 'just want to dive'. This value for money, dive computer was awarded Scuba Diving ScubaLab Best Buy 2014.
Suunto D4i Novo Watch Dive Computer
RRP: $550, Our Price: $520, You Save $30 (5%).
This elegant watch style dive computer supports Air, Nitrox, Freediving and Gauge modes. With optional Air Integration, an easy-to-use 4 button interface, and a User Changeable Battery, what's not to like.
Suunto D5 Watch Dive Computer
RRP: $850, Our Price: $800, You Save $50 (6%).
ScubaLab Testers Choice 2019. This 3-gas, elegant watch style dive computer supports Air, Nitrox, Freediving and Gauge modes. With optional Air Integration, an easy-to-use interface, and a Rechargeable Battery, what's not to like.
Shearwater Research Peregrine Dive Computer- 3-Gas Nitrox Wrist
Our Price: $850
Embark on your adventure into diving with the Shearwater Research Peregrine. This 3-gas, Air and Nitrox dive computer is a simple and easily accessible and full colour device. It's the first recreational only dive computer from Shearwater Research. The simplified operations make it easy to use for recreational divers of all experience levels.
Suunto EON Core Wrist Dive Computer with Tank POD
RRP: $1,100, Our Price: $990, You Save $110 (10%).
A more experienced recreational diver, or beginner technical diver, would be better off with a mixed gas dive computer with a large colour display. The ScubaLab Testers Choice 2018 award winning EON Core is designed for serious divers, and covers Air, Nitrox, Trimix and CCR diving. We like the large, easy-to-read colour display, plus the ability to have up to ten tank pods to monitor the pressure in your own multiple cylinders, plus the cylinders of other divers.
Shearwater Research Perdix AI Dive Computer
RRP: $1,540, Our Price: $1,499, You Save $41 (3%).
ScubaLab Testers Choice 2017 for air-integrated wrist dive computers. This full colour display dive computer is the choice of serious technical divers.
Garmin Descent Mk2i Watch Dive Computer with Black Band
RRP: $2,499, Our Price: $2,299, You Save $200 (8%).
This watch style dive computer has GPS, and the mapping/navigating capability is cool and handy (man-overboard locator!). It has a heart rate monitor, and tracks everything from running and swimming to playing golf and skydiving. More to the point, as a dive computer, it's top-notch with air integration now available.
Shearwater Research Teric Watch Dive Computer
RRP: $1,780, Our Price: $1,699, You Save $81 (5%).
ScubaLab Testers Choice 2018. This watch style dive computer is loved by recreational and technical divers alike. The Teric is an everyday timepiece and dive computer of unprecedented capabilities.
You may have noticed that we prefer and recommend wrist mounted dive computers. However, we also have both the Cressi Leonardo and Suunto Zoop Novo dive computers available in two gauge consoles with a matching surface pressure gauge (SPG) to also tell you how much air you have left.
Suunto D4f Black Freedive Apnea Watch Computer
RRP: $500, Our Price: $450, You Save $50 (10%).
This watch style, wrist computer is designed specifically for freediving and spearfishing. It's the ultimate computer for ALL freedivers: depth training, static and dynamic apnea, spearfishing. If you don't need scuba diving functions, this is the dive computer for you!
Every divers needs a good dive cylinder to go underwater. And every diver can always make good use of another dive cylinder.
Faber Steel Cylinder - 232 bar - 12.2 litre std - DIN/K Valve
RRP: $790, Our Price: $699, You Save $91 (12%).
For any diver, but especially those diving in cool and temperate water, this Faber steel cylinder is the ideal choice. It has a DIN/K valve and cylinder boot, plus is Nitrox ready. Technical divers going deep and wanting longer run times often twin up two of these cylinders.
Catalina S80 Aluminium Cylinder - 11.1 litre (80 cuft) - 207 bar
RRP: $525, Our Price: $500, You Save $25 (5%).
The 80 cubic foot aluminium cylinder has been the staple cylinder in the diving industry for many years. This cylinder is used by more divers, dive operators and retail dive stores than any other type of cylinder available. A great choice for those on a budget, or diving in warm water.
Another brilliant gift is a dive camera or video unit. They range in price from about $500 upwards, but make for a superb present. These waterproof cameras or video units allow underwater images and memories to be captured forever.
You can purchase the cameras far cheaper from the specialist camera stores far cheaper than we'd ever be able to offer them to you. But we have the underwater accessories you need! For a great guide to the cameras and housings we recommend, please see Best Underwater Cameras and Housings. We've also put together a number of underwater tray, arm and light packages.
Underwater Action Camera Video Solutions
For a simple underwater video solution, we'd suggest you get them a GoPro HERO10 Black edition. You really can't go wrong with this choice, plus it can be used to take photos as well. But to take it deeper than 10 metres, you'll need an underwater dive housing like the GoPro HERO10 Super Suit which covers you to depths up to 60 metres.
We have plenty of great accessories for the GoPro Hero 10/9/8/7/6/5/4/3+/3.
Backscatter FLIP8/9/10 Two Filter Kit for GoPro 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
RRP: $215.80, Our Price: $205, You Save $10.80 (5%).
Two different colour filters that are optimised for different depth ranges: SHALLOW and DIVE Filters. The handy flip system allows for easy switching between two mounted filters. Compatible with GoPro HERO 5, HERO 6, HERO 7, HERO 8, HERO 9 and HERO 10 Cameras in the Super Suit or Protector Housings.
Backscatter FLIP8/9/10 Pro Package with +15 MacroMate Mini Lens
RRP: $418.60, Our Price: $398, You Save $20.60 (5%).
Combines a Flip Filters FLIP8/9/10 Two Filter Kit with the MacroMate Mini +15 Lens. The +15 MacroMate Mini Underwater Macro Lens enables you to use the GoPro PHOTO MODE for stunning macro photography.
Isotta GoPro Hero9/10 Black Underwater Housing
RRP: $695, Our Price: $675, You Save $20 (3%).
This stylish Italian made housing will let you take video and photos with your GoPro Hero9 or Hero10 Black down to 200 metres deep! A great solution for deep technical divers.
To really enhance underwater videos taken with an action camera you'll need an effective lighting solution. Since the GoPro has a wide angle fisheye lens, it's best to use two video lights over one, so that you can light up the entire frame and get nice coverage. If you’re using one video light, then make sure it's a very wide beam. You may still get fairly dark corners, but the majority of the frame and your subject will be well lit.
Light & Motion Sidekick Duo Spot/Flood Light
RRP: $225, Our Price: $202, You Save $23 (10%).
ScubaLab Best Buy 2016 for Video/Photo Lights. This game changing light is lighter than the GoPro and designed to leverage existing GoPro mounts with a simple adaptor. The adjustable spot and flood modes give you the flexibility to control the amount of light to create the perfect POV footage.
Light & Motion Sidekick Action Camera Tray Kit
Our Price: $223
Combine this Action Camera Tray Kit with two of the above Sidekick lights and you'll have a brilliant entry-level lighting solution for your GoPro, or other action camera.
Mares EOS 10RW Video Set
Our Price: $499
This package is a great combination for use with action cameras like the GoPro. The compact, 1,000 lumen flood lights with a 120° angle wide beam that will fill your video area with an even glow.
Underwater Compact Camera Solutions
Our favourite all-around compact camera solution is the Olympus Tough TG-6 Compact Camera. It's a brilliant choice for underwater photos and video. It excels for macro photography. But to take it deeper than 10 metres, you'll need an underwater dive housing like the Olympus PT-059 Underwater Housing which covers you to depths up to 45 metres.
Products popular for use with the Olympus Tough TG-6 Camera are:
Isotta Olympus Tough TG-6 Underwater Housing
RRP: $1,216, Our Price: $1,179, You Save $37 (3%).
Easy access to all key/main Olympus Tough TG-6 compact camera controls by means of clearly labelled laser engraved long lasting buttons. The back door has a large window for a fine camera display view and it is entirely detached from the front body to make for easier camera fitting.
Backscatter M52 Wide Angle Air Lens for Olympus TG Series
RRP: $374.40, Our Price: $356, You Save $18.40 (5%).
This is a wet-mount wide angle conversion lens designed to work best with Olympus Tough TG series camera housings. The lens cancels out refraction and restores the camera's topside field of view underwater while also enhancing the image clarity, sharpness, and contrast.
Backscatter M52 Underwater 0.50X 120° Wide Angle Wet Lens
RRP: $938.60, Our Price: $892, You Save $46.60 (5%).
This was designed with the Olympus Tough TG 1 through 6 series of cameras in mind. With a 120 degree angle of coverage, sharp corners, and no vignetting at 24 mm, this lens is the perfect combination for the first time wide angle shooter with a TG camera.
AOI UMG-01 LCD Magnifier for Olympus Compact Camera Housings
RRP: $286, Our Price: $277, You Save $9 (3%).
This is the best accessory we've seen yet for the Olympus Tough TG-3, TG-4, TG-5 and TG-6 underwater camera system because it cuts out annoying screen glare in bright water and it allows you to get a large, sharp magnified image from the camera's LCD screen.
Backscatter Mini Flash 1 and Optical Snoot Combo Package
RRP: $1,090.70, Our Price: $1,036, You Save $54.70 (5%).
We think Olympus TG series users are going to love this combo package of a video light, strobe and snoot to enhance their underwater photo and video opportunities when it arrives in December 2019. (Both Sam and Michelle are considering adding one to their camera setups.)
Underwater Camera Housing Leak Detection
Every serious underwater camera shooter needs an underwater camera vacuum pump leak detection system. A hand pump is used to pull a vacuum on the underwater camera prior to the dive and thus will alert you to issues before you even jump in the water. Most of the better underwater camera housings have a M16 or M14 port that allows you to easily attach a vacuum leak detection system.
Kraken Vacuum Leak Detection System
RRP: $329, Our Price: $319, You Save $10 (3%).
Get the peace of mind that every underwater photographer and videographer should have when shooting. It allows you to draw air out of the housing to have a pre-dive check to know if everything is okay. Suits any underwater camera housing with a M16 port. Comes with Vacuum System and Manual Pump as standard.
Underwater LED lights for video and photos have rapidly improved in recent times, and we have the best available. Chances are the diver you're buying for would love a new high quality light for their new or existing photo or video setup. We've also put together a number of underwater tray, arm and light packages.
Light & Motion GoBe S 1000 Wide Beam Dive Light FC
RRP: $279, Our Price: $251, You Save $28 (10%).
A versatile light and a great option for divers who want a compact, lightweight light at a good price point. It's not only a great light in water, but one of only a few lights that can be operated out of water. It has a rechargeable battery. Smooth 60° flood beam and 1,000 lumens of light.
Kraken Hydra 2500M WRU Video/Strobe Light - 2500/4000LM
RRP: $495, Our Price: $479, You Save $16 (3%).
This multi-function photo/video light has a 100° wide flood, red, and UV blue beams. You can also combine the red and the blue beams for a sort of pinkish purple. This can be used for artistic back or side lighting. There is also the ability of the light to burst quickly from the constant 2500 lumens to 4000 lumens when triggered by a fibre optic sync cord (not included) from your camera flash, working much like an external strobe.
X-Adventurer M1000-WRA Smart Focus Video Light - 1000LM
RRP: $179, Our Price: $170, You Save $9 (5%).
This 100° flood beam video light hits a sweet spot for price and performance. It's a great value for the amount of light you get, maxing out at an incredible 1,000 lumens with three levels of brightness. It also has a 200 lumen Red focus light. It's great for the GoPro or compact shooter wanting to fill more of a wide angle scene, or an entry-level option for mirrorless and DSLR shooters.
X-Adventurer M3000-WRUA II Focus Video Strobe Light - 3000LM
RRP: $675, Our Price: $641, You Save $34 (5%).
A staggering 3,000 lumens of white light with wide 110° flood beam to cover all of your regular photo and video lighting needs. Ten different power levels to choose from. Plus there is a Red light and a UV light. It's a powerful travel-friendly underwater video light.
Kraken Hydra 6000 WRGBU Underwater Video/Strobe Light
RRP: $995.50, Our Price: $965, You Save $30.50 (3%).
A powerful 6,000 lumens of white light with wide 110° flood beam, plus a 8000 lumen strobe light, a 15° Spot light, Red and UV lights. The amazing combination covers all of your regular underwater photo and video lighting needs.
Ultimate underwater imaging light for the serious pro! Whopping certified 15,000 lumens with 130° wide flood beam and built-in dome lens. Waterproof to 100 metres.
Kraken Weefine 3000 Underwater Ring Light/Strobe
RRP: $490, Our Price: $439, You Save $51 (10%).
This gives you 1800 lumens (continuously) of either white, Red or Blue (UV) light with 4 different power levels (100%, 75%, 50% and 25%). It also has 3000 lumen Strobe mode. Great for macro work! It can be easily mounted on any 67 mm port.
Sea & Sea YS-03 Solis Underwater TTL Strobe Package
RRP: $749, Our Price: $674, You Save $75 (10%).
This compact and versatile strobe mimics the light intensity of the camera's built-in flash. Not necessary to manually adjust output. A favourite of compact camera underwater photo shooters.
Sea & Sea YS-D3 Lightning Underwater DS-TTL Strobe
RRP: $1,499, Our Price: $1,349, You Save $150 (10%).
For the serious underwater photographer the Sea & Sea YS-D3 Strobe offers exclusive features like no other strobe in the world. The YS-D3 is a powerful compact strobe that can be used for all applications from wide-angle to macro photography. Great for use with compact, mirrorless and DSLR cameras.
Scuba Doctor Dual YS-D3 Strobe Light, Tray and Ball Arm Package
RRP: $3,896, Our Price: $3,505, You Save $391 (10%).
For the ultimate strobe setup, here is our dual handle tray, dual Sea & Sea YS-D3 Strobe, dual wide angle ball arm, and dual optic fiber cable package. No excuses!
Tether Your Camera Setup To You
Sterling Leisure Stainless Steel Reef Hook and Camera Lanyard
RRP: $49, Our Price: $44, You Save $5 (10%).
It's easy while tending to another task, to drop your camera and housing during a dive. You'll go back, but often you won't find it. Prevent that from happening by using one of these quality camera lanyards.
Use a Carry Handle
Hyperion Carry Rope Lanyard for Tray Handles
RRP: $39, Our Price: $37, You Save $2 (5%).
This camera lanyard allows you to lift up and carry the housing in a safe way while traveling or on a boat. It attaches easily to the housing handles or tray thanks to two sturdy stainless steel swivel bolt snaps.
You are going to need to come up with something either new, or non essential, as the chance is the diver in question has everything they already need to go diving. Good options in this category would be the safety items, books, and stocking stuffers that follow.
If you are unsure, a good option in this category is to consider a gift voucher as it allow the recipient to choose what they want.
You want you loved ones to come back from their dive adventures safe and sound. Given most divers tend to overlook quality safety devices, giving them as a gift is a great way to let them know you love them.
Nautilus LifeLine Marine Rescue GPS
Our Price: $335
This is our favourite diving safety item. If you're diving from a boat, sailing on a yacht, out on you SUP, jet ski, or kayak, then you really should have one. Simply undo the latch and open, turn on, remove the red distress cap and press the red button to notify all ships and boats in your area that you need help.
Dive Alert Plus v.2 Surface/Subsurface Signalling Device
Our Price: $225
This lightweight horn from Dive Alert is a signalling device that uses a quick-connect hose to become part of the power inflator. It can be used as a breathable inflator and buoyancy compensator. It is very easy and fast to install, and doesn't interfere with regular scuba gear. The Dive Alert Plus v2 allows divers to signal to each other both above and below the water.
Analox O2EII Pro Nitrox Analyser
RRP: $499, Our Price: $474, You Save $25 (5%).
This is the ideal portable nitrox checker, which can easily be taken on all of your diving adventures. We recommend that you should get an analyser and learn how to use it properly. The only person who should be analysing your gas mixes is you.
AP Diving Buddy Self-Sealing Delayed SMB
RRP: $99, Our Price: $90, You Save $9 (9%).
This is our favourite surface marker buoy. It features closed-circuit (one-way valve) construction, which prevents air spill at the surface. Inflate on the surface to attract visual attention, or use as redundant flotation. Inflate at depth to send up as a surface marker. You can chose between all red, all yellow, or combined red and yellow coloured Buddy Self-Sealing SMBs.
AP Diving Ratcheted Pocket Reel with 45m (147ft) Line
RRP: $179, Our Price: $162, You Save $17 (9%).
This reel is the perfect solution to the problem of bulky and cumbersome SMB/navigation reels. Weighing in at only 205 g, the Buddy Pocket Reel can be easily stowed in your BCD pocket or clipped unobtrusively to a D Ring.
Mares Diver Marker Buoy Set - All In One SMB Kit
RRP: $109, Our Price: $103, You Save $6 (6%).
This 'All in One' set combines a SMB, Finger Spool, stainless steel Double Ended Bolt Snap, and a storage system. It's a lightweight combination, and the SMB has reflective writing, plus Solas reflective tape, and it stands at 180 cm tall for high visibility!
Suunto SK-8 Wrist Strap Dive Compass (SH)
RRP: $100, Our Price: $95, You Save $5 (5%).
Being able to find your way and navigate properly on a dive is always good. This is the world's most popular dive compass, and the one we all use as well.
IST Proline Multi-Page Wrist Slate
RRP: $30, Our Price: $25, You Save $5 (17%).
Whether you are a new diver or a dive instructor, or anywhere in between, a dive slate is great when you need to communicate underwater. This multi-page wrist slate is curved to fit-comfortably on your wrist. The three-pages give you more than enough writing space to get your message-across.
Ocean Hunter Inflatable Torpedo Float w Line & Alpha Flag (Ylw)
RRP: $49, Our Price: $46.50, You Save $2.50 (5%).
This is great for a scuba diving surface marker, or as a surface platform for spearfishing and free diving. It will help to keep your loved one safe by telling everyone on the surface where the divers are.
IST Proline 7 cm Tech Diving DIR Knife with Sheath - Chisel Tip
RRP: $40, Our Price: $35, You Save $5 (12%).
This is our favourite small, compact, stainless steel dive knife. It has a cutting edge and a serrated edge with line cutter combined with a chisel tip all in a webbing sheath. Everything you need!
Tusa FK-11 Blunt Tip Diving Mini-Knife
RRP: $58, Our Price: $52, You Save $6 (10%).
This is our best selling dive knife, because of its multiple mounting options. It can be fixed with a stainless steel clip on your BCD, or with the included hose keeper on your gauge or inflator hose.
Ocean Design Predator SQR 420 SS Dive Knife - Chisel Tip
RRP: $49.50, Our Price: $45, You Save $4.50 (9%).
Considered by some to be the ultimate compact BCD or safety knife for scuba divers. The chisel tip blade is made from super strong 420 Stainless Steel. The Secure Quick Release (SQR) locking mechanism is the most effective available today.
Trident BC Titanium Knife - 75 mm blade
RRP: $175, Our Price: $158, You Save $17 (10%).
This is our favourite small, compact, titanium dive knife. It has everything you need in a safety diving knife and is made from high quality, corrosion resistant Titanium. Both Lloyd and Peter use this divers knife.
Ocean Design Predator SQR 420 SS Dive Knife - Pointed Tip
RRP: $49.50, Our Price: $45, You Save $4.50 (9%).
The ultimate compact spear fishing kill knife. The pointed tip blade is made from super strong 420 Stainless Steel. The Secure Quick Release (SQR) locking mechanism is the most effective available today.
Ocean Design Apollo SQR 420 SS GB Dive Knife - Point Tip
Our Price: $79
A popular choice with spearos, plus commercial, military, and rescue divers. The Secure Quick Release (SQR) locking mechanism is the most effective available today. The neoprene leg harness provides comfort and automatic compensation for wetsuit compression.
Tusa X-Pert II Titanium Dive Knife - Pointed Tip
RRP: $224, Our Price: $202, You Save $22 (10%).
When only the best will do, this is the spearfishing kill knife you want. It's made from high quality, corrosion resistant Titanium. The knife has a serrated edge and a line cutter on one side with a full straight edge on the other side.
If you ask any commercial diver for a tip on how recreational divers can dive more safely, they typically reply that we should all have an emergency/redundant air source. These two EAS setups are great for when you're in recreational diving mode.
H2Odyssey Extra Air Source with Catalina S13 Cylinder
RRP: $759, Our Price: $685, You Save $74 (10%).
This is great emergency air supply solution for divers not going beyond 30 metres deep. Carry it for use as an emergency supply of breathing gas in the event of a primary gas supply failure. Ready to use with Nitrox up to 40%.
H2Odyssey Extra Air Source with Catalina S19 Cylinder
RRP: $799, Our Price: $719, You Save $80 (10%).
This is great emergency air supply solution for solo divers and those doing non-decompression dives up to 40 metres deep. The extra air capacity enables you to safely get you back to the surface in the event of a primary gas supply failure. Ready to use with Nitrox up to 40%.
EAS setups like these are great for improving the safety of solo divers. And we all know you're diving solo if you or your dive buddy is more focused on taking underwater photos, shooting the next great underwater video, or hunting for scallops, crays and/or abalone.
Our favourite books include:
Shore Dives of Victoria (3rd Edition)
RRP: $32, Our Price: $31, You Save $1 (3%).
This excellent book by Ian Lewis covers some 120 dive sites from Cape Otway to Wilsons Promontory, including Port Phillip and Western Port. Site descriptions and historic information of wrecks adds to the value of the book. Quite superb.
This is an indispensable guide for all levels of divers and snorkellers, broadening their horizons. Valuable information on more than 250 dive and snorkelling spots in New South Wales.
This book is a full colour handy guide of 222 species in temperate and tropical waters, useful as a pocket guide to use on a dive trip or as a handy reference. Its layout makes it particularly useful as an identification guide.
The Diving Photographer
RRP: $19.95, Our Price: $15, You Save $4.95 (25%).
This is an easy-to-use guide for all levels of photographers. It will help you through all aspects of underwater photography, from buying a new camera and housing, preparing it all and setting up your equipment, all the way through to technical advice, lighting techniques and editing your photographs when you are back on land.
The Porpoise - Australian Diving Technology the World Copied
RRP: $79, Our Price: $69, You Save $10 (13%).
Forget about that French chap Cousteau — what about our own true-blue Aussie Ted Eldred, the man behind the Porpoise regulator, the world's first single-hose regulator. This is the history of the two-stage pressure reduction system that is now in common use worldwide with standard compressed-air sport divers.
This book by Bill Silvester is packed full of adventures, involving life-threatening experiences on shipwrecks in Southern Victoria. Using explosives to wrench non-ferrous metal in highly dangerous currents, this book will hold your attention as it recalls a diver's life in the 50s, 60s and early 70s using the primitive equipment available at that time. We cannot do anything like this now!
Deeper into Diving (2nd Edition)
RRP: $89, Our Price: $79, You Save $10 (11%).
The second edition of John Lippmann's popular book on deeper diving is for the diving enthusiast, the experienced diver, the technical diver, the dive instructor, as well as other diving and dive medical professionals. It contains information on a variety of decompression procedures and technical information that is not easily obtainable.
Under Pressure: Diving Deeper with Human Factors
RRP: $60.50, Our Price: $49, You Save $11.50 (19%).
Most incidents and accidents are down to 'human error'. Unfortunately, 'human error' is normal and we can't get rid of it. However, we can reduce the likelihood of one of those, 'Oh s***t moments' if we have an understanding of human factors and develop our non-technical skills.
Decorate your home and office walls with photographic prints by local artists. Each image comes with a certificate of authenticity and is signed and numbered. The current selection of eight Photographic Prints were taken by our resident Divemaster and Dive Shop Professional Sam Glenn-Smith.
These items are just great for giving as simple little gifts, confident that any diver would appreciate receiving them.
Fourth Element Ocean Debris Bag
RRP: $22.90, Our Price: $22, You Save $0.90 (4%).
Small enough to be stashed in a pocket or clipped on externally, this Debris Bag unrolls to provide a handy way to get involved with cleaning up our dive sites. It can be quickly deployed and used to collect and remove rubbish from the water.
Suunto Clipper L/B Dive Compass (SH)
RRP: $35, Our Price: $33, You Save $2 (6%).
Clip this small, yet fully functional compass to the strap of your dive computer or watch and you to find your way both under water and on land. Whether you're scuba diving, hiking in the mountains, or rock climbing in unfamiliar environments, the Suunto Clipper Compass is a great way to keep track of your whereabouts. It's also water resistant up to 500 metres.
Best Divers Magnetic Octopus/Regulator Hose Holder
Our Price: $50
This is the quick and easy way to secure your octopus or dive gauge console. There are similar but inferior products on the market. Most use low strength magnets and thus the hose breaks away when you don't want it to. The high power magnets in this product ensures they perform the way you want them to.
IST Proline Mini Multi Tool
RRP: $49, Our Price: $46.55, You Save $2.45 (5%).
This is one tool that does it all. Need a hex key, you got it. Need a screwdriver straight slot or Phillips, you got it. Need a Schrader Valve Tool, or O-ring Pick, baby you got it. This is one handy All-in-One Multi Tool for your Save A Dive Kit.
IST Proline Mini Tank O-ring Kit with Brass Pick
RRP: $20, Our Price: $18, You Save $2 (10%).
Comes with four common O-Ring sizes for valves. The threaded cap of the tank has an O-ring Pick to remove old O-rings with ease. This is a must for your Save A Dive Kit.
Sonar Abalone Tool Pro with Square/Blunt Edges
RRP: $60, Our Price: $55, You Save $5 (8%).
Help the diver in your life put food on the table as a more efficient hunter gatherer, with this specialist abalone tool with a webbing sheath and leg straps. The sheer size of the blade provides plenty of cranking leverage to make even the biggest of abs come away effortlessly.
Underwater Kinetics Exposure Suit Hanger 5.0
RRP: $63.50, Our Price: $57, You Save $6.50 (10%).
They are designed to hold open drysuits, wetsuits, vests and gear for improved air circulation while drying. Easy rinsing. Faster drying. It eliminates stress in the shoulder area allowing garments to hang to their natural shapes. It's also great for use with other heavy garments like motorcycle leathers, foul weather gear, leather coats etc.
Underwater Kinetics Super Hanger Package - 3 Hangers
RRP: $84.50, Our Price: $74, You Save $10.50 (12%).
This set of three hangers meets all your dive gear needs when it comes to properly hanging and drying your complete life support system and exposure suit system. We use them in the dive shop for our scuba rental equipment.
Northern Diver Steel Cylinder Tank Carry Handle - Fixed
RRP: $33, Our Price: $27, You Save $6 (18%).
Yes, this seems like a strange thing to be giving someone as a gift. But trust us, they'll really appreciate it. Once you've used one of these fixed tank handles on a steel scuba cylinder, you'll want to have them on all steel cylinders you have to carry. That's why we put them on our hire steel tanks. These are simply the strongest most durable tank handles available. Don't even think about the flimsy alternatives most other places sell — they're rubbish.
IST Proline Hi-Viz Glow LED Dive Beacon
RRP: $15, Our Price: $12, You Save $3 (20%).
A great signal cylinder/tank light on night or cave dives. Also suitable for plenty of other night-time sports applications like jogging, camping, fishing, and kayaking.
Ocean Design 40m Waterproof Dry Canister - Medium
Our Price: $22
This dry can is suitable for sunglasses, mobile phone, keys and other bits and pieces. It's rated as waterproof to 40 metres.
Sonar Inflator Hose Air Blower Gun Deluxe
RRP: $25, Our Price: $23, You Save $2 (8%).
Connects to a standard BCD low pressure inflator hose. Use your dive cylinder air to blow dry and clean your underwater camera, lighting and dive gear.
The Scuba Doctor also has a great range of Novelty Gifts for scuba divers.
Trident Parking For Divers Only Street Sign
RRP: $38, Our Price: $19, You Save $19 (50%).
Lets everyone know that only divers should park in this car spot. It makes a great gift for scuba divers, dive shops, dad, family or friends and thank you gifts. Adds a fun touch to gaming rooms and the garage. Makes a great gift for any diver with a car!
IST Sports Shark Shaped Bottle Opener and Keychain
RRP: $7, Our Price: $5, You Save $2 (29%).
This key chain is a great conversation starter and useful tool. It combines a handy lightweight aluminium key ring and bottle opener in the shape of a shark.
Sonar Bali Silicone Mask - Clear Skirt
RRP: $46, Our Price: $39, You Save $7 (15%).
Give your loved one a chance to experience vintage diving or snorkelling with this traditional oval mask. This mask is often used on models by underwater photographers. You can see more of the model's face through the large oval tempered glass.
Unless you are absolutely sure what size the diver is, avoid wetsuits and drysuits. You have more chance of guessing the lottery numbers than someone's suit size.
This year we're also put together a comprehensive set of Holiday Gift Guides. They include:
The Scuba Doctor Gift Certificates - $5 to $1000
If you still can't decide on a gift for the diver in your life for the Holidays, then why not give them a Gift Certificate from The Scuba Doctor. You may think they already have all of the dive gear they could possibly need, but they WILL be hankering for something. This way they get to choose what's most important to them.