Summer is a season that inspires fun, and there are some people that are always looking for a way to kick it up a notch. If you’d like to take your dives to another level, why not consider an accessory or toy that will add a little extra thrill to your experience? Here are a couple of our favorite SCUBA toys that we’ve had our eyes on since they hit the shelf. Don’t forget to share your experiences with us if you already own one of these cool gadgets!
What could be better than enjoying any dive without half the physical exertion, where you barely have to fin at all to move around the reef or wreck you’re exploring? A sea scooter is a great investment for the whole family, whether they be divers, snorkelers, or just love to play in the water! This sea scooter from SeaDoo is a great choice for the family due to its incredible ease of use, 3 gears for variable speed, and an integrated neutral buoyancy feature that can be fine-tuned with the 4 included ballast weights. By using rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, the unit is lightweight, and will give you 90 minutes of uninterrupted travel time, with an LED display that shows your current battery life. Control triggers are ergonomically placed for total access to your thumbs. Want to cut your air consumption in half and increase your bottom time? Try it the easy way with a sea scooter!
Divers are pretty much one camp or the other when it comes to camera masks: love ‘em or hate ‘em. People that hate them often comment that the picture quality is inferior, or that they are heavier due to the additional weight of the camera functions. Well, the makers of camera masks are listening and innovating ways to address these problems, which is where the Liquid Image 12MP camera mask from their Scuba Series comes in. The latest in their first-ever line of underwater camera masks features a high definition camera that records videos with a resolution of 1080 pixels, and still photos at an impressive 12 megapixels. The camera’s functions are operated with a lever and large knobs that are easy to control even with gloves on, and integrated crosshairs in the tempered glass lenses to help you get perfect aim on your subject. And not leastly, the wide angle lens will allow you to fit more into your frame than ever before. Given the amount of freedom you’ll experience by having this camera out of your hands, his underwater camera mask is definitely an ultimate SCUBA toy!
If you’re looking for a full-on different experience underwater, you don’t get much more ultimate in the SCUBA toy department than this full face mask and communications system from Ocean Technology Systems. Now, to be clear, this unfortunately is not a system that will allow divers to talk to each other underwater, but rather keep a diver in touch with the surface. This accessibility makes it a great choice for those conducting scientific surveys, or anyone who would like an ongoing dialogue with the boat. The double seal mask skirt has been tested to seal well on even the smallest of faces, and the range of the communication system is up to 500 meters. Equalization is attended to with their unique feature inside the mask, and a surface valve makes sure you’re able to breathe freely at the surface. If other divers have the same setup, they can tune into the same frequency and communicate with the boat at the same time, which could mean a whole lotta chatter if the diving’s good!