Monday, 30 November 2009

Diver Magazine Christmas Article Part One - New Underwater Toys for Christmas

… And some will fit in your stocking!

New Scuba Products For The Holiday This Year - The First Day of Christmas

(Unedited story in 6-parts - Feature for December issue of Canada's Diver Magazine www.divermag.com)

By Stephen Weir

With only a few weeks left until Christmas, the expert buyers at Diver Magazine have once again come to the rescue of weary holiday shoppers with our well-informed gift suggestions. This time, the buyers have zeroed in over 20 last-minute gift suggestions that are all new (or improved) this year.


De Fog in De Stocking
. Nanofilm, a maker of lens care products, has launched Clarity Defog It anti-fog liquid ($5.50 Cdn) and towelettes ($8 Cdn). The new products provide safe, highly effective, long-lasting fog prevention for all lenses including scuba masks. It is sold at Wal-mart Optical. www.nanofilmtechnology.com



Little makes Big Gift: MC-1 mini camera. JW Fishers has been designing and building underwater search equipment for over 35-years. The Massachusetts company recently launched a new underwater mini-camera. The new MC-1 can now tape in North American and European formats. The camera housing is compact, lightweight and good to a depth of 200 meter Its surface tether cord comes in lengths up to 333 meters. It shoots in Black & White and is designed for serious wreck and treasure hunting. http://www.jwfishers.com



First Day Cover puts stamp on Christmas. In October there was an underwater launch held in the Monterey Aquarium for a new series of US postage stamps. Ten new stamps, based on a painting by John D. Dawson showcases 27 animals and fish from the kelp forest ecosystem. The new stamps will be of interest to philatelic divers. The Kelp Forest First Day Cover can be purchased ($6.90) from the US Post office at http://www.usps.com and at many full service Canada Post outlets.

Force the Fin into a stocking (it’s worth the effort).
Yes the shape of the Tan Delta Force Fin may turn heads but it is their performance underwater that turns gawkers into buyers. Built with special polyurethane, the fin is formulated to have the highest rebound or snap. The snap of the blade channels water through its split-V shape fast, to maximize propulsion. The toes-free pocket reduces cramping. $315 US. www.forcefin.com

TUSA UN-MASKS Santa with comfort. TUSA’s new M-28 low-volume mask is both comfortable and affordable. The mask’s unique 2-window design offers exceptional visibility and low-volume comfort. It has a comfy easy-to-adjust head strap (they call it a 3-D Strap) and a ”Round Edge skirt” that reduces pressure on the nose. Can be fitted with prescription lenses. www.tusa.com

TO BE CONTINUED
... excerpts right up until Christmas Eve, at www.stephenweir.com

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