Wednesday, 2 December 2009

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

Diver Magazine Christmas Article Part Two - New Underwater Toys for Christmas
… And some will fit in your stocking!


New Scuba Products For The Holiday This Year - The Second 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.

Last year Nikon Cameras unleashed the Coolpix paper-thin easy-to-use digital camera to the world. This Christmas Ikelite Underwater has launched an underwater housing so that you can now use the Coolpix when diving. The Ikelite ULTRA compact digital housing for Coolpix L19 & L20 cameras is high quality, and built to last. All camera controls are fully functional through the housing and depth rated to 200ft (60m). Easy open latch and drop in camera loading make set-up a snap. $260 US. http://www.ikelite.com

Don’t eat Turtles this Christmas (donate instead).Young Casey Sokolovic (pictured below) was only a third-grader when she first visited a Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. The trip made a lasting impression on Casey. She created her own sea turtle awareness and education program. As part of her efforts, she baked thousands of sea turtle cookies and held bake sales. In her honour OCEANA, a Washington based group dedicated to protecting the World’s Oceans have created a special sea turtle adoption package valued at $200. For more information on Casey: www.Oceana.org/heroes. Diver Magazine is a proud supporter of Oceana.
This Christmas give divers colourful thingies for their wetsuits! Steve Wilson makes colourful strong straps that you attach to your wet suit zippers. No need to ask for help zipping up anymore and you can personalize with your name, or Santa’s for that matter.Steve told Diver that his product – Your Zip Tag is available for shipment to Canada with a 3-day turn around for just $10 US. www.yourbagtag.com

Watch turn heads this Christmas. The OMEGA watch company introduced its Seamaster Ploprof 1200 watch earlier this year. It is a radical update of the 1970 Seamaster 600. It is water resistant to 1200 meters and is used by shallow divers too! The screwed-in crown is located at the 9 o’clock position to prevent inadvertent manipulation underwater. The bezel has a special lock so that it too can’t be accidentally moved during a dive. The Ploprof has an automatic helium escape valve, which allows helium atoms to escape during decompression, (which we are told is useful for professional divers operating from diving bells.). It has a brushed mesh "shark proof" bracelet or you can get a rubber strap. Spokeswoman Amanda Kremer told Diver Magazine the watch is now available in North American jewelry and watch stores. (She also told us about the name – it is the first letters of plongeurs professionnels – French for “professional divers”). $1,500 US. http://www.omega.ch
TO BE CONTINUED... excerpts right up until Christmas Eve, at www.stephenweir.com

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