Monday, 21 December 2009

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

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New Scuba Products For The Holiday This Year - The Fifth Day of Christmas
(Unedited story in 5-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.

HELP FLAG: When closed a new expandable dive flag is so small that it can easily fit into a loved ones Christmas stocking. When open fully the 150 grams H.E.L.P flag extends to over 1500 mm in height and can be seen up to 3kms away. The yellow colour flag The flag sells for $50 US (plus shipping charges) and can be ordered on line at: www.thediveflag.com/.

Grand Bahama goes all inclusive – shark dive thrown in - The island of Grand Bahamas has long been synonymous with dive tourism in the Caribbean. The Unexso Dive Shop, one of the world’s first day-trip dive operations is located on the island. There are a number of outstanding hotels and resort complexes on the island as well. Individually owned, the hotel and dive shops have banded together to offer a new unique program they call Club Grand Bahama -- a flexible, affordable “all-inclusive” vacation. You pay one price and choose where you stay, dine and dive. Divers should look to the new Platinum Package. According to Gauri Kibler with the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board “ The Club Grand Bahama program offers guests one (dive) activity for every two nights they stay on Grand Bahama. For a 7-night stay, a guest would be entitled to 3 activities, which they can use at anytime during the duration of their stay. You can dive with a number of shops including the iconic Unexso, which offers as part of the program one tank dives, shark dives and two tank dives.

Also worthy under the tree this year. Keep your cell-phone dry on the dive boat! •The Waterproof I-Mate is impervious to saltwater. This smart phone meets Military Specs. Comes with compass and GPS. •Need to bring your portable hard-drive along on a dive? The new A-Data’s external drive, the SH93, has a rubber body and wraparound USB cord. It can be left underwater for a half-hour with no ill effects. •Buy that special someone an opportunity to jump out of a moving helicopter in scuba gear! Dive Charter Curacao, on the Caribbean Island of Curacao, now offers “helidives”. Divers gear up on land and then climb into a waiting helicopter. It flies to their dive site, hovers over the water and the divers jump in! • The Asian electronics firm Thanko has come out with an underwater video camera that is the size of a penlight. Video Water is 68 mm long, 19 mm wide, is rated to a depth of 20 meters and sells for $133 US.

CUTLINES: Top Left - The new Flag. Right - 3 pictures from the Unexso Shark Dive, Left: the new waterproof I-Mate.

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