Scuba divers can be tough to buy for, especially if you aren’t one. Even if you are a diver and don’t know what to get that special dive buddy in your life. No worries. Read on for dozens of gift ideas for scuba divers, snorkelers, freedivers and aspiring underwater explorers.
How to Find the Best Gift for Your Diving Friend
Start with the local PADI® Dive Shop or Resort where your buddy goes. They’ll likely know the diver’s sizing, gear configuration, and what equipment they already have. Your local dive shop also plays an important role in supporting the diving community, so for the love of Poseidon, please shop local!
Useful Gifts for Scuba Divers
If you’re not sure what to get, or need to be careful about how much you spend, create a grab bag of useful items from the list below.
- Wetsuit/drysuit cleaner
- A dry bag for their phone
- Mask defog
- Hose clips
- A gear ID pen
- Mask strap
- Scuba diver or dive flag decal
- Fin keepers (helps fins fit that are a ½ size off)
- Scuba fin socks (example)
For the Total Scuba Nerd
You know the type… they have a dive flag decal on their bumper, a wallet full of PADI certification cards, and a t-shirt that says “I breathe underwater, what’s your superpower?” Here are a few gift ideas to help your favorite scuba nerd geek out even more:
A binder with plastic sheets to organize scuba certification cards, diving insurance card, etc.
For divers who celebrate Christmas: a personalized scuba diver ornament
Divers, freedivers, snorkelers and mermaids can show their love for the underwater world with these Waterlust leggings in a whale shark pattern. Other marine-inspired designs such as a sailfish and tiger shark pattern are available, and each pair is made from ten recycled post-consumer plastic bottles. If leggings aren’t your thing, check out these beautiful mermaid socks.
Freedivers can show their aptitude for apnea with this PADI Freediver™ shirt from PADI Gear ™ (available in men’s and women’s sizes).
- An adjustable hood that rolls into the collar
- DriClime® lined chin guard
- Adjustable velcro cuffs
- Elastic drawcord hem
- It stuffs into its own pocket
Gifts for Scuba Divers Chained to a Desk
Woe is the underwater explorer who is born to dive, but forced to work. Help your dive buddy remind their co-workers of this ongoing injustice with a t-shirt, mug or iPhone case (fits 6, 6s, 7, or 8). Other favorites include:
What to Get a Hardcore Diver or Your Favorite PADI Pro
Active divers who spend as much time underwater as possible will appreciate these thoughtful gifts:
A combo wetsuit bag/changing mat with “grass” to get the sand off your feet.
This wetsuit hanger with fan can dry out a wetsuit overnight.
A collapsible, waterproof crate to corral dive gear in the backseat, or trunk/boot.
This reusable glow-stick is practical and better for the environment than a chemical stick.
Waterproof socks are great for drysuit divers and other watersports.
Home Goods for Divers
Pufferfish dryer buddies help you save energy by reducing drying time. They control static and naturally soften fabric while being non-stop adorable.
Glass food containers for lunches or restaurant takeaway orders are a practical, eco friendly gift idea. If that’s a little too boring, check out these ocean-themed reusable snack pouches or colorful reusable drinking straws.
Gift Ideas for Young or Aspiring Divers
For the coloring book set, check out this book from Ocean Ramsey and One Ocean. For story time or children who read at a beginner/intermediate level, consider If Fish Could Talk or Harry Hawksbill Helps His Friends.
For a gift they’ll remember forever, a family adventure to Kids Sea Camp is the ultimate.
Top-Selling Gifts for Dive Travelers
For divers who take pride in their frequent flyer mile status, here are a few best-selling gift ideas:
Another great gift for people who love to travel in general is this portable luggage scale + phone charger. Or, get them this (home use) large scale, because sometimes that dive bag is too big to lift.
What to Get that Special Diver in your Life….
If you’re looking to buy a nicer gift for your partner or number one dive buddy, a new dive light is something most divers would be happy to receive. Even if your friend doesn’t night dive often, a light is useful for finding critters hiding in holes or under ledges during the day.
A PADI eLearning® course gift pass is perfect gift for a dive buddy who values experiences and knowledge more than things.
If your recipient is an underwater photographer, a strobe or strobe set can be a nice gift. Be sure to contact your local dive center because strobes are a particular thing. What others rate highly online might not be right for your local conditions, might not travel well, or may not be suited to your friend’s camera system. Speak to the photo expert at your local dive shop about what s/he recommends and also ask about their return policy.
Freedivers will appreciate a low-volume mask or a rubber weight belt. Check out our complete list of gift ideas for freedivers here.
When Your Buddy Values Memories More Than Things
Create a 2019 calendar using photos from their favorite dive holidays, favorite underwater critters, or of places they hope to go. Shutterfly, Vistaprint and other companies make it easy to upload photos and customize your calendar.
If you don’t have access to photos or time to make a calendar, choose this scratch-off world travel map. It’s a popular choice year after year.
When in doubt, make a plan to join a fun dive with your local dive shop or ask what exotic dive trip destinations they have planned in 2019. If you can’t find one that suits your schedule, contact PADI Travel.
We hope the ideas above have inspired you to find the perfect gift. If not, check out some of our scuba diver gift ideas from last year. We also have some additional scuba-themed gift ideas for kids and a list of environmentally unfriendly gifts you should never give.
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