Diving accessories are popular with everyone from tech-geeks wanting to dive with their iPhones, to divers looking for a simple way to keep their gadgets dry while under the water. There is a multitude of diving accessories available to avid underwater explorers, and they range from protective cases through to specialist dive computers.
Check out some of the coolest diving accessories that can be taken anywhere from a Similan Islands diving trip to an underwater exploration in the Caribbean.
The Watershot for the iPhone
If your hand is seemingly surgically attached to your beloved iPhone, then you might want to take it under the surface with you by housing it in the Watershot. It comes with lens baffle for optical image clarity, a glass lens port, filters, a mounting system and external threaded bezel for accessory lenses. The Watershot is popular with iPhone users and it is 100% waterproof up to depths of 165 feet (50 meters).
It allows your iPhone to effectively resist wear, shock, pressure and water damage, as it sits entirely suspended within the protective polycarbonate housing. This is a great accessory for novice and experienced divers wanting to make their iPhone their official dive buddy. If you want to try your hand at Similan Islands diving and you want to take your iPhone with you, then the Watershot has a surprisingly cheap price tag retailing brand new for around $99.
Akona Pathfinder Backpack
While dry bags are a must for all divers, the Akona Pathfinder Backpack is a modern and more complex version of a traditional dry bag.
It boasts the following super-cool features:
A separate sleeve for holding a laptop
Padded shoulder straps for comfort that are protected with moisture-soaking mesh
A compartment for an MP3 player or phone
Two front pockets that can be used to hold a face mask
Analox EII Co Detector
We all know how deadly carbon monoxide poisoning can be and divers get very little warning about when it might strike. This useful hand-held detector is perfect for checking tanks for carbon monoxide levels and no specialist equipment or additional hoses are needed to operate this simple, yet effective, piece of equipment.
iGills Smart Diving System
When you next go diving Similan Islands, you might want to pack your iGills Smart Diving System with you as this handy modern gadget will transform your iPhone into a fully functioning dive computer and logbook. You can dive to impressive depths of 130 feet with the iGills Smart Diving System and similar to the Watershot, the protective housing is constructed from polycarbonate.
Here’s how the magic works:
Your iPhone will connect to the 30-pin dock in the case
The handset can then provide information similar to that of a recreational dive computer
Temperature and depth sensors will help to provide underwater navigation
The software allows you to take photos and shoot videos during your dives via the glass camera port
This offers one of the best IOS-assisted diving opportunities and at $330 – it is well worth the investment.
This is one of the best surface signalling devices available and is a must-have accessory. It works by acting as a GPS receiver as well as a marine radio, and allows you to contact boats located up to eight miles away. Nearby vessels will be warned of your coordinates and the durable polycarbonate housing can be taken down to 425 feet. The nautilus Lifeline also features a strobe light and a battery with a life cycle of 24 hours, providing you with valuable rescue time.
If you are going Similan Islands diving with kids, you might want to check out the fun and notably buoyant Sea Doo Seascooter Aquanaut, while you can reduce jaw fatigue by investing in a handy Seacure Hi-Flow that you simply bite down on while diving. Using a variety of accessories while diving is an easy way to improve your underwater experience and after all, why endure separation anxiety from your iPhone when you can easily take it with you?