5 Great Scuba Diver Gifts To Help Identify and Mark Your Scuba Gear 0
Going scuba diving requires lots of gear. And while friends and family might be eager to buy scuba-themed gifts for birthdays and holidays to help support a new hobby, it can be tough to buy scuba gear for someone else.
Keep reading to learn 5 scuba diver gift ideas that will help any diver in your life keep from losing or mixing up their gear ever again.
Gearing Up: Your Essential Guide to Scuba Diving Gear 0There's a lot of gear involved when it comes to plunging into the depths of the ocean (go figure). Check out this essential guide to scuba diving gear.
Nature's Hidden Beauty: Where is the Best Scuba Diving in the World? 0
Whether you want a wreck or a reef, have the money to splurge on a bucket-list dive or are looking for a budget-friendly trip, the best scuba diving in the world will give you that option.
Adventure tourism, especially scuba diving, is becoming more and more popular. It's something you can with your partner, solo, or even with your whole family. Kids as young as age 10 can get scuba certified, making this a unique family activity.
Keep reading for 10 suggestion for finding the best scuba diving in the world and start planning your 2019 dives today!
The Best Scuba Diving in The World: 10 Places for Your Diving Bucket List
Scuba diving is addictive. Once you start, it's hard to stop! Whether you're a beginner or a veteran diver, these dives are ones you should add to your diving bucket list. While you're at it, you should plan to get a personalized scuba equipment tag to commemorate each of your bucket list dives.
1. Great Blue Hole, Belize
This dive spot is a deep and wide hole that's outlined by a coral reef and inhabited by sharks. The reef is colorful and bright. It descends into a blue hole that transitions from saltwater to freshwater 15 meters down. Ancient caverns, huge tuna, and stalagmites and stalactites are some of the thrills you'll see on this dive.
The Maldives are a scattering of islands far out in the Indian Ocean. The islands are surrounded by reefs full of marine life. The best times to go for diving are during the Northeast Monsoon and the Southwest Monsoon.
If you visit during these times, you can see schools of fish like barracuda, tuna, sharks, and eagle rays. Manta rays and whale sharks can also be seen during certain seasons.
3. The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galapagos Islands have some of the most unique wildlife, both above and below the sea. Sea lions, manta rays, moray eels, hammerhead sharks, and tropical fish can all be seen during a Galapagos dive.
The current is very strong at Gordon Rocks, but this can be a good thing as it brings all of the sea life right to you.
4. Mary's Place, Roatan, Honduras
Mary's Place, in Honduras, is a sheer-walled crevasse. It's lined with black coral and good buoyancy is necessary to descend and traverse the crevasse.
Brightly-colored corals bring anemones, seahorses, spotted drums, parrotfish, and white spotted filefish that actually change colors.
5. Gran Cenote, Riviera Maya, Mexico
If you are a fan of cave and cavern dives, Gran Cenote is the dive for you. The water is shallow and clear. Cenotes are a naturally occurring sinkhole that emerges when limestone collapses. They are very common along the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.
Gran Cenote is full of caverns and caves that you can explore deep inside the rock. Look for families of turtles and marvel at the stalagmites and stalactites in the crystal clear water.
6. Tiger Beach, Bahamas
Tiger Beach isn't an accurate name, because there's no actual beach. Tiger Beach is a dive spot that is about an hour from the west end of Grand Bahama Island. If you want to dive with and photograph tiger sharks, is where you want to be.
Tiger sharks, named for their vivid stripes, are plentiful in this area. Not only can you see tiger sharks, but lemon sharks, nurse sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, and hammerhead sharks all frequent this area as well.
Thanks to the Bahamas for making the waters surrounding the islands a marine sanctuary, the ecosystem is thriving and healthy.
7. Barracuda Point, Sipadan, Borneo, Malaysia
Getting to Barracuda Point requires some serious travel, but it's well worth it. Made popular by Jacques Cousteau, Sipadan Island is formed by living corals growing on the top of an extinct volcano.
A dive at Barracuda Point will bring turtles, octopuses, white-tip reef sharks, gray reef sharks, eagle rays, and the namesake barracuda. The barracuda gather in the thousands and create tornado-like formations.
8. Acropolis, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is the world's most famous reef, of course, and the Acropolis is like nothing you've ever seen before. The colorful reef is thick with hard corals and full of invertebrates and schooling reef fish.
The Great Barrier Reef has the world's largest collection of coral and is the only living thing on earth visible from space. It's safe to say that any dive here will be well worth your while!
9. Blue Maomao Arch, Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand
While you're in Australia to dive the Great Barrier Reef, pop over to New Zealand to experience Blue Maomao Arch, part of the Poor Knights Islands. The arch is full of light from both ends that look almost god-sent. You might see fish like white spotted demoiselles or the vibrantly blue Maomao.
10. Ras Mohammed, Egypt, Red Sea
Last but not least, is the Ras Mohammed Marine Park. It's located at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula, where the Red Sea and the Aqaba and Suez gulfs meet.
The walls of the reef are covered in soft coral and bright orange reef fish, the anthia. Fish like the nudibranch, Napoleon wrasse, snapper, unicornfish, jacks, and barracuda all call this reef home in the summer months.
What's On Your Bucket List?
Which of these dives is on your bucket list? Not only do these locations provide some of the best scuba diving in the world, but they also offer you the opportunity to visit far off lands and experience local cultures unlike any other.
As you start planning your next dive trip, check out our scuba ID and name tags and make sure your equipment has identification.
A Look Inside DJ’s Scuba Locker 0
Our Featured Dive Shop of the Month
Since our earliest days, YourBagTag has focused on providing custom scuba tags for dive enthusiasts. And many of the ideas for the equipment tags, personalized zipper pulls, and work order tags were a result of a collaboration with our dear friends Dan and Cindy at DJ’s Scuba Locker.
This week, we’re sharing their story and we think you’ll find them as amazing as we do!
About DJ’s Scuba Locker
DJ’s Scuba Locker, located in Brookfield, IL, opened its doors in 1995, but Dan and Cindy’s passion for diving started way earlier. Dan was a certified diver when he and Cindy met. Although Cindy was not, she quickly developed an interest and in 1984, the year they were married, she earned her diving certification.
Dan became a certified PADI instructor in 1986 and they started a dive club. After several years of traveling with their dive club, they decided to take it to the next level and opened their own dive shop. So in 1995, DJ’s Scuba Locker opened in a small storefront in Lyons, IL. As the business grew, they eventually moved to their current location in Brookfield in 2012.
DJ’s Scuba locker is a full-service SDI/TDI/ERDI Professional Develop Center and a PADI Dive Center, specializing in Public Safety Dive training, equipment sales and travel. DJ’s runs three to four scuba diving trips per year to amazing locations such as the Cayman Islands, Maldives, Cozumel, and Bonaire.
DJ’s also works with Fire Department dive teams, providing them service for their dive equipment, training and purchases since 2006. DJ’s works with over 65 of these departments and partnered with the Romeoville Fire Academy in 2012 to instruct their subsurface classes through ERDI.
In 2016 DJ’s Scuba Locker became the National Service Center for the Interspiro Surface Supplied Air Systems, which are used by fire departments for recovery, rescue, and locating evidence.
DJ’s Community Outreach
In addition to being an awesome dive shop and resource for fire departments, DJ’s Scuba Locker has found several ways to give back to the community by sharing their love of everything diving.
DJ’s is a strong supporter of Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba (SUDS) program whose Instructors teach Veterans from Walter Reed and Bethesda hospitals how to scuba dive. They also participate in fundraisers for these Veterans and are proud to say that one of their amazing customers even sponsored a SUDS diver on a recent trip to Cozumel.
Additionally, each year, DJ’s partners with the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab and the Wounded Hero Foundation to support Wounded Veterans through an adaptive sports and military camp. These Veterans come to camp for a long weekend event to participate in a round robin of sports including rock climbing, basketball, swimming, and of course, scuba diving.
Besides donating the equipment, dive instructors and volunteers, DJ’s teaches Veterans how to scuba dive and play games underwater such as, hockey, torpedoes, and underwater bubble guns.
According to Cindy, the underwater scuba games are always a big hit for the Veterans. This past year, DJ’s designed a challenge coin for all Veterans who participate in the scuba portion during this camp. When they complete the challenge, a scuba instructor and military veteran who works for DJ’s, palms the Veterans their challenge coin underwater.
DJ’s also works with the Shirly Ryan Ability Lab to sponsor scuba programs for children who have disabilities or have been injured. Some of these children have the opportunity to get certified in scuba. DJ’s partners with a dive shop in Florida, Sea Dwellers Dive Center, who provides the dive boat and crew for the dive trip with the kids.
DJ’s Scuba Locker and YourBagTag
Yes, we think DJ’s Scuba is pretty special. And we are proud to say that they’ve been with us on our journey from the very beginning. When we first had the idea to create tags to help scuba divers identify their gear, we approached Cindy and Dan and asked for their help.
They donated props and let us borrow equipment to test our ideas on. And they provided ongoing feedback and suggestions for new products to service scuba divers, dive shops, and dive resorts.
DJ’s was instrumental in helping us come up with many of the ideas such as the wetsuit zipper pulls and custom mask straps. Together, we also came up with the idea of the Velcro straps for scuba tanks to help identify them.
“It’s great to be able to personalize your gear”, said Cindy. “As a thank you to our customers who join us on one of our trips, they receive either a personalized BCD tag, zipper pull, luggage tag or key chain from YourBagTag as a memento.”
Cindy also asked us to design work order tags to mark their customer gear and writeable BCD tags for tracking equipment, which we were happy to do.
According to Cindy, “It used to take a lot of time and effort to keep the service documentation with the equipment. Now, this tag stays with the equipment throughout the entire service process. We also asked to have the ability to keep track of equipment by diver for the caring for kids program. We asked, and they delivered. A writeable BCD tag was designed for our programs.”
So, we worked with DJ’s to design these tags for their needs. Two examples are below.
We were more than happy to help Cindy and Dan come up with a more efficient way to track service orders and mark dive equipment. It has been a great partnership over the years!
They are one of many dive shops across the country and around the world that we are proud to partner with.
Whether you need custom tags to identify your dive shop gear, mementos for your dive travel customers, or a custom solution like DJ’s work order tags or BCD equipment tags, we are happy to help you make your dive shop stand out.
Give us a call at 479.553.7275 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Get a Discount Without a Coupon Code or Sale with Money Saving Combo Packs 0
We all look for ways to make our hard earned money go further. We offer several product bundles that offer a significant discount every day. Our plastic luggage tag combo pack pictured above offers a standard sized laser-engraved luggage tag and a carry-on sized luggage tag for just $11.99, 20% off the $14.98 that they would cost if purchased separately.
For scuba divers, we have assembled another great value, a Scuba Gear Tag Combo Pack that includes a personalized gear bag tag and 3 scuba equipment tags. Separately, these tags retail for $24.96 but are just $19.95 (20% off) when purchased as a set.