2018 Holiday Gift Guide

We’ve got the perfect gifts for the diver and snorkeler on your list! Our staff have weighed in with their top picks to fit every budget.

Blue Planet gift certificateGift Certificates

Not sure what they might like? We offer gift certificates in any amount good toward classes, gear, servicing or even trips.

Special Deals
Stocking Stuffers
For the Dive Traveler
For the New Diver
For the Underwater Photographer


Special Deals

Free compass with select dive computer purchaseSave up to $300 on a Suunto D-Series dive computer

Now through December 31, 2018, all Suunto D-Series wrist computers are on sale. That includes the DX, D6i Novo, D4i Novo and D4i. Take advantage of this special offer while supplies last!

 

 

On Sale

  • 50% off in-stock Sharkskin Chillproof hooded vests, longsleeve shirts, socks and beanies
  • Up to 30% off select Big Blue dive lights and sets
  • 20% off SP Gadget POV cases for GoPro cameras
  • $150 off Rescue Diver + DAN DEMP course combo
  • Buy a SeaLife camera and receive a free pool session with an instructor
  • Buy an AquaLung drysuit and receive the Drysuit Diver course for free
  • Buy an Apeks sidemount kit (BCD + regulators) and receive the Sidemount Diver course for free
  • Plus clearance pricing on rental camera kits, drysuits and dive computers

Stocking Stuffers

4ocean bracelet4Ocean bracelets ($20)

1.4 billion pounds of trash enters the ocean every year. 4Ocean is on a mission to stop it, and you can help! When you buy a bracelet made from 100% recycled materials, it represents one pound of trash that you removed from the ocean.

Reusable Utensil KitReusable Utensil Kit with Straw ($22)

Whether you’re going to the office or on a trip, this utensil kit is the perfect pairing for your adventure. Includes everything you’ll need to stay plastic free for everything you love doing. A handy carabiner on the back lets you clip wherever you may roam, perfect for a busy lifestyle and our precious planet.

BUFF HeadbandBUFF Multifunctional Headwear (starting at $15)

Get that hair under control! The BUFF® UV Multifunctional Headband offers thermal efficiency, built-in sun protection, seamless construction and the moisture-wicking performance of COOLMAX® PRO fiber. Comfortable as a headband and wearable nine different ways, this versatile multifunctional headband is the choice for hot summer runs, rides, hikes and dives!

Eezycut Trilobyte cutting toolEEZYCUT Trilobite Cutting Tool ($25)

A cutting tool is an essential piece of scuba equipment, and none is easier to carry and use than this one. All of our staff wear at least one of these on their BCDs. They are perfect for cutting through fishing line, nets or even webbing or suits. And they’re super safe and easy to use, even with gloves on.

Dry Case backpack
Dry Case dry backpacks (starting at $89)

Divers love to get underwater — but not so much their electronics. Keep your gear dry on the boat or on any adventure with these amazing drybags and backpacks. With high quality waterproof TPU materials, a two-way purge valve for inflation or compression and up to 20 liters of storage, we love to take them on all of our dive trips!

Reef Creature Identification ebookMarine Life books and ebooks (starting at $30)

We have yet to meet a diver who doesn’t love looking through these invaluable guides after a dive. Any of these books are sure to be treasured gifts, but if your diver prefers to travel light, you can now purchase ebook versions of many of the guides! The ebooks can be used on Apple laptops, iPads, iPhones, Android devices, tablets and Windows based computers.

Bigblue dive light combo packBigblue dive light combo pack (starting at $180)

Ready to experience the thrill of a night dive? Or peek under ledges to see who’s hiding there? This is the perfect primary plus back-up light starter kit for new divers or those just ready to upgrade their light equipment. The primary 1200 lumens light is one of our favorites with an aluminum housing, interchangeable LED head, 4 level push-button on/off switch, battery-level indicator and rechargeable 18650 lithium ion battery. The AL250 is a great bonus!

*Save up to 30% on all in stock Big Blue Combo packs, while supplies last!

For the Dive Traveler

Fish ID Travel Edition“Reef Fish Identification TRAVEL EDITION: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida” by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach ($30)

Are airline weight restrictions forcing you to leave your prized Reef Fish Identification book at home? The digital age is upon us, but divers still want a book in their hands when they return from a dive to look up the fishes they encounter. At 3/4 of a pound, this travel edition is the answer!

DAN travel first aid kitDAN Grab & Go Travel First Aid Kit ($20)

There is no easier way to improve readiness for emergencies in remote settings than to bring a first aid kit. The presence of a few important items can make a big difference in an injured person’s ability to continue a trip. The DAN Grab & Go Travel First Aid Kit is stocked with a supply of high quality components to help you deal with injuries while waiting for help to arrive.

Stahlsac mesh duffel bagStahlac bag (starting at $40)

No diver should be without a boat bag on a trip! This packable, breathable mesh duffel bag from Stahslac is a staff favorite. It’s perfect for throwing in your suitcase and then stowing all of your gear once you arrive. And it’s great for containing overflow for the plane ride home — perfect for a damp wetsuit or dirty laundry.

Nautilus Lifelife GPSNautilus Lifeline GPS ($199)

Keep your favorite diver safe with the updated Nautilus Lifeline. Broadcast your GPS position and a distress message to all AIS equipped ships up to 34 miles away, as well as a special DSC message to the marine radio on your own vessel. Peace of mind for only $199.

NitroxPADI Enriched Air Diver course ($175)

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. Doesn’t every diver want to stay down longer and get back in the water sooner? Elearning option is available!

For the New Diver

DAN Surface Signaling KitSurface signaling device (starting at $35)

An essential piece of equipment for any diver, a surface marker buoy (safety sausage) ensures the boat can find you if you get separated from the group. You can start with the basic 4′ model or go all out with the DAN Surface Signaling Kit, complete with a reflective panel, signaling mirror, marine whistle, safety light and multiple ways to inflate.

Suunto dive computersDive Computer (starting at $299)

When anyone asks us what a new diver should invest in first, we always suggest a dive computer. This is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment you can own! It monitors your dive time, depth and no decompression limits while recording your dive profile for logging and future dive planning. It’s an essential tool that none of our staff ever dives without.

Neutral buoyancy turtle disapproves of your flailingPADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course ($195)

Achieving good buoyancy control is a fundamental dive skill and also one of the hardest to master. This course is all about determining your ideal weighting and trim and learning the techniques needed to glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. If you can’t complete the whole course right away, we offer buoyancy clinics in the pool throughout the year.

For the Underwater Photographer

GoPro Hero7 BlackGoPro HERO7 Black Camera ($399)

Take your underwater video to the next level with the HERO7 Black. Shoot Ultra 4K video with Hyper Smooth stabilization. Tough as nails and waterproof down to 33ft without the separate Super Suit. Voice control, 12 MP HDR Super photo, live streaming and so much more. This is our favorite camera for stunning underwater video.

Backscatter Flip5 Pro PackageBackscatter FLIP6 Filter Kits for GoPro (starting at $39)

Dramatically improve your underwater photos and videos with these custom-made filter systems for the GoPro HERO3 all the way through the latest HERO7. The rugged, aircraft-grade aluminum frame allows you to easily switch between any 2 filters on the same dive. And the Pro Package includes the +15 MacroMate lens, a must for getting all those nudibranchs in focus!

SeaLife AquaPodSeaLife AquaPod (on sale!)

The SeaLife AquaPod allows for close up underwater photos and videos while maintaining a comfortable distance between you and your subject. It’s ideal for exciting shark images and video, as well as easily frightened ocean species. The AquaPod extends from 18” to 53” (46cm – 135cm), is corrosion resistant and salt-waterproof and includes both a ¼-20 mount (for SeaLife and other cameras) and a GoPro camera mount.

Underwater photographersDigital Underwater Photography Post-Production Diver course ($175)

Now that you’ve taken all of those amazing photos, how do you organize, edit and share them? This course is a great introduction to one of the best tools available for photo editing! An instructor will walk you through the beginning steps and features of Adobe Lightroom to enhance your underwater photographs plus import, organize and develop/enhance your photos. Plus this counts as a specialty towards Master Scuba Diver.

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Seminar: Regs, BCDs and computers...oh my! - October 23, 2018

Thinking about buying a regulator, BCD or computer but you’re not sure where to start? Octo vs. safe second, back-inflate vs. jacket, wrist vs. console…there are so many options now! Whether you’re picking out your first set-up or you’re ready to replace your old one, this is a great opportunity to learn about key features and the latest advancements for these essential pieces of equipment.

When: Tuesday, October 23; 7:00 PM

Where: Blue Planet shop

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Seminar: Regs, BCDs and computers...oh my! - May 22, 2018

Thinking about buying a regulator, BCD or computer but you’re not sure where to start? Octo vs. safe second, back-inflate vs. jacket, wrist vs. console…there are so many options now! Whether you’re picking out your first set-up or you’re ready to replace your old one, this is a great opportunity to learn about key features and the latest advancements for these essential pieces of equipment.

When: Tuesday, May 22; 7:00 PM

Where: Blue Planet shop

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"Blue" dive gear for Earth Day

It’s almost Earth Day! Which scuba manufacturers are doing their best to protect our ocean planet?

One of the ways Blue Planet incorporates conservation into our mission is to consciously support companies that are trying their best too. See below for some that we have featured:

4Ocean bracelets4Ocean

It’s not pretty, but somebody’s got to do it! The women and men at 4Ocean are cleaning the coasts and oceans of all sorts of debris every day. The most prevalent trash? All sorts of single-use plastics that we consume at a rapid rate! Since plastic will never naturally degrade in our ecosystems (just break down into smaller and smaller pieces), it is extremely important to remove larger pieces before they get too small to be seen.

What: Some of the material that is collected by 4Ocean gets turned into cool bracelets! Purchasing one supports funding for the removal of 1 pound of trash from the ocean and therefore also the efforts of 4Ocean. Pick up one today at Blue Planet and show everyone that you care about marine debris!

JAWS packJAWS

Just Add Water Solutions has been providing environmentally-friendly solutions for water sports since 2005. Their formulas are non-toxic and biodegradable, and they work! As divers, we use JAWS products for everything from mask scrub and defog to wetsuit and BCD cleaner.

What: Take your defog and gear cleaning solutions to the next level! They even offer options that create less foam while cleaning, leading to less overall water usage!

Stream2Sea

Stream2Sea products

Finally! We have been waiting years for a sunscreen that does not harm the ocean creatures we are trying to see! Sometimes divers must take matters into their own hands and create solutions. This is the case with Stream2Sea. As a cosmetic chemist and diver, Autumn Blum devised a way around the harmful chemicals that are usually the go-to for sunscreen manufacturers. Instead of using a traditional nano-sized titanium dioxide, she uses a non-nano sized titanium dioxide molecule that does not penetrate the cells on invertebrates.

What: The Steam2Sea line includes sunscreens, shampoo and body wash, leave-in conditioner, lip balm, body lotion and sting-relief gel. A full line of products that can be used without feeling guilty!

Fourth Element ThermoclineFourth Element

Creating quality products that have a limited impact on the environment is a common goal for many manufacturers. Fourth Element has taken this a step further – having a positive impact rather than just a reduced impact. Their OceanPositive line of products incorporates material created from reclaimed nylon ghost fishing nets pulled from the ocean. This is the first part of their Mission 2020 goal to eliminate all single-use plastic from their product packaging and developing more products made from recycled materials.

What: We are extremely excited to carry Fourth Element products! Their OceanPositive line includes swimwear, rashguards and Thermocline wetsuits and pieces. They also offer a full line of drysuits, undergarments, luggage and clothes.

 

 

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Seminar: Sidemount Diving - April 18, 2018

*ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 21, 2018; NEW DATE!*

So what’s the deal with divers wearing tanks at their sides instead of on their back? The sidemount configuration offers increased flexibility, streamlining and gas supply, plus is a great option for people who don’t want to walk with heavy cylinders on their back. And it’s a must if you plan to try technical diving! Join us to learn why more and more divers are choosing to dive sidemount.

When: Wednesday, April 18; 7:00 PM

Where: Blue Planet shop

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Seminar: Regs, BCDs and computers...oh my! - August 16, 2017

Thinking about buying a regulator, BCD or computer but you’re not sure where to start? Octo vs. safe second, back-inflate vs. jacket, wrist vs. console…there are so many options now! Whether you’re picking out your first set-up or you’re ready to replace your old one, this is a great opportunity to learn about key features and the latest advancements for these essential pieces of equipment.

When: Wednesday, August 16; 7:00 PM

Where: Blue Planet shop

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Seminar: Building your Save-a-Dive Kit - July 26, 2017

Are you ready for you next dive adventure?
• C-card and logbook? — Check!
• Mask, fins, snorkel? — Check!
• Save-a-dive kit? — Say what???

Being prepared isn’t just for scouts. At this Blue Planet seminar, hear from our instructors about the tools and training they never leave home without in order to make sure their next dive goes off without a hitch. Whether you’re headed to a far-flung destination or diving at a local scuba park, you’ll learn what you need to make sure you’re not left on dry land due to the unexpected! RSVP below.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 26; 7:00 PM

WHERE: Blue Planet shop

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New Nautilus Lifeline GPS

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Only $199! And for a limited time, you can save $20 as part of Nautilus’ introductory offer!

Don’t get left behind! The all new Nautilus LifeLine Marine Rescue GPS is less than half the size of the original radio and is incredibly simple to use. Simply undo the latch and open, turn on, remove the red distress cap and press the red button. Your GPS position is accurate to 1.5 metres and a man overboard distress message will be broadcast to all AIS equipped ships up to 34 miles away, as well as a special DSC message to the marine radio on your own vessel. Your Nautilus LifeLine floats and is waterproof in all sea conditions. Just keep the o-ring clean and forget about it for the next 5 years!

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Seminar: Choosing (and using) a dive computer - August 10, 2016

A dive computer is generally at the top of every diver’s list! But there are a lot of options out there. Whether you’re picking out your first computer or you’re ready to replace your old one, this is a great opportunity to learn about key features and the latest advancements for this essential piece of life support equipment. We’ll also go over how exactly dive computers work and how to get the most out of yours.

When: Wednesday, August 10; 7:00 PM

Where: Blue Planet shop

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APEKS Sidemount BCD & Regulators

Are you curious about sidemount diving? Whether as the next step for technical diving or cave training, or just for recreational diving, sidemount diving is becoming more and more popular! Stop by the shop and check out the latest sidemount gear, just in from APEKS.

If you buy an APEKS sidemount harness and regulator kit from us, our pros will offer a full custom fitting and assembly at no charge. We can also help you become certified as a PADI Sidemount Diver!

APEKS wsx-25-1WSX 25 Sidemount Harness

Apeks, the company that produces the premiere line of technical dive gear, offers you a top of the line sidemount harness system. The WSX-25 is a feature rich, complete sidemount harness system. The WSX comes with the bladder, harness with crotch strap, D-rings, bungee and accessory butt pack.

 

 

APEKS WSX-25-FrontThe Apeks “SlideLock” sliding D-ring allows the diver to easily change the position of the cylinders as their buoyancy changes during the dive. The 2 piece plate system is adjustable to nearly any torso length, making this truly a one size fits all system.

 

Features:

  • Bladder:
    • 25lbs lift
    • Armoguard exterior with additional protective layer of Armoguard protects the bladder against abrasions in confined spaces.
    • Reversible inflator can be mounted on left or right side.
    • Grommets at lower corners allow for mounting bungee to keep the bladder streamlined to your body.
  •  Harness:
    • Solid 2” (5cm) webbing comes pre-assembled.
    • Removable crotch strap made of 2” (5cm) soft webbing.
    • 4 – two inch stainless steel D-rings (2 angled on shoulders, 1 angled and 1 flat on the crotch strap).
    • 2 – “SlideLock” sliding stainless steel D-rings on waist strap allow for easy adjustment of cylinders throughout the dive.
    • 2 – Stainless steel drop D-rings along the lower back are for the included butt pack.
    • Heavy-duty waist buckle made of stainless steel.
    • 2 piece stainless steel plate allows the torso length to be adjusted to fit any diver.
  • Zippered Butt Pack with stainless steel snap hooks for storing marker buoys, reels or other accessories.
  • Weight pouch is mounted on the spine strap and holds over 18lbs (9kgs) of weight.
  • Comes complete with 2 sizes of bungee and 5 stainless steel snap hooks.
  • 2 grommet strips allow the diver to adjust the weight pouch and bladder based on their specific requirements.

APEKS sidemount regulator kitSidemount Regulator Kit

As sidemount diving continues to grow, Apeks answers the need to deliver a kit that contains all of the necessary hardware and accessories, along with two of their award-winning XTX50 regulators, that will be convenient for the sidemount diver and save him money along the way. Everything a diver needs for a sidemount breathing system is found in this kit.

This product qualifies for Free Parts for Life

Kit contents:

  • 2 ea. XTX50 DIN regulators with 5 port swivel turrets
    • One XTX50 has a 83” / 210cm hose
    • One XTX50 has a 24” / 60cm hose
  • 2 ea. custom length MP inflation hoses (one for buoyancy system, one for drysuit)
  • 2 ea. brass pressure gauges with 6 inch hoses (units in PSI)
  • 1 ea. 90° elbow fitting
  • 1 ea. bungee necklace
  • 1 ea. stainless steel clip
  • 2 sets of short exhaust ports
  • Regulator bag to hold all
  • Setup illustration, CD manual and quick start guide

 

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Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018
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