In the interest of planning ahead, here’s our annual Christmas gift guide. This is specially for the people whose idea of a good gift is “whatever’s available in a shop close to the mall entrance on 23 December!”
For the reader, you could check out our book reviews, arranged by topic:
- Dive travel
- Diving adventures
- Diving history
- Diving science and physiology
- Extreme diving
- Fish identification
- Marine biology
- Marine outposts and shipping
- Oceanography and ocean history
- Ships and shipwrecks
There are also a couple of children’s books to consider.
- SMB – no Cape Town diver should be without one!
- signalling devices
- a knife
Make sure you know the returns/exchanges policy of wherever you make your purchases. Some places can be difficult, and if the mask doesn’t fit it’s no good at all!
For lady divers
For the diving lady in your life (or your man friend with too much hair), what about some rich hair conditioner to apply before going in the water – suggestions here, otherwise try what I’m currently using: Aussie Moist Three Minute Miracle, which is available at Clicks. A pack of cheap, soft fabric elasticated hairbands is a good stocking filler.
Some high SPF, waterproof sunscreen, or a nice hooded towel for grown ups (available in one or two of the surf shops in Muizenberg) would also not go amiss.
Don’t forget to add a memory card for the lucky recipient’s camera if you plan to gift any of these! Contact Tony for prices.
- Discover Scuba Diving
- a well-chosen Specialty course
- voucher for a boat dive or two on Seahorse
For those who need (or like) to relax
- DAN cover (for the year or for a dive trip)
- Membership to one of the local dive clubs: Cape Scuba Club, FBUC, OMSAC…
If you take your own photos, you could print and frame a couple, or experiment with stretched canvas prints if that’s your thing. A digital photo frame pre-loaded with underwater images is also a lovely gift for a diving friend.
For the person who has everything, or because you’re feeling grateful: