2019’s hottest underwater accessories
DO you remember when the only way to breathe underwater was by wearing a heavy brass diving helmet?
Thankfully, diving equipment has come a long way since then.
No longer do underwater explorers need to wear a heavy, unreliable metal hat, but instead put on a lightweight wetsuit and high-tech breathing equipment, also known as a scuba apparatus.
These advances in technology allow land-dwelling humans to live the life of a fish by using an aqualung (oxygen tank), flippers as fins, and diving computers for ocean navigation.
But diving equipment isn’t the only underwater technology that has come on leaps and bounds. In fact, the market is full to the brim with underwater cameras, mermaid tails, seafaring drones, sea scoots, and even private submarines.
If you’re a fan of the deep blue, take a look at the must-have underwater gadgets for 2019 that will make you the coolest kid in the ocean.
GoPros may have gotten a glowing reputation as an all-purpose sports camera, and rightly so, but the Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mark II with an underwater housing (casing) is the best on the market for serious marine photographers.
The camera can capture 60 frames per second with incredible precision through its 50-megapixel high-resolution mode.
The camera itself isn’t waterproof but durable in challenging terrains. It’s the SUBAL EM1MK2 casing from Backscatter which makes this Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mark II totally waterproof in depths of up to 120 meters.
The housing provides access to all camera functions and feels almost weightless in the water.
Price: US$2,639 at Backscatter.
If you’re going to invest in expensive scuba diving equipment, then you’re going to want a high-tech diving computer too.
And perhaps there’s no better diving computer on the market than the Shearwater Petrel 2 which has all the essential information a diver needs at a glance with its large interface.
The user-friendly computer is brilliant for beginners and expert divers because with just a push of a button the information display changes from basic depth calculations to intricate Nitrox capabilities.
Price: US$800 at Shearwater.
The culture of “mermaiding”, in which people wear merfolk (mermaid or mermen) tails and perform merfolk activities such as underwater dancing and synchronized swimming. has massively taken off in the last few years.
There are even mermaid schools around the world with some of the best found in Southeast Asia.
If you’re not content with an instructor telling you how to be a mermaid and want to take it to the next level, or perhaps just play around in your pool, why not buy your own merfolk tail?
The tail which will be making a splash in 2019 is the Sun Tail Mermaid with an additional mono-fin. The tail gives great propulsion through the water and the mono-fin gives wearers more control to achieve specialized tricks and stunts.
Price: US$90 at Amazon.
Sure, scuba diving is great fun but there’s a heck of a lot to remember including the pre-dive safety routine, apparatus, and how to breathe properly.
With snorkeling, all you have grab is your snorkel mask and you’re set to see what lies below the surface.
The Seaview 180-degrees is one of the best on the market providing the wearer with a full-face mask, integrated snorkel, and camera mount.
These masks provide a 180-degree view and allows wearers to breathe from their mouth or nose, unlike regular snorkel and mask combinations.
Price: US$70 at Amazon.
For the serious marine enthusiasts who want to go further than the coral reefs, there’s the option of purchasing a personal submarine capable of reaching depths up to 1,100 meters.
The C-Researcher 3-1140 Submarine can last up to 18 hours underwater and comfortably seat three people including a pilot.
The submarine looks great with a superyacht but can be bought separately.
Price on application at U-Boat Worx.