Miss Scuba goes to DEMA to see old friends and the latest and greatest dive gadgets with Girls in Mind

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Just when I thought I have seen everything possible divers can possibly come up with in relation to scuba gadgets, I ventured to the annual DEMA (Diving Equipment and Marketing Association) Show and found myself drooling over “I must have” hot new items.


The five day long event of the year for the dive professionals was hosted in Las Vegas. I like to go and educate myself on the trends in the dive industry, but it is usually quite hard to get me super excited. I own every piece of gear an up-to-date scuba instructor needs, and some.


Someone has spilled every color of the rainbow over the not so long ago all black wetsuits and now one can get her favorite neoprene outfit in orange, pink or purple.


Fads and trends come and go in the underwater world, like in any other aspects of our lives. Some rare gems however are going to battle with time and prove worthy to stay in my dive bag year after year. I was impressed. This year’s DEMA Show showcased several. I will share some of my favorite picks:




The Perfect Solution for Water-Based Activities.


EarShield is a personal skin care cosmetic spray for conditioning and cleansing of the ears prior to water based activities. Delivering a fine metered spray of a unique blend of water repellent Olive, Mineral & Tea Tree Oil into the outer ear, finely coating the auditory canal, giving a conditioning water repellent and cleansing action.  


Each spray contains approximately 0.05ml of oil solution and should be sprayed into the ears prior to entering the water.


Editor's Note: This product saved me from ear infections quite a few times.


your bag tag

Personalized Bag Tag


Pick your bags out of the crowd with custom luggage tags from YourBagTag. It's bright color makes it very easy to pick your bag out of the crowd.

Personalized with your monogrammed initial, name, or embroidered element, your bag will be hard to miss! Inside each tag, behind a secure velcro flap on the back, is a blank address card. You may also insert your standard-sized business card.

Editor's Note: If you want to gift something personalized to your dive buddy, this is it!

Use coupon code MISSSCUBA at checkout to get 15% Off!


sockwa playa hi

Sockwa Playa Hi

Sockwa Playa Hi-Top is ideal for sand, grass, and in the ocean, but was designed for top pro beach athletes from Miami to Brazil who go out and play their hearts out each season, never giving in.


The outer sole is made of braided fabric and offers excellent abrasion in the sand. This Hi-Top is outfitted with a perfectly sized velcro flap that makes getting in and out a flash and keeps all the debris out.


The inner sole is now lined with a thin fleece to absorb sweat and make this Sockwa more comfortable than ever. The walls are 2 mm thick neoprene and have Lycra on the outside.

Editor's Note: I use these when jogging on the beach to avoid oil tar sticking to my feet.


Use coupon code MISSSCUBA at checkout to get $5 Off!



Prawno: Fish Park Crew Tee


Fish Park comes from some of the many dives that we have done where we literally felt like we were in an aquarium.  The design itself is meant to simulate that dreamy, contemplative moment that you have when you pinch yourself and realize how beautiful the underwater world is.


The sharks are from Stuart Cove's in the Bahamas, featuring freediver and stunt woman, Liz Parkinson.  Also pictured are trevally from Thailand, eyes of pygmy seahorses in Indonesia, and other fish from the Bahamas.

Printed by hand in North Carolina.

Prawno’s design inspiration comes from Lia’s encounters with marine life and individuals from the far corners of West Papua New Guinea to the deep darkness of the Cayman Trench. She translates her photography into designs for clothing that convey a fascination with the landscapes and creatures of the diverse underwater world, as well as the human role in its conservation.

Editor's Note: I am hard to impress when it comes to dive apparel. It was love at first sight with Prawno. It is the perfect length and is super soft.


Use coupon code MISSSCUBA at checkout to get 15% Off!



Prawno: Turtle Power Light Zip Hoodie


Turtle Power is not just a reference to an awesome show from our childhood, but it is also a nod to the beautiful green turtles of Balicasag in the Philippines.

Printed by hand in North Carolina.


Prawno is an oceanlifestyle clothing brand inspired by the underwater photography of Creative Director Lia Barrett. Launched in 2013, the collection is known for its hand printed designs, all created from silhouettes of the people and marine life captured in her acclaimed photography.


With marine conservation at our core, Prawno clothing incorporates fabrics made from post-consumer plastic bottles and recycled fabrics, and supports projects aimed at improving the conditions of our oceans.

Editor's Note: I am hard to impress when it comes to dive apparel. It was love at first sight with Prawno. Love the colors and designs.


Use coupon code MISSSCUBA at checkout to get 15% Off!



gannet float

Gannet Blue Water Spearfishing Float


Robust and ready for the worst the bluewater can dish out.


A true leap forward in float design and construction.  


Highly reinforced, puncture and abrasion resistant.


Comes with inflator adaptor, pressure gauge and safety whistle.

Three sizes:


Editor's Note: While this was really made for freedivers, I want to use it as a safety float when working as water safety on movie sets.


the bang wrangler

The Bang Wrangler


The first headband that stays put and keeps your hair out of your face in the water.


  • Fits most adult heads.
  • 100% silicone.


Editor's Note: This will keep your hair in place while the wind is blowing on the beach or while you are swimming in the ocean.


wdhof 2017 calendar

2017 Women Divers Hall of Fame Calendar


Donations for calendars are used to support WDHOF Scholarships & Training Grants.


WDHOF provides educational, mentorship, financial, and career opportunities to the diving community throughout the world.


Each year, WDHOF awards scholarships and training grants that provide financial and educational support to individuals of all ages, particularly those who are preparing for professional careers that involve diving.

Editor's Note: It is a meaningful and empowering gift to any female diver friend of yours.


women ubderwater book

Women Underwater The Comprehensive Guide for Women in Scuba Diving

Women Underwater engages women SCUBA divers with clear direction, intelligence, and sage advice about the remarkable adventures awaiting them underwater.


With inspiring stories from female role models who have forged successful careers in various diving disciplines, this book provides detailed suggestions, tips and hints regarding equipment choices, medical issues and the unique social factors challenging women in this male-dominated sport.


Drawing on decades of experience as instructors, consultants and expedition leaders, co-authors Jill Heinerth and Renee Power tackle topics for both recreational and technical divers.


By women and for women, this book answers delicate questions about female health concerns and navigating the choppy waters of culture and gender issues.



Valstech Lenz iPhone housing


Designed for both everyday users and professionals alike, the LenzO™ iPhone 6/6s housing has all the features you expect from your phone while incorporating professional controls for serious underwater pictures and video.


Protect your phone from the elements, without sacrificing needed controls. Designed by industry professionals for those looking to create great imagery, the LenzO™ offers an optically correct dome lens to ensure sharp, clear images in every shot.


Editor's Note: At this time only the iPhone 6/6s housing is available but you can sign up to get an email when the 7 is ready to ship.



gopro karma

GoPro Karma Drone


The new quadcopter is sleek, compact and foldable, designed to fit in most any backpack.


Karma also has a gaming-like controller with a built-in touchscreen for controlling the device. Additionally, living up to Woodman's "more than just a drone" claim, Karma's 3-axis stabilizer has a trick up its sleeve -- it slides out from the drone and attaches to an included handheld "Karma Grip" so you can record smooth shots on the ground, too.


Editor's note: After earlier delays, it's finally arriving next month.

nautilus life line marine rescue gps

Nautilus Life Line - Marine Rescue GPS


The all new Nautilus LifeLine Marine Rescue GPS is less than half the size of the original radio and it is incredibly simple to use. Simply undo the latch and open, turn on, remove the red distress cap and press the red button. That’s it!


Your GPS position accurate to 1.5 meters 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.


5 years battery life. Just keep the o-ring clean and forget about it for the next 5 years. Don’t get left behind!


Editor's Note: this product is pre-order at this point but should be available shortly.



nautilus life linedry case cooler

Dry Case Beach Cooler


The Snow’s Cut™ cooler features a thick 30 mm insulation liner accompanied by a purge valve that can be used to create a vacuum seal for maximum ice retention! The purge valve also allows you to easily drain excess water from melted ice after use.

Other features include:


  • 40 Liters of Storage (48 cans of beer plus ice)
  • Extra wide opening for easy cooler access
  • Waterproof Zippered Clear outer storage pocket for phones
  • Removable backpack shoulder harness for hands free carrying
  • Extra Zippered Insulated Side cooler pocket
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Patent Pending


Editor's Note: Easy to carry it on the beach or onto a boat.


mermaid linden tail

Mermaid Linden Colorful Tail


Have you always dreamed of magically transforming into a mermaid or a merman? Mermaid Linden's Original Mix & Match Mermaid Tails by Body Glove are unlike any other tails in the world! Now you can switch your scales and tails as quickly as you'd change your outfit on land!

The special patent-pending design features a FUN new way to customize your mermaid style with different color combinations of monofins and tails to collect! Use your imagination and create a tail that’s uniquely YOU! 

The spe-shell sock insert design allows you to swim faster than ever in the water with our super powerful monofin, designed by a real mermaid! Mermaids and mermen can now transform rapidly back into their human form safely and easily with our quick-release design unlike anything you've seen before!

How many different color combinations will you dream up? Collect all of the colors and be the most stylish merperson at the pool!



Editor's Note: Fun gift for your mermaid wanna-be friend and kids alike.