The Scuba Diver Advent Activity Calendar

Countdown the days until Christmas with this Unique Advent Calendar

When the winter holidays come around, my mind is often stuck in the sand from my last dive trip. I can’t help myself, it comes with the ocean-loving territory. Thanks to my two wonderful parents, I’ve grown up on advent calendars. Every morning leading up until Christmas my sister and I would creep down the stairs and see what was in store for us that day. It was and still remains one of my favorite ways to get deep into the holiday groove.

In the spirit of the yuletide season, we’ve searched our brains and put together our very own scuba diver advent activity calendar. The calendar was created to KELP oceanic souls get ready for December 25th.

Scuba Diving Christmas Advent Calendar

1. Read a novel by the fire:

When the seasons start to change and the weather becomes a little colder, I love to snuggle up by a warm crackling fire with some of my favorite novels. From the famous Harry Potter series to more discrete autobiographies, I enjoy a wide variety of books, my preference being mystery and thriller genres. I also love a good novel that dabbles in scuba diving. Need a good scuba read to add to your Christmas book list? Some of our most recent reads include the Deep Series by Nick Sullivan, the AJ Bailey Adventure Series by Nicholas Harvey and The Secret of Rosalita Flats by Tim W. Jackson.

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The Secret of Rosalita Flats and Blacktip Island Novels: If you are dreaming of high tailing it south to the tropics grab your copy of Tim W. Jackson’s smart, funny Caribbean mystery novels and live vicariously through the characters in his works. They are available on or


2. Go for a dive dressed as Santa Claus:

Don a white beard and red hat and redefine the meaning of Santa Claus coming to town. Dress up as St Nicholas himself and hit the water for a festive dive that won’t soon be forgotten. If you’re not up to playing dress-up, join a local shop or club to enjoy the holiday spirit as a community, some even offer Christmas themed dives.

3. Plan your next local dive trip:

With the current global health concerns putting a damper on travels abroad many are turning to local diving as a means to continue to pursue their scuba diving passion. Take some time and research a few intriguing local diving opportunities (no matter how far away it may be). Speak to groups and shops in the vicinity and attempt to plan this year’s upcoming dive trip trying to stay close to home.

Scuba Joey Underwater with a Canadian Flag

Dive into Canada’s Cold Water World: From the fishing villages of Newfoundland to the depths of Ontario’s Great Lakes, there is something truly magical about seeing our country from underwater. Check out Canadian Splash our local scuba diving initiative.


4. Service your gear:

If you’re like Joey and me, we are always waiting until the ninth hour to get our equipment serviced. And when we do it’s under a time crunch and always a mad scramble to get it in and done before our next dive adventure. Don’t be us. In that small lull before the holidays, see if you can get your tanks inspected and regulators in for their yearly servicing.

5. Create and mail your Christmas cards:

Get your arts and crafts on this year, as you put together some seasonally appropriate cards.

Some great ideas include Tis’ the Season, Merry Fishmas or Merry Sharkmas. Check out the Dive Buddies 4 Life Pinterest board for artistic inspiration. Once you’ve fabricated your Christmas cards, mail them off to friends and family so that they arrive on time for the holidays.


6. Bake some Sand Dollar Shortbread cookies:

Nothing spells Christmas time more than baked goods. Get a jump start on your Christmas baking this year and start your cookie making early. But rather than stick with the Christmas goodie status quo, why not kick your baking up a notch and add some ocean-themed fun to your routine.

Scuba Diving Sand Dollar Cookie At Christmas Time In Canada

Try our Sand Dollar Shortbread Cookies: When you can’t be frolicking at the beach, why not bring the beach home to you by adding a sprinkle of underwater magic to the “most wonderful time of the year”. These ocean-loving sand dollar cookies, will have you longing for the sun and leave you craving a little sand between your toes.


7. Sign up for a dive course:

Furthering your scuba diving knowledge is always a great pastime either now or in the new year. Take a look online or speak to someone at your local dive shop and find out what kind of courses are being offered. Signing up for a dive course can be as simple as a one-day fish identification class or a weekend ice diver course.

Scuba Educators is a great agency that offers Open Water, Specialty, and Leadership courses to further your knowledge in the scuba diving industry.

8. End of season gear cleaning:

Scrub-a-dub-dub get that dive gear in the tub.

Take advantage of today and do a full-fledged dive gear clean. Soak, deodorize and rid your equipment of that extra grime layer that doesn’t seem to come off after a mere post-dive rinse. Wetsuits as well as drysuits have special products that clean and deodorize material without the harsh chemicals found in most cleaning products, chemicals that could compromise functionality. A good end of season gear clean helps maintain proper functioning equipment and increases its lifespan.

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GEAR AID Revivex wetsuit/drysuit shampoo, cleaner and conditioner: Cleans expensive wetsuits, drysuits and other neoprene gear; removes algae, bacteria, chlorine and salt. Extends suit life keeping neoprene supple and fresh while keeping colors bright.


9. Stay in dive shape:

Round is a shape that for me, goes hand in hand with the holiday season. I am notorious for snacking and eating a lot of good food during Christmas time. I’m also notorious for being lazy. This ultimately means that come January, my drysuit fits a little more snuggly and I get pretty winded from simply gearing up and walking down to the water.

Instead of plumping up this Christmas, try to stay moderately active over the holidays. Go for a run, hike, ski, or if the opportunity presents even a swim to keep your body in diving shape.


10. Go through old dive footage:

Let’s be honest, we know those dive photos and videos have been piling up since well… forever. Dust off those hard drives and go through some of your old dive footage. Retouch or put together a mini video montage or slide show of your dive memories. If you’re feeling really ambitious you can even print, frame or share this dive media with other scuba enthusiasts.


11. Drink like a fish:

Christmas time is a time for family, celebrations and a time where some consume an above-average amount of drinks. So whether it’s eggnog on the rocks, virgin strawberry daiquiris or this utterly delicious and incredibly realistic looking jellyfish shot, take a day to enjoy an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage or two.

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Shark Wine Glass: If you thought drinking wine couldn’t get any better – allow us to introduce you to the shark wine glass. This elegant 22-ounce custom-crafted wine glass has a swimming glass shark figurine anchored in the center. It’s the perfect gift for wine and shark lovers everywhere.


12. Visit an aquarium:

Fish are fascinating creatures to watch swimming through the water. The way they wiggle and undulate through the water is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Take some time today to appreciate the watery wonders. Visit an aquarium (virtual visitations count) or go to the fish/aquarium section of your local pet store.

Ripley's Aquarium Of Canada Dangerous Lagoon Tank Overview, Scuba Diving Canada

Did you know that you can scuba dive in some aquariums? Check out our Canadian Splash diving adventure where we went scuba diving into Ripley’s Dangerous Lagoon experiencing up-close animal encounters like never before.


13. Beach clean up:

Give back to your community over the holidays with a random act of kindness. Do a small beach, river, seaside cleanup to keep the waterways around your home spic and span.

North Bay Scuba Club's 18th Annual Harbour Clean up, Ontario, Canada

North Bay Marina Cleanup: The scuba club in my hometown of North Bay is always looking for ways to make this city a better place. Take a look at their annual marina cleanup and the insane amount of junk found at the bottom of the lake.


14. Colour and Learn:

Sometimes all you need is a dash of colour and a splash of water. Grab yourself a copy of our incredible ocean themed colouring book – Sharks, Turtles & Underwater Things. This colouring book was designed to educate and inspire the young and young at heart to love the underwater worlds and all the critters found within it.

Inside The Sharks, Turtles And Underwater Things Colouring Book Hero

Educational Colouring Book: Sharks, Turtles & Underwater Things has been created from underwater photographs taken on our scuba diving adventures all over the world, broken down into simple patterns, allowing a child’s imagination to run wild. Each page features the name and sketch of a salt or freshwater animal, their real-life image, and a fun educational fact. Get yours on our website, or


15. Watch a Christmas movie or Finding Nemo:

There are so many Christmas movies out there, so you should be able to find one that will suit your preferences. Go to a store and rent a movie or do it online. And if you can’t find anything to watch there is always a scuba diver’s fav – Finding Nemo. Just remember to put your phones down and actually watch the movie.

16. DIY Equipment Repairs:

Take some time to deal with the small and seemingly insignificant DIY dive gear repairs. You know, the ones that you have been putting off for over a year. Patch up minor drysuit leaks, cover-up and glue any wetsuit holes, check and replace the o-rings on your tanks, clean that sticky BCD button. There are always small tweaks that can be made to our own dive equipment to make it better.

17. Catch up on your dive log in the shade of the Christmas tree:

I always seem to fall behind on my dive log. Carve out a few hours today, turn on the lights and sit in the shade of your Christmas tree while catching up on your logbook. Do you need your own dive log? Order your very own Dive Buddies 4 Life log book today.

A Female Scuba Diver Holding A Dive Logbook To Record Her Dives

18. Take a bubble bath (mask and fins optional):

Soak up some bubbles and pamper yourself in a deliciously scented bubble bath. Relax, unwind and let the holiday hustle and bustle melt away in the warm waters.

19. Take care of last-minute Christmas shopping:

No matter how hard I try or how organized I am, I can never seem to escape the last minute Christmas shopping. It’s not that I love the crowds or the long queues of people, it’s just that I always have a few straggling things that I seem to have forgotten I need.

Joey With A Christmas Present For A Stocking Stuffer

20 Scuba Diving Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas: Need some inspiration on what kind of stocking stuffers to get that scuba loving pal? Scuba divers are always tricky people to shop for and with the holidays just around the corner here is a 20-item list of nifty yet affordable stocking stuffers.


20. Curl up with a hot beverage:

Warm yourself from the inside out by curling up with a warm beverage. Tea, coffee, apple cider, hot chocolate, there are many Christmasy drinks to choose from. You can make your hot drink from scratch or buy a premade bottle and heat it up.

Scuba Diver Tea Infuser Scuba Shop Product

Scuba Diver Tea Infuser: Do you like loose leaf tea? If you are a tea enthusiast and love to make your drink from loose leaves take a look at this eco-friendly scuba diver tea infuser. This diver is ready to make the plunge into your mug.


21. Make a gingerbread scuba diver:

Gingerbread cookies are a staple Christmas baking tradition. But instead of putting together a full-fledged candy-coated house complete with gumdrop gables and frosted windows, opt for a gingerbread man – or rather a gingerbread scuba diver complete with dive tank and regulator.

22. Read a Watery Christmas Story:

Do you love Christmas stories? As kids, Christmas was always symbiotic with reading classic holiday-themed picture books; like The Night before Christmas or The Polar Express. And as the years move forward, authors are coming up with more SEAsonally appropriate books to choose from these days. With the variety out there find yourself a watery kids Christmas book to read.

Not Very Merry Pout Pout Fish

The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish: Will Mr. Fish find perfect gifts for everyone on his list? Will he finish his shopping in time? Swim along with The Pout-Pout Fish on his holiday shopping quest. He might just discover that the best gifts of all come straight from the heart.


23. Put together a puzzle:

Find and put together a puzzle is a tradition for many families over the holiday season. It doesn’t have to be Christmas themed but as a diver, you get extra brownie points if it’s ocean-themed!

24. Play a board game:

Family game nights are the best kind of nights. Find and play a board game of choice with your family. Depending on the age of the people involved there’s a ton of board games to choose from – and you probably have at least one in your cupboard somewhere.

Some of our recommended board games are: You’ve got crabs – this is an absolutely EPIC game that will have you busy for the entire evening. It involves matching cards and making secret gestures. It also has a Crabs expansion pack. What The Fish, better known as WTF – drop fish cards and try and kill off other player’s fish to become the ultimate champion.

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You’ve Got Crabs: You’ve Got Crabs is a family-friendly board game filled with crustaceans and secrets. The game is for adults, teens and kids (ages 7+). It includes 78 cards, instructions, a foam turn indicator, 28 crab points, and a box with 3 drawer compartments.


25. Build a snow shark:

If the weather permits, head outside with your family and sculpt something out of snow (or sand if you are located close to the equator). Snowmen are a thing of the past so instead, build a snow shark with razor-sharp teeth and its signature dorsal fin.

Two Scuba Divers with a 15 Foot Snow Whale

North Bay’s Whale of a Tale: Read more on how a couple of scuba divers from Dive Buddies 4 Life made a gigantic whale snow sculpture to try and turn the tides on plastic use in the city of North Bay, Ontario.

What kind of advent activities do you do in preparation for the holidays? What kind of activities do you think are coming up in our calendar? Let us know in the comments below.

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