1. Warholsurf Spring Fever Springsuit, $144.95 at BC Surf & Sport, 1701 N Federal Hwy.
Billabong’s Warholsurf line is inspired by Andy Warhol’s 1968 underground film, San Diego Surf. This flower-patterned springsuit brings style and color whether you’re wearing it on top of or underneath the waves.
2. Shaun and Beth Tierney’s Diving the World, $29.95 at Barnes & Noble, 2051 N Federal Hwy.
You’ve got the gear, and you’ve got great diving here in Fort Lauderdale – but maybe you want to explore further afield as well? Diving the World, by husband-and-wife team Shaun and Beth Tierney, offers guidance and tips for dive spots all around the world. From Malaysia’s Lapang Lapang to Fiji’s Viti Levu to an entirely different Florida (the Florida Islands, part of the Solomon Islands), this book has all you need for worldwide underwater adventure.
3. Oceanic SWIV Combo Scuba Gauge, $189 at Divers Cove, 2335 S University Dr., Davie
This is one of those basic pieces of gear on which it probably doesn’t hurt to splurge a bit – particularly as it’s in charge of giving you info on depth, air and direction. There are a number of good brands out there; Oceanic regularly makes the best-of lists. Not the most glamorous purchase you’ll make, but definitely one of the most important.
4. Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30, $36 at Sephora, the Galleria
Drunk elephant, eh? Presumably quite dangerous if you’re on the Serengeti, but useful if you’re out in the sun trying to take care of your skin while preventing added lines and wrinkles. According to the Sephora folks, Drunk Elephant is positively loaded with antioxidants to “help defend from free radicals and environmental aggressors” – which sounds important and frankly terrifying. Also, Drunk Elephant’s got no parabens – because seriously, those guys are jerks.