Scuba Diving Magazine - April 2010: Beach Buddy is featured in the gear review in their ScubaLab First Look
Sport Diver Magazine - March 2010: Beach Buddy is selected one of the Best Dive Gear of 2010!
Miss Scuba - February 2010: A Scuba Gal walks into a bar and comes out with a vision
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It started with a question, which sparked my quest to develop a real answer. I had spent the day introducing a friend to the joy of beach diving. As we unwound and shared stories at the local watering hole later, the question was posed “It’s such a hassle to haul all that gear to the water, isn’t there a better way?” With my imagination piqued, I grabbed a cocktail napkin and a pen and began to sketch out what ultimately became the first design of Beach Buddy ~ a transport system that takes all your gear in one trip, then goes with you on the dive.

I’ve been a diver and scuba instructor for more than 15 years, and have been fortunate enough to experience many of the most beautiful dive sites on the planet ~ not all available by boat. Even being a strong athlete (including marathons), I’ve struggled making multiple trips back and forth, leaving expensive dive and videography gear subject to theft. I’ve heard folks talk about great potential dive sites that are a pain to get to and are therefore left unexplored. As I scribbled on the napkin that evening, I became inspired by the idea of removing limitations on where to dive, and making beach diving easier and more fun. Beach Buddy was my answer.

Designing an exceptional consumer product is no small task; fortunately my background served me well. I leveraged my education (BA in Economics, Accounting and Sociology; MBA in Marketing and MS in Information Systems) and my 18 years of experience running a successful consulting company.

Once I had the first product design, I spent the next year researching the best materials, and testing prototypes in a variety of dive situations worldwide. I had dive buddies, divemasters and instructors use it and provide feedback. Committed to producing a product that was extremely useful, of high quality, and sold at a fair price, I participated in trade shows to capture comments and suggestions from industry professionals and divers. I went through over a hundred different fabrics before picking those perfect for the sleeve, wheel cover bag and travel bag. I tested more than 70 different wheels before designing my own which are light and compact, yet can carry a hundred pounds in soft sand. Almost every component had to be specially manufactured just for me. It was truly a labor of love.

After many revisions and tests, Beach Buddy was finally born.

At about 4 pounds (8” x 5”) Beach Buddy is perfect for travel. Just remove Beach Buddy from its water resistant Travel Bag, open up the sleeve, place your tank in, close the Velcro, cinch the top straps and your tank is secure in the sleeve. Stand the tank up and slip on your BC and attach your regulator as usual. Lay Beach Buddy on its back, open up your BC and place your gear inside (fins, mask, snorkel, regulator, etc). Wrap the flaps around your gear and secure the whole bundle with the specially made marine bungees. Pop on the quick release wheels, grab Beach Buddy by its flexible reinforced handle and roll it across whatever terrain is between you and the water. Once at water’s edge (or with a bit of air added to your BC, in the shallows) remove the wheels and secure them to the bottom, slide back the bungees and take out your gear, and you’re ready to head out, leaving nothing on shore.

Enjoy your dive as usual; Beach Buddy’s streamlined design doesn’t interfere in any way; it nestles around your tank, essentially “invisible” during your dive experience. When you come out of the water simply re-secure your diving gear, pop the wheels back on, and roll Beach Buddy out of the water and back to where you started. You never have to carry your gear again!

As an entrepreneur, I have a choice and responsibility in how I run my business, and the impact my product and practices have on people. A higher profit could be made by making Beach Buddy outside the country, even outside of California, or by settling for lower quality components and non-recyclable packaging materials. Instead, I chose to support our economy, and to honor our environment so that the joy we all get from diving can be passed on to future generations. See the full article at
Deeper Blue - November 2009: Beach Buddy Wheeled Carryall Now Shipping
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The new Beach Buddy dive gear transport system is now shipping to dive shops and interested consumers, according to inventor Stacie Hill.

Dive instructor Stacie Hill invented the Beach Buddy a year ago, and introduced a prototype version at last year's DEMA Show.

Hill told this week that the system, which wraps around a scuba tank and has D-clips for connecting a BCD or other equipment to it, is an avid underwater videographer. “There's some great beach dives, but you've got to then decide which of your equipment you're going to leave back on the beach while you get the second load,” she said. “This way, you can take all your (diving) gear with one hand and your camera equipment with the other hand.”

Hill does a lot of beach diving in Hawaii, and said that when she was testing earlier prototypes of the system, “I can't even make it to the water, because people are stopping me, saying, 'How can I get one?' 'Where can I get one?' It makes life so much easier -- you've got more time for diving, you've got more energy for that instead of lugging everything.”

The whole system -- which comes in two sizes depending on your height and retails for $250 -- weighs four pounds, and the wheels pop off easily and are connected to the bottom of the scuba tank, making it very hydrodynamic.
Stern Editorial - November 2008: Gear Check
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Who's your Beach Buddy?

Beach Buddy is designed to ease lugging the dive kit to the water's edge. A tough nylon bag attaches a set of wheels to the bottom of the tank allowing it to be rolled across sand or other surfaces. The wheels pop off and are stowed in the bag at the base of the tank. The buoyancy vest attached to the tank can be used to hold fins, regulators, weight belt and other dive items while in transit to the shore. Beach Buddy ergonomically balances the weight of dive gear on land and stows in a hydrodynamic fashion underwater. Once the dive is over, just pop the wheels back onto the bottom to roll the kit back to your car.
Scuba Diver Info - November 2008: Massive event a boon to scuba diving industry
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Dive gear is heavy and bulky, and getting it from a parking lot or hotel room to the beach or the dive boat can be a big pain. If you're sick and tired of making multiple trips or starting a dive already exhausted, the folks at Beach Buddy have a novel solution. It's an ingenious little wheelie cart that holds all your gear, including tank. You then roll the whole lot to and into the water, inflate the BC so the everything floats, put your gear on, pop off the wheels, stow them in the collapsible Beach Buddy which now just adds a bit of length at the bottom of your tank, and off you go. Sounds weird, but looks like it could really come in handy.
Northwest Dive News - October 2008: What was new for DEMA?
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Announcing Beach Buddy

Beach Buddy was created by Stacie Hill, a scuba instructor. Hill people wanting to dive in beautiful locations forgo diving due to the additional effort required for beach diving. She created Beach Buddy so that people would not worry about transporting their gear. Beach Buddy’s design includes an easy and effortless method to transform from “rolling mode” to “diving mode” in 3 easy steps. Once in the water, just add a little air to your BC and Beach Buddy floats at the surface.
Deeper Blue - October 2008: Day 1 Coverage of DEMA 2008
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Beach Buddy Scuba Gear Transporter:

Often times, transporting scuba gear from the car to a boat or the beach can be quite a frustrating task, tank weight, fins, camera equipment and more, all adding up to over 50 pounds can become too much for a single diver to bear. To make matters worse, you may have to haul the gear over multiple terrains such as rocks, grass, and sand, risking personal injury to yourself or damaging the gear. With Beach Buddy divers can now take all their gear in one trip without having to carry any of it. This wheeled system is streamlined for easy diving by attaching to the scuba tank with its integrated wheels, yet these wheels are easily removed and store under the scuba tank during the dive. Upon exiting the water the diver merely reattaches the wheels to the Beach Buddy and is once again able to easily transport the scuba gear.