In case you’re not aware – GoPros don’t float! Yes, newer models are waterproof, and older models come with a watertight case, but they all sink like a stone in the water.
We all want to protect our precious cameras from sinking to the bottom of an ocean or lake, which is where floating GoPro handles and grips come in.
There are a variety of floatation devices made for GoPros and other action cameras. I’ll break down the different types, why you need one, and review some of the best options available.
Quick Answer: 5 Best Floating GoPro Handles
Why do you need a floating GoPro handle or grip?
Beyond just floating in the water, the high-viz colors used by most floating handles will increase the visibility of your camera, and make it easy to spot on the surface. This will make it quick and easy to recover in choppy conditions.
Many floating handles also have an integrated wrist lanyard – keeping your camera safely tethered to your wrist. A good handle will also enable you to get better quality footage than trying to hold the body of the camera itself. This is especially useful for filming action sports like kayaking, wakeboarding, and surfing.
Most floating handles use the ‘quick-release’ base, which allows you to quickly and easily to swap your GoPro to a kayak mount, selfie stick or tripod.
If you’re still not convinced, take a look at this video of a diver recovering six GoPros plus tons of other gear in a riverbed:
Top 5 Floating GoPro Handles
After investing several hundred dollars into a nice action camera, spending a few extra bucks to make sure you don’t lose it to the bottom of a lake is a no brainer!
Before taking your new camera and float out on the water, it’s a good idea to test it out at home in a sink or tub. It’s better to discover any potential defects before you’re in deep water.
Also, keep in mind that most floating handles are designed to hold one action camera at a time. If you plan to add extra accessories to your mount, be sure to test its buoyancy with these accessories attached.
Lastly, go with brightly colored floating GoPro handles whenever possible. High-viz colors like neon orange or yellow are much easier to spot on the water’s surface than darker tones.
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