If you are into watersports, you should consider a GoPro floating handle for your camera. When we snorkel or kayak, I always mount my GoPro on either a float pole or selfie stick. And put my hand through the wrist strap.
Here are our picks for the best GoPro float poles (extending up to 24″) and floating handles. Each has unique features, like a transparent shaft (that becomes almost invisible underwater), storage compartments, or use the convenient GoPro mounting buckle.
While all GoPro cameras are waterproof, that won’t stop your expensive camera from sinking. Unfortunately, your GoPro camera doesn’t float.
If you’ve ever dropped a GoPro in the lake (or river or ocean) you know that gut-wrenching feeling. The easy fix is to use a GoPro float pole or handle to make it sink-proof.
Let’s dive in and take a look!
GoPro Floating Poles
These telescopic poles prevent your GoPro from sinking, and they give you an extra hand when filming.
They make capturing self-facing or hard-to-reach footage a breeze.
1. CamKix Waterproof Telescopic Pole (15.7″)
This GoPro float pole functions as either a telescopic pole or a bobber hand grip. It extends from 6.7 inches to 15.7 inches. The pole’s use of transparent material makes it nearly invisible in pictures.
For the feature set, this is one of the best floating GoPro handles.
See this pole on Amazon or CamKix
The hollow handle functions as a storage compartment, with space for money, keys, or other small valuable items. It also allows the pole to float in water when empty—and the bright accents make it more visible than other poles on this list.
You can fill the empty handle with water to create a hand bobber. The weighted handle will sink below the water, flipping the pole upside down and keeping the camera above the water’s surface. Perfect for shooting water sports where you need a hands-free solution.
It can take a little practice to get this just right. Make sure to experiment in shallow water before going out deep.
The CamKix pole is compatible with all GoPro cameras, from the GoPro Hero10 Black back to the GoPro Hero3 series. And even the DJI Osmo Action.
This pole is an excellent option if you’re looking for something that doubles as a selfie stick and a floating handle. If you prefer something more compact, opt for either the MicroJib or one of the GoPro float handle options on this list.
2. MicroJib Extendable Floating Hand Grip (23″)
This is another GoPro float pole that extends your reach to allow for easy selfie-filming and photos. It has a rubberized, ergonomic grip handle that extends up to 23 inches, and collapses to just 6.5 inches.
This product floats higher in the water when fully extended. When fully collapsed, it is buoyant but sits lower in the water.
The handle’s aluminum construction makes it a bit heavier than other poles. It also makes it sturdier.
The MicroJib is a compact solution when compared to the other float poles on this list. It’s compatible with GoPro Hero 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, Session, and MAX.
3. GoPole GPE-10 EVO Floating Extension Pole (24″)
The GoPole GPE-10 pole is similar to the CamKix GoPro float pole. It’s designed specifically for the water, so it doesn’t collapse to as compact a length as the MicroJib. The GPE-10 extends to 24 inches and collapses to 14 inches.
With the use of transparent material, it almost disappears in pictures. Of course, this can also make it hard to see when you drop it underwater.
This unit is popular and frequently goes out of stock. Check current price on Amazon.
GoPole also specializes in floating extension poles. They make a few other models, including the Reach, which extends to an impressive 40 inches.
Amazon Basics Option: There is also a 38″ pole by Amazon Basics with mixed reviews. It is long, and many users are using it for snorkeling and surfing. But be careful if you’re using the remote control housing. Some users lost their remotes when the housing failed and the remote sunk to the bottom.
GoPro Floating Handles
If you’re looking for something more compact than a selfie stick, then a simple floating handle might be more appropriate than a pole.
These handles don’t extend, so they don’t offer any extra leverage for filming, but their compact size makes them much easier to carry.
4. The Handler (Official GoPro Accessory)
This is the official GoPro float handle, and they designed it to be compatible with all current GoPro models.
This handle is very lightweight at just 6 ounces, and compact at just 7 inches long. It is robust and waterproof to a depth of at least 80ft, according to one user who took it on a recent dive.
See current price on Amazon and GoPro
One thing to know: it doesn’t ship with a mounting buckle. Without the quick-connect mounting buckle, you can’t mount your GoPro to it. Of course, this ships with every new GoPro. If you don’t know where it is, you can get more in this GoPro grab bag.
5. Sametop Floating Handgrip Waterproof Handle
This floating hand grip features stainless steel screws that won’t rust in the water.
It also has a high-quality rubber handle that is less prone to corrosion from saltwater. It is compact at 7 inches long and weighs less than 2 ounces.
This handle is similar to the GoPro Handler, but with one crucial difference. It has a waterproof storage compartment for a few valuables.
This handle also features bright yellow color accents so if you do drop it, you can easily spot it. It is compatible with all GoPro cameras and many other action cameras, including DJI Osmo Action 3.
6. MiPremium Waterproof Floating Handgrip
This GoPro float handle is the best on the list for deepwater filming (i.e. when scuba diving.) The handle is hollow and waterproof, meaning that it floats to the surface when empty.
However, the bottom of the handle easily unscrews, meaning you can fill it partially with water. The water allows the handle to submerge more fully when diving very deep. Other float handles without this feature, will remain very buoyant and try to pop back up to the surface as you descend.
The bright orange accents make it easy to spot if dropped. The non-slip rubber construction means this handle won’t quickly disintegrate in either the sun or saltwater.
This handle is compatible with all GoPro cameras.
7. SHOOT Floating Hand Grip
This vintage GoPro float handle is the least expensive on the list, and the most colorful. It is easy to spot if dropped, unlike most of the other handles and poles on this list.
This is the first float grip I purchased – and I still have a couple in my supply rack.
Despite being inexpensive, this handle floats well and is completely waterproof. The SHOOT is a good option for those on a budget. It is compact at just 5 inches long, and lightweight at just 80 grams.
The handle comes with anti-fog inserts that you can put into your camera’s waterproof case at depths below 40ft when condensation becomes a problem.
More reading: Best GoPro Dive Masks and Mounts. Plus the best GoPro cases and kayak mounts.
What water adventures are you planning with your GoPro? How do you plan on using your GoPro floating handle?
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Bryan Haines is co-founder and blogger on Storyteller Tech. We cover action cameras and outdoor photography with a focus on GoPro cameras.
He is a travel blogger at Storyteller.Travel and co-founder of Storyteller Media, a company he started with his wife, Dena.