Pretty sure our 15 minutes of sea lion fame is coming to an end, but nice to see the Vancouver Island Weekly Chinese language newspaper running one of our images on the cover.
We share our thoughts with their readers on diving and snorkelling with sea lions, scuba diving in British Columbia, and the importance of respecting our marine life here on Vancouver Island.
Chinese speakers can read it here.
Our crazy run of video sharing hit its pinnacle yesterday when Aussie Man Reviews decided our sea lion encounter would be ideal for one of his colour commentaries.
So far 2.3 million people have seen the clip. Yes, million. That's 2.3 million people that just witnessed sea lion diving, saw the Seaproof.tv name, and viewed some of British Columbia's most fun diving, even if they didn't know it.
The clip is on Aussie Man Reviews Facebook page, and should make it's way onto his YouTube channel too.
Not sure the video can really go many more places after that!
We also had a fantastic article on us appear online at The Huffington Post, about diving with sea lions, diving in British Columbia, and us!
Our sea lions friends have been getting a lot of attention recently. Not only was there a Chek News piece, but also a Vancouver Island Weekly newspaper article, and now, this radio interview with CBC.
The 8 minute interview talks about sea lions diving in BC, SeaproofTV origins, and our love of the ocean.
You can read it all by clicking the image about, or here.
British Columbia TV channel and news station Chek News recently ran a piece on the 6pm daily news show on diving with sea lions, featuring a little interview with Russell and some cool video from our previous sea lion dives.
It's great to see such a warm reception to these dive videos, they seem to capture the attention and imagination of a large portion of the public and draw important attention to the importance of eco tourism, especially to Vancouver Island.
Click the image above, or here, to see the video.
Canada may well be known as the Great White North to some, but here on Vancouver Island the weather is pretty temperate. Until yesterday. In the last 24 hours the Comox / Campbell River region has seen about 12 inches of snow, and we love it!
This week we have the pleasure of joining Becky and David Schott from Liquid Productions on a shoot here in our own backyard. We'll be assisting and spotting for the Liquid Production team on their mission to film octo's, sea lions, tube worms, walls, reefs, wrecks and all manner of BC underwater wonders.
There's nothing quite like arriving at a dive site to see snow capped rocks, and clear emerald water, whilst a bald eagle feeds on shore, and an otter swims in front of you. You couldn't plan this any better!
DPReview is the single best online resource for in-depth camera information and reviews. Well written, concise, and trust worthy. Of course they aren't written from the point of view of an underwater shooter, but it's still a fantastic place to read more about any given camera.
The GH5 was recently announced and it's every bits as awesome as people had hoped. Bang for buck the GH5 could be one of the most important camera system for underwater videographers: a small, broadcast quality, and affordable video system.
Though the camera is not yet out (pre-orders are being taken) DPReview have posted their first review, and it's well worth a read...
This little yellow remotely operated vehicle was desgined and built by British Columbia submersible manufacturer Nuytco Research. The well respected research and operations company, headed by diving pioneer Phil Nuytten have always focussed their efforts on creating submersibles. But with the evolution of their thrusters, came the idea to create their first ROV, the NewtROV.
From concept to this first ocean test, the team headed by Mike Reay with electrical engineer Mark Arnott built NewtROV in under a year. The result; a very powerful, and super quiet electric (no hydrolic systems) deep sea ROV.
The test, out of a marina just outside of North Vancouver was met by extrememly high winds, and enough rain to warrant an arc. But bad weather can't keep a good ROV down. The show must go on. With Navy, Department of Fisheries, and members of the media all in attendance.
As Phil Nuytten says on the video - it all went swimmingly. The test was a huge sucess, the crowd was very happy, and the ROV performed perfectly.
The video was a tough one to shoot, the relentless wind and raid played havock with, well, everything really. But it was a fun day, and always good to see the Nuytco guys, Mike Reay and Mark Arnott to an insanely amazing job, and Phil is always a good guy to share a pizza with.
Check out all their cool stuff at: www.nuytco.com
Our Minimentary Exploring Bell Island has been a big sucess. In a time where most 8 minute long videos don't fair too well, this one did. It's reach on Facebook far exceeded what we could have hoped for, with over 400 people sharing the video alone.
Feedback from all corners of Canada was amazing. Some residents of Bell Island even commented on the video, telling us of stories of family members that were aboard the vessels the night they sank. Incredible!
The icing on the cake however was on Thanksgiving, when we received an email letting us know that the Minimentary had been given an Award of Excellence at the Canada Shorts Film Festival!
We make minimentaries because we love to. There's no money here, just a passion to tell a story. Bell Island has an incredible story to tell, Jill Heinerth was an incredible story teller, and the wrecks themselves make it difficult to not capture stunning visuals.
We're incredibly proud of our Exploring Bell Island minimentary, and we're super happy for it to be seen, and appreciated at a festival such as Canada Shorts. And the Award of Excellence is a great award to get, and a nice way to round off an amazing year for us.
Seaproof.tv is very proud to be one of the sponsors of this years Divescapes Conference in Calgary. Held every two years, the show alternates between Edmonton and Calgary, and is a two day event, plus workshops.
The show comprises of guest speakers, workshops, a gala dinner and exhibitors.
Tickets can be purchased by heading to their website: www.divescapes.ca
Speakers include: Becky Kagan Schott, Brian Kakuk, Charles Dagneau, Michael Pitts, Howie Robbins, Steve Lewis, and more.
Sprinkle in some cocktail drinks, social shenanigans, and a good few booths to look over, and you have yourself a dandy weekend of dive goodness.
See you there!
If you've made it this far you've probably seen our Exploring Bell Island video by now. It should be clear then that we are in love with Newfoundland now!
The company to stay and dive with is Ocean Quest Adventure Resort, they're really your only choice if you want an incredible trip. Their excellent accommodations are walking distance to the boat, though they load up tanks and other gear in a pickup for transport.
The boat itself is one of the best boats we've ever dived off. A huge inside area to keep warm, a good sized deck for gear, a big top deck for amazing views, and an elevator for making climbing aboard with all your gear easier than ever!
The accommodations are a very nice house, owners Rick and Debbie live on the top floor. There are rooms in the main floor area, where we stayed, and then more rooms downstairs, some with private bathroom, some with shared. The living and dining areas of the house are excellent, plus a front and back deck with BBQ. Their old dive centre is just around back with a compressor, and where you can store your gear.
Restaurants and groceries are a 10 minute walk away. You buy your own food and make own meals, but depending on the group, you share nights for cooking. Lunch is onboard the boat, soup made by boat captain and rolls. The soup is a selling point! Captain Bill makes a new soup every day, moose, chicken, beef... all amazing. It will fast become a talking point of your day on the water!
We did two dives per day. Two different wrecks one day, then two more the next, then back to the first two. Or mix-matched depending on conditions and people's preferences. This gives you an opportunity to see different parts of same wrecks. They're huge!
The crew is excellent. If you go, we hope you have John Olivero as a DM onboard. He's hilarious and great at his job. We did a shore dive with him after the wreck days were done, he's very knowledgeable about the area, the marine and dive conditions.
There are cool shore dives in the area, wrecks that penetrate the surface and even more so on a low tide, a nice little wall dive, a whale bone graveyard, etc. We recommend you extend your stay, and make sure you get a DM or someone with local knowledge, a rental car will also be required.
A great local dive club is called Thornbacks Dive Club, you can join them on Facebook. Somebody's always going out, they're an active group.
Ocean Quest is in Conception Bay South, about 30 minute taxi/drive from the city of St Johns. You must visit the city centre, especially on a Friday or Saturday night. We were screeched in twice on that trip, something we won't divulge the details of, but every visitor to Newfoundland must go through this process, and it's great fun!
Make sure that there is a tour to Bell Island. You ferry over with the group and do a tour of the mine and museum, and can visit a place called Grebe's Nest which is little hike over the cliffs and into the dry caves left over from the mining days. Very cool to see old mine entrances right on the ocean. Then grab a bite to eat at Dick's Fish and Chips with "full dressing". Amazing food!
The shipwrecks are between Bell Island and South Conception Bay, so not really far for the boat rides. In June, if you're lucky with winds, you can get up close with icebergs and even dive them. A group before us went out to see an iceberg, and it calved off right in front of them on the boat... they were meant to dive it!
Winds kept the icebergs away from our group unfortunately. But we'll return to dive the icebergs and video them.
Into July, you can have an opportunity to snorkel with humpback mommas and calves.
The water was some of the coldest we've dived in, but wore lots of warm undergarments and it was fine.
Russ dived with a steel 100 tank and AL30 pony. Trisha dived with sidemount.
We recommend the full nitrox package. The wrecks range from 150 to 60 feet, so we recommend using enriched air, and signing up for the nitrox package with Ocean Quest.
We recommend June/July. Maybe mid-late June to increase odds for humpbacks and icebergs. The sun is generally out then, and it's a great time to dive, but also explore the amazing landscapes.
If you stay longer, rent a car, do shore dives, visit St John's, and maybe a park or two.
For more info: www.oceanquestadventures.com