Nanaimo Dive Outfitters have been a well respected and reliable dive business serving Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia for many years. But for a lot of people outside of their regular, and very happy client base, they may not know how much NDO really offer.
In addition to their well stocked, lovely looking store Nanaimo Dive Outfitters also offer a wide range of recreational and technical diving training, regular international dive travel, a ton of local diving opportunities, and have their own charter boat.
We were commissioned to make this video to help showcase the multiple aspects of there business. Released a month ago the video has already proven to be a huge sucess, both with the client, and with social media followers.
So next time you're in Nanaimo, pay them a visit!
We had an EPIC day on the water with Big Animal Encounters a week or so ago. Speeding out of their Campbell River location, we zoomed down to Mitlenatch Island in British Columbia where we saw about a dozen humpback whales, and about 6 orca. After sitting with the boat engines off for about 15 minutes two out of a group of three humpbacks surfaced right under the boat!
We've seen humpbacks before, in South Africa, Hawaii and BC, but this was closer than ever, and an incredible marine life encounter.
We stayed on the water for about 12 hours that day, heading back out for dusk, only to be greeted by the same three humpbacks. Simply amazing.
CTV picked up on the footage floating around on social media, and ran a story on it on their evening news shows, using our footage.
British Columbia is becoming a real hotspot for incredible encounters!
Still Standing is a unique, funny, and interesting look at Bell Island, Newfoundland. As STV followers will know, we love Bell Island - the wrecks, the mine, and of course the fish n' chips.
CBC's Johnny Harris is a stand up comic with a unique take on documentary making, mixing local personalities and history, with a some good laughs.
Our favourite dive store Ocean Quest Adventures gets a good bit of screen time with the ever excellent Rick Stanley taking the host on a memorable dive of the - he can also be seen chuckling his way through the episode!
Still Standing - Bell Island, a great way to spend twenty minutes, just click on the image above to watch the full episode for free. Then head over to the Ocean Quest website and get your ass on a charter - it really is some of the best diving you'll ever do!
July 1st, 2017 - the 150th Birthday of modern day Canada. We decided to spend the day underwater of course, diving two of our favourite sites - the SS Capilano shipwreck, and Vivian Island.
Both are just off the coast of Comox, British Columbia, and together they make for one of our favourite days on the water - anywhere in the world!
The SS Capilano sits at 100 feet and is a stunning wreck covered in plumose anemone, and huge ling cod. There's lots to see down there, as the video below will give you a glimpse of.
Vivian Island is a little-known gold mine of a dive site. On one side you have a few hundred sea lions, though visibility at this time of year in the shallows means you don't see them much. The other side of the island has the remains of the SS Shamrock plus a deep wall with boot sponges, and then at the far end as you come up for your safety stop - sea lions!
There are few places in BC that offer wrecks, sea lions and walls in one or two dives, and we have it right on our doorstep, and there's no better way to spend Canada Day than right there!
You can book a charter through our friends at www.pacificprodive.com
Exploring Bell Island screened last night to a packed audience at the Nickel Film Festival in St Johns, Newfoundland. It's great to see so many people enjoying our Minimentary and learning more about the underwater history of Canada.
During a recent visit to the UK, I was asked if I'd like to present to a group of 15 year old GCSE photography students at the prestigious Duke of York's Royal Military School, of course!
For about 40 minutes I shared some of the amazing things we've seen underwater, a collection of videos and still photos seemingly had the younglings glued to the screen.
After the talk there was a barrage of questions, and even a couple of students that wanted to talk further.
It was a fun experience. I've talked at Universities before, but never to this age group. I spent an age writing my talk, making sure there were lots of images, it wasn't dull, and covered a lot of ground. University students can take or leave what you say, but 15 year olds you really want to keep entertained.
The talk had a strong message on exploration. Doesn't matter where, when, why, or who with. You could explore your garden, the beach, the school grounds, or an empty classroom, just explore. They seemed to like that core message, and didn't mind hearing it several times when accompanied by video of a great white shark!
I've since heard from a couple of students that they want to become divers, and want to try underwater photography. And the school have invited me back to talk address all the students. You can't ask for more than that!
For the past three years Seaproof.tv have been hired by Performance Freediving International to produce video coverage of their incredible Deja Blue freediving competition, held in the Cayman Islands.
Competitors from around the globe congregate on Grand Cayman for the week long comp, known as the Iron Man of freediving competitions.
Our role is simple; produce timely video updates for the world to see!
This year Seaproof.tv produced 14 videos in just under two weeks. Plus an additional 5 videos rebranded and re-released from last year, and one pre-event promotional video. That's a lot of videos!
We've had the pleasure of working with PFI a lot over the last couple of years and they're a fantastic training agency that truly does pioneering work within diving. Their use of scooters for safety, and technical freediving techniques are way ahead of the curve. And when it comes to video, I don't think any freediving event on the globe has the level of coverage that Deja Blue has, and we are very proud to make that a reality for them.
Our videos incorporate topside video, interviews, drone shots, in water, and deep water coverage. All edited uploaded and shared within approx. a 24 hour period.
You can watch all the videos we produced on the Deja Blue 8 Vimeo channel.
As freediving gains in popularity with each passing month, we're very pleased to be associated with such a forward thinking company. Check them out for yourself, see what the fuss is about: www.performancefreediving.com
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.