Next year Jill Heinerth and Seaproof.tv's Russell Clark lead an expedition to Newfoundland. Rather spectacular named The 2020 Great Island Expedition, the adventure will have a team of 10 explorers dive at multiple locations around Newfound, and yes, we'll be making a documentary of the whole shebang!
A fantastic tease of the expedition can be heard by listening to Jill's current Into The Planet Podcast - which you can do by clicking the image above, or by clicking here. Not only is this a podcast you should be religiously listening to already, but this particular episode features an amazing anecdote about one particular individual - Lanier Phillips.
You'll have to listen to Jill's story, I don't want to spoil it or screw it up! It's a unique piece of American and now Canadian history.
We'll be diving the wrecks of the USS Pollux and Truxton during our expedition - two of the lesser documented historical wreck sites of Newfoundland, and I for one can't wait!
Learn more about Lanier Phillips here.
Do yourself a favour and order Jill's awesome new book here.
It was a great pleasure to be a guest on Jill Heinerth's excellent Into The Planet Podcast - which you can find here. That's me above on the right in case you were wondering!
Jill is not only one of our greatest living explorers, a highly accomplished author, incredible videographer and photographer, but she's also one of my favourite people. We both come from similar design based backgrounds, and share similar views on diving's future and the importance of communication.
Jill's podcast covers some fantastic dive and exploration related anecdotes, I encourage everything to sign up and subscribe. Produced by Robert McClellan (above left) the series is a fun way to learn more and to get excited about the prospects of exploration.
My comments are largely drawn from my time producing brand content for the dive industry, and through my work as Editor of DIVER magazine. The "next Cousteau" is something I hear people say we need, truth is, the next Cousteau is already here (I don't just mean Jean-Michel, who does great things).
Click on the image above to listen, then go back through all Jill's other podcasts for some great educational entertainment, with a heavy topping of inspiration!
We do say we cover “air, land and sea” - well , here’s proof! A fun helicopter ride with 49 North Helicopters, operating out of Campbell River, BC.
Starting off over the clear emerald waters of BC, we climbed to 7000 feet, setting down on a glacier for a spot of lunch, before a very scenic tour home.
I’m often spending time under the water, so soaring above it capturing video made for a fun day out indeed.
Seeing the Orford River meander through the mountains from 4000 feet was a treat. I’ll be back there in a few months to watch the grizzly bears feed on salmon.
BC never ceases to amaze, there is much to be discovered, explored and filmed. Take a trip, get a new perspective, and rediscover the world from above.
You've probably seen this sign around? Maybe in the local cafe, mechanics, or pub? Well it's bullshit. It's pretty funny yes, but really a light hearted way for a business owner to say they don't really give that much of a crap. It's not a good way to represent your brand.
Seaproof.tv offers all of the above. We are good, we are fast, and we are cheap. Of course they can all be relative, but that's where the trick lies - balance.
Effeciency and balance are the two key things we pride ourselves on. If you want a Hollywood production, well, go to Hollywood. What you want is effective ways of communicating with your audience, done quickly, done affordably and done well. That's what we do. There's no trade off, no "you can have two of the three".
We produce work quickly. We have experience in covering competitive Freediving that saw us produce 14 videos in ten days - each one with underwater, topside and aerial video, interviews and b-roll.
We produce work at an affordable rate. We have worked for 'ma and pa' dive stores - small, local business looking to expand their customer base. Every penny counts to people like this and we not only accommodate, we exceed their expectations, and have never had anything but great feedback.
We produce great work. We've produced video for big high end brands like Canon, AquaLung, and Shearwater Research to name a few. Large brands with exceedingly high standards. Oh, we've also won an Award of Excellence at the Canada Shorts Film Festival.
Where we excel though is combing these into one service. You want it cheap, fast and good? You got it.
We've just come off the back of an awesome week of diving in British Columbia. It's no secret that the winter time is the best time to dive. Crisp air and crystal clear waters make for some stunning dives full of colour, marine life, and adventure.
Last week saw a great group of divers from all over North America descend upon the Comox Valley and Campbell River, visiting some classic local dive sites such as Row and Be Damned, April Point Wall, Steep Island, and Norris Rocks. They were stunned by the wall to wall colour, the abundance of marine life, and clarity of our beautiful emerald waters.
Along with Trisha and Russell, Jill Heinerth and Jaqueline Windh bought the Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow head count up to four. Jill (Explorer in Residence) also bought out the RCGS flag for this group shot (photo by Maxwel Hohn).
We were shooting some immersive (and rather amazing) 360 video for a client. We'll be sharing some 360 virtual reality footage ourselves in the future, but for now we're just very happy to shot some of the coolest BC dive footage we could have hoped for.
As the snow continues to fall the dives keep happening. It may be cold out site, but the water is warmer than the air, more inviting, and full of things to keep us busy!
Another year, another DEMA. The Dive Equipment and Marketing Association show is an annual even switching between Florida and Las Vegas. This year Vegas was the over-air conditioned location for North America's largest dive show. Each year we have a handful of clients attending, each with different videos or works on show.
In addition we always meet a ton of great new people, lots of old friends, and say thank you to all our fantastic supporters.
We’ve just returned from a fantastic week in Ottawa where Trisha Stovel and Russell Clark both had the pleasure of being elected as Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
We're very honoured to be amongst such distinguished company in the RCGS College of Fellows, all of us charged with making “Canada better known to Canadians and to the world”.
We had lots of fun visiting the amazing new RCGS HQ on Sussex Drive, checking out the excellent giant floor maps, catching up with Jill Heinerth, and another BC diver Andy Lamb (also made a Fellow this year), playing a game of “No, you first” door tag with the Prince of Ethiopia, and of course meeting lots of interesting Fellows from many walks of life.
It’s a great end to an incredible year for us. We have some fantastic things planned for 2018, and we’re looking forward to sharing a submerged Canada with as many people as we can!
Our latest project is now online - introducing #BeneathBC
What do we do with all those hours of British Columbia underwater video? Those extra photos, extra thoughts and stories? Well now we channel them into this new little website called #BeneathBC. It's aim is super simple - to show people what lays beneath the waves in British Columbia.
This website isn't really meant for local divers, though I'm sure it will be of interest. It's meant for those that don't dive, for those that have a wee bit of interest, but need somewhere to go that makes it easy for them to re-discover BC. It's a showcase for things we see, places we go, and stories we want to tell. It's a way we can share our view of British Columbia with others, and hopefully inspire them to learn to dive, to snorkel, or to just take more of an interest in BC's submerged life and geography.
#BeneathBC is also a hashtag we hope other BC divers and explorers will start to use, together we can create a wealth of online media, easily accessible, and fun for people to discover.
Visit, share, contribute, and enjoy #BeneathBC
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!