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!
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!
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.