Our fourth video with Shearwater Research focuses on a new sector for their marketing - public safety diving. The Renton Fire Department Station 12 Water Rescue team have been using the NERD 2 in their training and operations, stating it makes them more efficient and safer. The awesome hands-free dive computer is like nothing else available, top of the line technology that has a priceless value to it practicality.
Not only do Station 12 use the NERD 2 on operations, but we also use it when shooting video. Having all your important life support information visible at all times, is invaluable. Having your depth, NDL, PSI, deco, compass... all of it right there at a glance, is one less thing to worry about, and allows you to keep both hands on the camera, focussed on the job in hand, without compromising safety.
The NERD 2 is highly desired amongst videographers and recreational divers, recent feedback on this video from other public safety divers has shown that it will likely be widely adopted amongst them too.
For more on Shearwater, visit: www.shearwater.com
We have just finished a complete rebranding of OceanEXP, an incredible endeavour to establish Canada's Centre of Ocean Exploration. The project is in its fundraising stages right now, with hopes that it will come to fruition in the coming years.
We were very pleased to have been asked to be a part of this huge project, and look forward to working with the OceanEXP team again in the future.
You can learn more about the project over at www.oceanexp.ca
We just dried ourselves off after a fun shoot with a fire department public safety team. The video, for Shearwater Research, will demonstrate how public safety dive teams can take advantage of their Near Eye Remote Display technology incorporated into their amazing NERD 2 dive computer.
We've produced a video for recreational NERD 2 divers, and we've been using the NERD 2 for about a year and a half now - and love it, but to see how it can be incorporated into safety diving has been really interesting. Displaying depth, tank pressure, air time remaining, NDL, and a compass - on the same easy to read screen, hands free, right where you need it, has become an indispensable tool for these teams.
We'll keep you posted for the final video release... but for now... back to the edit!
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 recently had the pleasure of presenting at this years Divescapes Conference in Calgary. The show, put on by the Alberta Underwater Council, is a fantastic two day event that brings together divers from all over Canada, and speakers from all over the world. Over 250 divers attend the conference and dinner and we had a great (if a little nervous!) time presenting our passion - underwater stories. We had some lovely comments from people, met some great new friends, and showed a selection of video work from our adventures. We can't wait for the next show!
We are looking forward to speaking at this years Divescapes show in Calgary! Divescapes is the bi-annual scuba show and conference organized by the rather amazing Alberta Underwater Council. The AUC is an incredibly active council that puts on a huge variety of events throughout the year. Alberta, despite being a wee way from the coast, has a hugely active scuba diving community. Their show, Divescapes, is the only dive show of its kind in Canada, and pulls in some top speakers from across the global dive industry.
This year we were asked to speak and shall be giving a 45 minute presentation at the show in October. There's a great roster of top speakers, so get a ticket, get a seat, and help support Canada's only dive show!
Maxwel Hohn is a local BC underwater photographer, drone pilot, commercial diving instructor and all round good guy. He's also one of our dive buddies and a fellow GH5 user. A few weeks back he invited us to head out with him and fellow photographer Ryan Miller to visit The Abyss, a freshwater dive site in Gold River, north west Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
The site is quite something. The soft limestone has been carved into an incredibly canyon by the Gold River's high winter water flow. During the summer the river calms allowing divers to jump in. Not only that but it's crystal clear and a lovely 20 degrees. Wetsuit time in Canada!
We never actually intended to make a video from this day, we were just out practicing and learning more about our Panasonic GH5 and Aquatica housing, but it soon became clear this site deserved a little bit of love! So we got a quick audio interview with Maxwel and slapped it together with a few clips. We think it turned out pretty well!
The GH5 is great in this environment. There's enough light to utilize the GH5's VFR mode - or slow motion as its also known. You still have to crank up the ISO, and noise does became a major factor in the blacks, but you can get away with some nice shots, especially for web audiences.
For more on BC visit our little site www.beneathbc.com - for more of Maxwel's work visit www.salishsky.com
Our most recent project for scuba diving brand Shearwater Research has seen us take to the skies. Not many scuba diving videos have an element of falling a few thousand feet through the air, but this one does. We can't say too much about it at this point, but the video should be out soon, and we're pretty sure Trisha will be singing up for sky diving any day now!
In this photo Seaproof.tv's Trisha and sky diver Krystal do a quick run through before take off.