DiveStyle Clarence Sale Is Now On!!!

SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE!

We have some very exciting things happening at DiveStyle and we need to make some space for lots of great brand new products!

Sale start 09:00 7th March 2014 and ends on 17:00 15th March 2014
These offers are only available in store and when they are gone they are gone!

Product

 RRP

 Sale Price 

Hollis SD7 Flex Semi-dry (ladies)

 £375.00

 £288.42

Hollis SD7 Flex Semi-dry (male)

 £450.00

 £288.42

Viper OH Fins

 £42.50

 £32.64

Viper FF Fins

 £23.00

 £17.64

Pioneer Ladies 5mm System

 £319.00

 £229.89

Pioneer 5mm One-Piece

 £210.00

 £151.35

Pioneer Ladies 5mm Shortie

 £128.09

 £82.30

Pioneer Mens 5mm Shortie

 £135.96

 £87.36

Swarm Winter Wetsuit

 £119.99

 £82.80

Aeries Jetpack

 £375.00

 £287.49

Aeries EX200

 £275.00

 £210.83

Probe

 £399.00

 £305.90

Mares Wave Fin (size only)

 £71.95

 £51.06

Explorer Pro Fins

 £14.60

 £9.25

Hollis F-1 Fin

 £129.99

 £78.99

Vortex V16 Fin w/Spring heel

 £99.46

 £76.25

Hollis F-2 Fin

 £89.90

 £68.93

Typhoon Pro II Fins

 £39.95

 £24.15

Seac Propulsion

 £90.00

 £38.50

Typhoon Childs T-Jet Fin

 £16.00

 £11.00

Twin Jet Max Full Foot Fin

 £40.84

 £27.60

Mares Avanti FF Fin

 £31.25

 £16.55

Typhoon Fusion Fin w/ Spring Strap

 £99.00

 £69.00

AquaLung Slingshot Fins

 £99.95

 £82.73

Typhoon Surfmaster 6.5mm Boots

 £34.96

 £24.15

Oceanic New Venture II Boots

 £27.75

 £18.73

OP 5mm Boots

 £17.99

 £10.49

Fourth Element Pelagic Boots

 £44.95

 £32.18

Fourth Element Amphibian Boots

 £58.50

 £41.33

Fourth Element 5mm Gloves

 £32.95

 £23.32

Fourth Element 3mm Gloves

 £29.95

 £19.32

Fourth Element 4mm Camel Toe Mitts

 £34.95

 £24.77

Fourth Element G-1 Glove Liner

 £31.95

 £24.56

Oceanic Cyberskin 2.5mm Gloves

 £24.75

 £18.98

Oceanic Gauntlet 3mm Gloves

 £17.00

 £13.03

Mako 5mm Gloves

 £22.50

 £17.25

Mako 3mm Gloves

 £19.50

 £14.95

Typhoon 3mm Gloves

 £19.95

 £13.80

Typhoon 5mm Gloves

 £24.95

 £17.25

Typhoon Stretch V

 £27.95

 £19.32

Oceanic Pioneer Hood

 £23.50

 £14.17

Lavacore Hood

 £19.95

 £12.13

Fourth Element 3mm Hood

 £25.95

 £18.73

Fourth Element 5mm Hood

 £29.95

 £21.79

Mares Hood

 £34.95

 £27.60

Tusa Geminus Mask

 £51.13

 £37.26

Tusa Freedom One Mask

 £69.50

 £41.51

Hollis M-1 Mask

 £45.00

 £34.50

Hollis M-3 Mask

 £69.99

 £53.65

Oceanic Ion Mask

 £39.60

 £28.54

Oceanic Accent Mask

 £39.85

 £26.90

Oceanic Mako-1 Mask

 £34.45

 £26.41

Oceanic Mako-2 Mask

 £34.35

 £26.41

Oceanic Mini Shadow Mask

 £34.20

 £26.22

Oceanic Site Mask

 £29.95

 £12.35

Body Glove Lucent Mask

 £27.00

 £20.70

AquaLung Micro Mask

 £59.95

 £48.30

Oceanic Enzo II Mask

 £35.70

 £22.81

Oceanic Black Widow Knife

 £17.40

 £13.34

Oceanic Delta Knife

 £28.60

 £18.80

Typhoon Dragon Knife

 £19.99

 £11.50

Tusa Line Cutter (Red)

 £9.95

 £6.83

Beaver Pro Net Cutter

 £6.95

 £5.45

Beaver Pro Net Cutter Pouch

 £3.50

 £2.42

Oceanic Spinner Knife

 £15.50

 £11.83

AquaLung Squeeze Lock Knife

 £29.95

 £24.15

Hollis Microlight Torch Key Ring

 £19.99

 £13.51

Hollis LED 6 Torch

 £94.99

 £72.82

Hollis Mini LED 3 Torch

 £69.99

 £52.12

Hollis LED 3 Back up Torch

 £79.99

 £61.33

Lumb Bros Tektite Torch

 £104.30

 £73.82

Hollis 16W Cannister Torch

 £1080.00

 £830.76

Lavacore Long Sleeve Shirt

 £66.00

 £48.00

Lavacore Pants

 £81.76

 £49.10

Lavacore Short Sleeve Shirt

 £59.40

 £42.81

Lavacore Shorts

 £59.31

 £42.74

Fourth Element Ladies Halo 3D

 £329.95

 £265.65

Fourth Element Hot Socks

 £29.95

 £21.36

Fourth Element Arctic 2 Piece

 £189.00

 £143.05

Fourth Element Arctic Leggings

 £94.50

 £71.53

Fourth Element Arctic Top

 £94.50

 £71.53

Fourth Element Ozone Jacket (XXL)

 £99.00

 £70.38

Fourth Element Xerotherm Arctic 3 Piece

 £209.00

 £156.80

Fourth Element Xerotherm Leggings

 £69.95

 £54.86

Fourth Element Xerotherm Long Sleeve Top

 £69.95

 £54.86

Fourth Element Xerotherm Socks

 £16.00

 £8.28

Fourth Element Dry Base Long Sleeve

 £49.95

 £31.60

Fourth Element Long Sleeved Hydroskin

 £31.96

 £21.36

Fourth Element Short Sleeved Hydroskin

 £26.50

 £17.26

Beaver 74cm BCD Hose

 £17.25

 £12.35

Beaver 2.1m Reg Hose

 £25.50

 £18.29

Beaver 74cm Reg Hose

 £15.95

 £11.52

Oceanic Alpha 9 Octopus

 £89.25

 £57.34

Oceanic EOS FDX10 DVT Yoke

 £482.99

 £380.00

Sherwood Octopus

 £99.00

 £82.80

Sherwood Magnum A-Clamp

 £279.00

 £220.00

ATX 40

 £199.95

 £177.00

Sherwood Brut

 £249.00

 £210.00

Hollis DC-7 (500SE)

 £449.99

 £405.00

EOS 2nd Stage Only

 £216.00

 £160.08

AquaLung Legend LX Supreme

 £469.95

 £435.00

AquaLung Legend LUX Supreme

 £700.00

 £599.00

Oceanic Navcon Swiv 2

 £162.74

 £104.56

Oceanic Max Depth Navcon

 £135.00

 £103.50

Sherwood Compact 3 Gauge

 £199.00

 £136.62

Suunto CB Double in Line

 £185.00

 £178.71

SK7 Wrist Compass

 £49.00

 £47.33

Retractor for SK7

 £28.50

 £27.53

Oceanic Arid Snorkel

 £18.59

 £11.91

Oceanic Ultradry Snorkel

 £34.10

 £23.42

Oceanic Response Snorkel

 £18.73

 £14.01

Oceanic Pocket Snorkel

 £15.63

 £12.01

Tusa Platina II Snorkel

 £24.50

 £15.99

Typhoon TS2 Semi-dry Snorkel

 £11.95

 £8.28

Body Glove Lucent Snorkel

 £17.99

 £12.42

Beauchat Voyager L Suitcase

 £109.95

 £73.97

Beauchat Voyager Cabin Bag

 £74.95

 £50.43

Beauchat Regulator Bag

 £25.95

 £20.15

Beauchat Air Light 2 Bag

 £99.95

 £74.71

Oceanic Cargo Duffle Bag

 £36.00

 £26.66

Oceanic Roller 4

 £99.50

 £72.06

Oceanic Regulator Bag

 £17.00

 £12.25

Beaver Mesh Fold-Up Bag

 £27.50

 £21.05

100g Typhoon Undersuit

 £99.00

 £69.00

Tusa Reef Tourer Sets

 £43.95

 £28.75

Tusa Long Fins

 £29.95

 £19.57

McNett Micronet Towel

 £14.95

 £8.80

Oceanic FlexDura Drysuit

 £779.00

 £689.12

Oceanic HD400 Drysuit

 £599.00

 £529.88

Hollis DX-300

 £1025.00

 £906.73

O’Neill Sector 5mm Wetsuit

 £200.00

 £145.00

EN 250: What is it and Why is it Stamped on my Regulator?

EN250:2000 Respiratory equipment – Open Circuit Self Contained Compressed Air Diving Apparatus – Requirements, Testing and Marking is a European normative standard that was published in the year 2000, and Regulators must be independently tested to ensure they meet these minimum requirements. The purpose of this European Standard is to ensure a minimum level of safe operation for apparatus down to a maximum depth of 50 metres (164ft).

If you’re not sure what EN 250 means, you’re not alone!

You may never have noticed the unobtrusive lettering on your first stage, except to point out that it isn’t the serial number and move on.

So, what is it and what does it say about your regulator?

Manufacturers and consumers alike expect regulators to perform to certain specifications. If you purchase a travel regulator, you expect it to deliver a good performance under the conditions it was created for- in warmer water. However, most travel regulators are not designed to dive in all conditions; there are temperature limitations on many of them that would keep you from using them in Great Lake diving or under ice. Conversely, there are regulators that are diveable in more difficult situations such as high current or ice diving. But what exists to objectively test these regulators to ensure that they all perform under these specifications and conditions?

Enter the EN 250 rating. This exists to ensure that your regulator will perform well in every environment and condition for which it is advertised. It is given by a third-party testing facility (also designated on the regulator). EN 250 is an assurance that your regulator can deliver quality breathing performance beyond the recreational depth limit. In 2013, they plan to release a new rating requirement: EN250A. This rating ensures that your primary and your octo will simultaneously breathe easily under the same testing conditions. So, here are a few markings to reference on your regulator if you’re not sure what yours is meant to do.

1. <10 degrees C/50 Degrees F: Regulators marked with that designation should not be used in cold water. In other words, your local quarry during the summer may be fine, but don’t take it in Lake Michigan

2. EN250: Your regulator is designed to operate to 165 ft and below 50 degrees F with unchanged breathing performance in the first and second stage. The octo will not perform to the same specifications and its use is not recommended below 100 ft.

3. EN250A: Your regulator is designed to operate to 165 ft and below 50 degrees F with unchanged breathing performance in the first and second stage as well as the octo.

4. CE0078 (or some variation) is the stamp of the center that tested the regulator.

Additional Markings and Abbreviations (EN250A)

  1. Demand regulators which are not designed for cold water use are marked with ‘>10°C’ on both the Second Stage Demand Valve and First Stage Pressure Reducer.
  2. Demand valves which are intended to be used with an Octopus, shall be marked with EN250 followed by an ‘A’. EN250A.
  3. You may also see the use of a; symbol (Octopus) which also indicates that Apeks First Stage pressure reducers are suitable with two second stage demand valves and for use as an escape device by more than one user at the same time.
  4. If a demand valve is marked with EN250A, this demand regulator is suitable, tested and intended to be used in water temperatures below 10°C (50°F) and configured with an Octopus.
  5. If a demand regulator is marked with EN250A >10°C, this demand valve is suitable, tested and intended to be used in water temperatures above 10°C (50°F) and configured with an Octopus.
  6. If a demand valve is only marked with EN250 and not followed by an ‘A’ or the (Octopus) symbol is not shown, then it will not be suitable for use with an Octopus and is not intended for use as an escape device by more than one user at the same time, also known as an Octopus.
  7. You will also see CE0098. This denotes the identification number of the Notified body who has independently certified and examined your product.
  8. A serial number can also be found, usually comprising of eight characters, on both the first stage pressure reducer and second stage demand valve.
  9. A hose can also be marked with the maximum working pressure of that particular type of hose, EN250 and can also include a serial number specific to that hose.

The PADI TecRec Range – When One Tank Is Not Enough!

The TecRec Range

Surface

Technical diving is scuba diving’s “extreme sport”, taking experienced and qualified divers far deeper and further than in mainstream recreational diving. Technical diving is marked by significantly more equipment and training requirements to manage the additional hazards this type of diving entails. Tec diving isn’t for everyone, but for those who want to be explore further, the TecRec courses are the answer.

Diver Levels

Most of the names of the courses in TecRec range include a number (eg Tec 40). This is an indication of the maximum depth in metres intended for a diver certified at this level. As a general rule, each course includes four dives. 

Discover Tec

This short session allows divers to give technical diving a try. It does not result in a certification, but lets a diver experience wearing the extra gear involved in technical diving and understand the rationale behind it.

Tec 40

The entry point into the technical range, Tec 40 provides a transition from recreational to technical diving. Although the use of full tech gear (doubles and wings) is preferred, it does allow modified use of recreational gear in some situations, provided the diver has two separate regulators, with one of the first stages fitted with a long hose. Double and single rigs

(For example, a main cylinder and pony cylinder combination). The intended working limit for a diver at this level is 40 metres/130 feet with up to 10 minutes of non-accelerated decompression. They may use any EANx mix with up to 50% oxygen content or air. To enrol on the course, a diver must be the equivalent of a PADI Advanced Open Water diver, with an EANx Diver rating and have deep recreational diving experience.

Tec 45

The diver must use full ‘standardised’ tech rig, including wings and doubles plus an additional deco cylinder (note that side mounted cylinders are an acceptable alternative to back mounted doubles throughout the TecRec range). The course allows the diver to go to 45 metres/145 feet and make accelerated decompression dives using any mix of EANx or pure oxygen. A diver must have the equivalent of a Tec 40 rating to enrol on this course.

Tec 50

This course represents a high level of competency for a technical diver. Although the option exists to make the last dive of the course using trimix, it is intended as an air/nitrox rating and by the end the diver can dive to a maximum of 50 metres/165 feet and make extended, accelerated decompression dives.

Tec Trimix 65

This course opens up the advantages of trimix to the diver, and divers are qualified to make multi-stop decompression dives that employ EANx and oxygen for accelerated decompression, using any trimix with an oxygen content of 18% or more. They can dive to a maximum depth of 65 metres/210 feet.

Tec Trimix

Trimix Divers

This course lets the diver go deeper, opening up the option of using travel gases and trimix with less than 18% oxygen content. Dives made during the course can be as deep as 90 metres/300 feet. Once qualified, the diver can start to explore deeper; for this reason there is no numbered suffix after the course title as in the rest of the range — there are no limits placed on how deep the diver can go after training, providing they build their experience gradually.

Gas Blender

Cylinders

The Gas Blender rating certifies the holder to mix enriched air or trimix for divers to use in recreational or technical diving operations. Courses for this level are conducted by Gas Blender Instructors.

 

Give your kids a taste for scuba diving with the PADI Seal Team and Bubblemaker program

Struggling to come up with group activities for your family? Finding fun activities that your family can enjoy together is easy now with the PADI Seal Team and Bubblemaker experience. These two programs are designed for children who are eight or older. With a little help from PADI, you can give your kids a glimpse into the scuba diving lifestyle that you love so much and set them on the path to becoming a future scuba diver.

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Children who participate in the PADI Seal Team and Bubblemaker programs will develop new skills and have their eyes opened to a whole new world. The PADI Seal Team program teaches the basics of diving such as mask clearing and will introduce them to important scuba related topics such as underwater photography and environmental awareness.

With the Bubblemaker experience, kids will have the opportunity to breathe underwater for the first time and friends and family can be there to offer support and encouragement. Participants will also learn how to use basic scuba gear in a safe and effective way, preparing them for future endeavors.

Scuba diving is not only a fun activity for kids to enjoy, but it also encourages an active lifestyle. Being physically active promotes healthy growth and development, provides opportunities for kids to meet new friends and develop their social skills, and can even help with self-esteem. Get your children active and having fun with the whole family

We Won An Award!

DiveStyle were extremely proud to receive an award from PADI EMEA for the fundraising work we have been doing for Deptherapy.

A fantastic charity that uses scuba diving to help rehabilitate injured soldiers.

We will continue to support Deptherapy, in fact we have an amazing presentation on the Titanic happing on the 14th of April 2014.

Full details can be found here

TITANIC – THE ULTIMATE PRESENTATION

and tickets can be purchased from here

TITANIC BOARDING PASS

We won an award!

We won an award!

Don’t Let The Weather Stop You From Learning To Dive

The weather is not great but the dive centre is lovely and cosy!

Don’t let the weather put you of learning to dive. Why not complete an Open Water referral in a lovely warm classroom and swimming pool.

http://www.onlinescubashop.co.uk/padi-open-water-referral-488-p.asp

You then have 12 months to complete the Open Water qualifying dives either in the UK or maybe on one of our fantastic trips to Malta.

This month you receive a fantastic TankO2 water bottle absolutely free! These are not available anywhere else in the UK.

Offer ends 31st March 2014

Local Dive Shop Vs Dive Show

Its that time of year again and the dive show will be in full swing this weekend in London.

But please remember, great folk of the DiveStyle clan.

If you are at the dive show this weekend and you do see something that you fancy then give us a quick call to see if we can price match.

If we cant we will let you know but will be very grateful that you have at least offered us the opportunity to do so.

Remember, the dive show is once a year but your local dive centre, DiveStyle, are here all year round with great advice, great support and fantastic catering!

Support your local dive centre and have a place for life to rest those weary fins :0)

DiveStyle, Unit A, Bridge Farm, Arborfield,
Wokingham, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 9HT
t: 01189 761729
e: info@divestyle.co.uk

The Ultimate Titanic Presentation – 14th April

We still have lots of tickets to sell so once again, please share this post on your Facebook page, with family, friends, stranger on the street and anyone that you think would be interested!

We have an opportunity to raise some fantastic money for Deptherapy and the RNLI, two amazing charities!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1435863379958808/

or book direct by following the link

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/titanic-the-ultimate-presentation-tickets-10674089489

A Guide to Using the GoPro Underwater

Just bought a GoPro for use while scuba diving? Then read on.
Whether you are just getting started with underwater image-making or a serious cinematographer, the GoPro Hero3 is a versatile, fully auto HD camera, perfect for making underwater moments lasting memories and as a competent B-roll camera.

While YouTube and the like have a gazillion underwater GoPro videos, most are, let’s just say, bland. We’ll share our tips and techniques for getting the best underwater images from your Hero3.
GoPro underwater

Preparing your GoPro for Underwater Use

 

Firmware and Memory Cards
GoPro regularly updates the firmware for their cameras; so always make sure you have the latest, as it will help your camera perform more reliably. And while memory is cheap, don’t cheap out on your memory cards – GoPro has recently updated a support document with new memory card recommendations for the Hero3 Black, as well as their other cameras, which can be found on their web site.

LCD Touch BacPac and Anti-Fog Inserts
For underwater shooters, the LCD Touch BacPac is a must have for framing your shots. The touch screen doesn’t work underwater, but can be used to set your jump settings prior to insertion into the housing. Never use the ‘Touch Door’ or ‘Skeleton Door’ that comes in the box with the LCD Touch BacPac. Use of either of these will immediately flood your camera or be the source of a flood while on a dive.

The Anti-Fog Inserts, while a bit pricey, are a useful addition. Sealing your GoPro in a low humidity environment and use of these inserts will prevent your Hero3 from fogging up on a dive, which can give you unwanted vignetting or the foggy look of a super soft filter.

Batteries and O-Ring Maintenance
Unfortunately, the battery life for these cameras is fairly short. The best solution is to have several, fully charged batteries on hand to swap out when needed.

Charge your batteries the night before, and the use of a third party, external charger will speed up the process.

As with any camera housing, it is crucial to inspect the rubber seal for debris (sand, hair, lint etc.) and to ensure that nothing (like your anti-fog insert) is inhibiting the housing lid from obtaining a tight seal.

GoPro Underwater Setup

Recommended Jump Settings
Our preference is to run the Hero3 Black in 1080p 60fps wide mode, and sometimes in the 2.7K resolution 30fps mode. Here’s why: If you wish to slow down some fast action you’ve captured, the 1080p 60fps will allow you to put that footage into a 30fps timeline in your video editing software, and it will playback at super-slow motion speed.

If you want to have the latitude to reframe your footage and crop in a little tighter, or run image stabilization on the clip, the 2.7K resolution can be used on a 1080p timeline. For the Hero3 Silver or White models, we prefer to use the 1080p 30fps wide mode (these cameras will run 60fps in 720p mode only and do not support any of the higher ultra HD resolutions).

  • Turn Spot mode OFFto let the camera evaluate the entire scene for better exposures.
  • Turn ProTune OFF, as this feature requires more work when editing in post.

Using GoPro Underwater

Joel Penner mounts his GoPro to the top of his SLR setup to capture “B-Roll” footage.

Go Red! Color Correction Filters
Topside, the GoPro cameras are a no-brainer for capturing pretty stunning, wide angle, HD footage in good lighting conditions. Underwater is a much different story, with the camera needing the addition of a red filter to help correct your images from being all blue or all green.

Our red filters of choice are the Flip3.1 Filters from Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo, made specifically for GoPro Hero3. The Flip3.1 features a top flip filter as well as a side flip filter – you choose which filters you want to attach based upon your dive plan: SHALLOW Filter (5-20 feet), DIVE Filter (20-50 feet), DEEP Filter (50 feet+ with excellent visibility), or the greenwater filter.

Flip filter GoProFlip3.1 color correction filters will bring back the vibrant hues in your GoPro underwater images at every depth.

As part of the research and testing team for these color correction filters, we don’t use our GoPros underwater without them, and love that the three different red filters for blue water diving aid us in capturing vibrant footage at all depths.

GoPro Underwater Shooting Techniques

To see what the Hero3 Black is capable of underwater, watch this recent video from Bonaire, using only GoPro Hero3 Black cameras and Backscatter’s DIVE and DEEP Flip filters and video lights.

White Balance and Adding Light
The GoPro cameras perform optimally underwater when they have plenty of light. And since it is an all auto camera with no manual controls, you can’t tell it what white is, making the addition of red color correction filters absolutely crucial for your footage to pop with color.

GoPro underwater white balance

Using the DIVE filter and video lights captures true colors in photos and video.

Here are some tips to get the best footage from your GoPro while in the water:

  • Plan your dive and attach the correct color correction filters for your planned depths.
  • Shoot with the sun at your back for the best color in your images.
  • Compose your shots with a slight downward angle to achieve richer color and contrast for your images.
  • While snorkeling, on the surface, there is no need for use of the filter. For depths between 5-20 feet, flip the SHALLOW Flip3.1 filter into place.
  • For the 20-50 feet range, we always use the DIVE Flip3.1 filter with video lights. Remember, the GoPros perform better with good lighting conditions, so if you’ve got video lights, use them with your GoPro set-up too.
  • Once you get below 50 feet, the DEEP Flip3.1 filter is the way to go. At these deeper depths, the quality of your footage will be totally dependent on how good the visibility is.
  • Whenever possible, compose your scenes with a good amount of neutral sand or reef that doesn’t have a lot of green growth on it. This, plus your color correction filter, will help the camera find what is “white” in the scene, giving you truer looking hues in your footage.

Avoid The Blurries and The Wobblies
The GoPro cameras are the ultimate for capturing wide-angle action in a very small form factor. Underwater, they can capture a field of view of 127 degrees! The only limitation is its minimum focusing distance of 12 inches. Frame your subject any closer than 12 inches and your footage will be blurry. And since it’s a wide-angle camera, the small critters are not a good choice of subjects- think subjects the size of a basketball and larger – divers, larger fish or schools, turtles, sharks, reef scenes etc.

Since the form factor of the GoPro is so small, it is very difficult to obtain stable footage without mounting your GoPro to something else. If using your GoPro as your “B” camera, mount it to the top of your dSLR housing[5]. Your strobe or light arms will act as outriggers, keeping you steady. If solely shooting GoPro, mount it to a two handled tray system that supports the use of video lights and keeps your capture stable, like Backscatter’s GoPro Double Handle & Tray.

GoPro handles

Two handles provide much needed stability when shooting GoPro underwater. Adding video lights to your GoPro with Flip3.1 color correction filters will make your video pop with vibrant color.

Keep your arms rigid and let the action come to you, or fin through your scene. Mounting your GoPro to a tripod for use in sandy areas or reefs where no damage will occur is another great option for capturing stable footage. Select the spot where you’d like to set-up your tripod, start filming and retreat from the scene for a short period to capture those critters’ natural behavior.

GoPro Underwater

A tripod for your GoPro is another way to capture stable underwater footage.

Taking Underwater Photos with the GoPro

The GoPro can take great photos too! In the photo mode, the Hero3 Black takes still images with a resolution up to 12 megapixels. However, since it is a fully auto camera, it chooses ISO and shutter speed based upon lighting conditions. To obtain vibrant photos underwater, follow these tips:

  • Attach the appropriate red color correction filter(s) for your dive plan.
  • Shoot with the sun at your back.
  • If you have video lights, use them deeper than 10 feet. The best results come from the brightest lights.
  • Make sure your subject is 12 inches or more away from your camera’s lens for a sharp image.
  • Be as steady as possible when depressing the shutter button.

Underwater GoPro photo

In photo mode, this image of a turtle was taken without a filter.

GoPro still underwater photo

Even though the GoPro has no manual controls, still images like this are possible with the addition of a color correction filter, lights and a steady hand.

About the Authors:
Joel and Jennifer Penner are avid divers, making the ocean their office as often as they can. When not in the water, they run a multimedia company

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By Joel and Jennifer Penner, November 28, 2013 @ 06:00 AM (EST)
By Joel & Jennifer Penner