Underwater Camera or Action Cam?

Scuba divers only had underwater cameras with housings and o-rings back in 90’s. 

GoPro Hero 6 Black - Front

The only discussion was about the brand; we were asking our friends which underwater camera to purchase…

It was already hard to choose eventhough there weren’t hundreds of options we had at those times. 

Now, our decision making process is even more complicated. 

At the beginning of 2000’s, we met with GoPro and this changed everything. 

Before brands, now we have to decide which one should we buy: an underwater camera or an action cam?

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Three Simple Steps to Avoid Panic Underwater

You started your scuba diving course and you are on the shore /  poolside.

Your scuba diving instructor wanted you to kneel and breath underwater after a briefing about your very first scuba diving session. 

Maybe you were an amateur free diver and got used to with the mask, snorkel and fins, but not a tank and a regulator!

You are just like a koi out of its pond.

At this point, you may feel like in two different ways:

  1. Excited about what you are doing! You think breathing underwater and watching the aquatic environment is fantastic!
  2. Stressed about what you are doing! You feel extremely uncomfortable and want to step on the land again asap!

If you belong to # 1, go ahead and enjoy your dives. 

Whereas if you are # 2 type, I have something for you.  [Read more…]

Key for Success in Scuba Diving

I am a scuba instructor for more than 15 years in PADI, SSI, NASDS and CMAS

I have trained over 750 scuba diving students in this period. 

When I start an Open Water Diver Course, I know two things will possibly happen throughout the course;

  1. My student, regardless of age, sex and nationality, will be afraid to try to conduct the “removing and replacing the scuba mask skill” 
  2. He / she will most likely think that scuba diving is a hard sport / activity requiring endurance and “maybe it is not something for him / her” (fewer than #1 but still valid)

In this post, I want to show you the way for success in scuba diving and how to kill these two points above (if you also have / had them) easily!

Ok, let me start with the first one; 

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Nikon Coolpix S33 Review

Each of us love holidays, right? 

Staying out of crowded cities, stressful job, annoying co-workers and even from our neighbors next door.

Nikon Coolpix S33 - Right Side

Nikon Coolpix S33 – Right Side

Sea, beach and lots of beautiful, unforgettable memories

Scuba diving? For sure for me and all the other scuba-lovers out there. 

For others, at least swimming in a pool or in the ocean, maybe?

I guess you know which point I want to come. 

I want to talk about Nikon Coolpix S33, not an action-cam like a GoPro or a fully-sealed camera like Nikon SeaLife Micro HD, but a really cool and handy “memory keeper

I used to have a Nikon Coolpix S32 and I was using it in my dives as well as my GoPros. 

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Why You Should And Should Not Buy a GoPro Hero 6?

If you are a GoPro fan, I am sure this is not the first time you visited divewithseaman.com

GoPro Hero 6 Black Edition

GoPro Hero 6 Black Edition

That’s because when a new GoPro product is launched, I order one immediately, wait for the new baby to come home, try it both on land and underwater, then write my objective and honest review for people who are willing to, but not sure about purchasing that brand-new GoPro. 

What I want you to do is to take a cup of coffee, read my “real user post” below slowly and do not hesitate to ask your questions from the comment section at the end of this GoPro Hero 6 review. Me and other experienced users may answer your questions as soon as possible.  [Read more…]

Rob Stewart Dies In Florida

We are sorry today… 

Sorry for the loss of a true underwater naturalist and a role model. 

I am sure majority of DiveWithSeaman readers know Rob Stewart as much as I do and respect him for everything he added to our world. 

Well-known documentary “Sharkwater” is a-must-watch film not only for scuba divers, but also for anyone who cares about nature and habitat. If you came here by searching “Rob Stewart” on Google, start to watch “Sharkwater” immediately, if you haven’t already.

Photo: sharkwater.com

Who Is Rob Stewart?

You guys know me.. I like to write about how people “lived” instead of how they “died

So, who is Rob Stewart? 

He is from Canada (Toronto), a marine biologist, film maker, photographer and conservationist. 

Started to use his underwater camera when he was only 13 and became a scuba instructor when he was 18. 

Before we knew Rob with Sharkwater, he travelled the world to take wildlife photos.  [Read more…]

GoPro Hero 5 Black Detailed Review

When I came home from work last week, I saw a note on my door, saying that bla bla bla cargo company weren’t able to find me home, so I must go to their office to take the package! 

GoPro Hero 5 Black BoxI turned back to my car and drove to the cargo office.

When I showed my ID to the cargo officer, she brought me my new baby; GoPro Hero 5 Black

After waiting for it for a very long time, there it was!! 

I grabbed it and came back home to see this new GoPro family member and test it asap for my readers here. 

What I did this week was to test the new GoPro Hero 5 Black, note all the pros and cons, features, tips for using and etc. to be able to write you a helpful GoPro Hero 5 Black review. 

 

Let’s start…

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GoPro 5 Release Date

We were waiting for a long time for a new member of the GoPro family.

Today, I got a newsletter e-mail from GoPro.

GoPro Hero 4 Silver--3

I am sure you have heard about the drone GoPro will release; Karma.

GoPro 5 will be able to get mounted on an officially produced GoPro drone.

Their slogan for Karma is “Change is in the air” and I really liked it. It seems, there will be flying GoPros everywhere this season.

You can see the trailer for Karma by following the link here.

And the release date of GoPro 5 with Karma seems to be on 19.09.2016. 

Well, this release is very mysterious. Because there are 3 possibilities we may encounter on 19.09.2016.

  1. Only Karma (drone produced by GoPro) might be released.
  2. Karma + GoPro 5 might be introduced together at the same date (most likely).
  3. GoPro 5 might be a built-in action cam in Karma, so Karma would also home GoPro 5 and these 2 might call Karma.

What can I say?

We are looking forward to meet with it.

Enjoy.

Suunto D6i Novo Review and Comparison

Hello all,

For couple of months, I have been trying the new Suunto D6i Novo to be able to write a detailed review about it for you. I hope you find this review helpful and it can serve you deciding on which dive computer to buy this season.

Suunto D6i Novo StoneFirst of all, if you are interested in purchasing a Suunto dive computer and you stopped by my blog, I advise you to read my “Suunto D6i Review” first, to be able to get an idea about this beautiful dive computer. What I’ll be telling you about in this review will most likely be the cont’d edition of my previous review about Suunto D6i. That because, ammmm… they are almost the same dive computer with “small” changes.

Okay, here we go.

3 months ago, I got my cargo.

I knew it was my brand new Suunto D6i Novo Stone and opened it really fast to see how it look like. [Read more…]

David Bowie: Under Pressure!

I am lucky enough to grow up with the generation of David Bowie and Queen.

When I was a little boy, I had two dreams. They were to become:

  • a rock star
  • a scuba diver

I couldn’t become a rock star (yet:)

But I became a scuba diver when I was 12.

In academic sessions of my scuba diving course, our scuba dive instructor was always talking about “pressure.

She was repeatedly saying “under pressure.

Boyle’s Law, you know. [Read more…]