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 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.

Nikons First Action Cam: Key Mission 360

We know how far action cam business came since the beginning of 2000’s.

I always asked my self “how far would they go after GoPro Hero4′s 4K resolution technology?” in 2015.

Yesterday night, I was checking out the scuba diving industry news on the Internet.

Guess what? 

I saw one of my friends sharing an action cam produced by Nikon. It was not our for sale yet, but my question I was asking to myself in 2015 was answered by this single share and blew my mind. [Read more…]

Underwater Housing for iPhone 6

Last week, I was on a dive boat, getting ready for my next dive.

I was final checking my scuba.

Then I saw a guy sitting next to my scuba, doing something with his iPhone.

I tried to understand what he is doing.

He was holding an underwater housing and making some adjustments to his iPhone 6.

I approached him and asked what he was doing.  [Read more…]

SeaLife Micro HD Announced

If you enjoy diving but still didn’t take a single photo underwater, this is your opportunity.

SeaLife has introduced the SeaLife Micro HD.

It is the first fully sealed camera which makes it a pioneer in the sector. There were some cameras that can be used without a housing underwater but they were limited to a certain depth. This made them “pool cameras.” SeaLife Micro HD, however, is a revolution in fully sealed underwater camera concept. It can be seen as a milestone.

We are used to use or see the cameras inside giant underwater housing.

With SeaLife Micro HD, you don’t need to carry a huge drum in your dives. No big and heavy underwater cases!

Grap your camera and dive to shoot your best! Sounds cool, doesn’t it?

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Features of SeaLife Micro HD

  • Fully Sealed (no housing and O-rings)
  • 1080p HD Video at 30fps (also can be 720p at 60fps)
  • 13 Megapixel Image Resolution
  • Fisheye Lens 140°
  • Easy Control With Large Keys (Also called Piano Keys)
  • Both Photo & Video (you can take photos during recording a video)
  • Simple and Easy-to-Use Menu
  • Internal Memory of 16GB
  • 60 meters Waterpoof
  • Instant Focus Lens starting from 30cm
  • Rubber Casing Is Resistant to Shock
  • Ergonomic
  • Lightweight (266 gr, good for travelling)
  • Rapid Fire Mode (takes 10 snapshots per second)
  • Time Lapse Mode (takes continuous snapshot in time intervals you select)
  • Lithium rechargable battery that lasts for 3 hours without charging
  • 2.4″ LCD Screen
  • Expandable with Sea Dragon dive lights

SeaLife Micro HD Is On Its Way!

We need to be a little bit patient. SeaLife Micro HD will be ready for sale in September 2014.

This handy camera can be used both above and below the water.

SeaLife Micro HD is not leaking any water while you are taking photos/videos in a rainy day in your backyard or in 60 meters under the water !

It looks like a small SLR camera due to its rubber case but SeaLife Micro HD is a good compact camera with a 2.4″ color LCD screen on it.

SeaLife announced that there will be two models of this camera:

  1. 16 GB Micro HD
  2. 32 GB Micro HD with Wireless

We’ll be able to share our photos and videos wirelessly with the 32 GB version, which will certainly ease the sharing process. In 16 GB version, this can be done with a USB cable. There are waterproof USB ports outside of the camera.

Battery charging is also easy with this USB port. Like we do with our cell-phones, we are going to be able to charge our Micro HD with a USB cable even when the camera is still wet.

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There are not any small buttons that make us sick especially when we use dive gloves.

There are 3 big keys. These “piano keys” are easy-to-use. You can control all the functions by the help of these large keys.

You press one of these buttons for the setup menu, select the type of shooting you like, depth and lighting options.

Video button starts and stops recording and you can even take photos while recording a video without ceasing the video.

There is a built-in color correction option in SeaLife Micro HD, but for better results you may want to one or two Sea Dragon lights. Sea Dragon is an external SeaLife photo/video light that can easily be attached to your SeaLife Micro HD.

If you are planning to take photos/videos of underwater animals that you don’t want to get too close, you can use SeaLife AquaPod with your camera for this purpose.

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Price of SeaLife Micro HD

Yes, let’s come to the point 🙂

I am sure you all want to hear the price.

As I have mentioned above, there’ll be two versions of the SeaLife Micro HD.

Here are the planning prices for both versions:

16 GB SeaLife Micro HD: $399.95

32 GB SeaLife Micro HD with Wireless: $499.95

I hope you now have an idea about SeaLife Micro HD. I’ll be buying, using and reviewing this camera for divewithseaman.com readers in September.

***Update***
Please visit SeaLife Micro HD Review page for a detailed review of this product.

Tamzin Vickers is the Scuba Star

Children at least 10 years old can become a certified scuba diver in majority of the dive agencies like PADI and SSI.

These days, UK is talking about one of the youngest scuba divers in the country: Tamzin Vickers.

Photo: www.thisiskent.co.uk/

She is 10 years old and loves to dive.

Right after her 10th birthday, Tamzin Vickers passed the exam which will make her a PADI Junior Open Water Diver!

She can now dive as deep as 12 meters in open water.

Tamzin Vickers has a scuba loving parents and wanted tiny Vickers to start her scuba diving career.

On thisiskent.co.uk, this successful little girl said:

“Scuba diving is so awesome, it is so relaxing and there is much to see. I love being underwater. When I am diving, I like to sing to myself and blow air ring bubbles”

It is very good to see young scuba divers around.

When trained well and rules are followed, scuba diving is safe and fun even for 10 year old children.

Nicholas Mevoli Dies In Vertical Blue

Nicholas Mevoli is a 32 year-old American free-diver. In May 2013, Mevoli made a free dive to 100 meters without assist and became the American champ. With a 3:45 dive time, he succeeded by using a momo-fin on that championship that day.  [Read more…]

What Is Going On Right Below California?

3 sea-giants in ten days?!. Two of them are Giant Oarfish (Regalecus glesne), seen alive for almost a couple of times in the history, other one named Sabre-Toothed Whale (Mesoplodon stejnegeri) has never seen alive! In fact, scientists say this is a very rare species. Why these giants are beaching? Is there something disturbing them deep down there? Or these huge fish are trying to warn us about a natural disaster? [Read more…]

Free Dive World Records From Turkey

Last Thursday, Derya Can (Turkish Free Diving National Team) dove to 71 meters in Variable Weight Without Fins category. Can only used a reference line without even using a fin for ascend. This world record was owned by another Turkish athlete Şahika Ercümen with 61 meters.

Source: http://www.skyturk360.com/

Today, Derya Can had another world record attempt in the morning. Again with 71 meters, Can now owns the deepest Constant Weight Without Fins title.

Both dives made in Kaş, Antalya, TURKEY. Derya Can dedicated her records* to Turkish Republic’s 90th anniversary.

*CMAS recognized world records

A Sabre-Toothed Whale This Time?

Last week, a Giant Oarfish was found in California, USA. This time, a Sabre-Toothed Whale (Mesoplodon stejnegeri) beached in Venice Beach. Citizens of Venice Beach saw this extremely rare whale species on Tuesday night. Also called the Stejneger’s Beaked Whale, this species normally lives in the Bering Sea.

Source: Heal the Bay FaceBook page

Source: Heal the Bay FaceBook page

Heal the Bay, a non-profit environment organization wrote on their FaceBook page:

The Stejneger’s Beaked Whale is a Northern species that frequents our coast but is predominantly found in the waters of Alaska. It is VERY rare and almost never seen alive.

The dots on the Sabre-Toothed Whale is thought to be the shark bites. This second sea giant really surprised the citizens living in California.