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First Impressions: Paralenz Vaquita 2nd Gen Dive Camera (Watch Video)

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I recently had the chance to try out the new Paralenz Vaquita 2nd Gen Dive Camera. A trip up to my local quarry, Capernwray, to get a friend who had not been diving in many years, was the perfect dive to give this camera a bit of real-world testing. My focus was on my buddy, but once he was comfortable and happy, I grabbed a few moments to try out this impressive camera. Please excuse the post-dive hair in the video!

The camera and accessories all arrive in sustainable, plastic-free packaging which is always a good start. And once out of the box you can feel the quality of the camera. I was glad to see that there was a macro option for this camera and I was using the trigger for the first time.

My initial thoughts are that this is another step forward for Paralenz. The wide angle footage looks great, with a wider field that the previous Vaquita. The in-built colour correction works really well, even in green water, and meant that I did not have to do any post dive editing of the footage.

The trigger grip is going to be my go-to mount for this camera after using on this dive. It helps keep the camera steady and works well for taking both still images and video clips.

The macro lens and flip lens holder meant hat you can switch easily from wide angle shooting to macro on a single dive. The macro lens came with a handy stick to show the perfect focus distance for the lens. Whilst this will not be practical in most diving situations, whilst testing it gave me a good feel for the distance and I ended up not needing it when I shot the macro footage at the end of this video clip. Capernwray does not offer the best macro opportunities and so I look forward to getting this camera and lens into the ocean for some more macro subjects.

The camera keeps track of your depth, water temperature, location, ascent and descent rates and can upload all this, along with images and video clips, to the app – to act as a visual dive log, as well as an incredible way for divers to add this data to help track sea temperature changes around the world. It is depth rated to an incredible 350m without any additional housing or equipment.

This was just a quick test and I was impressed. I will be using this camera diving both in the UK and overseas in the coming months and will write a more in depth review once I have had more opportunities to use it. But my first impression is that this is a great dive camera for anyone that likes to shoot underwater video, but hates post dive editing (like me)!

For more information visit the Paralenz website by clicking here

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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Deptherapy charity to close in August 2023

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Scuba Diving rehabilitation charity Deptherapy has announced its forthcoming closure. Last month, the Board of Trustees met to discuss the future of the Deptherapy & Deptherapy Education Charity. A path to closure was sadly agreed that will see the charity formally end its operation with effect from midnight on 31st August 2023, the end of the charity’s 2022–2023 financial year.

The reasons for closure, and the plans for the operation of Deptherapy over the interim period, are covered in a statement issued on behalf of the Deptherapy Board, which was made available on the charity’s website today, 3rd October 2022.

Two major issues have forced the difficult decision to close: 1, the inability to recruit sufficient beneficiaries to maintain a viable graduated diving qualification pathway; and 2, the lack of a sustainable income stream, in which public giving has been replaced by an increased dependency on grant funding. The charity also cites the negative impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on both recruitment and fundraising.

Until their closure at the end of August next year, Deptherapy is committed to continuing the charity’s scheduled programme, which includes a training expedition to Roots Red Sea in October 2022 for new beneficiaries, as well as those already on developmental courses. The charity is also hosting a Deptherapy Retreat in Sheffield in November 2022 for beneficiaries, partners and relatives. The Retreat will see the launch of the Deptherapy Mental Awareness Course, an important part of the legacy that the charity will leave when it finally closes its doors next August.

Deptherapy Chair, Richard Cullen, said:

“I speak for the Board when I say that we are immensely proud of all that Deptherapy and its beneficiaries have achieved since the charity’s formation in 2014. As an organization and individuals, we leave a huge footprint in terms of Adaptive Teaching on the Scuba Diving industry globally. Most importantly, we leave a legacy of lives saved and transformed. Our beneficiaries will remain front and centre of our work over the coming period as they have always been. Deptherapy is also committed to ensuring the benefits of our programmes and experience will remain accessible and sustainable for the future.”

Subject to residual funds, the charity hopes to run a further ‘core’ expedition to the Red Sea in May/June 2023, and a liveaboard expedition in Summer 2023 for existing beneficiaries. All fundraising activities will cease from 31st December 2022.

The Board is also actively looking at ways of ensuring that our expertise, experience and resources are made available to other charities supporting those in the Blue Light Services who have encountered mental and physical injuries.

Further details about Deptherapy’s progress to closure will be available in due course.

To read the full statement about the closure or for more information, visit www.deptherapy.co.uk.

Images: Dmitry Knyazev for Deptherapy

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Announcing the Winners of Scubaverse’s September 2022 Underwater Photo & Video Contests

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Another bumper month packed with amazing images and videos from around the world! It has certainly been another great month for entries in both contests – your underwater photos and videos are just getting better and better! Thanks to all who entered.

To find out who the winner of Scubaverse.com’s September 2022 Underwater Photo Contest is, click here.

To find out who the winner of Scubaverse.com’s September 2022 Underwater Video Contest is, click here.

If you’re not a winner this month, then please do try again. October’s photo and video contests are now open.

To enter Scubaverse.com’s October 2022 Underwater Photo Contest, click here.

To enter Scubaverse.com’s October 2022 Underwater Video Contest, click here.

Good luck!!!

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