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MATE ROV Competition Update



The 2015 MATE Florida Regional ROV Competition has concluded! With the lingering scent of chlorine and a few UV rays later, it’s safe to say ROVEAL had a blast watching the teams compete.

Since 2002, MATE has been sponsoring an annual ROV competition which requires students to think of themselves as entrepreneurs and transform their teams into “companies” that manufacture and market their very own ROVs and then compete against other teams in their class. Regional competitions, such as this one, are a great way for kids to come together, learn, and earn their place at the International Competition later in the year. It’s quite incredible to watch these young minds at work.

Invited by MATE to participate in this year’s competition, we felt compelled to deploy our Deep Trekker ROV in the water and capture all the action.


We want to extend our gratitude to Erica Moulton for inviting us to participate and we’d like to congratulate all the teams that competed, you guys are rock stars! It’s been a great experience and we look forward to returning for 2016. Meanwhile, you can continue to follow ROVEAL on LinkedIn & Facebook.


Matt Chandler is the lead ROV Pilot at Roveal Underwater Robotics, a Florida based robotics company focusing on ROV services, sales, & training. An Eastern North Carolina native, US Army Veteran, & self-proclaimed nerd, Matt has always had a passion for adventure, exploration, & the application of fancy gadgets. Recently, Matt has begun writing about the exploits of the Roveal team for the enjoyment of all, which can be found scattered about the web. Visit to learn more.

Dive Training Blogs

Dream Dive Locker Build Out Part II: Blank Slate (Watch Video)



I owe you all an update on the dream dive locker build out! We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to build my dream dive locker/scuba classroom/office. In this installment, I’m going to answer your questions and comments from the first video in this series.

Scuba diving is my passion and to have a dedicated space for all my dive gear, as well as a hang out spot for my students, is a dream come true.

Let me know your color choice! 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5!

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Freediving Blogs

The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Stephan Whelan



Next in a new series of podcasts shared by our friends Gemma and Ian aka The BiG Scuba Podcast…

Ian and Gemma chat to Stephan Whelan.  Stephan is the Founder and Publisher of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a lifelong love affair with the oceans and led him to become one of the leading figures in the diving media industry.

Stephan got bitten by the diving bug early in life. His first scuba experience was a try-dive when he was eight years old on a family holiday in Europe, and from that moment, he was addicted. He learned to dive properly with BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) as soon as he could at school and then did his BSAC Assistant Instructor when he turned 16. By the time he was heading to university in 1996, he was hooked on teaching and diving as much as he could.

By the time he started studying at university, he decided to have a go at flexing his web-design skills by publishing some of the stories he had built up about various ‘challenging’ students and dives he had encountered, and so (as it was known then) was created. He published numerous personal stories until 1998 when other writers began enquiring about contributing to the site with their tales, and it was at this moment he decided to make it more like a magazine format and began asking for volunteer helpers. He got a couple of editors on board, and plenty of writers began contributing. (or DB as it’s become to be known) is now one of the most-popular diving websites in the world and has grown to publish over 9,000 articles covering all sorts of topics like Freediving, Scuba Diving, Ocean Advocacy, and Diving Travel all the while keeping over half-a-million passionate divers from the diving community connected every month through the forums, large social media following, mobile app, and recently launched podcast.








Find more podcast episodes and information at and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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