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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.

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5 Women Divers With YouTube Channels That Inspire Divers Ready (Watch Video)



Another in the series of weekly videos from Divers Ready! This video was originally produced to coincide with PADI Women’s Dive Day 2019 but it’s worth celebrating everyday!

Ahead of PADI Women Dive Day 2019, it seemed appropriate to shine a light on the awesome content these 5 women divers are putting out.

We made this as a tribute video to 5 female rockstars of the diving world whose YouTube Channels have inspired Divers Ready in one way or another.

Links below! Head over and hit their subscribe buttons!

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Diving The Wreck Of The S.S. Sapona, Bimini: A Sordid History! (Watch Video)



Another in the series of weekly videos from Divers Ready!

Probably the SHALLOWEST wreck I have ever dived, but one with a truly sordid history. I give you the S.S. Sapona!

It’s really a fun wreck to scuba dive or snorkel with tons of iconic photo and video shots, but more than that, we wanted to share with you the history of the S.S. Sapona, which draws from both world wars, the prohibition and the Great Depression and includes a whole host of interesting characters.

On top of that, the wreck features amazing coral growth! She has been sunk since 1926, so she’s a fully matured reef system now.

The S.S. Sapona for me is Bimini in the Bahamas’ can’t miss, must dive site, and with its sordid history, I believe this dive belongs on every diver’s bucket list.

Thanks you to the team at Bimini Undersea for taking us out in such style! Do me a favor TEAM DR, show Bimini Undersea some love… Connect with them here:

To book your Sapona adventure, email my buddy Pablo at and tell him I sent you!

ALSO…. Check out Drone Pilot Carl Treyz’s awesome YouTube channel packed full of epic drone shots and bodacious fishing adventures at

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