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Paralenz release Vaquita 2nd Gen underwater camera with ultra-wide lens

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Any diver can now smoothly record stunning underwater videos with the new powerful yet intuitive Vaquita 2nd Gen camera with 150° ultra-wide lens and patented automatic underwater color correction – while simultaneously help to map the ocean through the community-driven TheOceanBase in the Paralenz app.

Award-winning Danish ocean-tech company Paralenz recently launched the second generation of its Vaquita underwater camera designed by divers for divers. Named after the critically endangered Vaquita porpoise, this easy-to-use camera is packed with new technology to deliver unprecedented quality in video and still photography under any aquatic conditions.

Vaquita 2nd Gen is all about improving on its predecessor based on the feedback we receive from our community”, says Martin Holmberg, Paralenz co-founder. “While the recording performance has improved drastically, you can still expect the Vaquita series’ signature ease-of-use, automatic color correction, and the geeky App that features advanced dive statistics.”

The new powerful Vaquita 2nd Gen records even smoother high-quality videos in up to 4K60 with the newly-updated, patented Auto-DCC (Automatic Depth-Controlled Color Correction) enabling the camera to automatically detect green or blue water and apply a digital color filter for breathtaking true-to-nature recordings. The new ultra-wide 150° lens* supports the camera to record stunning scenes full marine-life.

Each dive becomes valuable data

The Vaquita 2nd Gen has sensors for comprehensive data collection to map and document the conditions of the Ocean: temperature, depth, and geolocation. Every single dive shared in the Paralenz App contributes valuable ocean data.

The GPS sensor makes it possible for divers to share their dive footage as pins on TheOceanBase interactive map available in the Paralenz App. This new feature is entirely driven by the Paralenz community and enables users to map the ocean, view dives from all over the world, seek inspiration, or research conditions for future dive trips.

First and foremost, ocean data from each dive is shared with marine scientists and partnering conservation organizations like Coral Restoration Foundation and Ghost Diving Organization, and many more emphasizing Paralenz’ mission to actively help protect the Ocean.

Price and availability

Paralenz Vaquita 2nd Gen is available globally on August 18th for the retail price $799 / €799 in paralenz.com, select retail stores and Amazon US and Europe.

Paralenz Vaquita 2nd Gen Key Features

  • Automatic Depth-Controlled Color Correction (Auto-DCC): Capture true-to-nature colors with the patented intelligent color correction. No need for extra filters or software.
  • Ultra-wide lens: Capture stunning scenes full of marine life with the new 150° ultra-wide lens with a 25 cm (9.8”) focus distance.
  • Integrated GPS, Depth and Temperature Dive Log: Vaquita is packed with sensors for divers: GPS, depth, temperature, conductivity, dive time, date/time, and descent/ascent rate.
  • Built for technical diving: Built-in “T-Rail” mounting system for multiple mounting options. Waterproof down to 350 m (1150 ft) without extra housing. All camera settings are fully adjustable underwater.
  • Easy to use: intuitive handling for undisturbed diving, perfect fit even with gloves on, and vibration feedback.
  • Brilliant recording quality: Record true-to-nature underwater videos up to 4K60 / 1080p240 / 720p240 and photos with 12MP.
  • Connects with free Paralenz App: Upload, organize, edit, and share your recordings. Help map and protect the ocean by sharing your dive and its connected ocean data.

More amazing features include: True Color OLED display, Auto-Record function, customizable recording overlay settings, customizable recording modes.

For more information visit the Paralenz website

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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