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Roveal Underwater Robotics to attend MATE’s 2015 Florida Regional ROV Competition this weekend




Nelson Mandela once said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” At the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE), that’s exactly the goal.

Roveal Underwater Robotics is currently preparing to attend the 2015 Florida Regional ROV Competition held by MATE in St. Petersburg. This will be our first experience with MATE and we couldn’t be more excited! We were invited to participate with MATE as one of their professional ROV companies, and that’s something we are extremely proud of, especially as a small company like Roveal.

MATE’s focus on STEM education is incredibly important and noble work, which the Roveal team supports wholeheartedly. Engaging with the teams and watching the action unfold should make for some great memories. We look forward to an amazing time at this year’s competition and hope to attend many more.

The competition takes place this coming Saturday, April 25th; stay on the lookout for updates on our experience with MATE here on

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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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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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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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