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Shark Week Underwater Video Course

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We are back from the Shark Week underwater video course in S.Africa in association with Scubaaddicts and Hidden Depths Dive Tours. Graig the owner at Scubaaddicts guaranteed us sharks and I have to say that he certainly did not disappoint us.

The weather was against us for the first day with strong winds and a large sea swell which meant we couldn’t launch the boats from the river launch site. Disappointing but certainly not time wasted as this gave us change to check all of our equipment thoroughly and go through some video production theory. The following day let us out into the ocean and the shark experience began.

At this time of year it was the Black Tip Oceanic sharks that were most visible with the occasional Tiger shark cruising by for good measure. The two dives a day, with sharks on every dive, gave the course students ample time to secure good video footage for their sequences. The cameras used ranged from small compacts in housings to Hanycams to SLRs like the 7D. All producing great results.

shark-week-3There were a few sharks decorated with fishing hooks and lines which was sad to see but all in all they were very healthy and are doing well in the marine protection area.

Visibility wasn’t fantastic after the bad weather but it was good enough. Our hosts, Graig and Shona were very welcoming and made our stay extremely pleasant. We will be holding future courses there so keep an eye open for dates or contact me if you would like to register a preference.

Our next Red Sea course is at the end of September with Red Sea Diving Safaris and OonasDivers.

Good diving.

Photos are video frames taken from the course

You can watch a video clip from the course at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Doh_IkCqdAs&list=UUKfpZWTCn_SdaILHrx5HRvg&index=1

Jeff Goodman is the Editor-at-Large for Scubaverse.com with responsibility for conservation and underwater videography. Jeff is an award-winning TV wildlife and underwater cameraman and film maker who lives in Cornwall, UK. With over 10,000 dives to his credit he has dived in many different environments around the world.

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WIN a Beuchat Air Light Bag!!!

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For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Beuchat to give away an Air Light Bag!

The Air Light Bag from Beuchat is a practical travel bag that takes up minimum storage space.

  • Material: 600 denier and 1,000 denier nylon/PVC
  • Soft roller bag, easily stored in its mesh bag
  • Internal retaining straps
  • Zip fastener with eyelets for padlocks
  • Side compartment for fins
  • Outer document pocket with coated zip and carry strap
  • Backpack style straps concealed behind the foam back-plate
  • Drainage vents
  • Red over-moulded wheels; detachable wheel block

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on Scubaverse.com (which you can read here), we reported that the Philippines have been recognised as the World’s Leading Dive Destination at the 27th World Travel Awards. In the article it states how many islands make up the Philippines… how many are there?

Is there:

  • A) 7,209
  • B) 7,532
  • C) 7,641

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Beuchat Air Light Bag December 2020

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  • Terms and Conditions: This competition is open to all visitors to www.scubaverse.com except for members of the Scubaverse team and their families, or employees of Beuchat and their families. A valid answer to the competition’s question must be entered. If no valid answer to the competition’s question is entered, your entry will be invalid. Only one competition entry per entrant permitted (multiple entries will lead to disqualification). Only one prize per winner. All prizes are non-transferable, and no cash alternative will be offered. In the event that the prize cannot be supplied, no liability will be attached to www.scubaverse.com. When prizes are supplied by third parties, www.scubaverse.com is acting as their agents and as such we exclude all liability for loss or damage you may suffer as a result of this competition. This competition closes on 13/01/21. The winner will be notified by email. The Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final.

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Quick Scuba Tips #1: How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving (Watch Video)

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How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving. Can’t I just take my new mask diving straight out of the box? Well, actually, no. It needs a little work to make it dive ready.

In this, the first in our new scuba diving quick hints and tips series, I’m going to show you how to prepare a new mask for scuba diving with three quick techniques, all aimed at stopping your scuba mask from fogging.

Yes, this link is an affiliate link. Purchases made through these links may earn me a small commission at no extra charge to you.

Dive safe, dive often!

James


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