The second best thing to scuba diving is reliving those moments captured on your GoPro camera. As many scuba divers can attest, scuba diving is a concentrated effort that requires a sense of your surroundings and a monitoring of your depth and your oxygen level; the last thing on a diver’s mind is recording his surroundings with an underwater camera.
Although, not say that it can’t be done, there are many professional and amateurs who record underwater with their GoPro cameras, it’s just figuring how they do it.
Listed below are three of the essential mounts and accessories that you’ll need for scuba diving with your GoPro camera:
Octomask Diving Scuba Mask
Between navigating the water with your handheld compass /computer and maintaining your buoyancy level, you pretty much have your hands full when it comes to scuba diving. So how does one juggle all the scuba accessories while recording underwater?
Well Octomask solves that problem. Octomask is popular diving scuba mask that has a built in mount for your GoPro camera, so you go dive handsfree while still capturing the beautiful surroundings.
The mount is a located on the temple of the mask, so you have an ideal eye-level point of view. The glass on the scuba mask is your standard tempered glass lenses and the mask skirt is made of silicon for a comfortable fit.
As with any dive, you’ll need to clear your mask when water seeps in. With the Octomask, clearing your mask is just as convenient as with any other standard scuba mask; the GoPro camera will not get in the way.
The Octomask is a popular choice among divers and snorkelers alike and it is compatible with all GoPro editions. For additional information and reviews of the Octomask, click here.
Polar Pro Red Dive Filter
Have you ever recorded your underwater escapades only to find out that you are spending more time adjusting the white balance of your shots?
Depending on your depth and the amount of ambient light available, you may find that your underwater shots are more heavily on the “blue” side.
The reason this is because at lower depths, the blue and the green color wavelengths tend to absorb the red color wavelengths, so in a sense the white balance at these depths becomes more blue-green saturated.
Using Polar Pro Cube red filter will dramatically improve the underwater colors and provide a more “natural look” by compensating and correcting for the lack of red color wavelengths. The best use of this filter is for depths of 12 to 65 feet.
Watch the difference between ‘with’ and ‘without’ the filter on this video:
While it works incredibly well, the tip to getting great shots with this filter is to check and clear any water droplets between the filter and the camera before each dive. The Polar Pro Cube only works for current GoPro Hero 3 models. For more information and reviews of the Polar Pro Filter, click here.
Another tip for diving with your GoPro is to apply RainX before each and every dive. This keep any water droplets from staying on the lens of the camera.
Considering that your GoPro is a wide angle camcorder (170 degrees viewing angle), to get great up close footage of marine life, you’ll either need to be super still and have marine life swim up to you, or you could use the GoPole reach.
The GoPole reach is an extension pole that has a grip on one end and a GoPro mount on the other. It’s base length is 17″ and it can extend up to 40″ to get those semi-macro shots without the worries of spooking your subject.
Swivel the mount around and point the camera back at yourself to get third person point of view.
The GoPole reach is a high strength, light weight accessory that is a must have, not only for diving but for many other activities. The GoPole reach is compatible with all GoPro Hero models. For pricing information and reviews of the GoPole reach, click here.
Other Popular GoPro Scuba Diving Accessories
Watch the Shark Riders in this amazing scuba diving video. For perspective video recording, they use the Octomask and the GoPole Reach. You’ll also notice in this video that the underwater ‘greenish’ colors have been post corrected.
See our snorkeling section for other accessories that you may need for scuba diving.
Also check out the latest review on new GoPro Hero 3+, here.