But, I want to take my camera.
There are many things that a person needs to know or understand before they take a camera with them scuba diving. Here are a few of the things that you should consider before taking a camera with you under the waves.
Cameras and their housings are mechanical devices, they will fail. If a housing can flood, it will flood, it’s just a matter of time until it happens. Whether it be due to operator error, or material failure sooner or later a camera in a housing is going to get wet. Remember when deciding to take a camera with you underwater, if you can’t afford to replace it, don’t take it underwater.
Around the shop, we hear a lot of people ask, when should I take a camera with me on a dive? We normally tell people that they need to have at least 50 dives before they take a camera on a dive. Then we usually hear, 50 dives!? Why so many? There many reasons why we recommend that someone should have at least 50 dives before they take a camera with them underwater.
The biggest reasons are water comfort, buoyancy control, gear comfort, and air management. All of these reasons directly impact your safety and well being on a dive. Conversely, these issues will directly impact your ability to get good underwater photos and videos. All these issues are also interrelated, in that a change in one will affect the others. Continue reading