The GoPro is the go-to camera for action sports, and is very popular with ocean swimmers.
I’ve been filming with a GoPro for years, using them in OceanFit lessons and socially.
Any time you use a camera in the ocean environment you’re up against it – it can be hit and miss at the best of times, even with the very best equipment.
I’m often asked for tips on taking photos in the ocean using a GoPro, so here are my top tips for protecting your camera, minimising fogging, and reducing water spots.
It’s no surprise that I only wear goggles, OceanFit has had a nine year partnership with Vorgee stretching right back to when OceanFit was launched in 2009.
Why did I choose Vorgee way back in the beginning? There were two things that stood out,
- They are an Australia owned and operated business, based out of Queensland, and everyone who works there is passionate about developing amazing products for swimmers, and
- Their range of goggles is second to none, and their commitment to innovation is delivering swimmers technically superior goggles year after year.
Like all goggle brands, Vorgee has a large range of goggles for recreational to competitive swimmers, with faces of all shapes and sizes.
So, why did I choose the Missile and the Vortech as my two favourite goggles?
No one can deny I didn’t have my finger on the pulse last week when I wrote about the ‘great wetsuit debate’.
On Saturday the Bondi To Bronte swim organisers in Sydney were faced with an unseasonable ocean temp reported to be as low as 13.5 degrees (15 degrees on Sunday) and therefore made the sensible decision to move the event to Bondi on Sunday, reduce the course length, and promote the wearing of wetsuits.
Predictably, as soon as this decision was communicated, the ‘newds’ erupted in outrage on social media.
Do you only swim ‘newd’, or are you impartial to a bit of rubber?
This question is at the heart of the annual wetsuit debate between ocean swimming traditionalists and the modern day ocean swimmer.
Ocean swimmers tend to fit into two caps, I mean two camps.
Those who look good in a swim cap, and those who don’t – and I’m the captain of the later group.
I actually remember the one time I shaved my head back in high school and immediately regretted it. I just don’t have the head for the shaved look, and so it seems, for a swim cap either.
So why do we wear swim caps and are we wearing them for the right reasons?
Are you thinking about purchasing an open water swimming wetsuit?
As an ocean swimming instructor I spend a lot of time in the water… a lot!
Sometimes the water is warm, other times it’s freezing (see Coriolis effect: when the water gets cold in the summer), but one thing remains true, just being in the water for a long time can quickly drop your core temperature.
So, whether I’m coaching, or ocean swimming, if I’m wearing a wetsuit I want to be wearing one that’s comfortable, flexible and that will give me an edge.