Fabulous and Affordable Underwater Camera
A Product Review by John Leonard
Eastern States Clinic, conducted by Peter Daland and Sue Davis in
Valley Forge, PA, I first saw Coach Dave Kilmer with his new
underwater camera. (His company, Underwater Camera Company of
America, phone 619-997-7946, email Dave@ucca.biz,
website www.ucca.biz )
My first impression was “ya, ya, ya, another underwater “system."
I was wrong.
had Dave send me one. It’s a small camera on a uni-pod (A stick
for you low-tech guys) with a camera mount on the top. It opens and
extends to about 6 feet. It retracts and compresses to about 3 feet
long. It goes in and out of your car, closet, etc. very easily.
big objection in the past was convenience and the lack thereof,
to underwater systems….but not to this one. I stuck it in the
water, turned on my SONY video camera, hit one power button for
the unit and Voila!, I had terrific picture quality and
I could move it to any angle or location I wanted, when I
wanted, instantly. Its just like putting a stick in the pool,
no harder. You can hold it still with one hand, use your watch
with the other, and with a camera
with a viewing window, pull an athlete out of the water,
instantly show them something and have them hop right back in….right
by the side of the pool. And if you want to show them
someone else in the water, leave the camera on, and
you can do that as simply as you can say it.
of assembly? There virtually is almost none. You plug one end of a
cord into your camera (like you would to play it on a tv screen) and
one end into the stick. Done. Ready to view and record.
am not a high tech coach. I have avoided this stuff like plague. And
I used it just about every day, multiple times a day, for a 6 week
period. I used it at 5
AM, when we had artificial light on the pool, in the daytime
and at 5 PM when the natural light was at steep angles to the pool
and not too bright. All were perfect. It helped my athletes learn to
correct their skills, and gave me some insight into what they were
doing when I couldn’t see all that well underwater from the deck.
And it was easy. Easy. Easy. Key word.
one works beautifully and the price is right. I suspect it would be
as useful for learn to swim teachers as it is for coaches, and for
coaches, its simple enough to use it and still coach at the same
told Dave that I’d review it and then buy it if I liked it, after
the test period. My checks in the mail.
Great Job Coach Dave.
Dave for Pricing. (619) 997-7946 You’ll
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