Atlantis Dive Resorts, located in the Philipinnes, has announced the purchase of two OTS Guardian Full Face Masks complete with Buddy Phones, allowing for complete communication between Photo Pros and their students.
Having already offered “on demand” photo workshops for its guests, this recent purchase is part of the resort's ongoing efforts to improve its facilities for underwater photographers. Alex Tyrrell, author of our "Photographing Critter Eggs" article teaches many of the classes, and the news masks that allow for underwater communication will be a valuable instructing tool.
In addition to the new communication system, the photo facilities at the Dumaguete location have been bolstered to make the space more accommodating for any level underwater photographer. Features of the upgraded facility include: a 40 ft work surface, 21 cubbyholes for storage, five air guns, 16 power sockets (at both 220 and 110 voltage), and a 42-inch HD television for photography analysis. The Puerto Galera camera room is currently under renovation.
Atlantis Dive Resorts in the Philippines, based in Dumaguete and Puerto Galera have been running ‘on demand’ Photo Workshops for some time, tailored to suit all levels of underwater photographers. Always looking to improve the services available to their guests and implement the use of innovative products, they have just invested in two sets of OTS Guardian Full Face Masks complete with Buddy Phones to allow their Photo Pro’s to teach the Atlantis Underwater Photo Workshops while giving real-time verbal instructions to students. The underwater communications system consists of a 'speaker and microphone' unit for the instructor and a 'receiver only' unit for the student. The receiver unit simply attaches to the strap of a normal dive mask, so the student can use all of their own dive equipment without the need to undergo additional training; they just listen to the instructions provided. This will greatly improve the effectiveness of teaching photography and maximise time during in-water tuition, as it means there is no need to write time consuming instructions on a slate.
The Dumaguete resort has also had its facilities to Underwater Photographers improved with the opening of its spacious new Camera Room. There is over 21m² of floor space, 14m of work surface and 21 cubbyholes to store equipment. Five air-guns are positioned around the room, 16 sets of power sockets in both 2 and 110 volts, paper towel dispensers for cleaning O-rings, a battery charging shelf running the length of the work surface and eight fluorescent under-shelf lights for additional illumination for that all important O-ring check. The room is climate controlled for comfortable working conditions and also has a 42-inch HD flat-screen TV mounted on the wall with HDMI, HMDI Mini and USB connections for viewing photos and video. The Puerto Galera Resorts Camera Room is under renovation at the moment to make the already comfortable work space even better.
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