Garmin VIRB Elite Test Snorkeling Poipu Beach, Kauai By HRWC

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Garmin VIRB Elite HD action cameras were tested snorkeling in Hawaii recently by the Heart Rate Watch Company.

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The Dive Case Works Great For Snorkeling and Water Sports

.....a wrist strap would probably work better snorkeling than a head mount because your hand is always underwater.

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VIRB Elite action camera was recently tested snorkeling at Poipu Beach in Kauai, Hawaii.

“The weather was sunny and the camera performed fantastic underwater in the Garmin VIRB dive case,” says Rusty Squire, President of the Heart Rate Watch Company. He adds, “We tested some different equipment like the Garmin VIRB dive case and head strap and learned some stuff, like the fact that a wrist strap would probably work better snorkeling than a head mount because your hand is always easier for controlling camera angles."

Hawaiian Monk Seal and Fish Galore

"On the way to the beach we encountered the endangered Hawaiian monk seal," says Squire. He adds, "It is estimated that less than 150 of these seals still exist today in the wild."

“We had gotten about 100 yards off shore when we encountered schools of fish,” says Squire. He adds, “We actually preferred filming with a wrist strap because you can control the framing better and you are typically just hovering, and not swimming, when you are shooting a subject.”

“We included the GPS maps in the footage but that is not as interesting for snorkeling as it would be for skiing, or mountain biking, where you travel faster and farther,” says Squire. He adds, “It does however serve to jog your memory as to where the footage was taken, which is a nice memory jog if you shoot a lot.”

Further Testing

“Today we are going to hike the Napali Coast trail and get some pictures of the big surf, which are purported to be 30 feet plus today,” says Squire. He adds, “We take the camera snorkeling more later in the week along with boogie boarding to get some video posted.”

“The north shore of Kauai is very rainy in March so Poipu on the south shore makes for a better snorkeling destination at this time of year,” says Squire. He adds, “All-in-all I was impressed with the quality of the footage but I think I’ll go up one zoom level and use the wrist band for the next snorkel outing.”

Dive Case

“The waterproof VIRB Dive case is awesome and performed very well,” says Squire. He adds, “If you water ski, snorkel, swim, fish, surf or participate in any water sports than the dive case is the ticket.”

Call The Experts

“If you would like to talk with real experts that actually test the products they sell then simply call us at 866-586-7129”, says Squire. He adds, “There is nothing like talking with real users to get the real skinny on a product.”

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