Underwater video is a scuba-based underwater sport governed by CMAS. CMAS stands for Confédération Mondiale Des Activités Subaquatiques, which translates to ‘World Underwater Federation’. Underwater sports is a group of competitive sports using one, or a combination, of the following underwater diving techniques: breath holding, snorkelling or scuba including the use of equipment like diving masks and fins. These sports are conducted in the natural environment at sites such as open water and sheltered or confined water such as lakes and in artificial aquatic environments such as swimming pools.
Underwater sports include the following - aquathlon, fin swimming, freediving, spearfishing, sport diving, underwater football, underwater hockey, underwater ice hockey, underwater orienteering, underwater photography, underwater rugby, underwater target shooting and underwater videography.
Underwater videography is a competitive sport where teams of competitors, using digital underwater video systems, all dive at the same saltwater ocean sites at the same time over a predifined period. The submitted digital videos are then assessed and ranked by a jury.
In 2015 I started to compete in underwater video competitions. The additional stress to produce a complete video production during a limited time triggered me. These competitions require a completely different kind of approach than those made in my own pace. My highlights so far are being awarded as runner-up during the CMAS European Championships Underwater Video 2016 in La Herradura (Spain) and becoming Dutch Champion in September 2017!