A lot of scuba divers want to record their dive with their GoPro or equivalent. The settings of your GoPro play a big part in the quality of the video you capture on your GoPro. It is important to learn about the best settings for your GoPro for diving. Also the monopod you use also has an impact on the quality of video recorded. Can you use GoPro head strap underwater?
Yes, you can use a GoPro head strap underwater but you do need to be careful. You need to ensure that the head strap is not loose and is secured tightly around your head. Remember it will add another level of complexity to your dive setup and may get in the way if there is an emergency underwater.
In today’s post, we will go through in more detail if you can use GoPro head strap underwater, so let’s get started!
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Can You Use GoPro Head Strap Underwater?
Yes, you can use a GoPro head strap underwater. The head straps were invented so your hands could be free to do whatever you wanted to do while recording. In the case of scuba divers, the problem with the head straps is that it can add another level of complexity to your dive set up.
Remember, what if you need to remove the mask underwater or put on a spare mask in case of an emergency. Or it the heap strap comes off when entering the water.
There is also important to ensure that the head strap is not loose and is secured tightly around your head. You don’t want to lose their camera while diving.
Is The GoPro Head Strap Waterproof?
The head strap itself is waterproof but the GoPro is waterproof without housing up to 33ft (10M). Personally, I have not tested this as I always use the housing for my GoPro. I don’t want to risk it.
How Do You Attach A GoPro To A Head Mount?
The one thing that is good about the head strap is that it records everything from the perspective of what you are seeing. The head strap is normally fully adjustable and that you can attach a camera to your head like a light. Here is how to attach GoPro to a head strap.
- Firstly you need to get familiar with the head strap. And put it on your head till it is comfortable and tight.
- Now you can attach your GoPro camera to the head strap mount using the thumbscrew.
- And now place the head strap on your head and begin taking recording videos.
Alternatives To The GoPro Head Strap
There are shortcomings to using the head strap are there are not always practical or not allowed by divemasters. Luckily there are alternatives to the GoPro head strap. These are as follows.
- Wrist mount.
- Mask mount.
These or most of them can be extended, usually up to a few feet. These are sometimes referred to as selfie sticks. The simple design not only allows us to turn the camera around and film ourselves but also we are able to get a closer shot without endangering ourselves.
The oblivious pros are that you can extend it and get closer to sea life without endangering yourself. The con is that you need to hold on to it and sometimes this can be annoying.
This is also simple in design, it is a wrist strap with a GoPro dive housing attached to it. The con is that it doesn’t allow getting too close to marine life.
The pro is that you’ve got the camera attached to your wrist in such a way it allows you to almost forget that it’s there.
The mask mount simply is attached to the scuba mask. The pro of using a mask mount is that wherever you look, the camera will record.
And the con is that bubbles can affect the quality of the recording. And sometimes the recording can appear erratic and shaky.
Finally, personally, I would not use a head strap or any other headgear when out scuba diving as this adds another level of complexity to my dive set up and may get in the way. If you choose to use a head strap, ensure that it is not loose and is secured tightly around your head.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on can you use a GoPro head strap underwater has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.