DUC Shootout 2015 Prizes

[2015 WINNERS]

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Thule Covert CSC Sling

  • SafeZone removable camera pod system with dual density padded bottom
  • Origami-inspired divider system folds around the smallest to largest pieces of gear for custom fit and protection
  • Fits compact system camera, up to 4 lenses or flash and accessories (adjustable dividers reconfigure to fit kit DSLR)
  • Two carrying options (cross-body sling, lumbar pack)
  • Padded iPad mini® compartment
  • Durable and water-resistant, two-tone Oxford material
  • Ergonomic chassis system provides the perfect balance of support and cushioning
  • When using as cross-body sling, reversible shoulder strap for left or right carry
  • Stash pocket on front panel keeps small items within instant reach
  • Compression straps customize the volume of bag
  • Water-repellent YKK Zippers and Duraflex fasteners
  • High-visibility interior lining material to help you easily locate small accessories
  • Reflective Thule logo
 Thule Covert DSLR Satchel

  • SafeZone removable camera pod system with dual density padded bottom
  • Origami-inspired divider system folds around the smallest to largest pieces of gear for custom fit and protection
  • Fits up to prosumer DSLR body with attached ultra-wide-angle lens
  • Customizable storage (1-2 lenses, flash)
  • Top loading compartment opens away from body for easy access and security
  • Durable and water-resistant, two-tone Oxford material
  • Padded iPad® compartment
  • Ergonomic chassis system provides the perfect balance of support and cushioning
  • Storage compartment for cleaning supplies keeps dust out and safely stores memory cards in elastic slip pockets
  • Compression straps customize the volume of bag
  • Water-repellent YKK Zippers and Duraflex fasteners
  • High-visibility interior lining material to help you easily locate small accessories
  • Reflective Thule logo
2 Nights Accommodation for 4 people at The Hatchery plus a long lazy lunch for 4 at The Prawn Shak R2540.00
The Marula Shak is situated in the pristine bush environs of the Nkumbe Wildlife Estate. Their unique venue is a haven of tranquillity, but still offers a memorable party (that is, unless their swings and hammocks bring out your inner sloth first!). It’s a must-do while you’re in Ponta.Prize: 3 nights accommodation at Nkumbe luxury tented camp, 2 dives with Gozo Azul in Ponta Malongane, 2 meals at the Marula Shak and 1 night star gazing for FOUR people.
  3 night and 3 dive package for 1 person in a cabin including gear hire. R1760.00
  Seawing NOVA Full Foot fin
The revolutionary technology of the Seawing Nova is now available in a high-performance, full foot version.Designed to set a new benchmark for single-polymer fins, the full Monprene construction uses carefully engineered ribs and plates to eliminate the need for thermoplastic panels. The result is an extremely durable fin that offers exceptional power, speed and manoeuvrability together with class-leading foot support and comfort.The all new ERGO-FITfeatures pronounced Power-Rails to provide a rigid, stable foot plate that prevents cramp and transfers all of the diver’s power to the fin blade.The toe-box has been widened to provide significantly better comfort at the front of the foot and the low-cut ankle and heel section prevents chaffing and blistering at the rear of the foot.PRIZE: The Seawing Nova full foot is the ideal fin for warm water divers who are not prepared to compromise on performance and durability.
  Spectra TruFit mask
The revolutionary new TruFit concept from SCUBAPRO takes mask comfort to the next level!
Exclusive ‘pleats’ on the top and sides of the skirt allow for the use of an ultra-soft, thin silicone that moulds effortlessly to fit your face perfectly. Without these channels and grooves, the silicone would be too soft and would have no strength or structure, with them, the skirt is strong and stable yet utterly adaptable and compliant.PRIZE :- A metallic-look frame twin-lens mask.
– Exclusive paint process gives your mask the look of stylish eyewear.
– Trufit exclusive skirt allows the mask to perfectly fit variety of faces.
1 x 300×300 Blocks
3 x 18cm x 18cm Blocks
3 x 10cm x 10cm Blocks

4 x S51 Magicam AEE cameras

  • The ergonomic design of the Action AEE S51 MagiCam camera easily fits in your pocket.
  • The camera is always ready at any moment!
  • Matrix 16Mp resolution of the recording mode Full Tornados (resolution 1920 by 1080).
  • Intellectual stabilization EIS smooth out all fluctuations during dynamic shooting. There are 10x digital zoom!
  • The long running time, since the capacity of the standard battery 1500 mAh.
  • Convenient display for more comfortable use when recording or viewing footage.
  • Unique protective box can withstand immersion under water up to 100 meters.
  • Due to the special buttons the camera can be operated completely without removing it from its protective box.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi module allows you to manage the AEE S51 MagiCam at a distance using a smartphone or tablet.
  • Action camera AEE S51 MagiCam works in video mode when connected to external power.- See more at http://bit.ly/1yfECvh
  6 x A3 Mounted Canvas Prints R399.00 Each R2394.00
  Agulhas House and Dive Centre is nestled in the centre of the Village of Umkomaas, home to the world famous reef system of the Aliwal Shoal. Set in lush tropical gardens with swimming pools and plenty of space to relax, all their en-suite rooms have been creatively renovated to blend effortlessly with the calm and relaxing nature of the surrounds. One lucky underwater photographer in the DUC Shootout will win a RAID Sidemount course with 3 nights accommodation including breakfast at Agulhas House. R6670.00
go! Take better photosThe name says it all: everything you need to know to take better photos.Whether you’re an amateur photographer looking to make the most of your point-and-shoot or a keen waterhole watcher with a bagful of lenses – our very first photography special edition will provide you with everything you need to know. Shutter speed? Aperture? Exposure? We’ll break down the jargon and give you plenty of tips and tricks to help you get those shots worthy of framing for your lounge wall. R500.00
  The popular Rocky Bay Resorts are offering a 2 night stay for 4 guests in one of their 2 bedroom log cabins as a DUC Shootout prize.Their homely log cabins are totally self – contained with private deck and braai area, fully equipped kitchen, television with DSTV Bouquet, as well as an outside shower to rinse off after a day on the beach.All log cabins have secure parking on site, 24 hour security and access controlled gates. Facilities at the main lodge includes Jungle Gym, Swimming pool, trampoline, volley ball net and basketball net plus the fabulous Casa Ballena Restaurant. Situated only 150meters from the beach, it is a scenic walk along their board walk to the beach. R2360.00
  3 nights self-catering Reed Cabana accommodation for 2 people at, including border transfers if required. Also included in your prize is a 2 dive package for 2 people. This prize is to be used in conjunction with your accommodation prize R3500.00
  A White shark cage dive for 2 people in False Bay (Cape Town) – home to the flying sharks. R4200.00
  We are based in Scottburgh, Kwa- Zulu Natal, South Africa. ScubaXcursion is situated at the Cutty Sark Hotel and is a mere 20m away from the ever popular Scottburgh Beach. Trips to the world renowned Aliwal Shoal are done daily. These trips promise new and exciting adventures on every dive. We pride ourselves on being a child friendly dive centrePRIZE: 5 Dive Package R1400.00

1 x Rob Allen Snapper mask
1 x Rob Allen Panorama mask
2 x Rob Allen Snorkels
1 x Rob Allen Scorpia Fins

3 x 3 Dives on Aliwal Shoal The Shoal has now moved!

BLUE OCEAN DIVE RESORT is one of South Africa’s premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Resorts situated in UmkomaasPrize: 2 nights B & B accommodation for 2 people including a 4 dive package R4520.00

Aropec established in 1963 is the manufacture of quality aquatic products, from snorkelling, swimming, scuba diving and marathons. Based at 197 Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Durban North, they have a wide range of products.PRIZE: A Headland wetsuit- 5 mm neoprene hooded semi dry with plush lining- build with hood
– slant zipper opening
– wrist and ankle zippers with double cuff seals 2mm
– integrated liquid rubber kneepads

3 x dive straps for cameras from Aquatec SA
R220.00 Each
Perched atop a green hill in the welcoming town of Scottburgh, with breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean – the recently revamped Blue Marlin Hotel has become a favoured family holiday destination, both nationally and abroad. Over the past 60-years, Blue Marlin has not only provided our valued guests with a much-needed retreat from the busyness of everyday life, but is fondly kept in the hearts of so many who have been gifted an archive of cherished memories.2 x weekends away on a bed and breakfast basis Valued at R3300.00 each R6600.00
The CORE regulator’s amazing breathing, which is rated as “superior” on the ANSTI breathing machine, coupled with its generous features, at an attractive mid-range price, provides the best value of any regulator offered today. The CORE comes standard with Aqua Lung’s unique, patented, auto-closure device (ACD) which seals water out.

  • Auto-Closure Device (ACD) – keeps corrosive water out of the first stage inlet by automatically closing as the CORE is removed from the cylinder valve, this prevents internal lubrication from washing away.
  • The balanced diaphragm first stage provides superior, consistent performance
  • The pneumatically balanced second stage results in smooth easy breathing
  • Available in both Yoke and DIN
  • The T-shape of the first stage optimizes the location of the 4 MP ports and 2 HP ports
  • Uses parts that are common to other Aqualung models for easier breathing
  • The easy to grip Venturi lever prevents unwanted freeflow at the surface while giving a performance boost at depth.
  • A heat exchanger (patented) which surrounds the valve mechanism, dissipates the cold caused by gas expansion while drawing in the warmth of the ambient water
  • Compatible with EAN 40 new, out of the box
  • Equipped with Aqua Lung’s patented Comfo-bite™ mouthpiece along with a reusable mouthpiece clamp
  • The Supreme cold water version is resistant to freezing when diving in waters colder than 50°F/10°C
  • The supreme version is equipped with an environmental dry chamber on the first stage and a lip shield on the second stage.
  2 night’s accommodation at Wilderness Safaris Rocktail Beach Camp for two adults on a sharing basis – dinner, bed and breakfast, 1 dive per person (total 2 dives), as well as return scheduled transfers between the Coastal Cashews rendezvous point and the lodge.Rocktail Beach Camp is set back in and shaded by the sanctuary of the lush Maputaland Coastal Forest covering the ancient dunes that make up the edge of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal coast. With the Maputaland Marine Reserve just offshore and the beach a brisk 20-minute walk from the camp, there are plenty of seaside adventures just waiting to be experienced. Each of its 17 rooms has an en-suite bathroom and an open-feel indoor shower. The main area boasts a central dining room, bar and lounge with large wrap-around veranda, a raised viewing deck, wine cellar, large pool, curio shop and children’s playroom. R11000.00
  10 Dive PackageCalypso is the complete one-stop dive shop in Durban, there are over 30 reef, wreck & deep dives off Durban launching daily from uShaka Marine World. Children from 8yrs can scuba dive in the uShaka Marine World aquarium. R2800.00
Back to Basics Adventures!!-there is no adventure within your comfort zone-!!Ponta do Ouro is home to some of the finest macro diving in the world. There is also world class wide-angle opportunities for those who can pull them self away from the small stuff. The team lead by Jenny is dedicated to helping by sharing her knowledge and skill in capturing stunning imagery of this abundant and varied environment. You just need to know how to dive Ponta the right way…Prize: Accommodation for 2 including 3 dives each R3700.00
  2 day free diving course valid in CT or Durban/Sodwana for 6 months.The only thing we love more than freediving is sharing freediving with others! Freediving offers you the opportunity to explore the ocean on one breath, with just a mask and fins (and a wetsuit if you’re in Cape Town!)Our instructors are experienced watermen and women with years of freediving, surfing, swimming and life guarding experience. All our two-day courses can be certified under Pure Apnea, an internationally recognised freediving education system, and all proceeds from our courses go to our I AM WATER Education programmes with underprivileged communities R2200.00
 2 x Big Swing jumps at Moses Mabhida Stadium
Value R695 each
Samsung HMX-E10 is a small and compact camcorder fitted with swivel lens. Capable of Full HD video and packing a 270-degree swivelling lens, the E10 shoots 1080p 30fps video and 8-megapixel stills, and as with similar pocket camcorders has a pop-out USB plug that’s used for offloading content to your computer together with recharging the battery. R700.00
  Following the success of Marlin Marine’s Umbilical Halogen Dive lamp the new Marlin Marine video light embraces LED light technology with a 120 meter waterproof rating. Using magnetic reed switches and internal relays for both charging and discharging there is no housing penetration which ensures no possible leakage.  Another feature of the unit is that it utilizes domestic LED downlighters which is a huge rapidly expanding range with a wide range of different options. Simply install the newest and brightest LED to get the most out of the video light.Although currently not as bright as the previous halogen units it provides more than enough lumen to illuminate both photographic and video subjects. (video in tandem) With its low current draw it provides underwater daylight for more than 4 hours.  One of the only video lights built locally to fit the SA divers’ budget. Servicing and repairs are down the road rather than overseas with its accompanying cost.Using a 4mm armour plated glass port and machined from solid engineering plastic billet and stainless, corrosion and durability is no issue.The unit comes supplied with a mounting plate easily adaptable to all applications.The supplied smart chargers ensure optimum burn and life time of the 12 volt lithium ion battery cells.SPECS

Length- 160mm

Width-  80 mm

Weight- 600 grams

Construction-  Engineering plastic with stainless steel fittings

Burn time – 4 hours

Lumen – 4500

Voltage -12 volt DC

Prize: 2 x Seal Snorkel Vouchers valued @ R600 p/p for snorkelThis is rated as one of the top things to do when visiting South Africa and is one of the most amazing things who can do as a underwater photographer!!!Review us : TripAdvisorFacebook Group : Animal OceanWebsite : www.sealsnorkeling.comWebsite : www.animalocean.co.zaEmail : info@animalocean.co.za

Voucher valid from 1 year from DUC competition prize giving.

Must book ahead via Email or call, all details available on www.sealsnorkeling.com

Review us : TripAdvisor

Facebook Group : Animal Ocean

Website : www.sealsnorkeling.com

Website : www.animalocean.co.za

Email : info@animalocean.co.za

Total Value of Prizes R106 626.00