"I love my Ocean Pearl, and my experience of Seamagine has been fantastic. When I started to seriously pursue our filming work for a 6x60 series for National Geographic, I contacted Seamagine and was quickly convinced. I have a pretty strong background from the UK oil industry and the North Sea and when I looked at these subs it was clear to me that they were really well engineered, solid and substantial. All the operational components and their integration made sense both internally and externally. I liked the redundancy and the simplicity of all the individual systems. The visibility from inside seemed outstanding and I could quickly see how all our external add-ons of additional lights and cameras could be applied to the hull. In the field all my hopes and expectations have been met. Ours are intense and demanding film projects and the sub has been probably the most reliable component of the whole operation. In all my dealings, Seamagine have been immediately responsive, reasonable and clear. They are also insistent on what should and should not be done with this potentially edgy piece of equipment. I've been very grateful for this when some of our film directors get over ambitious! I have never found them to overcharge on equipment or their man hours. Most of all though, I feel that they remain part of my team. It is reassuring to know they are only a phone call away no matter what time of day or night if an issue arises. I don't have any sense that they want to sell you something and then leave you to it. I think when you buy one of their subs, they themselves want to know that the owner will be operating well and safely over a long period. I would say that for me that is the most important benefit of the decision that I made and I think it’s also why they have such an impressive no incident rate. Then there is the experience. Oh my, it’s amazing. To be in the ocean with no visual sense of being contained, it’s an indescribable thrill. A new world of joy opens to you and your companions. The privilege of entering the undersea, in this way, in so much comfort, it is mind blowing and unforgettable to anyone who experiences it.”
Ed Punchard | SEAmagine Sub Owner and Trained Pilot, Former North Sea Diver, Film Maker, Maritime Archaeologist.
"When I present the DEEPSEE submersible, a SEAmagine 3-man 1500ft (460m) depth rated sub, I always open proudly saying that we have never lost a dive! For us, as an operator, that’s what counts. We operate the Sub from a support ship in the remote Cocos Island, 300 miles off the pacific coast of Costa Rica, and we normally conduct close to 350 dives a year. The secret lies in the design, the engineers at SEAmagine found smart and simple solutions to seemingly complex problems. Surface flotation, 8 electrical thrusters for great maneuverability, no complicated electronics, but yet, full controls of all systems from a single pilot station. When you open the “hood” it all makes sense, no systems only an engineer can understand. What makes the DEEPSEE a success story for us, is the ease of operation. With sufficient surface flotation, and a clam-shell cabin design, the boarding to the sub is an easy task. The 360deg view makes the diving experience remarkable as well as making the piloting easy for the operator. When the Sub was built, SEAmagine left enough room for future expansion on the submersible which makes it easy to install new systems, such as a state of the art robotic arm, more underwater lights, more pan and tilt units, and soon a scientific collecting system. All these features let us turn the sub from an observation platform to an active working tool. Our base of operation is remote and our projects can take to various other remote locations, yet I know that if I run into a technical problem the engineers at SEAmagine will be there to help me and find solutions. The DEEPSEE sub is ABS classed, I found SEAmagine’s professional and personal contacts with ABS a great help to schedule and conduct annual survey where ever we are. When I talk about submersibles, I look at it from the point of view of an owner and an operator. The relatively low operational costs, the small spare parts inventory, and the low break down instances all make SEAmagine subs cost effective for the owner, and provide peace of mind to the operator that is responsible to ensure the owner enjoys diving the sub. When we selected SEAmagine for our submarine 10 years ago, we did not realize how crucial this decision was for our operation today. If I had to choose to build a new submersible today, without a doubt I would choose SEAmagine as I know for sure that all the experiences accumulated over the last 10 years of operation would be embedded in the new sub and that all the latest technologies would be included and result in a super submersible. ”
Shmulik Blum | SEAmagine Sub Owner and Chief Pilot, DEEPSEE Submersible, www.underseahunter.com
"NEMO is a completely autonomous, one atmosphere, SEAmagine submersible. Together with its support ship, it is capable of a multitude of tasks within a three hundred mile radius of port. When seated in Nemo's comfortable cabin, the occupants are afforded a 360 degree view of the surrounding ocean. It is not uncommon for the passengers to comment that the glass seems to disappear once the sub submerges. One of Nemo's major design features is its ease of deployment. It can be lowered (unmanned) into the sea avoiding the requirement of a 'man rated' crane. This feature gives Nemo the ability to submerge with different passengers repeatedly during the day without the need for the sub's retrieval aboard the ship. Nemo has been designed with the utmost safety in mind.”
Mike Caplehorn | SEAmagine Sub Owner
“Travelling in a SEAmagine submersible, is a dream come true. The design, operation and overall experience are real! Being able to walk off a boat, step in a sub, drive out to the dive site, and then effortlessly go down to the bottom of the ocean to see the ocean as never seen before! This is an extremely complicated objective to achieve safely - SEAmagine has succeeded. “
Ofer Ketter | Chief Pilot and 85m Yacht Activity Coordinator