Deepblu, the first company to build a dive computer with integrated social media functionality, announced its cooperation with William Winram, world record-holding freediver, conservationist and founder of The Watermen Project. Winram has joined the Deepblu team as Brand Ambassador. The announcement came at the 2016 edition of DEMA, the diving industry’s annual trade fair in Las Vegas.
“Deepblu admires William’s lifelong devotion to diving and ocean conservation, as well as his unrivaled contributions to shark preservation,” says Deepblu co-founder and CEO James Tsuei, “I’m pleased to announce this partnership and furthermore to support William’s initiatives with the power of the Deepblu platform.”
Born in the Canadian Pacific Northwest, Winram’s lifelong relationship with the ocean can be traced back to his childhood experiences freediving with his father. In the ensuing years as a diver, competitive swimmer, and big wave surfer, Winram had many opportunities to swim with dolphins, whales, and sharks; impactful moments which later came to form the bedrock inspiration for his conservation initiatives.
Winram discovered competitive freediving as a sport in 2005 and quickly rose through the ranks, winning several medals at the World Championships and setting countless records in nearly all disciplines. A natural born ocean explorer, in 2007 he became the first man to swim the Arch of Dahab’s blue hole, without fins, on one breath of air.
While Winram’s ocean conservation roots were instilled in him by his father—a scuba instructor and search and rescue diver—it was in 2012 upon the founding of the non-profit organization (NPO) The Watermen Project that his most enduring legacy began to take shape. The Watermen Project was created to assist those passionate about the ocean to inspire respect, preserve, conserve and demonstrate a love for all things in the Ocean.It is Winram’s commitment to ocean conservation along with his compelling storytelling skills that saw the world record-breaking freediver named Ocean Ambassador for the Global Marine and Polar Programme of the IUCN.
“We want to connect divers,” concludes Tsuei, “and strongly believe William’s life work will help inspire all of us to induce positive, meaningful change to what binds us all together—the ocean. This is only the beginning, and speaking on behalf of all of us at Deepblu, we’re excited for what’s in store.”
About Deepblu: Deepblu is a team of divers and technology enthusiasts whose goal is to use technology and the power of the internet to revolutionize the diving community and lifestyle.
About The Watermen Project: The Watermen Project is a non-profit organization whose primary focus is shark conservation. In general, The Watermen Project supports all activity aimed at marine conservation. It contributes actively to scientific and empirical research which aims to study the marine environment for the purpose of protecting and conserving it, in order to preserve and improve its biodiversity. More specifically, all activity aiming at protecting all species of large marine animals, such as whales, sharks, etc.