- Perhaps the best teaching and coaching tool
- Videotape your swimmers from UNDERWATER where
the critical information is and play it back for both of you to
- Turn "B" swimmers into "A" swimmers and
Junior National qualifiers into Senior National qualifiers!
- Never again have a swimmer miss an important
cut time by a small margin because of a stroke flaw they can't seem to
understand or correct.
- The best way for coaches to analyze
and fully understand their swimmers' technique is by viewing their strokes
- The best way for swimmers to CORRECT
their stroke technique is to show them exactly what they are (or are
The AquaCam is essentially a miniature video
camera sealed in a waterproof housing. It is mounted on the end of a pool brush
pole and is inserted underwater to capture video of swimmers and their
technique. Two sealed twin-wires (12' long) extend from the AquaCam
unit. One is clipped to the small 12v battery (for power) and the other
goes into a hand-held camcorder or a VCR for recording (see photo below).
A more detailed explanation of how it works is found further below, but
the only thing coaches need to know is that it is the QUICKEST and SIMPLEST
NEW AQUACAM PRODUCTS !!!
Click to view photos of new systems here ....
More options yet still the easiest to use.
Photo 1: Basic AquaCam unit
Photo 2: AquaCam
connected to a camcorder
Photo 3: AquaCam Complete
- Set-up and breakdown of the
AquaCam takes less than one minute!
- Faster and easier to use than any
comparable product on the market today!
- Works with any VCR or any
camcorder with "analog-input" capabilities.
- Works with any Digital camcorder
that has a "video input" function.
- Swivel head gives you maximum
versatility for taping from all angles. It also allows for the best tracking
shots along the side of the pool.
- With a hand-held camcorder the
unit is completely portable. Walk from one end of a 50 meter pool to the other
while taping front and side views of swimmers that need correction.
- Start/Stop capability allows you
to tape only what you want. You don't have to search through an entire taped
practice to find what you want.
- Rapid charge batteries can give 2
to 3 hours of use on a charge of only 2½ hours. Each AquaCam includes
one battery pack and one charger.
- Ultra-high resolution camera unit
for superior video picture quality.
- Unmatched 3-year warranty.
- No AquaCam has ever leaked
- Basic units available in Color
....... or B/W if your team is on a budget.
- 12 foot waterproof cable, swivel
head pole-clip connector, and glare shield included.
- AquaCam automatically adjusts for
outdoor sun or low-level (indoor pool) light conditions.
- Superior electronics housed in
high-impact plastic make our product extremely durable.
- Start seeing improvement in your
swimmers' strokes in minutes (view example below).
- Options include a 50' video
extension cable for sending video to VCR on deck. This allows taping from the
front and side without having to move the VCR cart. Swimmers do not have to
switch lanes to be taped.
AquaCam Complete Kit Includes:
* See notes at bottom of page regarding the kit. It will only
be available as the camcorders are available. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . See
NEW PRODUCTS PAGE for other portable
- AquaCam unit (color) with
rapid-charge batteries and charger
- Brand new Digital camcorder with
video input and an LCD screen.
- Camcorder plays back in
slow-motion and freeze frame on its own screen or onto a TV.
- We include a "fire-wire" to send
taped signal directly to computer for burning to CD or DVD and for those
coaches who use computers for re-recording or high-tech digital
- AquaCam modifies the camcorder
cables for easier use by coaches and to simplify the setup.
- Camcorder comes with its own
battery and charger.
- Extendable pool brush pole
(extends from 4' to 8')
- Aluminum carrying case with foam
- Easy instructions for set-up and
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How AquaCam Works
Please note: Some
portable camcorders do not accept a "video-in" (or Analog-Input) signal. Please
check your camcorder's owners manual to see if it does. If so, plugging the
AquaCam into the jack may be all that is needed .... however other models may
require you to flick a switch. (Look in your camcorder's owners manual for
instructions on "recording from another video source", such as a VCR or TV.)
AquaCam does offer a complete system that includes a camcorder with video
input. (See info further down.)
Your choice of a Color or B/W
miniature camera is sealed in a durable , water-proof housing. 12 feet of
waterproof twin wire lead from the unit and are split at the end into a battery
clip (for power) and a video output plug.
Just clip the AquaCam onto any pool
brush pole and the video lead into your hand-held camcorder (or a VCR on a
cart). The operator stands on deck, holding the pole with the AquaCam at the
bottom, and dunks the camera under the water when the swimmer comes by. The
on/off switch on your camcorder or VCR allows you to tape only what you want,
making it easy to cue up and play back for each swimmer or
VCR's will work with the AquaCam. We sell extension video cable that allows you
to place your TV or VCR away from the edge of the pool. An advantage of taping
on your VCR (and full size cassette) is that it allows you to play it back on
any VCR and take advantage of their features such as freeze frame and
slow-motion. With the camcorder you have full portability but some digital
camcorders do not offer playback in freeze frame and slow-motion. The ones we
offer with our full kit DO have complete slow-motion and freeze-frame
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AquaCam Teaches and Corrects Anything in
*The video shot at left shows a novice swimmer
pulling lots of air with her hand (cavitation) due to a poor
*The video frame on the bottom is the same
swimmer only 10 minutes later.
*The coach explained
how "pulling air" makes you loose grip on the water, then showed her the video
right on deck with the camcorder screen.
*The best way to see, analyze and fully
understand your swimmers' technique is by viewing their strokes
*The best way to correct
their technique is to show them exactly what they are (or are not) doing.
*Stop verbally reminding them over and over again
with little results. Show them, in the easiest way possible, with the AquaCam.
*Change or modify stroke technique with
confidence and watch your swimmers improve instantly!
- (Full kit photo and accessories
- ASCA discount
- NEW...Digital Video Recorder
accessory allows delayed viewing for instant feedback with no effort by
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|Digital Time-Delay Kit
This new product will take your AquaCam one step
notes at bottom of page
The Digital Time-Delay unit uses a built-in hard drive. The
time-delay function is standard but the ability to use it to record is an
option at additional cost.
Give instant sroke feedback to your
swimmers with this kit that includes a Color AquaCam and a time-delay video
unit. This state-of-the-art DIGITAL format (similar to TIVO ®) allows
swimmers to see what they have just done with an adjustable video delay ! Just
set the delay to allow swimmers time to climb out of the pool and walk to the
TV where they will see their entire length or swim from the beginning. The
adjustable mounting bracket (included) allows you to position the camera for
front or side views and leave it there. The coach can stand by the TV for
commentary or work with other swimmers in the pool while the time-delay does
it's job for the entire practice. Your swimmers view their technique while the
"feel" of their stoke is still fresh in their motor memory. They can make
modifications and get immediate visual and sensory feedback on those changes
right after the next swim.
easy to use:
- Clip the AquaCam into the
wall mount bracket (included) an place at the side or end of a
- Plug the AquaCam into the
- Plug the time-delay output to
- Set the delay you want in
seconds or minutes
- Press START and start
Includes: Color AquaCam, Digital Time-Delay
unit, 50' video extension cable, quick-clip mounting bracket and easy
| AquaCam Pricing
here for the complete ORDER
AquaCam unit in
AquaCam unit in Color ......... $ 899.
Color Kit w/ Sony MC-5
portable DVD recorder
... $ 1499.
Complete Time Delay Kit
Color AquaCam .......$ 1399.
Portable DVR Kit
AquaCam .......$ 1650.
Options and accessories are
on the order form page (link to
ASCA members deduct $50 for B/W AquaCam, $75 for Color
AquaCam and $100 for a complete kit (either one) with proof of current
Additional Discount: If you submit an article to our Coaching Resources Page
you make deduct an additional $25 off any of the prices. That
section of our site is a free service for age group coaches, especially those
with fewer than 3 years experience. Please look over it's content and see if
you have anything to add.
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Make Money for Your Team with
(actual still shot taken with the Color
Stroke technique is a hot topic for
swimmers, parents, masters, and recreational lap swimmers. Offer clinics or
individual stroke sessions where you tape swimmers on videocassettes that they
provide. They take them home to view or you can offer analysis for an
additional fee. If purchasing for your own team just charge $5.00 per swimmer
the first time they are taped to help defray the cost. Many teams have tried
this with great success! The first time you tape is a new and exciting prospect
for the swimmers and parents. They will gladly pay $5 for this new and exciting
Offer to tape masters or rec./lap
swimmers while they practice. Ten minutes of taping can give you front and side
views of all their strokes and turns. They will readily pay between $15 and $30
for this. Swimmers on a budget can chip in and be recorded together. Groups of
5 to 10 can be taped easily in one lane, single file. Get 2 or 3 strokes and
one turn from everyone in less than 30 minutes and charge $10 apiece for a
total of $50 to $100.
Not only could the AquaCam pay for itself but it
could be a successful fund-raiser for you or your club.
|* Important note about AquaCam's
"Complete Kit" and "Time Delay Kit": as of
Although the heart of the AquaCam kits are the
AquaCam video cameras themselves, it has been increasingly difficult for us to
find and purchase the digital camcorders and time-delay DVR's that allow or
accept an analog video input. For camcorders this is the same feature that
allows you to record the output of a VCR or DVD onto the digital tape of the
camcorder. For DVR's (Digital Video Recorders
like TIVO) this is what
allows you to record a video input signal without paying a monthly fee.
Background camcorder info: All major manufacturers have
discontinued production of camcorders with analog video input and digital video
"pass-through" features. These are the same features that are still in high
demand for consumers that want to transfer their old VHS tapes onto new digital
.. or to transfer them from the VCR, through the camcorder's
"pass-through" electronics, and onto a burnable DVD. The move to all digital
formats (TV, DVD's, etc.) have made that feature less important to the average
consumer BUT it is still wanted by a large and select group of customers,
Background DVR info: Our time-delay system used
commercially available DVR's (video-on-a-hard-drive) to obtain the
"pause/delay" for quick swimmer feedback on the pool deck. But the RCA Sceniums
and the Panasonic units (DMR-EH75V) we had been using were discontinued and
used prices have skyrocketed.
Our research has led us to find that it
is a combination of the following that is hurting the ability of AquaCam to
purchase equipment for the complete kits.
- Less demand by the average
- Pressure from TIVO (through multiple lawsuits against any
competing DVR.) Did you know they may sell their units at cost or less to
discourage competition and because their main profit is from the monthly
- Pressure from cable companies who are competing for
that same dollar.
- Pressure from the MPAA and other concerned copyright
holders who don't want high quality digital media to be transferred easily by
the average person.
- And dwindling demand to transfer old VHS tapes onto
digital tapes or DVD's.
What options do our customers have? Over
half of our customers still use the AquaCam with their own recording device.
For those that want a complete portable kit, see our new products page
Feel free to call us
anytime for tips on items you can use with your AquaCam to make it more
portable. Each option has its own advantages and technology changes monthly. We
never looked to make a profit on the recording media. We just repackage what we
purchase from local stores. Until we come up with our new kit, the best options
are to use the longer cable with a 4-head VCR you bring on deck. This gives
excellent slow-motion and freeze frame and you can reuse the tapes. Or you can
record to a DVD with a DVD recorder. Most disks aren't reusable but costs on
those are getting lower every day. You can view them "now-or-later" or give
them to the swimmers.
For the time-delay feature we suggest a used TIVO
unit that has been "unlocked" with a previous subscription. Or you can buy a
new one cheaply and subscribe to the monthly fee ($15-$20). Check Amazon, EBay