Deepblu, the first company to build a dive computer featuring social integration, 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 largest annual trade fair in Las Vegas.
“Deepblu admires William’s lifelong devotion to diving, ocean conservation and his unrivaled contributions to shark preservation,” says Deepblu co-founder and CEO James Tsuei, “I’m pleased to announce this partnership and to support William’s initiatives with the power of the Deepblu platform.”
“In my opinion, connecting people to the sea is one of the fundamentals in ocean conservation,” says Winram. “Deepblu is a unique social media platform for all ocean explorers, scuba- and freedivers alike. No matter where we are around the globe, we can share our dives, images and stories with each other and share our love for the underwater world. I am excited to be partnering with Deepblu and look forward to working together to help inspire people to protect and preserve our oceans.”
“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 William Winram
Born in the Canadian Pacific Northwest, Winram’s life-long 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.
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