A few years ago, I bought a waterproof, shockproof camera to keep in my purse for when I was out and about with my daughters. At the time, I didn’t have a cell phone that took very good pictures and I didn’t want to haul my DSL to the park with me. I bought this Canon PowerShot D20 from Costco and I’ve used and abused it ever since. It brings me great peace of mind to know that my camera won’t be ruined by a water bottle leak or a little helper who loses her grip when taking a picture.
One of my favourite times to use this camera is on our many kayak adventures. When we rented a cottage earlier this month, we brought our kayaks and were out on the lake every day, camera in hand! One our last afternoon, the girls decided to have a splash fight and of course, I snapped a few pictures.
But then, disaster struck. The littlest one decided to try one more splash, and she knocked my camera right out of my hand. And it sank to the bottom of the lake. Apparently I never actually checked to see if it floated, I just assumed that it would. Not the case! My husband tried to find it for about half an hour, but he didn’t have any goggles and it was too full of weeds to see clear to the bottom, which was over 10 feet deep. Many would have given up and called the camera lost – heaven knows I did. Not him. He drove for an hour to get a snorkle set so he could go deeper. He kayaked back over to the spot that I lost the camera and spent an hour diving, looking, searching….and came back victorious! Not only did he find the camera, but even after being submerged for over 2 hours, it turned on immediately and works perfectly. I was so excited that our memories of the week weren’t lost, and my husband bought me a camera float first thing on the following Monday.
Moral of the story: don’t be a dummy like me! Waterproof camera does not mean non-sinking. Check to see if your camera floats before you take it into open water, and either tether it to yourself or your boat, or have a camera float.