Available now in the App Store, the Diveplanit App allows divers to log dives quickly and easily, and share their experiences on the Diveplanit social network, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
The team at Diveplanit has been working hard for just over a year now, inspiring readers to explore the underwater world with their dive travel website Diveplanit.com.
The newly launched App gives divers everywhere the tools to do the same – share their underwater world with friends, followers and dive buddies, and makes it easy to log the details of each new dive with a few taps.
You can include up to 10 images per dive, and share in Diveplanit’s Scubafeed, as well as Facebook, Twitter and/or Google+.
The App has a built-in directory of dive sites and dive resorts as well as a fish identification guide making it easy to tag as much (or as little) information about each dive as you like.
“If you just want to share an awesome photo, you can do that too,” says Simon Mallender, who first envisioned the concept.
“Buddies can follow you, to see where you’ve been diving, and you can follow them. It’s the perfect social media platform for divers, and it has Dive Sites, Dive Centres and Fish ID built-in.”
Importantly, users are able to tag Dive Centres and Dive Sites in each dive log or post.
This means that when they share a dive log or post with their friends or followers – on Facebook, Twitter or Google+, they are also promoting the dive resort or dive centre they are diving with.
“This is a great marketing tool for dive centre and dive resorts. It gives them the ability to promote their business using their guests social media networks,” says co-founder Deborah Dickson-Smith.
With built-in directories of dive centres, dive sites, dive buddies and fish ID, you can also use the App to search for new places to dive, new friends to dive with – or to identify the fish you just saw on your last dive.
Importantly, if a dive centre is tagged in a user’s dive log or post, it will also appear under that centre’s directory listing. So when you are searching for dive centres, this feature gives you a better understanding of what you might see if you choose to dive with them.
“The more posts you have on your profile listing the better. It makes it much easier for people to choose where they want to dive, and who they want to dive with, when using the App’s search function,” explains Simon.
“For example, if more guests have tagged your dive resort than a neighbouring resort, potential guests are more likely to choose you when they are booking a diving holiday. It gives them a better idea of what to expect.”
The App also maps your dives, creating a world map with a growing number of pins – one for each dive you have logged – allowing you to easily review your dives without having to scroll through a long list. Simply click on the map and it will take you straight to that dive log.
“We hope that people use the App to share their love of the underwater world with their friends, and in the process inspire more people to jump in the ocean and start exploring. Our ultimate goal is to create more ocean advocates.”