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H2OV housing and ContourHD camera
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H2OV housing and ContourHD camera

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GMS Concepts

    * The H2OV housing was custom designed for the ContourHD camcorders by Contour, Inc.

    * The H2OV is hand made in the USA by GMS Concepts  -  Warranty Depth Rating 400 ft  / 120m (field tested beyond 600 ft / 190m).

    * The H2OV system is the smallest and deepest rated underwater full HD systems available.

H2OV - Housing Operation

IMPORTANT: The H2OV is shipped with the cover not attached to the housing; care must be taken when removing the packaging.

Removing the Cover

The latches on the H2OV are spring loaded and include a safety catch to prevent accidental opening. The best procedure for removing the cover of the housing is to place one hand over the top of the cover while pressing in the small safety catch on one of the latches. With your other hand, lift up on the sides of the latch, allow the latch to remain hooked to the cover until after you repeat this process on the other side.

Do not place the housing with the lens face against an unprotected surface while removing or replacing the cover, taking care not to scratch the lens face.

Inserting your Camera

The power and record switch on your camera should be in the off position while inserting into the housing.

The record start/stop control on the H2OV should be set to the stop position while inserting and removing the camera. This control has a floating magnet inside the housing, take care not to dislodge the magnet while inserting or removing the camera, the magnet should move freely along the inside of the housing, this will activate the record switch in the camera.

Replacing the Cover

Inspect that the sealing surfaces are clean and free of any foreign particles. Place the cover on the housing, making sure that it is seated properly and not in contact with any part of the camera.
Make sure the camera's small lanyard does not interfere with the o-ring seal.

Note: The power button on the cover is offset and should be positioned so that the button is closest to the top of the camera / housing.

Set both latches loosely on the hooks of the cover and press down on both latches at the same time, (IMPORTANT - Do Not latch one at a time)

Look to see if you have a good seal, you should see a solid black line on the o-ring.

Power and Record Controls

To power on the camera press the power control button on the cover, the high spring tension of the power control button was designed to withstand pressures beyond 400 feet.

To start recording, rotate the control knob clockwise to the REC position. (Red Dot)

To stop recording, rotate the control knob counter clockwise to the STOP position. (Black Dot)


The H2OV housing was designed for Technical and Recreational SCUBA DIVING.

The depth that an underwater housing will survive is dependent upon its size, material, wall thickness, and safety factor. The H2OV was designed with a conservative safety margin, and has been pressure chamber tested to 400 feet / 120m and field tested beyond 600 ft / 190m. The depth rating is 400 ft  / 120m.
A properly designed housing can provide years of use and will not flood unless it has been damaged or the seals have not been properly maintained. Every housing is tested before shipping to insure there are no defects in design or workmanship. After that, it is the responsibility of the user to avoid damaging the housing and maintain the o-rings and their sealing surfaces.


Make sure there are no nicks or deep scratches on the sealing surfaces of the housing or the cover. (If this occurs, unit must be returned for repair and testing.)

Make sure the sealing surfaces are clean and free from any foreign particles.

Inspect and replace the main cover o-ring if you observe any sign of ware or cracking. The shaft
o-ring may need to be inspected and cleaned periodically. (Please contact Support for more information)

It is recommended to keep the H2OV in a protective case to avoid transport damage and scratching of the lens surface.

When used in salt water, be sure to rinse with fresh water after each use.


Aquifer Tec will repair or replace at our option any housing that proves to be defective in construction or materials within one year of date of delivery.

Aquifer Tec is not liable for any damage to equipment caused by leakage of water into the housing, nor for loss of data or income as a result of such leakage.

Aquifer Tec is not liable for any accidents during which this housing was in use.

This warranty is void in the event of negligent handling of the housing including, but not limited to, dropping, modifications, improper care and maintenance, and exceeding the specified depth limitation.

The buyer understands that, because of the nature of this product, he/she uses the housing at his/her own risk and agrees to hold GMS Concepts harmless of any occurrence.

Mounting Information for the H2OV

The H2OV comes with a 1/4-20 mounting plate, that can be attached anywhere on the housing to accommodate specific mounting requirements, the standard placement for the mounting plate is on the left side of the housing, centered over the interior felt pads. The mounting plate will work with most camera mounts, light bars and trays, handles, helmets, etc. To attach the mounting plate - clean the desired location with alcohol, peel the adhesive backing and press firmly. We use industrial VHB adhesive tape, once the mounting plate is attached to the housing it will not come off.

The most common approach for diving with the H2OV is to mount the housing on the back of your hand using the H2OV Hand Strap Mount, (HSM01) or another handle mount such as a Goodman style handle.

Attaching the H2OV to a helmet can be accomplished by using the Hand Strap Mount assembly and drilling / bolting the base of the HSM01 to the helmet, or inserting a ¼-20 post through the helmet and directly attaching to the housing’s mounting plate.

With the HSM01, a variety of different length straps can be used to attach the H2OV to many locations. (Cylinder, DPV, etc.)

For self-video, the housing is light enough to use a mono pole. (Contact us at for more information.)

To download information about this product:
For H2OV camera operation
For H20V Video System Instructions and Tips

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