Virtual Reality

We are thrilled to offer groups the opportunity to go below the waves. Our VR assets include Chasing Coral: The VR Experience film and The Ocean Agency’s Google Expeditions!

Chasing Coral – The VR Experience 

Chasing Coral: The VR Experience credits available here.

Experience a day in the making of Chasing Coral. Follow “Coral Nerd” Zackery Rago, as he explores Lizard Island and examines the impacts of bleaching through time-lapse photography. Runtime: 6 mins.

How it works:

  • Assuming you already have VR equipment, you’ll need to download one of the free apps available for your phone in order to load the content onto your device.
  • Gear VR is the Android application we are familiar with and use frequently. The video is not currently iPhone compatible.
  • We recommend pre-loading a set number of devices with the film prior to the group viewing.

Have questions? Check out our VR FAQ.

Google Expeditions

Using the 360 cameras, Richard and his team at The Ocean Agency offer a variety of virtual dives great for engaging groups in the underwater world – as seen at the end of the film.

How it works:

  • To provide a guided experience for students, you will need to download the mobile application to a number of devices. One device will act as the expedition’s dive master and the other devices will act as the explorers. All devices must be on the same network.
  • To preview the experience or engage students without a VR viewer, you can access the same expedition content through Google Street View via phone, laptop, or PC.

Have questions? Check out our VR FAQ

Download the app to your VR equipment and take your classroom on an adventure.

Preview or stream before diving into your VR experience on your desktop, projector, etc.

Is there a cost for using Chasing Coral VR?

No. We’re delighted to be able to support educational screenings of Chasing Coral: The VR Experience free of cost!

Do you provide the VR equipment?

No. While we’re thrilled to provide access to Chasing Coral: The VR Experience and Google Expeditions powered by The Ocean Agency, we are not positioned to provide the VR equipment needed for viewing.

Do I have to request the link before I can access the VR film?

Yes, Chasing Coral: The VR Experience is not currently available publicly. In order to access the film you will first be asked to agree to our terms of service. As a next step, please contact us and select the option “Request access to VR.”

What are the terms of service for VR usage?

No direct links to media assets may be shared publicly. If the film will be accessed by multiple devices, all content must be preloaded. Additionally VR usage should be free with no admittance fees charged.

What equipment do I need to access the Chasing Coral VR?

Equipment needs vary depending on the experience you’re seeking.

Chasing Coral: The VR Experience:  You will need a VR headset and android phone per user. To download the film and preload it on your device, you will need to access it through a free app, such as Gear VR.

Google Expeditions: To provide a guided experience, you will need a VR headset, a tablet device and a mobile device per user. The mobile application should be downloaded to each device in use. The tablet, will act as the expedition’s dive master and the other devices will act as the explorers. Note the tablet makes being a dive master easier but a phone can also be used! All devices must be on the same network. For a self-guided experience, you can access the Google Expedition in the form of Google Street View on any mobile or desktop device.

Do you have any recommendations on equipment to purchase?

There are a lot of VR headsets out there and any will get the job done! The simplest version on the market is Google Cardboard, which is used frequently in classrooms. If you’re looking for a step up, we’re familiar and enjoy using Gear VR powered by Oculus.

Do you have any recommended dives to take students on through Google Expeditions?

Yes! Below is a list of some of our personal favorites…

  • Global Coral Bleaching Event / XL Catlin Seaview Survey
  • Coral Reefs / XL Catlin Seaview Survey
  • The Great Barrier Reef / Alchemy VR
  • Underwater Florida Keys / The Ocean Agency
  • Preserved Oceans / XL Catlin Seaview Survey
  • Ocean Safari / The Ocean Agency
  • Manmade Reefs / XL Catlin Seaview Survey
  • Underwater Galapagos / XL Catlin Seaview Survey
  • Underwater Caribbean / XL Catlin Seaview Survey
  • Underwater Excursion/ XL Catlin Seaview Survey
  • Sharks / XL Catlin Seaview Survey
  • A Journey Along the Great Barrier Reef/ XL Catlin Seaview Survey