MATE ROV Competition

On Saturday May 13th we will host our 12th annual MATE Pacific Northwest ROV Challenge. Thanks to those who have helped in the past and welcome to any who are new to this. If you want an idea of what it’s all about, watch the video from the 2013 international competition that was held in our facility. This year’s mission is about Ports and Harbors and you can find out more about it at the MATE ROV webpage on missions & scoring.

The Challenge will be held in the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way (650 SW Campus Drive, Federal Way, WA 98023) It is open to all who want to come watch, completely free. We’ll have divers in the pool sending some video of the action live to a large-screen scoreboard but the views from the grand-stands are excellent.

Our competition schedule, shown below, accommodates 14 Ranger class teams, 12 Navigator teams, and 9-10 Scout teams in both pools. The best time to see intense competition is ~1pm to 3:30pm. We have enough organizations competing to send two Ranger Class teams to the MATE International ROV Competition in Long Beach, California this year (June 22-24).

Please join us, or if you’d like to help out, contact Fritz Stahr at with “MATE ROV volunteer” in the subject line. You can follow news about it at our PNW MATE Regional webpage.

Basic schedule for MATE PNW ROV Challenge day
07:30-09:30 Team/Company Check In
09:00-09:45 Judges & CEO meeting - all classes
10:30-12:00 Rounds 1-3 of Competition - all classes
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-15:30 Rounds 4-8 of Competition - all classes
15:30-16:30 Team pack-up, pool station teardown
16:30-17:00 Awards Presentation
17:00 Depart facility