Steven M. Barsky
Steven M. Barsky has been diving since 1965 and has worked in the scuba and commercial diving industries since 1968. He has been a diving instructor with NAUI, PADI, and SDI and has written 18 diving textbooks and numerous articles as well as having produced 9 underwater videos on a variety of diving topics.
Steve works fulltime in the diving industry and has consulted for diving companies from AquaLung through Zeagle Systems. He has written dry suit user manuals for DUI, Henderson, Gates, and Viking. Steve serves as an expert witness in diving accident litigation and has trained the U.S. Coast Guard in the techniques for investigating both recreational and commercial diving accidents.
Kristine Barsky is a senior marine biologist and diver with the California Dept. of Fish and Game (DFG). She holds a bachelors degree in biology from Humboldt State. A diver since 1972, her diving experience includes dives along the entire California coast and around the world. Kristine worked on the DFGs abalone project for eight years, logging 250+ dives annually for the project.
Kristine is the DFGs senior marine invertebrate specialist, dealing with the management of lobsters, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and other species. Kristine has authored numerous scientific reports in peerreviewed journals and has presented papers at many scientific conferences.
Jeffrey Bozanic is active in teaching cave diving, rebreather, nitrox, and trimix courses. He publishes extensively on diving education topics, with heavy emphasis on rebreathers. He authored the recently published 2nd Edition of Mastering Rebreathers.
Jeff has traveled extensively throughout the world, conducting scientific diving in many disciplines. He as received the NAUI Outstanding and Continuing Service Awards; the Silver Wakulla, Abe Davis, Henry Nicholson, and International Cave Diving Awards for safe cave diving; The SSI Platinum Pro 5000 Award, and is a NAUI Hall of Honor inductee. In 2007 he was honored as the DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year.
Evan Bozanic learned to scuba dive at the age of 11, diving in Laguna Beach and Catalina. Since then he has traveled to South America, Fiji, Israel, Australia, and Spitzbergen. An active soccer player, he also plays the guitar and sails competitively. Evan has a strong interest in science, taking third place in the California State Science Fair in 2010. He currently attends high school at Tarbut v’Torah community school in Irvine.
Scott Cassell has been diving since 1977 and has accumulated over 13,000 hours of dive time. Regarded as an industry leader in Closed Circuit Rebreather technology, Scott is also a USCG Captain and qualified Submersible Pilot, Commercial Diving Instructor, and Hyperbaric Medical Technician Instructor, U.S. Navy qualified Diving Supervisor, Modular Amphibious Egress Trainer Instructor and Aircrew Breathing Device Instructor for the USMC. He served in both the US Navy and Army, most recently as a MedEvac Helicopter Flight Instructor and Combat Life Saver Instructor.
Scott was the first person in the world to film the Giant Squid in the wild, which aired on History Channel’s Monster Quest. During his 30+ year love affair with the sea he watched her begin to die and subsequently developed an international project called the Undersea Voyager Project to privatize Ocean Science and empower the people to find out why. Realizing that the endangered Totuaba, sharks, dolphin, sea turtles and sea lions are being killed heavily by poachers Scott began a campaign to hunt & film them using SpecOps combat dive and sniper techniques to collect images of their illegal activities and turn the over the evidencefootage to officials. So far 11 people have been convicted. Many new missions (called rECOn Missions) are scheduled for 2012.
Scott’s numerous production credits include documentaries that have aired on the Discovery Channel, Nature Channel, History Channel, Animal Planet, Shark Week, Travel Channel and National Geographic. His talks contain information from the Discovery Channel documentary ‘Shock: Squid Invasion,’ with Scott as Scientific Correspondent and U/W Cameraman.
While creating a successful business, Dive Into Your Imagination, Annie Crawley, aka Ocean Annie, continues to travel and document the world focusing on life in our Ocean.
Originally from Chicago and trained as a photo and broadcast journalist, Annie Crawley spent the past two decades living and working around the world. After learning to scuba dive and sail, she became a PADI Master Scuba Diving Instructor and a 100 ton US Coast Guard Boat Captain. She was named an SSI 5000 Platinum Pro Diver and inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame.
Annie Crawley specializes in the Underwater Realm as an underwater photographer, filmmaker, and has created an award winning series of products on ocean education and leadership including books, educator/parent lesson plans and DVDS to change the way a new generation views the ocean, themselves and our environment.
For more than 30 years, Eric Hanauer’s articles and photos have been published in magazines, books, posters, and CDs worldwide. He has written guidebooks to the Red Sea and Micronesia, as well as an oral history of diving in America. Recently Hanauer began shooting underwater video, and his work as been selected for showing in festivals, on the internet, on iTunes, in TV commercials, and movies. He is the past president of the San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition (UFEX).
Karl Huggins has been the Director of the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber Facility at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center since 1992. He is noted for his work in decompression theory and models, which resulted in the Michigan Sea Grant (HUGI) tables and his participation in the development of the EDGE dive computer.
Karl is the 1990 recipient of the Leonard Greenstone Diving Safety Award, the DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year for 1993, the 2004 Conrad Limbaugh Memorial Award for Scientific Diving Leadership and the 2008 California Scuba Service Award
Lieutenant John Kades
Lieutenant John Kades has been an investigator/deputy coroner for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office for 10 years. He is a member of the department’s Special Operations Response Team (SORT) that specializes in disaster operations, aircraft fatalities, weapons of mass destruction incidents, drowning/SCUBA cases, and skeletal/buried body cases. John has personally investigated most of the divingrelated fatalities that have occurred in Los Angeles County in the past eight years.
Prior to working for the coroner’s office, he spent 14 years as a member of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Underwater Search and Recovery Team. John has been a certified diver since 1979.
Ken Kurtis was kicked out of swim class twice by the time he was six (he didn’t like putting his face in the water). Hardly an auspicious start to a diving career. But Ken always loved being around the water, loved looking at fish, and in 1978 while running a radio station in Richmond, VA, was offered a chance to get certified and took advantage of it. Ken then became a NAUI Instructor (Top Candidate at his 1980 ITC) and has logged almost 5000 dives all over the world in such varied places as the Maldives, Indonesia, Yap, Tahiti, Bonaire, Cocos, Alaska, and, of course, his beloved waters of Southern California. Ken is the owner of Reef Seekers Dive Co., speaks frequently to dive clubs about diving techniques and safety issues, has been chairman of Chamber Day/Eve since the early 90s, is a member of the Statewide Interests Group for the MLPA, and a volunteer dive team leader at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Ken is an accomplished photographer and his photos and stories can be found in the pages of the California Diving News, Sport Diver, Skin Diver, and other scuba publications, along with the monthly Reef Seekers newsletter. Since 2003, Ken has been a Forensic Consultant to the L.A. County Corner for scuba fatalities, doing equipment testing and accident analysis. With all that, he still finds time to maintain an acting career and leads most of the local and foreign trips for Reef Seekers. He’s a very good cook, avid Scrabble & Boggle player, chases total solar eclipses, ran five L.A. Marathons, is kind to animals and small children, and now has a fantasy about making the U.S. Curling Team for the 2014 Olympics. Be sure to ask him his mantra about divers.
Jim Decker is one of the top experts in the world on underwater photo and video equipment and shooting technique. From SLRs to compacts and handycams to broadcast video, Jim has shot video and photo systems from all the major underwater manufacturers and has been a consultant on many of the designs seen in the water today. Jim has also consulted with many professional photographers, production companies, resorts, and magazines including Mythbusters, Discovery Channel, Sport Diver Magazine, Scuba Diving Magazine, Into The Drink, National Geographic, Freshwaters Illustrated, and many more.
Ken Knezick is owner and President of Island Dreams Travel in Houston, Texas. He has logged more than 3,200 scuba dives and thousands of hours underwater, quite literally around the world. From the Caribbean to the Pacific, his travels include most of the world’s great diving destinations. From 1983 through 2007, Ken served as executive director of Houston’s SEASPACE Exposition. He is past president of Houston International Diver’s Club, and is a founding member of both the Houston Underwater Photographic Society (HUPS), and G.R.E.A.T., the Gulf Reef Environmental Action Team.
At DEMA 2003, Ken was honored with induction into the SSI Platinum Pro 5000 Society. At SEASPACE 2005, Ken was named recipient of the PADI Project Aware / SEASPACE Environmental Awareness Award. This prestigious prize recognizes individuals and organizations that are working to enhance understanding of the marine environment, and the importance of its protection. An accomplished underwater photographer, when not actually underwater, Ken enjoys writing short stories, travelogues, and presenting seminars and workshops at dive shows around the U.S.A.
Janna Nichols was born and raised in the Pacific NW, and took up recreational diving and underwater photography in 1999. Her photos have appeared in many publications and fish ID books. She has been a scuba instructor, scientific diver, volunteer REEF surveyor, and member of REEF’s West Coast Advanced Assessment Team. Using her photos and experiences from her dives, (mostly all in cold West Coast waters) she has taught Fish ID to hundreds of divers from San Diego to British Columbia. She is REEF’s Outreach Coordinator.
Betty Orr is Vice President and Director of Insurance for DAN Services and has been with DAN since 1991. Betty has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology and has authored and contributed to many books and magazine articles in both scuba diving and biology.
Dan Orr is President of Divers Alert Network (DAN). He came to Divers Alert Network in 1991 as Director of Training, responsible for developing and implementing DAN training Programs, including the internationally successful DAN Oxygen First Aid Course. Prior to coming to DAN, he was the Associate Diving Officer at Florida State University and, before that he was Director of Diver Training Programs at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
Dan has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology and has authored and contributed to many books and magazine articles including coauthor of Scuba Diving Safety and DAN’s Pocket Guide for Diving Safety series.
Andy Sallmon and Allison Vitsky
Andy Sallmon and Allison Vitsky are a photography/writing team that has been working together since 2010. Andy’s educational background in marine biology and Allison’s in journalism and veterinary medicine provide a unique perspective on our oceans and the life they hold. Individually, their work has been recognized in numerous international underwater and nature photography competitions, featured on the walls of aquariums and museums, and published in books and magazines on diving, nature, and photography. The two combined have over 50 years of recreational and technical diving experience with more than 10,000 dives all over the world. However, their favorite place to dive is the rich, temperate water of their home state: California. Andy and Allison live together in San Diego.
Dale Sheckler is a Southern California native who has worked around the world as a commercial deepsea diver, mostly on deepwater oil field projects. For the last 25 years he has served as editor/publisher for California Diving News. Dale has authored several books, most notably: Southern California’s Best Beach Dives and Successful Underwater Hunting and Gathering, California Edition. Dale is the producer of SCUBA Show 2010. Dale is also an Ordained Deacon in the Catholic Church spending his nondiving time working with the poor.
Kim Sheckler has been diving, writing and creating photographs for nearly 30 years. Working with her husband Dale on California Diving news and as Executive Diecror of the SCUBA Show. In 2001 Kim was recognized for her numerous contributions to diving by being elected into the Women Divers Hall of Fame. In 2004 she was presented with the Historical Diving Society Nick Icorn Award for her continued support for the history of diving. Kim is an active member of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and has served as a board member of the Catalina Conservancy Divers. She is also a registered nurse, and regularly volunteers at a local pregnancy resource center.
Patrick Smith is a NAUI Instructor, a USCG Licensed captain for vessels to 200 tons, author and consultant to numerous private and government agencies. He has more than 6,000 dives in commercial, academic, scientific, and recreational fields. He works closely with NOAA and the National Park Service on submerged cultural resource projects locally and nationally. He is the author of numerous popular and academic articles and is coauthor of the popular Shipwrecks of Southern California.
Ron Steven (ROGEST)
“Best job in the world, but my boss is a real jerk.”
Yep you got it, he works for himself. He travels the world scuba diving in some of the most exotic tropical locations, he visits trade shows in Europe and North America to speak passionately about his love of diving and when he’s alone in his studio in Canada, Ron Steven aka Rogest paints the beauty of the underwater world. The nature of his work means he meets a wide variety of people and if someone doesn’t much care for his robust enthusiasm, he feels challenged to win them over. No one escapes his blowtorch personality and most walk away feeling good about their contact with him.
Rogest became a scuba instructor and ended up in Australia and spent almost 15 years diving the Great Barrier Reef and Papua New Guinea.
His next endeavour was to share the visual magic of the ocean and with no formal art training, Rogest had a challenge, to become an artist and do some good. He’d always sketched and now he wanted to reproduce some of the vibrant life beneath the waves. He called his art ROGEST a play on his name Ron George Steven. His style of art requires hours and days of painstaking work often building up to 9 layers of different paint and texture before he’s satisfied with the end result. Each dot on the canvas is potentially threedimensional and is very time consuming to achieve.
ROGEST has a business model that states 1/3 of his time is spent working with and donating to education, environmental and ocean critter related causes. He works with kids and adults worldwide.
Marty Snyderman is one of 63 people inducted into DEMA’s SCUBA diving Hall of Fame, and a proud recipient of DEMA’s 2008 Reaching Out Award. Marty is an EMMY Award winning cinematographer, still photographer, author and speaker specializing in the marine environment. He is the Marine Life Editor of Dive Training magazine, authoring at least three columns a month in every issue, including the underwater photography column entitled Behind The Lens. Marty represents Dive Training magazine in Hawaii, and he teaches underwater photography seminars in dive centers in North America and at destinations around the globe.
Dr. Tabby Stone
Dr. Tabby Stone is a practicing pediatrician in the Los Angeles area. He has been an avid diver since his initial certification in 1979 and developed an interest in diving medicine. He is a past President of the Pacific Chapter of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and wrote the “Medical Fact” column for Discover Diving from 19881999.
Stan Waterman is one of the true pioneers in today’s diving community. In 1954 he had the first liveaboard dive boat in the Bahamas. Over the years he has produced over 50 documentary films and videos that have been featured in film festivals and seminars in the U.S. and England. The Discovery Channel produced a 90minute documentary on him and his family entitled, “The Man Who Loves Sharks.” The story of his year in French Polynesia was an hour special by National Geographic. He received five Emmy awards for his work with the networks in the U.S. He was a cameraman for two theater release films, The Deep and Blue Water, White Death.
Stan is a seminal inductee into the International SCUBA Divers Hall of Fame and a Trustee of the Women Divers Hall of Fame. At age eightyseven he still travels the world’s oceans to dive and produce documentaries. His book, Sea Salt is in its third printing.
A graduate of Dartmouth College he studied with Robert Frost and is known as an eloquent speaker.