2017 Daytime Seminars

The Boston Sea Rovers are the proud sponsors of the “Longest Continuously Running Dive Show in the World,” a distinction made possible primarily due to the excellent quality of speakers that have continued to grace our stages. We take great pleasure in hosting the best educators, explorers, scientists, divers and speakers in the world. The purpose of these lectures help us to achieve our club our mission, “To educate the general public about the underwater world.”

Our daytime presentations form the backbone of our show. In two days we host over 40 speakers covering a myriad of diving and marine related topics. Each hour there are three simultaneous lectures being held on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5 pm. You get to choose which speaker or topic you would like to see based on your interests.


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Lunch

Sunday

Lunch


2017 Presentation Summaries

45 Ancient Shipwrecks Discovered in Greece

John Stella has been a Dive Industry Professional for over 30 years, and has represented some of the most iconic equipment brands in the dive industry. He is currently the Northeast District Manager for SCUBAPRO USA. “it’s my dream job” His diving experience spans the globe, with a special passion for the hunt for Ancient Underwater Shipwrecks. His recent trips to Greece and the Aegean Sea, as a member of a Greek Archeological Dive Team has changed his life. “ My new passion” The team has found and documented 45 Ancient shipwrecks over a two-year period, and some of these wrecks have rewritten ancient history as we knew it! Logging literally thousands of dives over a 40-year span, John carries a Platinum 5000 card from SSI. When not hunting for ancient shipwrecks, you can find John diving for lobsters and scallops, off the coast of Massachusetts, with his brother Joe, and close friends. You can read all about his last Ancient Shipwreck mission to Greece in the Winter 2016 Edition of Alert Diver Magazine.

Presented by:
John Stella

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Amazing Dirty Tricks for Underwater Photographers

This fun presentation demonstrates 5 jaw-dropping editing techniques specifically developed for underwater images, using many new features in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Presented by:
Erin Quigley

Erin Quigley is a Adobe ACE certified expert specializing in customized workflows and editing strategies using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. She is an award-winning underwater photographer and editor, and creator of GoAskErin.com, which provides post-centric resources and instruction specifically developed for the underwater photographic community. Along with her private consulting business, Erin writes the Imaging Techniques column for Scuba Diving Magazine, leads trips, and teaches workshops worldwide.

Erin Quigley

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Basic Physics: Educating Divers

Based on conversations with dozens of new Instructors and their students, basic diving physics has been lost due to reduced standards.
Basic presentation on 5 topics
1. Boyles Law
2. Lung Over-expansion injuries from depth
3. Dalton’s Law of partial-pressure
4. Altitude Diving
5. The Lost Art of Dive Tables

Presented by:
“Butch” Walt Hendrick

“Butch” Walt Hendrick has been training public safety divers, sport divers, and rescue personnel for over 45 years in over 15 countries. He is a major innovator and contributor to the water rescue industry. He is one of the most important fathers of diver safety education, always striving for increased safety standards.

“Butch” Walt Hendrick

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Behind the Scenes of PBS “Into The Arizona”

The USS Arizona was the epicenter of America’s involvement in World War II and now 75 years after its sinking new images and information show a unique environment deep inside the wreck. The expedition was featured in the PBS documentary “Into the Arizona” and this presentation will go behind the scenes of the show and talk about the subsequent science expedition and the fascinating results from both.

Presented by:
Evan Kovacs

Evan works with the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Lab at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where he has been involved in and led numerous expeditions utilizing remotely operated vehicles (“ROVs”), submersibles and technical diving to survey and film everything from the R.M.S. Titanic to deep sea hydrothermal vents to underwater mountains off the New England coast. Evan also owns and operates Marine Imaging Technologies, LLC, a company that specializes in imaging the underwater world for documentary, science, and survey purposes and he has worked in the marine environment for nearly two decades as an underwater director of photography, camera engineer and technical diver.

Evan Kovacs

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Cephalopods – How Smart are They?

Jim & Pat have compiled an extensive collection of cephalopods’ footage, with their unique and comical behaviors. This program features some of this incredible footage including blue-ring octopus displaying their colors, wunderpus changing shapes, and flamboyant cuttlefish laying eggs, along with commentary from Dr. Roger Hanlon, senior scientist at Woods Hole.

Presented by:
Jim & Pat Stayer

Jim and Pat Stayer are explorers and well-known underwater filmmakers dedicated to sharing shipwrecks and remote dive destinations to audiences across North America. They co-authored 3 books and produced 32 DVDs. The couple has been referred to as the one of the best animal behavior videographers, according to Ernie Brooks. Together they ran a dive charter boat in the Great Lakes and discovered 8 shipwrecks. The Stayers were underwater cameramen for the History Channel and their footage has appeared on several major networks worldwide. They are Associate Members of the Boston Sea Rovers. Pat is a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame and Jim is a USGC Licensed Captain.

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Citizen Science for the Submerged (aka: We’ll Make a Fish Geek Out of You Yet!)

Want to give more purpose and fun to your diving? We’ll show you how to monitor marine life and submit your data to the largest online marine life sightings database in the world. REEF surveying is easy and can be done anytime, anywhere, year-round. Come find out how it works and why divers love it!

Presented by:
Eric Heupel

Eric is a PhD candidate in Oceanography at University of Connecticut Avery Point. He dives for both research and fun.

Eric Heupel

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Deconstructing award-winning short films

What makes a short film great? What gets the viewer’s, and more importantly, in a competition, the judges’ attention? This presentation showcases portions of award-winning films from the 2016 Turquoise Bay International Underwater Film Festival along with comments from the esteemed judging panel and tips from the filmmakers.

Presented by:
Michel Labrecque Julie Ouimet

Fellows of the Explorers Club (FI’16) and Associate Members of the Boston Sea Rovers, Michel and Julie are co-owners of N2Pix. They are expeditions leaders and guest speakers in Canada and the US. Their underwater images and films have been presented throughout the US, Canada and Europe as well as in several dive magazines worldwide. They are also the co-founders of an international film festival. Michel is a photojournalist, PADI Ambassador and Master Instructor, DAN Examiner, Technical Instructor and PSI Instructor amongst other instructor ratings. Julie is a videographer and filmmaker. She is a PADI, DAN and EFR Instructor and a Trimix Technical Supervisor.

Michel Labrecque Julie Ouimet

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Deep Survival

On 24 April 2004, I descended 137 feet below the surface in the cold Lake Erie water. I became stuck on the bottom outside a shipwreck for 50 minutes. I shot straight to the surface without doing any of my 80 minutes of decompression. This is my story of survival.

Presented by:
Erik Petkovic

Erik Petkovic began his diving career in 1997. In almost 20 years of diving he has logged hundreds of dives along the East Coast and Great Lakes Regions of the US. An avid shipwreck researcher, Erik has been published in multiple international dive magazines including Wreck Diving Magazine, The Deco Stop (Brazil), Tech Diving Mag, and others. Erik has authored the new book, Shipwrecks of Lake Erie – Volume One, the only book on Lake Erie shipwrecks featuring complete vessel histories, descriptive stories of loss and survival, and thorough examinations of the wrecks. Erik is available for speaking engagements. An elected Member of The Explorers Club, he currently resides in Southern MD.

Erik Petkovic

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Enemy on the Homefront: Bell Island Wrecks, Newfoundland

In 1942, as World War II raged in Europe and the Pacific, Bell Island, Newfoundland seemed safe from the U-Boat menace that was plaguing shipping throughout the North Atlantic. Unfortunately, as summer turned to fall that sense of security was shattered when U-513 and U-518 slipped into Conception Bay and sent 4 ships to the bottom. Fortunately, these were the last war time tragedies in Conception Bay but these four ships, and the brave sailors that lost their lives that fall have not been forgotten.

Presented by:
Ryan King

For over 20 years, Ryan has been diving, teaching, and photographing marine life, caves and wrecks from Canada to the Caribbean. He has a passion for helping others enjoy and appreciate the underwater world.

Ryan King

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From Ordinary to Extraordinary: The Merchant Mariner’s Heroic Role in WWII’s Battle for the Atlantic

The merchant marine is collectively those commercial, non-naval ships that carry cargo or passengers or provide maritime services, and the civilian crewmen and officers who sail those ships. During World War II the ships and men of the Merchant Marine transported across the oceans of the world the vast quantities of materiel, supplies, equipment and troops needed to fight and win that war, often traveling in convoys usually accompanied by destroyer escorts. This presentation tells the story of the WWII Battle for the Atlantic not from the perspective of those who were willingly engaged in war, but from merchant mariners who made their living on the high seas. Through firsthand accounts, historical documents, and information gathered from the sunken ships themselves, this presentation will focus on the attack of Pan Pennsylvania by U-550 and how 56 of its 81 crewmembers survived one of WWII’s most fascinating ocean battles.

Presented by:
Joe Mazraani

Since childhood, Joe Mazraani has been fascinated by the sea, and the allure of the underwater world. Joe became a certified diver in the mid-90s and quickly took to diving sunken wrecks off the Northeast U.S. coast. He instantly developed an obsession with exploring the sunken hulks that litter the approaches to New York Harbor. Shipwreck exploration is a way of life for Joe. He owns and operates the dive vessel Tenacious, which was specifically acquired and outfitted to accomplish several projects, including locating and exploring U-550 and other deep, uncharted wrecks in the North Atlantic. A criminal defense attorney by trade, he is also a U.S.C.G. licensed captain.

Presented by:
Captain Eric Takakjian

Captain Eric Takakjian a professional mariner has been sailing ships and oceangoing tugboats to various corners of the world since 1978. Presently Captain Takakjian is employed aboard an ocean going tugboat based in New York Harbor. He and his wife Lori owned and operated the research vessel QUEST for 17 years, conducting oceanographic and shipwreck research in the North East United States and outer continental shelf waters.

Captain Eric has conducted extensive historical research on New England shipwrecks. Since 1985 captain Eric and his team have conducted expeditions resulting in the location and exploration over 70 previously undiscovered shipwrecks in the waters around New England and outer continental shelf waters. A diver since 1972 and an avid shipwreck diver since 1975. Captain Eric has been a fellow of the Explorers Club since 1997, is a member of the Steamship Historical Society , and is an associate member of the Boston Sea Rovers.

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Great Lakes Ghost Ships

For hundreds of year’s ships have been using North Americas Great Lakes to transport goods and people, and for hundreds of years these ships have sank due to fire, fog, collisions and mysteriously disappeared. Each year a handful of new wrecks are discovered in depths of 1 to over 100 meters. Becky will show haunting imagery from shipwrecks from the 1700’s to modern day preserved like time capsules in the cold, deep depths frozen in time.

Presented by:
Becky Schott

Becky is a 5 time Emmy Award-winning underwater cameraman, photographer, and technical scuba Instructor whose work can be seen on major networks including National Geographic, Discovery, and Travel Channel. She specializes in bringing back video from extreme environments including caves, deep wrecks, and under ice. Her experience working in remote locations around the world has earned her a reputation of producing quality images in challenging places. In her spare time she’s participated in several exploration projects which earned her a place as a Fellow in the Explorers Club and in 2013 she was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame.

Becky Schott

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Heart Medical Fitness for Divers

Understanding how medical conditions including Hypertension, Heart Disease, Patent Foramen Ovale, as well as diving with a pacemakers can effect your dive performance and dive safety. This overview will give the attendees the most up to date information. As a Dive Medicine Physician much of what I offer for my patients is the opportunity to have a better understanding of the many issues related to heart disease and diving.

Presented by:
David Charash

Dr David Charash is Dive Medicine Physician, Board Certified in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. He has a dedicated medical practice that specializes in Dive Medicine. He is a DAN Referral Physician , and DAN Instructor. He lectures at the United States Coast Guard Academy, and the United States Navy Base , Naval Undersea Medical Institue in Dive Medicine, Basic and Advanced Diving Physicis. Dr Charash lectures locally and nationally on Dive Medicine and Dive Medical Fitness. He is the Principal in Dive Medicine and Hyperbaric Consultants LLC.

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In the Footsteps of Ernest Shackelton

2016 marked the 100th Anniversary of Ernest Shackleton’s historic rescue. In commemoration, 30 divers journeyed to rarely seen parts of Antarctica including some areas never charted or dove before. While it is impossible to understand Antarctica without experiencing it, this presentation is a close second. Fair warning, Antarctica will be on your bucket list after this!

Presented by:
Faith Ortins

Faith has spent most of her adult life in the ocean. Starting as a scientific diver, volunteering for public safety diving operations in the 1980’s, Faith became a technical diver and dive store owner in MA before joining DUI’s sales team. She worked with DUI to develop some of the first women’s drysuits and now leads DUI’s sales team worldwide. She created DUI’s DemoTour program and DiveOps Program which promotes local diving and education about drysuits. With thousands of dives over her 37 year diving career, she has led expeditions to all 7 continents and all 5 oceans including both poles.

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Marine Science and Conservation Public Forum

9:30     Ted Maney,  SSU/UWA – Rock wall communities –

10:00     Jarrett Byrnes, UMB – Kelp Ecosystem Ecology Network (KEEN)

10:30     Phil Colarusso, EPA –  Seagrass ecosystems

11:00     Brian Helmuth, NEU – GOM Productivity /Planktonic community

11:30     Randi Rotjan, BU/NEAQ – MPA’s

12:00     NE Ocean Plan – John Weber

1:00      Uma Mirani NEADC – REEF GAFC 2016 summary report

1:30      Pam DiBona, Mass Bays Program – Citizen Science Programs

2:00     Mark Dixon NOAA – Aquaculture

2:30     Dee Malkoski, NFI – Sustainable Fisheries –

3:00     Boston Sea Rovers 2016 Intern Presentation (3 – 4PM)

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Marine Science and Conservation Public Forum

9:30     Ted Maney,  SSU/UWA – Rock wall communities –

10:00     Jarrett Byrnes, UMB – Kelp Ecosystem Ecology Network (KEEN)

10:30     Phil Colarusso, EPA –  Seagrass ecosystems

11:00     Brian Helmuth, NEU – GOM Productivity /Planktonic community

11:30     Randi Rotjan, BU/NEAQ – MPA’s

12:00     NE Ocean Plan – John Weber

1:00      Uma Mirani NEADC – REEF GAFC 2016 summary report

1:30      Pam DiBona, Mass Bays Program – Citizen Science Programs

2:00     Mark Dixon NOAA – Aquaculture

2:30     Dee Malkoski, NFI – Sustainable Fisheries –

3:00     Boston Sea Rovers 2016 Intern Presentation (3 – 4PM)

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Marine Science and Conservation Public Forum

9:30     Ted Maney,  SSU/UWA – Rock wall communities –

10:00     Jarrett Byrnes, UMB – Kelp Ecosystem Ecology Network (KEEN)

10:30     Phil Colarusso, EPA –  Seagrass ecosystems

11:00     Brian Helmuth, NEU – GOM Productivity /Planktonic community

11:30     Randi Rotjan, BU/NEAQ – MPA’s

12:00     NE Ocean Plan – John Weber

1:00      Uma Mirani NEADC – REEF GAFC 2016 summary report

1:30      Pam DiBona, Mass Bays Program – Citizen Science Programs

2:00     Mark Dixon NOAA – Aquaculture

2:30     Dee Malkoski, NFI – Sustainable Fisheries –

3:00     Boston Sea Rovers 2016 Intern Presentation (3 – 4PM)

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Marine Science and Conservation Public Forum

9:30     Ted Maney,  SSU/UWA – Rock wall communities –

10:00     Jarrett Byrnes, UMB – Kelp Ecosystem Ecology Network (KEEN)

10:30     Phil Colarusso, EPA –  Seagrass ecosystems

11:00     Brian Helmuth, NEU – GOM Productivity /Planktonic community

11:30     Randi Rotjan, BU/NEAQ – MPA’s

12:00     NE Ocean Plan – John Weber

1:00      Uma Mirani NEADC – REEF GAFC 2016 summary report

1:30      Pam DiBona, Mass Bays Program – Citizen Science Programs

2:00     Mark Dixon NOAA – Aquaculture

2:30     Dee Malkoski, NFI – Sustainable Fisheries –

3:00     Boston Sea Rovers 2016 Intern Presentation (3 – 4PM)

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Marine Science and Conservation Public Forum

9:30     Ted Maney,  SSU/UWA – Rock wall communities –

10:00     Jarrett Byrnes, UMB – Kelp Ecosystem Ecology Network (KEEN)

10:30     Phil Colarusso, EPA –  Seagrass ecosystems

11:00     Brian Helmuth, NEU – GOM Productivity /Planktonic community

11:30     Randi Rotjan, BU/NEAQ – MPA’s

12:00     NE Ocean Plan – John Weber

1:00      Uma Mirani NEADC – REEF GAFC 2016 summary report

1:30      Pam DiBona, Mass Bays Program – Citizen Science Programs

2:00     Mark Dixon NOAA – Aquaculture

2:30     Dee Malkoski, NFI – Sustainable Fisheries –

3:00     Boston Sea Rovers 2016 Intern Presentation (3 – 4PM)

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Marine Science and Conservation Public Forum

9:30     Ted Maney,  SSU/UWA – Rock wall communities –

10:00     Jarrett Byrnes, UMB – Kelp Ecosystem Ecology Network (KEEN)

10:30     Phil Colarusso, EPA –  Seagrass ecosystems

11:00     Brian Helmuth, NEU – GOM Productivity /Planktonic community

11:30     Randi Rotjan, BU/NEAQ – MPA’s

12:00     NE Ocean Plan – John Weber

1:00      Uma Mirani NEADC – REEF GAFC 2016 summary report

1:30      Pam DiBona, Mass Bays Program – Citizen Science Programs

2:00     Mark Dixon NOAA – Aquaculture

2:30     Dee Malkoski, NFI – Sustainable Fisheries –

3:00     Boston Sea Rovers 2016 Intern Presentation (3 – 4PM)

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Monkey with an Underwater Camera

Have you ever rolled into the water only to feel like a monkey with a camera hovering at 60 feet? Sensory overload and questioning where to point the camera? World renown underwater photographer Berkley White has been there too and will share his latest techniques on underwater photography and how you can get inspired with your camera. From great shots with only a snorkel, to elaborate set-ups with tripods and rebreathers, this session will inspire new and advanced underwater photographers.

Presented by:
Berkley White

Berkley White’s passion for the ocean and diving led him to establish Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo in 1994. Backscatter has grown to be one of the largest underwater photographic equipment suppliers in the world with two locations in the US and is a great resource for technical support related to underwater imaging. Berkley’s images and technical articles are published in US and international dive magazines and he regularly serves as a photographic judge or technical editor on publications. Berkley runs a full schedule of exotic underwater photo safaris each year and training events such as the Digital Shootout. His portfolio and presentation schedule can be found at www.backscatter.com.

Berkley White

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Mystical Mozambique

Join Jenny Collister as she takes you on a journey through Mozambique. Explore the mystique of this way off the beaten path destination. Expect to be wowed by images of Manta’s, Whale Sharks, empty beaches that stretch the coast for miles with sand dunes as tall as high rise buildings. This is truly an adventure seekers paradise.
Reef & Rainforest is a full service travel company specializing in dive, water sport and adventure travel. They are ARC accredited, IATAN & ASTA. ARC agents are a select group of professionals recognized as having met stringent financial, personnel and security requirements.

Presented by:
Jenny Collister

Jenny has worked in the travel industry for 28 years after obtaining her degree in Travel & Tourism. Her interest in diving began in the frigid Canadian waters near Edmonton in 1988. Since, she has dived and traveled the world. Her passion for travel began at a young age watching her father on the “telly” as a CBC foreign correspondent in far off lands and listening to stories of his travels. After years of travel and a year long stint in Indonesia she decided to spread her knowledge with scuba divers worldwide.  In her spare time she is an avid swimmer, horse rider, skier, kayaker, and amateur chef.

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New England After Dark

After dark, New England waters become a different place. The daytime fish go to sleep. Schools of pollock and cod break up to hunt. Lobsters come out of hiding and squid turn off their camouflage. There’s a lot happening. Join Jerry Shine for a look at the area’s best nightlife.

Presented by:
Jerry Shine

Jerry Shine’s new book, A Year Underwater, will be available this April. He’s also the author of A Shore Diving Guide To New England and Nudibranchs of the Northeast. His writing and photography have also appeared in several hundred publications worldwide.

Jerry Shine

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New England State Police Dive Training program

The four week Police Diver training program, designed by the New England State Police Underwater Recovery Teams, will be highlighted. Diver I and Diver II programs will be the main topic with a brief history of the start of the NESPAC Dive Commanders Consortium.

Presented by:
Patrick Foley

Sgt. Patrick Foley is a 25 year veteran of the Mass State Police and has been a member of the MSP Underwater Recovery Unit for 22 years. Sgt Foley is the Commander of the Mass State Police URU and is a PADI MSDT, SDI instructor, and ERDI instructor. When not diving for the State Police or NESPAC he enjoys diving with his son and daughter whenever possible.

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New Jersey’s Maritime History

What stories hide beneath the sand and surf of the Jersey Shore?

An estimated three thousand shipwrecks lie off the coast of New Jersey—but these icy waters hold more mysteries than sunken hulls. Lessons from these many tragic wrecks and dangerous missteps urged the development of safer ships and the US Coast Guard. Captain Stephen D. Nagiewicz uncovers curious tales of storms, heroism and oddities off the New Jersey coast.

Presented by:
Steve Nagiewicz

Captain Steve is a former dive boat operator and acknowledged authority on shipwrecks and scuba diving. He has written about or has been profiled about his knowledge of shipwrecks in many regional and national publications. His first book; Hidden History of Maritime New Jersey was just published by Acadia Publishing. Nagiewicz is Fellow and former Executive Director of the Explorers Club, also a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, former manager for the State of New Jersey’s Marine Science Laboratory. He is chairman of the board of trustees of the Shark Research Institute. He currently teaches Environmental Science at Atlantic City High School and Marine Science at Stockton University.

Steve Nagiewicz

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Non-Fatal Close Calls and Lessons Learned from Scuba Diving Incidents

The DAN Diving Incident Reporting System went live in 2012 and to date has collected over 500 non-fatal incident reports. Hear about a sudden hose rupture during a dive, the cause of a case of skin bends while on holiday, why divers should not follow someone else’s computer, and other fascinating reports from the DAN incident reports collection.

Presented by:
Peter Buzzacott

Peter Buzzacott, MPH, PhD.
Peter Buzzacott is Director, Injury Monitoring and Prevention at Divers Alert Network (DAN). He has a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Western Australia, for researching risk factors for diving injuries. At DAN, it is Dr Buzzacott’s role to design, implement and evaluate preventative interventions aimed at improving diver safety. He is a former recreational and technical diving instructor, life-member of the NSS Cave Diving Section, and advanced trimix diver.

Peter Buzzacott

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Ocean Exploration for Everyone: How You & Robots Can Make Discoveries with E/V Nautilus

Only 11% of the ocean is mapped and less than 5% is explored. Join Megan Cook to learn the latest missions and cutting-edge discoveries of Exploration Vessel Nautilus. Catch-up with the diverse team of scientists, engineers, educators and students pushing back the boundaries of the unknown and how you can explore the seafloor alongside them LIVE from your smartphone.

Presented by:
Megan Cook

Megan’s international career has bridged scientific research, marine operations, ocean education, expedition planning, film and media communication. A science extrovert, she loves helping people fall into fascination with our planet and using technology to share ocean stories. As the Community STEM Program Coordinator for Ocean Exploration Trust she travels the nation building education programs and broadening collaborations to bring seafloor exploration to new audiences. She is proud to mentor emerging talent in STEM fields and to inspire the next generation of explorers. Megan is honored to be a Mission Blue Young Explorer and North America’s 2012 Rolex Scholar from OW-USS.

Megan Cook

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Operation Oahu “Wreck Week”

Dive with Island Divers, off the Island of Oahu. Explore five different shipwrecks; some of which have been voted top five in the US. Most of these wrecks can be penetrated. Viewing assortment of equipment and sea life. Wreck week includes a visit to Pearl Harbor

Presented by:
Tony Gramer

Tony Gramer diving since 1977, certified PADI Divemaster. President of Silent World Information Masters, Inc. (SWIM). On the Board and Divemaster of Dossins Museum in Detroit, Michigan. Winner of many worldwide UW Photo Contest. Speaker; Our World Underwater, Beneath The Sea, Boston Sea Rovers, ‘Niagara Divers’, Scubafest, Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival, Museums, historical societies, schools, dive clubs. In 2011,2012and 2015 he recorded four half hour programs for “Every Thing Great Lakes” and “So Far, Safari” on CMNTV.

Tony Gramer

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Remembering Rajan

Retired Asia elephant, Rajan, was the only ocean-swimming pachyderm that scuba divers and snorkelers could join for a dip in the refreshing waters of the Bay of Bengal. Remembering Rajan is a look back at a somewhat tumultuous life, a happy retirement and the impact he had on the diving world. Rajan “made” photographers, and one filmmaker’s dream-come-true. In July 2016, Rajan died at 66.

Presented by:
Nancy McGee

Explorer and filmmaker Nancy McGee has lived a life of adventure and diversity. Known as Ms. Exosuit, AKA the Pachyderm Princess, she is the first female Exosuit pilot as well as a magazine centerfold (next to a 3000 lb. swimming elephant). The Explorers Club recognized her with a Fellowship for contributions to scientific knowledge in the field of geographical exploration, which include filming in locations so remote that local natives have never before seen Western people. Nancy produces, edits and films her own documentaries with a unique historical spin on culture and the marine ecosystem. Nancy is a member of the Ocean Artists Society and the Women Divers Hall of Fame.

Nancy McGee

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Rockin’ Reykjavik

Iceland is sometimes referred to as just a rock in the North Atlantic. Because of its numerous natural wonders, amazing diving opportunities and spectacular geology, however, Iceland is becoming a very popular destination for adventure tourists from around the world. But truthfully, Iceland is all about the rocks. In this presentation, learn how divers can explore fissures in the Earth’s crust and dive through the separation point between two continental plates. Flooded with decades old glacial melt water filtered through 50 miles of lava stone to produce the purest, clearest water on Earth, places like Silfra should be on every diver’s radar screen. In addition, the audience will learn how to explore geothermal lakes, underwater geothermal vents and marine gardens teeming with life. On the surface, dramatic waterfalls, geysers and lava tubes make for fascinating surface intervals. Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they unlock the wonders of this fascinating destination.

Presented by:
Michael Salvarezza – Christopher Weaver

Michael Salvarezza and Christopher Weaver have been diving the waters of the world since 1978. In that time, they have spent hundreds of hours underwater and have accumulated a large and varied library of photographic images. They have presented their work in many multi-media slide presentations, and have appeared previously at Beneath the Sea, the Boston Sea Rovers Underwater Clinic, Our World Underwater and the Long Island Divers Association Film Festival. Mike and Chris have been published in numerous magazines, including National Geographic Adventure, and have authored many articles for the majority of the dive publications the world over. Their work has also been used to support a number of research and educational programs, including the Jason Project for Education, the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium in New York and the Cambridge University and the University of Groningen Arctic Centre work on monitoring the transformation of historic features in Antarctica and Svalbard.

Michael Salvarezza – Christopher Weaver

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Seeing Deeper into the World of the White Shark

Although sophisticated electronic tags have revealed that white sharks make ocean-scale movements and dive to depths >3000 feet, they don’t tell us what these sharks are actually doing. But new tracking tools, like fin cameras and underwater drones, are providing new insights into the behavior of this species well below the surface.

Presented by:
Gregory Skomal

Dr. Gregory Skomal is an accomplished marine biologist, photographer, and author. As a senior scientist with MA Marine Fisheries, he has been studying sharks for over 30 years. He has written numerous scientific research papers and has appeared in a number of film and television documentaries, including programs for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and PBS. He has been an avid diver and underwater photographer since 1978. His most recent book, The Shark Handbook, explores the world of sharks.

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Surface Supplied Wreck Diving

Description: Working with the Northeast diving equipment group, see how a small group of dedicated divers travel to Tobermory Ontario best known for its wreck diving. Using the Historical Naval Diving system The Mark V we were successful in producing images that have never been seen before. Learn how we were able to accomplish this while over coming problems not associated with Scuba diving.

Presented by:
Peter Venoutsos

Peter Venoutsos has been a scuba diver since 1976 and a commercial diver since 1983. He has worked for private underwater engineering firms, the federal government, and the United States Navy; he is an active member of the Connecticut Underwater Archeology Committee. Peter has published many diving articles and teaches underwater photography.

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The art of dive planning series – Air Management

Do you know your Surface Air Consumption or Breath Per Minute rate? How about your buddy’s or the divers in your care? Why are SAC and BPM rates so important? Too many divers blindly follow a divemaster’s or buddy’s plan. Why are divers of all levels running out of air everyday? How can this so easily be prevented? Learn how the same procedures used to lower SAC rates are also the ones to make you a safer and better diver. This presentation will teach you how to breathe more safely and efficiently underwater and how to plan your air to make sure you always come back with plenty. Brief Abstract of 50 words:
What’s your Surface Air Consumption or breathing rate? Your buddy’s? Why are SAC and breathing rates so important? Too many divers run low/out of air, which is so preventable. Learn how to breathe more safely and perform effective air management.

Presented by:
Andrea Zaferes

With 27 years of working in the field of submerged body/evidence recovery and investigation with TeamLGS teaching fire, law enforcement and military teams, Andrea is a noted innovator in aquatic death investigation. She is an investigator for Dutchess County Medical Examiner office, is the NYS DCJS Aquatic Death Investigation Instructor, has more than 100 publications, is an aquatic consultant for the National Center for Missing & Exploited children, has presented at well over 150 forensic, aquatic and rescue conferences, has taught over 2,000 law enforcement/death investigators in her two-day Aquatic Death Investigation program, and serves as a body-found-in-water expert witness. Andrea has received national and international awards such as the DAN-Rolex Dive of the Year and Beneath the Sea Diver of the Year.

Andrea Zaferes

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The Canaller Floretta

This presentation is a glimpse into working as a volunteer on an archeological team on
a wreck requiring CCR tri mix dives. Dive Planning, gas planning, photographer’s
assignment and working in a team environment are some of the topics covered. The ultimate goal was to place the Cannaller Floretta on the National Register Of Historic Places.

Presented by:
Pete Nawrocky

Pete Nawrocky began his diving career in 1971 on Long Island, NY. Pete has spent his career diving, exploring and photographing a multitude of environments and enjoys local diving the best. He is a recipient of the Beneath the Sea Diver of the Year, NAUI contribution to sport diving award, SSI Platinum Pro and the 2014 Outstanding Contribution to the Diving industry. His images and articles have appeared world wide in various formats. He is a frequent speaker at dive clubs and consumer trade shows for the last 40 years. Pete is the National Sales manager for Ocean Management Systems (OMS)

Pete Nawrocky

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The Crystal Caves of Abaco

It’s hard to describe to anyone who doesn’t dive just how beautiful the Crystal Caves of Abaco (Bahamas) really are. And even divers sometimes can’t understand why cave divers are so fascinated by these environments. This presentation will change your mind. The Crystal Caves, accessible only in side-mount configuration, are by far the most spectacular, most ornamented underwater caves in the world–and they have rarely been documented so beautifully.

Presented by:
Jonathan Bird

Jonathan Bird is a professional underwater cinematographer and photographer. He has shot and produced over 40 films for broadcast and education. His films have appeared all over the world, on networks such as National Geographic Channel, PBS, ABC, USA Network, Discovery and even the SciFi Channel. He has won nine Emmy Awards, two Cine Golden Eagles and over a dozen more awards for his television and video work. He has published seven books as well as articles and images in hundreds of magazines, calendars and books. He is the host and director of Jonathan Bird’s Blue World, an underwater science adventure series. He is currently in production on his first IMAX film, being shot in caves.

Jonathan Bird

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The Last Voyage of the Immigrant Ship JOSEPHINE WILLIS

I will be talking about the Shipwreck JOSEPHINE WILLIS, the Immigrant passengers,her crew, cargo and the 22 year search in the English Channel.

Presented by:
BART P MALONE

A diver for over 55 years and an avid shipwreck diver for 44yrs. Bart is also the former Curator at The Museum of New Jersey Maritime History in Beach Haven, NJ. He also speaks on behalf of The Cape May Maritime Museum and Learning Center, The NJ Historical Divers Association,Wall,NJ. His dive travel has included the East Coast of the United States, England, Nova Scotia, Orkney Isle.

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THE PHILIPPINES – The Most DIVErse Underwater and Above

The Verde Island Passage (VIP) has been scientifically proven to have more diversity than elsewhere. Surprisingly, Luzon Is. has the most species of mammals! I will explain why the diversity & take you to Anilao, Puerto Galera, Tubbataha, Dumagueste, Oslob, Moalboal & Malapascua to show you more amazing critters & pristine reefs.

 

Presented by:
Lynn Funkhouser

Lynn Funkhouser, inducted into the inaugural Women Divers Hall of Fame, is an internationally published photographer, author, lecturer, adventuress, and dive travel leader. An expert on Philippine diving, she has dived there 2 months per year, every year, since 1975 exploring 261 islands. She was Diver of the Year 2014 for Arts at Beneath the Sea.

Lynn Funkhouser

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The Shark

Joe will be presenting and talking about some of his latest work with sharks in various locations around the Globe

Presented by:
Joe Romeiro

Growing up in and around the water, Joe Romeiro developed a love for the ocean at a young age. After seeing his first shark when he was just 5 years old, he has been captivated by them ever since. A self-taught filmmaker, Joe founded 333 Productions in 2007 with fellow producer & shark conservationist Bill Fisher. Since then, 333 Productions has produced several award-winning films, including “Silent Requiem”, “Death of A Deity”, “A Lateral Line” and “Shark Culture”. 333 Productions has received numerous awards for their work, including the prestigious Blue Ocean Film Fest’s “Emerging Underwater Filmmaker Award” and “Best New Cinema” in 2009, the ADEX “Underwater Video Of The Year Award” in 2010, Ocean Geographic’s Award for “Conservation Excellence” in 2011, Wildlife Conservation Film Festivals 2011 Award for “Education”, Beneath The Waves “Best In Cinematography” 2011, and many others. 333 Productions specializes in Hi Definition underwater cinematography. With the EPIC RED underwater cinema system, they provide the highest quality underwater footage available and have worked with BBC, Discovery/USA/Canada/Europe, SHARKWEEK, National Geographic, Good Morning America, USA Today, Fox, WGN and MSNBC.

Joe Romeiro

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The sky is falling: how harmful algal blooms are impacting our top predators

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are becoming increasingly problematic in both fresh and marine waters worldwide. Cyanobacteria growing in lakes, marshes, rivers, and bays have been linked to the production of neurotoxins, hepatotoxins, and the associated debilitating ailments that our water-dependent wildlife species are facing.

Presented by:
Amy Giannotti

Amy Giannotti is a marine ecologist and serves as the president of the Cambrian Foundation, Inc., based in Orlando, Florida. She has extensive experience in freshwater and marine environments, including underwater caves and problems with invasive species. Amy has a B.S. in biology from Marietta College and a M.S. in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia. During her career with the Foundation and in conjunction with the Foundation’s research expeditions in Florida, Mexico, and Bermuda, she has initiated many educational and outreach programs, including a variety of projects related to the preservation of cave, karst, and groundwater systems in these regions.

Amy Giannotti

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The wonders of Raja Ampat

Come join Andy to see the wonders of Raja Ampat aboard the beautiful Pindito as we sail through the most biodiverse coral reef in the world. From huge schools of colorful fish to beautiful invertebrate life, every day of diving is exciting. The Raja Ampat islands are truly a natural phenomenon and on most diver’s Bucket list!

Presented by:
Andrew Martinez

Andy Martinez specializes in images of the natural world. He has traveled and photographed in many of the world’s beautiful tropical islands. As a lifelong resident of New England he has compiled one of the largest collection of images of marine life behavior from New England and Eastern Canada. His book Marine Life of the North Atlantic is considered a must have for New England divers. Andy’s recent book for young readers, “Pier at the End of the World,” has won several awards.

Andrew Martinez

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Please note that participants scheduled to speak at any Sea Rovers Clinic event are subject to last minute travel and work emergencies that are inherent when working with state-of-the-art gear being used to push the boundaries of exploration and discovery. Participant list subject to change at last moment – please come back often for updates and additions to our exciting film festival line up.
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