2018 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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2018 Presentation Summaries

“A Plastic Ocean” movie showing

As a part of our Marine Science and Conservation Public Forum we will be showing the documentary “A Plastic Ocean”. This movie, produced by previous Boston Sea Rovers presenter Jo Ruxton, addresses the challenges of the great Pacific garbage patch and micro-plastics found in our oceans around the world. It also highlights the human-caused environmental problem of plastic pollution, and the effects of plastics in the oceans on wildlife and ourselves.

The movie will be followed by a Q&A at 2:30pm

Presented by:
Boston Sea Rovers Presents

Boston Sea Rovers Presents

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“A Plastic Ocean” movie showing (continued)

As a part of our Marine Science and Conservation Public Forum we will be showing the documentary “A Plastic Ocean”. This movie, produced by previous Boston Sea Rovers presenter Jo Ruxton, addresses the challenges of the great Pacific garbage patch and micro-plastics found in our oceans around the world. It also highlights the human-caused environmental problem of plastic pollution, and the effects of plastics in the oceans on wildlife and ourselves.

The movie will be followed by a Q&A at 2:30pm

Presented by:
Boston Sea Rovers Presents

Boston Sea Rovers Presents

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15 Minutes to Live: The Sinking of the Lusitania

Learn about the construction and design for the Lusitania and how it fit into the rivalry between the United Kingdom and Germany. See images illustrating how the interior design varied between the three passenger classes. Finally, learn about the final voyage in May of 1915 and the aftermath of the sinking.

Presented by:
Jason Scappaticci

Jason is from Manchester, CT where he works as Director of New Students and First Year Programs at Manchester Community College. He is also active in local politics and is currently serving in his second term on the Manchester Board of Education. He earned a BA in history from Utica College and an MA in American Studies from Trinity College in Hartford. He has a number of lectures on historical topics and has traveled through many towns of the state to give the lectures for senior centers, libraries and historical societies. He has also been invited to speak at the Old State House in Hartford and has been published in Connecticut Explored magazine.

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A Diver’s Responsibility: Protect What You Love

Divers have a unique opportunity to see the incredible splendor of the ocean especially in remote locations unspoiled by human contact or those areas protected by law. However, we also see the immense impact we are having on our oceans, and we have a responsibility to share that information as well. This seminar will highlight areas around the world that have been dramatically affected by human contact and development. From the Arctic to Antarctic and many places in between, we will explore the visible benefits of isolation and marine protected areas as well as the potentially catastrophic impact of our ignorance and neglect.

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 is responsible for DUI’s outreach and education programs world wide. She created DUI’s DemoTour program and DiveOps Program which promotes local diving and education about drysuits. With thousands of dives over her 38 year diving career, she has led expeditions to all 7 continents and all 5 oceans including both poles.

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A Japanese Zero, Sharks, and the Pristine Reefs of Papua New Guinea

The seamounts of Kimbe Bay host huge schools of barracudas, jacks and several types of sharks. The vibrant coral reefs are blanketed with a wide variety of marine creatures from angels and butterflyfish to cuttlefish. When you look closely, there is also amazing macro life including exotic shrimp and pygmy seahorses. This special area also includes the opportunity to dive a WWII intact zero!

Presented by:
Jim & Pat Stayer

Jim and Pat Stayer are explorers and well-known underwater filmmakers dedicated to sharing remote dive destinations to audiences across North America. They have co-authored 3 books, produced 30 DVDs and won several awards. The couple were underwater cameramen for History Channel and their footage has appeared on several major networks worldwide.

Jim & Pat Stayer

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A Year Underwater

Between New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve of 2015, Jerry Shine dove up and down the East Coast of North America, through winter storms and summer heat waves, in crystal-clear water and muddy muck, night and day, always from the beach. The book “A Year Underwater” is his record of that year, of creatures mating, spawning, hiding and making meals of one another, of encounters with squadrons of squid, 20-pound lobsters, sharks, critters inhabiting tiny worlds almost too small to see, and a diver or two that you probably already know.

Presented by:
Jerry Shine

Jerry Shine is the author of A Year Underwater, 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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Amazing Topside and Underwater Footage with your GoPro

Experience videos from all around the world shot exclusively with GoPro cameras. See what’s possible with these small but powerful action cameras as we review video techniques for : Underwater Wide Angle Video, Underwater Macro Video, Topside Video & Timelapse, Tools for stability and Drone usage.

Presented by:
Joel Penner

Joel is the founder of Newmediasoup, LLC, a multimedia and event coverage company. Joel was an early adopter of the use of DSLR cameras for shooting high definition underwater video and currently shoots 4K Ultra High Definition video as part of his business. He is also an active product tester for Backscatter assisting with underwater video camera testing and video editing for new products. His images have been published in various magazines, such as, Scuba Diver TTL, Scuba Diving and Sport Diver. Along with his wife Jennifer, they have authored many published articles on underwater imaging for GoPro cameras and DSLRs, and are regular presenters at scuba diving trade shows.

Joel Penner

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Boston Sea Rovers Intern Update

Krista Laforest will share some of the highlights of her experience this past year as the 2017 Boston Sea Rovers Intern.

Presented by:
Krista Laforest

2017 Boston Sea Rovers Intern

Krista Laforest

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Change Your Photos from Blah to Ahh!

Learn how to take a ho-hum underwater shot and make it magnificent using five essential steps in post. Erin Quigley of Go Ask Erin will demonstrate her favorite techniques to maximize the potential in underwater images. All levels of shooter/editor are welcome.

Presented by:
Erin Quigley

Erin Quigley is an award-winning photographer and Adobe A.C.E. certified expert. Her company, Go Ask Erin, provides education and post-production resources specifically developed for underwater photographers. Erin writes the Imaging Techniques column for Scuba Diving magazine, leads underwater imaging workshops worldwide, and is a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame.

Erin Quigley

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Clipperton Atoll Expedition: After the creation of the MPA.

In November 2016, the planet’s most isolated atoll was declared a MPA. During their first expedition to Clipperton, they found an atoll threatened by overfishing and pollution. In May 2017, they journeyed back to complete their shark tagging mission and see the impacts, if any, of the newly created MPA.

Presented by:
Michel Labrecque & Julie Ouimet

Fellows of the Explorers Club and Associate Members of the Boston Sea Rovers, Michel and Julie and are co-owners of N2Pix. They are expedition leaders and guest speakers in Canada and the US. Their underwater images and films have been presented in film festivals throughout the US, Canada and Europe and published in several international dive magazines. They are the co-founders of an international underwater film festival and Brand Ambassadors. Michel is a photojournalist, PADI Ambassador, PADI Master Instructor, DAN Examiner, PSI Instructor and Technical Diving Instructor. Julie is an expedition videographer, filmmaker, a member of the Ocean Artists Society, Instructor and Trimix Supervisor

Michel Labrecque & Julie Ouimet

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Diving Maine’s Record Cold

What do you call 28 dives over 28 days at 28 different spots, within 28 minutes of home, in 28-degree water for 28 minutes or longer, create and post 28 different videos, all during the coldest month in history? Diver Ed calls it wicked fun!

Presented by:
Diver Ed

Diver Ed lives on Poo Lagoon in Bar Harbor, Maine, with his wife Captain Evil (Edna) and his Newfoundland dog, Nori. In the summer they operate the Dive-In Theater, a marine education boat tour. Diver Ed utilizes live video from his underwater camera to a giant LED TV aboard their 69-passenger dive vessel, the Starfish Enterprise. They also use their 20′ boat, the Pisspot, for diving work and harvesting scallops. And of course they dive year-round for adventure, locally and afar, with their dive club, the League of Underwater Superheroes.

Diver Ed

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Eco-educational Explorations in Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen National Park

The M/V Oceans for Youth, a 100-ft. liveaboard, research vessel operates as a sustainable, exploration-educational platform supporting ecosystem monitoring in the Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba. You are invited to join the adventure as part of the official Oceans for Youth Foundation’s authorized “People-to-People” Cuba Group Travel Program.

Presented by:
Samantha Whitcraft

Samantha Whitcraft is Director of Conservation & Outreach for Aggressor Fleet®, “the ultimate in liveaboard diving since 1984”, and for the Sea of Change Foundation with the mission to create positive change for our oceans. Samantha’s work includes developing “green fleet” operations for Aggressor and for the M/V Oceans for Youth, an eco-exploration and classroom-at-sea vessel operating in Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen National Park. Over the past twenty years, researching biodiversity conservation, citizen science applications, and sustainable marine ecotourism has taken her to the Amazon with National Geographic, to the Mesoamerican reef with NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, and to the remote Pacific with Shark Savers to promote education through adventure.

Samantha graduated Cum Laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s in Natural Science and a concentration in marine conservation biology and earned her Master’s of Marine Affairs and Policy at the University of Miami. She has taught both formally at Miami Dade College and the University of Hawaii and in the field on the subjects of environmental ethics, traditional ecological knowledge, and coral reef ecosystems. After the Gulf oil spill, she was recognized by NOAA Fisheries with a national award for exceptional service in response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Whitcraft was one of twenty women selected for the Women’s Environmental Leaders Forum – Miami with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, principal environmental advisor to the President. She has produced award-winning short environmental films, researched the impacts of the illegal wildlife trade, and is an avid photographer and published nature writer. She is a Platinum Pro 5000 Diver, recognized by the scuba diving industry as an “elite water explorer”.

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Gray Seals and White Sharks of Cape Cod

Gray seals and white sharks historically inhabited Cape Cod waters hundreds of years ago. With the implementation of bounties on seal pelts, gray and harbor seal populations were decimated in Southern New England. With the loss of their preferred food source, the gray seal, white sharks disappeared from this area. With the enactment of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, seal populations have expanded southward at an ever increasing rate. Scientists now estimate the gray seal population to be around 400,000 animals in the Northwest Atlantic. With this dramatic increase of the herd population, large apex predators such as the white shark are returning in greater numbers every year. Follow seal researchers as they study gray seal life history, mating habits, density, and disease, along with the widely publicized interactions with the great white shark.

Presented by:
Robert Michelson

Based in Braintree, MA Bob Michelson is a published underwater photographer and videographer who has been diving for 39 years.  His work has been published in Natural History, The Fisherman, Cape Cod Magazine, NH Wildlife Journal, TROUT, Montana Outdoors, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Field & Stream, Northern Woodlands, New York State Conservationist, Nature Friend, Range, as well as Highlights For Children Magazines and National Geographic Books.

Bob’s programming and footage have aired on many national cable and broadcast network including ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Discovery, Science and History Channels. He was a field producer for The World Fishing Network, providing 30 segments for that network

Robert Michelson

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Greenland: The Vanishing Frontier

The rugged, glaciated coast of Greenland beckons divers in search of new frontiers. This mysterious island north of the Arctic Circle is home to some of Earth’s last true wilderness, with musk oxen and polar bears patrolling the interior and whales, seals and narwhals swimming among the towering icebergs offshore. With the changes currently taking place with the world’s climate, Greenland’s massive glaciers are fast melting and retreating. Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they travel from Iceland across the Denmark Straight to explore this vanishing frontier both above and below the Arctic Ocean.

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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Guadalupe Above and Below

Guadalupe has quickly become one of the must go to locations to encounter the majestic great white shark. Many divers have considered this a must do for their bucket list, we will realistically portray this amazing animal in its natural habitat show you how scientists identify them as individuals and much more so come with us as we explore this remote location.

Presented by:
Peter Venoutsos

https://www.bostonsearovers.com/wp-content/uploads/gravity_forms/3-de73187a1d1d47564416d1143315ccd8/2013/09/Venoutsos.jpgPeter 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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In Hot Water: How Global Warming Affects Massachusetts Sea Turtles, Seals, and Whales

Global warming has a dramatic impact on the ocean ecosystem. With reductions in sea ice, sea level rise, and ocean acidification, climate change affects thousands of marine species. In this talk, we will explore the effects of climate change on sea turtles, seals, and whales found in Massachusetts waters.

Presented by:
Kathy Zagzebski

Kathy Zagzebski is the National Marine Life Center’s President/Executive Director. Previously, she worked at The Marine Mammal Center in California and the Georgia Coastal Management Program. Kathy has volunteered for marine mammal projects in California, Hawaii, North Carolina, Georgia, and Massachusetts. She earned her BA from Augustana College and her MEM from Duke University. She is a member of the Society of Marine Mammalogy and the Massachusetts Marine Educators’ Association. Kathy serves on the boards of Bourne Financial Development Corporation, Cape Cod Technology Council, Massachusetts Marine Educators’ Association, and Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands.

Kathy Zagzebski

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Indonesia: Across the Archipelago

Join Nauticam Ambassador and Lynda.com author, Hergen Spalink, for a journey across the Indonesian archipelago in still and moving images from. Images produced over eleven years will highlight the incredible diversity and beauty of the country’s dive regions including Komodo, Lembeh Strait, Raja Ampat and Triton Bay.

Presented by:
Hergen Spalink

Hergen Spalink is a Nauticam Ambassador who lives and works at the forefront of underwater imaging. Since 2010, Hergen and his partner Kerri Bingham have been leading exclusive underwater photography safaris and workshops in the world’s best dive destinations, where guests benefit from the couple’s deep passion for the underwater world and twelve years of experience managing dive businesses in Indonesia and the Caribbean. Hergen is also the co-author of the Underwater Photography Series, along with Photoshop guru Deke McClelland, at Lynda.com. Hergen is both a PADI-certified scuba diving instructor and an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom.

Hergen Spalink

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Latest Techniques in Underwater Photography

Have you ever rolled into the water with a camera only to feel overwhelmed with 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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Marine Life of the North Atlantic app

Imagine you just exited your dive from the Northeast waters. Now you want to identify the animals you have just seen, record them on a personal dive record, and share your discoveries. Join Andy to learn about fascinating features of this irreplaceable, easy to use and cleverly designed app (The Marine Life of the North Atlantic app) which covers the marine life of the region from Northern Canada to Cape May, New Jersey.

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 book for young readers, “Pier at the End of the World,” has won several awards.

Andrew Martinez

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Marine Science and Conservation Public Forum

Marine Science and Conservation Public Forum – Doc Edgerton Room
Sessions featuring presentations on Marine Debris focusing on the problem and possible solutions.

9:30  Documenting Marine Debris at the Far Corners of the Planet
Michel Labrecque & Julie Ouimet
Plastic is making its way to our most remote and uninhabited marine ecosystems. Two of our recent expeditions have focused on gathering images of the extent of the problem that threatens animals and humans alike, while revealing how oceanic currents play an important role in transporting plastics around the globe. www.n2pix.com

10:15  MantaRay Microplastic Sampler
Ethan Edson, NEU
Anthropogenic microplastic debris is a growing threat to our oceans, yet studying the extent of this pollution requires expensive research vessels and tedious analytical lab work. Presented here is the development of a novel instrument, called MantaRay, which analyzes water bodies for microplastic debris and quantifies this data in real time. The
goal with MantaRay is to reduce the cost barrier associated with studying microplastics and to help better understand the global abundance and distribution of this growing pollutant. www.mantaraysampler.com

11:00  Recycling of Plastic Marine Debris
Robert Whitehouse, UMass Lowell Plastics Engineering
Hear about work with marine degradable plastics research and applications. www.uml.edu/Engineering/Plastics/

11:45  “Coastsweeps” Massachusetts Annual Coastal Cleanup Report
Robin Lacey, MA CZM
Salem Sound Coastwatch presentation on Massachusetts annual coastal cleanup and how you can get involved! www.mass.gov/coastsweep

 

 

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Marine Science and Conservation Public Forum

Marine Science and Conservation Public Forum – Doc Edgerton Room
Sessions featuring presentations on Marine Debris focusing on the problem and possible solutions.

9:30  Documenting Marine Debris at the Far Corners of the Planet
Michel Labrecque & Julie Ouimet
Plastic is making its way to our most remote and uninhabited marine ecosystems. Two of our recent expeditions have focused on gathering images of the extent of the problem that threatens animals and humans alike, while revealing how oceanic currents play an important role in transporting plastics around the globe. www.n2pix.com

10:15  MantaRay Microplastic Sampler
Ethan Edson, NEU
Anthropogenic microplastic debris is a growing threat to our oceans, yet studying the extent of this pollution requires expensive research vessels and tedious analytical lab work. Presented here is the development of a novel instrument, called MantaRay, which analyzes water bodies for microplastic debris and quantifies this data in real time. The
goal with MantaRay is to reduce the cost barrier associated with studying microplastics and to help better understand the global abundance and distribution of this growing pollutant. www.mantaraysampler.com

11:00  Recycling of Plastic Marine Debris
Robert Whitehouse, UMass Lowell Plastics Engineering
Hear about work with marine degradable plastics research and applications. www.uml.edu/Engineering/Plastics/

11:45  “Coastsweeps” Massachusetts Annual Coastal Cleanup Report
Robin Lacey, MA CZM
Salem Sound Coastwatch presentation on Massachusetts annual coastal cleanup and how you can get involved! www.mass.gov/coastsweep

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Marine Science and Conservation Public Forum

Marine Science and Conservation Public Forum – Doc Edgerton Room
Sessions featuring presentations on Marine Debris focusing on the problem and possible solutions.

9:30  Documenting Marine Debris at the Far Corners of the Planet
Michel Labrecque & Julie Ouimet
Plastic is making its way to our most remote and uninhabited marine ecosystems. Two of our recent expeditions have focused on gathering images of the extent of the problem that threatens animals and humans alike, while revealing how oceanic currents play an important role in transporting plastics around the globe. www.n2pix.com

10:15  MantaRay Microplastic Sampler
Ethan Edson, NEU
Anthropogenic microplastic debris is a growing threat to our oceans, yet studying the extent of this pollution requires expensive research vessels and tedious analytical lab work. Presented here is the development of a novel instrument, called MantaRay, which analyzes water bodies for microplastic debris and quantifies this data in real time. The
goal with MantaRay is to reduce the cost barrier associated with studying microplastics and to help better understand the global abundance and distribution of this growing pollutant. www.mantaraysampler.com

11:00  Recycling of Plastic Marine Debris
Robert Whitehouse, UMass Lowell Plastics Engineering
Hear about work with marine degradable plastics research and applications. www.uml.edu/Engineering/Plastics/

11:45  “Coastsweeps” Massachusetts Annual Coastal Cleanup Report

Susan Yochelson, Salem Sound Coastwatch
Salem Sound Coastwatch presentation on Massachusetts annual coastal cleanup and how you can get involved!
https://www.mass.gov/coastsweep http://salemsound.org

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Native American Carvings Found in Vermont River

In October of 2017, in 14 feet of water and under 28 inches of sand, Annette found something that she had sought for more than 30 years. After focusing specifically on this search in 2013, and setting aside her other diving projects, Annette finally located Native American petroglyphs that are now recognized as one of the most significant archaeological sites in New England, and now known as “Indian Rock”.

Presented by:
Annette Spaulding

Annette has immense passion for archaeology and history. The thirty plus years searching for missing people and criminal evidence recovery has led to countless major historic underwater discoveries. Some of her most recent successful searches: remains of an historic bridge built in 1812 in Putney Vermont, underwater discoveries of various structures and logging artifacts on the Connecticut River were featured in the PBS documentary “Dynamite, Whiskey and Wood”, co-leader of expeditions in locating and a successful recovery of a historic 1928 Fokker Standard Universal aircraft in Charron Lake Manitoba for the Western Canada aviation Museum which aired on National Geographic, documentary “View from Table Rock” depicting the 1800’s history of Bellows Falls Vermont.

Annette is an active member of the underwater search and rescue team based in southern Vermont and New Hampshire for the past thirty plus years. Along with participating with these teams she has developed numerous training programs to train others divers.  She is a certified Underwater Criminal Investigator trained under Mike Berry, Virginia State Police and UCI. Mike has been recognized by the FBI, NCIS and numerous federal and local agencies both domestically and internationally.  In addition to Mike, she has trained under Cpl. Robert G. Teather of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a world renowned expert.

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Ocean Observatories Initiative: The Cutting Edge Quest for Ocean Science

The National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded OOI is a networked system of seven ocean global observatories that capture measurements from the atmosphere, ocean, and seafloor. As the world’s largest investment in ocean science, with 83 platforms, carrying over 830 instruments, it promises to provide vital knowledge on ocean biodiversity, ocean and coastal ecosystems, ecosystem health and climate change. The OOI puts realtime ocean observing data into the hands of a vast user community of oceanographers, scientists and researchers, educators and the public.

Presented by:
Paul Matthias

After his first experience diving in the underwater world as a teenager while achieving his initial SCUBA certification in the late 1970s, Paul’s deep passion for the ocean world has never wavered. Since taking that first step, Paul went on to develop a successful thirty-year professional background as an ocean explorer, entrepreneur and ocean engineering leader. As the founder of Polaris Imaging, Inc, Paul invented seafloor imaging technology he used to explore the Lusitania, Titanic, and Britannic, among others, operating his equipment from ships and submarines. Since 2011, Paul has worked at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as the Ocean Observatories Initiative Program Manager.

Paul Matthias

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Stories of Death and Survival: Shipwrecks of Lake Erie

Erie is the second smallest and shallowest of the Great Lakes. However, Lake Erie has more shipwrecks than any other of the Great Lakes. Relive some of the most harrowing stories of death and survival on the Great Lakes through underwater and rare, archival photos. Dive into Great Lakes history!

Presented by:
Erik Petkovic

Erik Petkovic began his diving career in 1997. An expert researcher, Erik is contracted to assist in the intricacies of conducting shipwreck research. Erik has been published in multiple international dive magazines. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Shipwrecks of Lake Erie Volume One. His publication company, Fathom Productions, just released a limited edition of Diving With & Without Armor – a rare 1859 book on early salvage diving in the Great Lakes. His latest book, Tugboat Wrecks of the Great Lakes, is in its final stages of publication. Erik is also writing The Encyclopedia of Lake Erie Shipwrecks – a compendium of over 800 wrecks. Erik is an elected member of The Explorers Club.

Erik Petkovic

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Submarine Ore, Submarine War and the Wolves at their Door

Learn about the “Bell Island Story” along with Mine Quests’ 34 sq miles of submarine iron ore shafts under the ocean floor. This is the WWII story of U-boat Captains orders to sink two of the 4 iron ore carriers that lie in a protected bay just off Bell Island, Newfoundland. Germany was one of the main buyers of Newfoundland’s iron ore before war broke out, and their supplies were cut off. As the Allies continued to receive the ore, Germany was determined to stop the shipments. Hitler ordered subs in for two separate attacks. U513 and U518 and sank 4 huge freighters loaded and awaiting a convoy. The wrecks are now protected, upright and intact, full of artifacts and life, and about to be National Historic sites. See images and videos about these historical events and their current state, including pictures of the medals and awards from a sub Captain’s daughter that she donated to the local museum.

Presented by:
Rick Stanley

Ocean Quest Adventure Resort is Newfoundland and Labrador’s only full service dive and adventure business. OQ is intensely interested in protecting our environment; constantly striving to excel at the delivery of a unique tourism product to educate, to remain non-invasive, and to correct wrongs that have already been inflicted on the environment of our beautiful province.

Rick Stanley

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Tahiti and her Islands

This presentation will take you on a journey through French Polynesia from the adrenaline pumping drift dives through shark filled passes to the quiet lagoons full of pretty tropical fish. French Polynesia is divers dream for beginner to advanced, and everything in between. It is sure to please any palate.

Presented by:
Jenny Collister

Jenny has worked in the travel industry for 30 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.

Jenny Collister

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The 10 Best Diveable Shipwrecks Off Cape Cod

The waters surrounding Cape Cod are littered with over 100 diveable shipwrecks. From immense wooden schooners, to turn-of-the-century metal passenger freight boats, the clear waters, sand bottom, and relatively shallow depths, make the exploration of these 10 shipwreck sites – a powerful lure for wreck divers.

Author of “Cape Cod’s Anthology Of Shipwrecks” and Master Instructor Donald Ferris will take the audience on an engaging visual and storytelling journey to experience the diveable wrecks that lie just offshore of one of America’s most-well-known tourist playgrounds, Cape Cod.

Presented by:
Donald Ferris

Learning to scuba dive when he was just 12 years old, Don grew up diving the fresh water lakes of Wisconsin and Minnesota and the deep water shipwrecks of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. In 1983 he moved to Cape Cod and fell in love with the incredible shipwreck diving. Over the past forty years, Don has trained more than 2500 scuba divers. In the process, he has literally written the book on scuba diving in and around Cape Cod and the Islands, including: “Cape Cod’s Anthology of Shipwrecks”, “Exploring The Waters of Cape Cod’, and “Beneath the Waters of Massachusetts Bay”. Don’s knowledge of the underwater shipwrecks that lie on the sandy bottom and clear waters of Cape Cod, is unparalleled.

Donald Ferris

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The Discovery of the William H. Machen

In 1942, at the height of World War II, the collier William H. Machen sunk off the New England coast. This past summer a group of New England divers located and explored, the wreck in 300 feet of water 75 years after her sinking.

Presented by:
Jeff Goodreau

Jeff’s an avid diver, who has been hunting and diving shipwrecks for over 20 years. A certified rebreather and mixed gas diver, Jeff likes exploring cold water wrecks, and has dove many famous wrecks like the U869, Carl D. Bradley, Palmer-Crary, and Gunilda.

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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The Frontier of Decompression Research

Recent years have seen an explosion of research into decompression sickness. Studies have been conducted ranging from the effects bubbles have on the lining of our blood vessels, to food that might affect our susceptibility to the bends, to how divers might ameliorate the risk of decompression sickness by “pre-dive conditioning” in saunas or on vibrating mats. Genetics research is also giving us new insights into the potential for adaptation to decompression stress. Learn about recent advances and current investigations into decompression sickness.

Presented by:
Peter Buzzacott

Peter Buzzacott, MPH, PhD, is Director of 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 to improve 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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The Lost Intruder

In 1989, a Navy A-6 Intruder crashed off Whidbey Island, Washington, cause unknown. Despite an extensive search, locating the attack jet proved “futile and cost prohibitive.” Join former A-6 pilot and author of The Lost Intruder Peter Hunt as he battles Parkinson’s disease to discover the aircraft 26 years later.

Presented by:
Peter Hunt

Peter Hunt was an experienced wreck diver, including participating in four “Wahoo” Andrea Doria expeditions, long before he joined the Navy in 1985. After ten years of active duty and three A-6 Intruder aircraft carrier deployments, Hunt left the Navy to fly commercially until his Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2005. An alumnus of Brown University and the University of Washington Graduate school, Hunt is the author of, “The Lost Intruder, the Search for a Missing Navy Jet,” “Angles of Attack, an A-6 Intruder Pilot’s War,” and “Setting the Hook, a Diver’s Return to the Andrea Doria.” He continues to dive and lives on Whidbey Island, Washington.

Peter Hunt

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The Philippines – 262 Islands Dived, 7,379 More To Dive

Scientists have proven the Philippines is the most DIVErse underwater and above. In Lynn’s 42 years of diving there, every dive reveals a new critter and/or behavior. This show takes you to Dumaguete, Apo Island, Oslob, Sumilon, Anilao and Puerto Galera with an overview of Tubbataha, Moalboal & Malapascua.

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 262 islands. She was Diver of the Year 2014 for Arts at Beneath the Sea.

Lynn Funkhouser

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The Tech Photographer

Technical divers are engaged in an aspect of the sport diving that requires discipline and proper planning. Adding photography into the mix requires more team planning and communication. Capturing images in an overhead environment or dives requiring decompression, require a different approach. This presentation will give insight to the techniques used and how they can be applied to any dive.

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 a Senior Account Manager for DUI/OMS.He can be frequently found at local dive sites throughout the Country working with new divers on gear configuration and technique

Pete Nawrocky

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The Transition from Recreational Diving to Public Safety Diving

The presentation will discuss the necessary steps to transition from a recreational diver to a public safety diver. Issues discussed will be equipment changes, training requirements, psychological considerations and other considerations.

Presented by:
Patrick Foley

Sgt. Patrick Foley is a 26 year veteran of the Mass State Police and has been a member of the MSP Underwater Recovery Unit for 23 years. Sgt Foley is the Commander of the Mass State Police URU and is a PADI MSDT, SDI, 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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Tips for Shooting Video on Any Device

Learn techniques pros use to get great video footage. Nancy will share secrets to great footage that can be used on anything from an iPhone to GoPro and beyond. Simple, easy to employ tips will take your footage to the next level.

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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To Cape Cod and Beyond: White Shark Movements in the North Atlantic

Since 2009, MA Marine Fisheries scientists have been tagging white sharks off the coast of Cape Cod with sophisticated tracking technology. With more than 120 sharks tagged to date, we are starting to see for the first time the complex migratory patterns of this species in the North Atlantic.

Presented by:
Greg Skomal

Dr. Gregory Skomal is an accomplished marine biologist, photographer, author, and 2015 Boston Sea Rovers Diver of the Year. As a senior scientist with MA 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. His book, The Shark Handbook, explores the world of sharks.

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Tragedy Strikes in Seven Minutes ‘Loss of the Steamer Fred McBrier’

The 161-foot Steamer Fred McBrier was built in 1881 in West Bay City, MI. On October 3, 1890 it was down bound with a load of iron ore towing the barges A. Stewart and J.B. Lozen. It was then hit amidships by up bound steamer Progress. Both steamers misunderstood the signals and the McBrier went down in seven minutes, 10 miles west from old Mackinaw point in Lake Michigan. Tony will present and narrate an HD Video about this stunning event.

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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Using New Tools to Examine Old Tools: The Survey of Captain Roberts’ Mine

In 1911, the failure of the dewatering pumps at Captain Roberts’ Mine led to complete flooding, forcing sudden evacuation and closure. Nearly 100 years later, the mine is rediscovered, explored, and documented. New underwater survey technologies reveal this historical scene, frozen in time.

Presented by:
Leah Potts

Leah Potts is the 2017 OWUSS North American Rolex Scholar. An avid technical diver with an engineering degree, her scholarship year is focused on underwater exploration and technology-based experiences. Leah most recently worked on the survey of Captain Roberts’ Mine, applying her passion for photogrammetry to bring the mine’s artifacts to life. She previously worked at Divers Alert Network, where she conducted research on cave diving fatalities and deep rebreather diver physiology. Leah enjoys progressively building up hours and training on her own rebreather so that she can someday use it to perform photogrammetry on deeper and more remote sites.

Leah Potts

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Why Divers Makes Mistakes Leading to Accidents and Why They Will Continue To Do So

Diving accidents, incidents and near misses are often perceived to be down to ‘human error’ if we simplify the analysis process. However, this means that the real lessons are not learned, and as such, we will continue to repeat the errors and violations across the community. To further complicate issues, we often apply biases to ensure we don’t associate the victim’s behaviours with those which we undertake. This presentation will challenge your view of how accidents and incidents happen and why, without addressing these core issues, they will continue to happen.

Presented by:
Gareth Lock

Gareth Lock is a researcher and trainer focusing on the role of human factors and non-technical skills (‘soft skills’) in diving to improve team and individual performance, which as a by-product leads to improved safety. He has 25+ years of military aviation experience and has trained more than 180 divers in these skills and techniques since Jan 2016 when his classes were launched. He is the author of a number of unique online and face-to-face classes for divers and has presented at numerous international diving conferences on safety, incidents and Just Culture.

Gareth Lock

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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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