2018 Speakers

  • Beatrice Rivoira

    Beatrice Rivoira

    Beatrice is an Italian professional scuba diver with a Master Degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography. She has started really…

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  • Kirill Egorov

    Kirill Egorov

    Kirill Egorov graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical University as a teacher of Physics in 1999, and attended a course of…

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  • Tom Crisp

    Tom Crisp

    After taking a cave class in 2010, Tom found himself wanting to dive in flooded caves as much as possible.…

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  • Douglas Ebersole

    Douglas Ebersole

    Douglas Ebersole, MD is a cardiologist at Watson Clinic LLP in Lakeland, Florida specializing in coronary and structural heart interventions.…

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  • Scott Sanders

    Scott Sanders

    An active diver for 20 years, the water is Scott’s office, playground, and sanctuary.  He travels the Northeast US as…

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  • Gareth Lock

    Gareth Lock

    Gareth Lock is a retired Royal Air Force flight instructor now teaching Human Factors and Crew Resource Management in the…

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  • John Kendall

    John Kendall

    John Kendall is a GUE technical, cave and CCR instructor living in the UK. Since he was a small child,…

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  • Guy Shockey

    Guy Shockey

    Guy Shockey started diving in 1982 in a cold mountain lake in Alberta, Canada. Since then he has logged somewhere…

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  • Mike Young

    Mike Young

    Mike Young grew up in the mountains of Colorado. At a young age, he became an extreme skier, an avid…

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  • Bartek Buszko (Bartek Ra)

    Bartek Buszko (Bartek Ra)

    Bartek's adventure with diving began in 1997 in Mexico. Over the years he has developed his skills and gained experience…

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  • David Concannon

    David Concannon

    David Concannon is an attorney and explorer with nearly 40 years of experience as a scuba diver and over 25…

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  • Peter Buzzacott

    Peter Buzzacott

    Dr. Peter Buzzacott, MPH, PhD is a certified advanced trimix cave diver and former recreational and technical diving instructor with…

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  • Jo Mikutowicz

    Jo Mikutowicz

    Joanna is the owner of one of the Caribbean's largest Technical diving companies, Divetech.  Originally certified as an Open Water…

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  • Brett Seymour

    Brett Seymour

    Brett Seymour is the Deputy Chief of the US National Park Service’s (NPS) Submerged Resources Center (SRC) based in Denver,…

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  • Horst Dederichs

    Horst Dederichs

    Horst is the CEO of dive2gether.net the company behind SCUBA FORCE & SF2 ECCR. He has been a scuba instructor…

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  • Jon Bernot

    Jon Bernot

    Jon Bernot began diving in the lakes in Oklahoma as a teenager. While attending the University of Oklahoma he worked…

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  • Jessica Keller

    Jessica Keller

    Jessica Keller is an underwater archaeologist with the National Park Service (NPS) Submerged Resources Center (SRC) based in Denver, CO.…

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  • Michael Thornton

    Michael Thornton

    Michael Thornton co-organizer of TEKDiveUSA, started diving in 1998 and has been an addict ever since. Michael first became a…

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  • Rod Macdonald

    Rod Macdonald

    Rod Macdonald is an internationally renowned shipwreck explorer, undersea adventurer and best selling diving author with 10 books to his…

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  • Lauren Kieren

    Lauren Kieren

    Lauren is a passionate and accomplished technical, cave, and rebreather instructor/instructor trainer and former Director of Product Development for Technical…

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  • Jens O. Meissner

    Jens O. Meissner

    Jens is a management researcher at the University of Applied Sciences Lucerne and University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.  Jens is a…

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  • Charlie Roberson

    Charlie Roberson

    Charlie Roberson is an attorney who lives and practices law in Gainesville, Florida.  Charlie learned to dive in 1991 while…

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  • Andrew Pitkin

    Andrew Pitkin

    Andrew Pitkin learned to dive in 1992 in the cold murky waters of the United Kingdom and started cave and…

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  • Neal Pollock

    Neal Pollock

    Dr. Neal Pollock is an Associate Professor in Kinesiology at Université Laval in Québec, QC and Research Chair at the…

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  • Tom Steiner

    Tom Steiner

    Tom Steiner van den Ouweelen is a Technical Instructor Trainer living in Gozo, Malta. His passion is teaching technical diving…

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  • Paul Toomer

    Paul Toomer

    After living in South Africa for 23 years it's odd that Paul discovered diving in the cold waters of Southern…

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  • David Doolette

    David Doolette

    Associate Professor David Doolette began scuba diving in 1979, was introduced to sinkholes and caves of Australia in 1984. During…

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  • Jakub Šimánek

    Jakub Šimánek

    Jakub is a Liberty CCR Factory Instructor Trainer. He inherited the passion for underwater world from his father as a…

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  • Matt Vinzant

    Matt Vinzant

    Matt Vinzant has been infatuated with springs and caves his entire life. In 1998 at the age of 12 he…

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  • Jared Hires

    Jared Hires

    Jared Hires is General Manager of Dive Rite, a premier technical dive gear manufacturer established in 1984. Having grown up…

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  • Nathalie Lasselin

    Nathalie Lasselin

    Nathalie Lasselin is a multi award winning underwater cinematographer and documentary producer.  Aqua Incognita: Made in China has been produce…

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  • Josh Thornton

    Josh Thornton

    Josh Thornton, co-organizer of TEKDiveUSA, has been diving for 18 years, and teaching for 13 of those. Josh took his OC…

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  • Simon Mitchell

    Simon Mitchell

    Professor Simon Mitchell MB ChB, PhD, DipDHM, DipOccMed, FUHM, FANZCA Simon is an anesthesiologist and diving physician and is the…

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  • Randy Thornton

    Randy Thornton

    Randy Thornton, organizer of TEKDiveUSA, is a CCR Trimix Instructor Trainer and CCR Cave Instructor and serves as a member…

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  • Payal Razdan

    Payal Razdan

    Payal Razdan is a doctoral student in kinesiology at Université Laval exploring the impact of extreme environments on physiological adaptation,…

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  • Dawn Kernagis

    Dawn Kernagis

    Dr. Dawn Kernagis is a biomedical researcher and has been a diver (including cave, technical and free diving) since 1993. Dawn…

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  • Marty O’Farrell

    Marty O’Farrell

    Marty O’Farrell started his diving career in 1980 in Seattle Washington in the chilly waters of Puget Sound. He dove…

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  • Lamar Hires

    Lamar Hires

    Dive Rite CEO, Lamar Hires started his diving career in North Florida in 1979. Within his first 5 years of…

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  • Pete Mesley

    Pete Mesley

    Pete's passion for diving started in the cold English waters over 25 years ago. This is where his "Lust for…

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  • German Arango

    German Arango

    German (aka Mr.G.) was born in Colombia and has been actively diving for the past 15 years.  He has  been…

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