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By Jane Herbert
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Jeff chats to… Brendon Sing, Director of Shark Guardian

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Jeff chats to… filmmaker, photographer and explorer Kip Evans
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Kip Evans about his time living in an underwater habitat for 17 days, his work with with Sylvia Earle and his lecture on Marine conservation 'Our Oceans 20 years from now'. Award-winning film-maker, photographer, and explorer Kip Evans has led or participated in more than seventy expeditions throughout the world, including recent assignments in Antarctica, Arctic, Costa Rica, Chile, and the Galapagos Islands. As a photographer, he has worked on dozens of National Geographic Society projects since 1998, including the five-year Sustainable Seas project to explore and document the U.S. National Marine Sanctuaries. As a cinematographer, Kip’s films have been featured at film festivals around the world and he has contributed video work to all the major television networks including National Geographic, BBC and Discovery. From 2008-2020 he was the directory of photography and expeditions for Mission Blue. He was honoured as the 2017 Ocean Champion by the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival and in 2020 was selected as an Explorer’s Club Fellow. Find out more about Kip and his work at www.kipevans.com and www.seafilms.net.
42:23
June 2, 2021
Jeff chats to… Andrej A Gajic, CEO Sharklab ADRIA, about the effects of pollution on sharks, skates and rays
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Andrej A Gajic, CEO Sharklab ADRIA, about the effects of pollution on the development of disease in sharks, skates and rays. Andrej A. Gajic  NGE, BEng (Hons.), M.Sc., Prof. biol is a proactive and awarded scientist, author, research diver, ROV pilot and documentary filmmaker with academic specialization in fish pathology, ecology and conservation - focused on sharks, skates and rays. Andrej has more than 5 years of professional experience including National Geographic, Discovery Channel and he has published over 60 papers and two books. His current research is focused on the effects of pollution and war waste on disease development towards the mitigation of those negative effects through revitalization and long-term in-situ conservation. In the past 5 years, Andrej was the principal investigator (PI) of 15 cutting-edge regional and international projects. Over 150 media reports are covering his work including National Geographic, FOX, Disney, BBC, Discovery Channel, CNN, Al Jazeera and many more. National Geographic Explorer (Shark Tales) and Early Career Leader (Washington, D.C.) Discovery channel and Explorers club, "Plastic Sharks expedition leader (New York, USA) Sharklab ADRIA: Center for marine and freshwater biology, General director (Sarajevo, BiH) UNESCO fellow for renewable energy and sustainable development (Paris, France) Find out more about Andrej and his work at www.andrejgajic.com.
29:55
June 2, 2021
Jeff chats to... Marine Biologist Dr Emma Camp about the future of coral reefs
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Marine Biologist Dr Emma Camp about the true state and future of Coral Reefs and marine conservation. Dr Emma Camp is a marine biologist and the Deputy Team Leader of the Future Reefs team at the University of Technology Sydney. Emma is a United Nations Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals, a National Geographic Explorer, a 2019 Rolex Associate Laureate and was recently named a 2020 Time Magazine Next Generation Leader and UNESCO-L'Oréal Australian Women in Science Fellow. Emma researches and advocates for the world’s marine life under threat from environmental and climate change. She is one of the founders of the Coral Nurture Program on the Great Barrier Reef – a unique program involving scientists and Tour Operators to enhance reef biodiversity and promote site stewardship. Emma is an advocate for Women in STEM and improved Climate Action. Find out more about Emma and her work at www.emmafcamp.com
33:12
May 25, 2021
Jeff chats to... Shark Biologist and Conservationist Michael Scholl
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Shark Biologist and Conservationist Michael Scholl. Michael's initial field experience with Sharks began in 1995 at the Bimini Biological Field Station (BBFS) in The Bahamas. He then spent the next decade studying the population and ecology of White Sharks around Dyer Island in South Africa. In 2002, he founded the White Shark Trust (WST) to support research, education and conservation projects focused on white sharks. His genetic, tagging and finprinting studies were integral in discovering a link between South African and Australian White Shark populations. This work was a major factor in the decision to list white sharks on CITES in 2004. Michael taught bilingual high school and IB level Biology, Mathematics and Physics classes in Lausanne, Switzerland, and worked for South African Explorer, Mike Horn on the Pangaea Expedition, assisting Young Explorers worldwide to establish environmental and social projects worldwide. Michael was the Chief Executive Officer of the Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) from 2012 to 2019, which allowed him to merge decades of experience in science, conservation, education and communication, and his lifelong passion for conserving Sharks and the Oceans. Find out more about Michael and his work at www.michaelscholl.net.
45:58
May 25, 2021
Jeff chats to… Dove Joans aka Dolphingirl and gets an insight into her wonderful world
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Dove Joans. Dove is an Author, Animal Advocate, Artist, Creative Conservationist, Host, Storyteller, and Explorer in The Explorers Club in the cognitive sciences of dolphin communications, like Dr. Jane Goodall, except with dolphins for the past 40+ years. Dolphingirl - Dove Joans - is an investigative researcher with a background in marine biology, fine arts, animal behavioural work, the healing arts, neurolinguistics, storytelling, and film work. After a dolphin epiphany in 1977, she has been actively researching and devoting her life to "interspecies communications with dolphins" in an area she's coined, The Dolphin Memory Movement. Her motivation is compassion in action by crossing the bridge into the dolphin's world, so that we can learn to put the humane back into the word humanity. Find out more about Dove at www.dolphingirl.org
01:01:17
May 17, 2021
Jeff chats to… David 'Strikey' Strike about his diving career in the military and beyond
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to David 'Strikey' Strike about his diving career in the military and beyond. They also reflect a bit on life in general. Certified as a diver in 1961, with a background encompassing military, commercial, scientific, and technical diving sectors, Australian-based, David Strike is a former Diving Instructor and Diver Instructor Trainer, and a regular editorial contributor on dive-related topics to diving publications from around the world. Organiser of several world class diving events – with an emphasis on Technical Diving – he is the recipient of several ‘Industry Recognition’ awards and a Fellow of the Explorers Club of New York. Find out more about David at www.nektonix.com.
34:04
May 11, 2021
Jeff chats to… Brendon Sing, Director of Shark Guardian
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Brendon Sing, Director of Shark Guardian, a UK Charity working for shark and marine conservation worldwide. Brendon Sing is from South Africa and has been diving and researching sharks for over 25 years. Whilst achieving the highest qualifications in the scuba diving industry, he has been leading participants on shark diving expeditions from Africa to Asia with a strong focus on conservation, education and research. Together with his wife Liz, Brendon created Shark Guardian as a UK Charity in 2013. His goal is to inspire everyone worldwide to protect sharks - our ocean guardians. Shark Guardian has 4 main operational arms including (1) Conservation activities and campaigns, (2) educational programs and developing materials, (3) Research through citizen science and (4) shark diving expeditions. Find out more at www.sharkguardian.org.
31:18
May 11, 2021
Jeff chats to… Underwater Photographer and Cinematographer Marty Snyderman
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Underwater Photographer and Author Marty Snyderman. Honored with the 2018 NOGI Award in the Arts by the Underwater Academy of Arts and Sciences, an EMMY Award for cinematography, a Reaching Out Award in 2008 as a photographer presented by the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association’s (DEMA), Marty Snyderman is a widely published still photographer and author who has worked to conserve and share the magic of the undersea world for more than four decades. Marty serves as the Marine Life Editor of Dive Training magazine and the Senior Editor of California Diving News. His still photography has been used by many major diving and wildlife publications, natural history museums, and aquaria. Representing Nikon Inc., Sea&Sea USA, and through his own one-on-one courses taught on Zoom, Marty has taught underwater photography in person and offered instruction as a magazine columnist for more than four decades. He enjoys sharing what he has learned and takes a lot of pride in his ability to teach others. With his partner Eric Riesch, Marty has recently launched a publishing company - www.wisedivers.com -  specializing in a line of eBooks for anyone interested in the world beneath the waves. Their first book, 101 Tips for Underwater Photographers, was released in February 2021. Amazing Animals You Can See Underwater, Volumes One and Two, will be released next month. All are available through Apple Books and Amazon Find out more about Marty and his work at www.martysnyderman.com.
37:60
May 11, 2021
Jeff chats to… Underwater Photographer and Explorer Jett Britnell
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Jett Britnell of Jett Britnell Photographics. Jett Britnell is an underwater, wildlife and expedition photographer, internationally published writer, explorer, scuba diver and speaker based in Vancouver, Canada. His images and editorial are published worldwide in print and online media. He has achieved what is known in explorer circles as being the “Holy Trifecta!” having been named a Fellow in three of the world’s most prestigious explorer societies: The Explorers Club (New York), the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (Ottawa) and the Royal Geographical Society (London). From Jan 2019 to Dec 2020, Jett served a two-year term as Regional Director BC/Yukon in The Explorers Club’s Canadian Chapter. A 30-year diving photojournalism veteran with 57 magazine covers to his credit, Jett is also an Ocean Artists Society member, an Ambassador in EXPLOCEAN’s League of Underwater Explorers, a featured photographer with The Ocean Agency, and consultant to Elephanatics, an elephant advocacy organization based in Vancouver whose mission is to assist global elephant conservation efforts by educating Canadians about issues of ivory poaching, habitat loss, and the continued exploitation of elephants by humans, and to connect Canadians directly with elephant conservation partners in Africa and Asia. In December 2015, Jett was named one of “122 Inspiring Shooters You Should Know” in Scuba Diver Ocean Planet Magazine’s special underwater photography issue. Jett is also the inventor of the official “Sedna Epic Expedition Martini.” Find out more about Jett at www.jettbritnell.com
32:36
April 27, 2021
Jeff chats to… Underwater Cinematographer David Diley
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to David Diley, the  multi-award winning Filmmaker, Underwater Cinematographer and Colourist from the UK. Best known for his work with sharks, David released his debut feature documentary, “Of Shark and Man,” in 2017 and has since gone on to work in film, television and commercials for several major name brands and channels. Find out more at www.scarletviewmedia.com.
30:19
April 26, 2021
Jeff chats to… Underwater Cinematographer Nathalie Lasselin
In this exclusive interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Nathalie Lasselin, the multi-award winning underwater cinematographer and documentary producer. As a technical diver, Nathalie has filmed and explored deep wrecks and caves in more than 60 countries. She shares her passion for diving through dive instruction and guides dives throughout the world, including expedition leader in the Arctic. Nathalie pursues better understanding of our planet through documentation and shares her concern for our fresh water resources through her films, articles in international magazines, and event lectures. Her drive is to bring people together and empower them through better relations with their own environment ultimately for a higher quality of life. She is a fellow of the Explorer'a Club and a WDHOF Women Diver's Hall of Fame inductee, as well as a Fellow of the RCGS - Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Find out more about Nathalie and her work at www.nathalielasselin.com
32:32
April 26, 2021
Jeff chats to… Tec Clark, Founder of ScubaGuru
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats with Tec Clark, Founder of ScubaGuru about his career, diving in general, and training and safety. Tec Clark is a diving industry expert who has held very elite positions in the dive industry including Managing Director of the University of Florida’s Academic Diving Program and National Director of the YMCA Scuba Program.  He holds over 40 professional certifications with over 15 diving agencies.  Tec has also been a police officer, dive rescue team member, and forensic dive accident investigator.  He also appeared as a diving expert on A&E, The Learning Channel, and Outdoor Life Network. Tec was Captain of the US Freediving Team, founder of Reef Ministries, and curates ScubaGuru.com and ScubaGuru Academy. He is also the host of two podcasts: The League of Extraordinary Divers and The Dive Locker.  Tec is the Associate Director for Aquatics and Scuba Diving at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Visit www.scubaguru.com to find out more!
45:60
March 25, 2021
Jeff chats to… Bill Beard and Vanessa Willing about diving in Costa Rica
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Bill Beard and Vanessa Willing about scuba diving in Costa Rica. Bill Beard is the true pioneer of scuba diving and combining adventure tours in Costa Rica. He started diving in Costa Rica from dug out canoes in 1970. He was the first working instructor and had the first professional dive shop in Costa Rica located in San Jose. In 1974, Bill Beard branched out by opening a beach location in Playas del Coco on the Pacific Ocean and operated daily scuba diving trips from there and Playa Hermosa. Bill has many firsts to his credit, including bringing scuba diving and adventure tours to Guanacaste. Bill’s wife Nadine joined him in 1988 and they formed an association to combine scuba diving and adventure tour packages, the first in the country to do so. Bill Beard's Costa Rica reservation office is located in La Fortuna and all of their agents are scuba divers and adventurers. Vanessa Willing was born and raised in Oregon and California. She moved to Costa Rica in 2001 and founded Wave Rafting Adventure Company and Find My Costa Rica Travel Agency with the motivation to create personalized trips throughout Costa Rica. In 2013 she also joined Bill and Nadine Beard  in managing operations for Bill Beard Costa Rica.  Her love for diving, rafting and all things adventure combined with her expertise in Costa Rica allows her to take over all the complexities and logistics of planning a Costa Rica vacation, so her guests can simply enjoy their trip! She is constantly travelling throughout Costa Rica to source every activity, operator and experience featured within their products. One of her favorite locations in Costa Rica is Bajos de Toro waterfall region with mountain landscapes, crystal clear rivers and waterfalls and a natural landscape like no other in Costa Rica. Visit www.billbeardcostarica.com to find out more!
24:53
March 17, 2021
Jeff chats to... PJ Prinsloo - Director Technical Diving at RAID South Africa
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to PJ Prinsloo – Director Technical Diving RAID South Africa and a Member of The Explorer's Club. Find out more about PJ at www.pjptech.co.za
30:18
March 17, 2021
Jeff chats to… Mehgan Heaney-Grier - freediver, explorer and educator
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, Mehgan Heaney-Grier – freediver, explorer, educator. Well-known freediving personality and conservationist Mehgan Heaney-Grier has recently premiered her new web series “Imperfect Conservationist” and we will be sharing it with Scubaverse visitors soon here. Mehgan is a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame and a popular speaker for the environment. She  says that the new series will provide viewers with ways they can become involved in protecting the environment in their daily lives. Find out more about Mehgan at www.mehganheaneygrier.com
40:04
March 10, 2021
Jeff chats to... Andrea Marshall of the Marine Megafauna Foundation
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Andrea Marshall, co-founder, board member and principal scientist for the Marine Megafauna Foundation, about marine conservation and her work with Manta Rays. Andrea is a passionate conservation biologist directing an experienced global team of Manta Ray researchers. She is a professional underwater photographer, technical diver and ocean explorer. A seasoned public speaker, educator and ocean ambassador, with on-camera experience. Andrea is also owner of Ray of Hope expeditions, an adventure- science travel company. Find out more at www.marinemegafauna.org.
32:02
March 6, 2021
Jeff chats to... Jim Elliott and Tinamarie Hernandez of Diveheart
In this exclusive interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Jim Elliott, Founder and President of Diveheart, and Tinamarie Hernandez who is the organization's Executive Director. Diveheart is a US-based, nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization which aims to provide and support educational scuba diving programs that are open to any child, adult or veteran with a disability, with the hope of providing both physical and psychological therapeutic value to that person. In their own words: We’ve discovered the forgiving, weightless wonder of the water column provides the perfect gravity-free environment for those who might otherwise struggle on land. Underwater, we’re all equal. Diveheart works with individuals who have a variety of disabilities, including physical and developmental disabilities, vision and hearing impairments, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and more. Diveheart seeks to help its participants “Imagine the Possibilities” in their lives. Find out more about Diveheart and their valuable work at www.diveheart.org.
37:27
March 2, 2021
Jeff chats to... Sean Webb, Director of O'Three, about diving in the UK and the O'Three brand
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Sean Webb, Director of O'Three, the well-known UK-based manufacturer of custom drysuits and wetsuits. After a bath time quarrel with his sister, Sean’s Mum taught him a lesson. She held his head underwater for what she thought was long enough for that lesson to sink in (We are talking the mid 60’s here), but the lesson learned wasn’t the one that was intended. It was then that Sean realized he was comfortable, in or under the water. He was six. The coasts of Devon and Dorset became his playground. 17 years later, with a trip around the world and some incredible diving under his belt, Sean Webb founded O’Three. Now in its 32nd  year, O’Three has evolved from a business with roots that are unashamedly rooted in UK diving, to a niche brand being enjoyed all over the world by discerning recreational, technical and commercial divers alike. Find out more at www.othree.co.uk
18:26
March 2, 2021
Jeff chats to... Marine Biologist and Underwater Videographer Jake Davies
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Jake Davies, Marine Biologist, HSE Professional scuba diver, underwater videographer (using videos and 360 clips for VR) and CAA licensed drone pilot. Jake grew up on Pen Llŷn, North Wales and coming from a maritime family meant that from a young age the underwater world and marine life have played a major role in his life. His interest in marine life and the sea led to him studying Marine Biology at Bangor University where he was successful in obtaining a year in industry with the Intertidal & Coastal team at Natural Resources Wales. ​In 2017 Jake was successfully awarded a Sea-Changers Grant to run 'Dive Into Monitoring: Seagrass' surveys with SeaSearch North Wales. The surveys aimed to gather updated information on the Seagrass bed in Porthdinllaen with volunteer divers and local dive clubs. As a media diver, Jake has worked as part of the dive team (Marine Ecosol) filming for BBC Wales Hidden Wales with Will Millard (Lazerbeam Productions & Folk Films). Footage which Jake has filmed off the Welsh Coast, as well as the Canary Islands, has been featured for a variety of BBC programmes including an episode of Countryfile where he was interviewed about the Seagrass in Porthdinllaen, Wales along with the rest of the Project Seagrass team. He is also a blogger and contributor to Scubaverse @JDScuba, and a co-director of Under Water Wales @dandwrcymru. ​As well as being a HSE Scuba Diver Jake is also employed as the Project Coordinator for Angel Shark Project: Wales. He is also a Project Leader on a Save Our Seas Foundation Project. ​Through sharing underwater videos and photos of amazing and unique wildlife/habitats that are found beneath the waves along the Welsh Coast as well as abroad Jake hopes to inspire people to go beneath the waves and making the underwater world more accessible for all. Find out more about Jake and his work at: https://jakeddavies1996.wixsite.com/jdscuba
24:11
February 22, 2021
Jeff chats to... Jill Heinerth - underwater explorer, author and presenter
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Jill Heinerth. Jill is one of the world’s premier underwater explorers, and the first person to dive inside iceberg caves. According to filmmaker James Cameron, “More people have walked on the moon than have been to some of the places Jill Heinerth has gone right here on earth.” An acclaimed polar explorer, cave diver, author, speaker, filmmaker, and climate advocate, Jill is the first Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. She is the inaugural recipient of the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration and Canada’s Polar Medal. Jill leads expeditions into extreme environments to advance scientific and geographic knowledge. Her projects have been broadcast on the CBC, BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, and television networks worldwide. Jill was announced as the recipient of the William Beebe Award from the Explorer’s Club and was inducted into the International Scuba Divers Hall of Fame in fall 2020. Her bestselling book INTO THE PLANET – My Life as a Cave Diver  has drawn acclaim from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and O Magazine. Heinerth details her journey into the extreme world of underwater cave exploration, where she has had to overcome fear in order to go where no one has gone before. Find out more about Jill and her work at: www.intotheplanet.com
24:24
February 22, 2021
Jeff chats to... Linden Wolbert - Mermaid Linden - about her passion for teaching children about the marine world
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Linden Wolbert - Mermaid Linden. Professional Mermaid Linden Wolbert is a real mermaid whose passion is educating children about the wonders of our oceans, swimming safety and ocean conservation as well as exploration and inspiring our world's youngest ocean ambassadors. Linden shares the life aquatic via the "Mermaid Minute," her successful educational web series, which “edutains” young viewers about ocean life and marine habitats. Her YouTube channel to date has 93.7K subscribers and 53,159,186 views. She loves science and natural history. Linden has teamed up with Body Glove International, designing her own line of kid's mermaid-inspired swim products, available on her website! She has performed and travelled all over the world for over a decade "merforming" for fundraisers, events, wishes for kids and underwater filming. Known as "the Mermaid to the Stars", she is hired by Hollywood's finest to entertain and spread magic through her work. Over the coming months, Scubaverse will be sharing Linden's video series 'Mermaid Minute' with the occasional video from her 'Mermaid Wish Videos'. Find out more about Linden at www.youtube.com/user/MermaidsInMotion
29:20
February 22, 2021
Jeff chats to... author, avid cave diver and professional adventurer Steve Lewis
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to author, avid cave diver and professional adventurer Steve Lewis about life in general with a bit of diving as well! For more, visit Steve on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/Steve.Lewis.Doppler
28:56
February 22, 2021
Jeff chats to... Film maker and environmental activist Alexandra Cousteau
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Alexandra Cousteau. Alexandra Marguerite Clémentine Cousteau is a film maker and an environmental activist, who continues the work of her grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau and father Philippe Cousteau, Sr. Find out more about Alexandra's work at: www.oceans2050.com and www.sealegacy.blue.
22:30
February 17, 2021
Jeff chats to... Phil Short, dive industry consultant for science, media and education
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Phil Short, dive industry consultant for science, media and education. Phil has been diving professionally and exploring for over 26 years and has logged over 7000 dives in caves and open water using both open and closed circuit equipment, with over 3000 hours on Rebreather equipment. He started diving in 1990 from a background of dry caving and at first only completed diver training to pass short flooded sections of dry caves. Phil continued his diver training through the PADI system with Course Director Steve Axtell and in 1991 he qualified as a PADI instructor and began teaching full time, working his way up to Master Instructor. During this period, he continued cave diving and began developing his Technical Diving skills through training with Kevin Gurr and in 1993 was involved in forming one of the first Trimix wreck diving teams in the UK. He is now one of the UK’s foremost IANTD Instructor Trainer Trainers and the Training director of IANTD UK, in addition to being a member of the IANTD HQ Board of Advisors. Having devoted all his free time to developing his Technical skills, Phil began to use them for cave diving, his true passion, on expeditions to Mallorca, France, Spain, Canada, Russia, Greece and Mexico. At the same time, he began teaching first open, then closed circuit, technical and cave diving full time. Find out more at: www.darkwaterexploration.com
29:41
February 15, 2021
Jeff chats to… Esther Jacobs, Social Media and Conservation Manager at Oceans Research
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Esther Jacobs, Social Media and Conservation Manager at Oceans Research. Originally from Scotland and working in marketing and advertising, Esther left for pastures new almost 10 years ago, to pursue a career working with sharks in South Africa. For the first few years, Esther worked with a white shark cage diving operator, running their internship, teaching visitors about the white sharks, and collecting valuable data on their behaviours. After having her first daughter, Esther volunteered part-time with White Shark Africa and then started an ocean conservation initiative called Keep Fin Alive. The goals of Keep Fin Alive are to change the common misconception of sharks, and drive more attention to the threats facing our oceans. Five years ago, Esther joined the team at the marine research company, Oceans Research, to manage their social media and bring some of the Keep Fin Alive community outreach projects into their field research program, for the interns to get involved with. Keep Fin Alive has grown a lot in the last six years, and has ambassadors from all over the globe, helping to spread awareness of the plight of our oceans. Esther, through Keep Fin Alive, partnered with Go Dive Mossel Bay a couple of years ago to implement a NAUI qualification called Clean Ocean Divers, with a mission statement of “Empowering our diving community to preserve and conserve our coastline, by providing the knowledge, skills and resources to keep our ocean healthy and marine life safe.”. Divers who undertake the qualification learn how to safely and respectfully remove debris from the reefs, and also help to analyse the findings for an ongoing research project. The data will be used nationally to establish problem areas with high fishing gear snagging rates, with the hopes of discouraging anglers from fishing at these sites. Data from the partnership’s coastal clean up projects has already led to the establishment of butt bins around popular paths, and plastic pollution information boards being erected. Find out more at www.oceans-research.com.
26:24
February 9, 2021
Jeff chats to… James E. 'Homer' Holm about Clean Oceans International
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to James E. 'Homer' Holm about Clean Oceans International. Captain Jim 'Homer' Holm is the Founder of Clean Oceans International (COI) - a Santa Cruz, California based 501c3 non-profit.Their mission is to develop practical solutions to plastic pollution through Research, Innovation and Direct action. Find out more, visit www.cleanoceansinternational.org.
21:44
February 8, 2021
Jeff chats to… Paul Watson - Founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – Part 2
In this two part exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, talks with Paul Watson, Founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an international direct action, non profit marine wildlife conservation and protection movement.  Find out more at www.seashepherd.org and www.seashepherdglobal.org
14:10
February 2, 2021
Jeff chats to… Paul Watson - Founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – Part 1
In this two part exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, talks with Paul Watson, Founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an international direct action, non profit marine wildlife conservation and protection movement. Find out more at www.seashepherd.org and www.seashepherdglobal.org
12:24
February 2, 2021
Jeff chats to… Breathwork Practitioner Hannah Goodman
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, Jeff Goodman, talks to Breathwork Practitioner Hannah Goodman about breathing correctly to enhance our scuba diving experiences. Find out more at https://grounded.life.
08:55
February 2, 2021
Jeff chats to… passionate diver and educator Cristina Zenato
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Cristina Zenato. A professional diver since 1994, Cristina is an ocean and cave explorer, a shark expert, a speaker, writer and conservationist. Among her qualifications, she is a Course Director, an advanced cave diving instructor, and a mixed gas and rebreather instructor. She shares her time between teaching at professional and technical levels, working with sharks, exploring and mapping underwater cave systems, and education. Cristina is known for her special relationship with her local sharks and her passion for promoting the protection of all sharks in the world . Her current projects include shark photogrammetry and identification of sharks’ mating and birth areas, creating interactive and 3D cave maps, photography and videography of these uncharted areas in the Bahamas. In 2019 she founded the nonprofit People of the Water - www.pownonprofit.org - organized to widen the conduction and distribution of training, education, research, and studies relating to water, ocean and environmental issues, affecting both the people and the animals of said environments. After 26 years in this career she is still diving and pushing the boundaries of our knowledge. Cristina has been inducted in the Women Divers Hall of Fame, the Explorers Club, the Ocean Artists Society and she is a Platinum Pro 5000 recipient. Find out more about Cristina at www.cristinazenato.com
30:23
February 1, 2021
Jeff chats to... Paul Toomer, President of RAID
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Paul Toomer, President of RAID International Dive Training Agency. Paul gives great insight into the diving industry during these difficult times as well as his predictions for the future. He talks about the ethics and training with RAID, and covers diving in the UK and other temperate waters. For more information, visit www.diveraid.com
43:28
January 18, 2021
Jeff chats to… TV Presenter Andy Torbet - Part 2: Andy talks about Marine Conservation
In this exclusive two-part Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Andy Torbet. In part two, Andy and Jeff talk about Marine Conservation. Andy is an Underwater Explorer, Cave Diver, Freediver, Skydiver, Climber and Outdoorsman. He is also a TV Presenter on award-winning series for BBC, CBBC, Discovery, History Channel and Fully Charged Show’s Youtube Channel. Andy is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and The Explorers Club, and is also a Stunt Performer for TV and Films. For more information, visit www.andytorbet.com
19:41
January 8, 2021
Jeff chats to… TV Presenter Andy Torbet - Part 1: Andy talks about Scuba Diving
In this exclusive two-part Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Andy Torbet. In part one, Andy and Jeff talk about Scuba Diving. Andy is an Underwater Explorer, Cave Diver, Freediver, Skydiver, Climber and Outdoorsman. He is also a TV Presenter on award-winning series for BBC, CBBC, Discovery, History Channel and Fully Charged Show’s Youtube Channel. Andy is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and The Explorers Club, and is also a Stunt Performer for TV and Films. For more information, visit www.andytorbet.com.
19:42
January 8, 2021
Jeff chats to… Matt Slater of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Matt Slater, Marine Awareness Officer with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust about their Diving and Snorkeling programmes. For more information, visit www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk.
16:12
November 24, 2020
Jeff chats to… Richard Corner from Mares about liveaboards and training with SSI
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large Jeff Goodman chats to Richard Corner, UK Watersports Category Manager at Mares, about the complete experience for all aspects of diving with Mares, their liveaboard adventures with the purchase of liveaboard.com and the Mares/SSI combination. Last in a series of four podcasts. For more information, visit www.liveaboard.com, www.divessi.com and www.mares.com
09:30
November 24, 2020
Jeff chats to… Richard Corner from Mares about swimwear products
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large Jeff Goodman chats to Richard Corner, UK Watersports Category Manager for Mares, about swimwear products and the purchase of Zoggs swimwear. Part three in a series of four podcasts. For more information, visit www.mares.com, www.head.com/en-GB/sports/swimming and www.zoggs.com.
05:45
November 24, 2020
Jeff chats to… Sea Shepherd Ghost Net Campaign Diver, Luke Bullus
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Luke Bullus, Volunteer Ghost Net Campaign Diver with Sea Shepherd UK. For more information, visit www.seashepherduk.org.
18:31
November 11, 2020
Jeff chats to… Steve Rattle of Roots Red Sea
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Steve Rattle, owner of Roots Red Sea and Pharaoh Dive Club in El Quseir, Egypt. For more information, visit www.rootsredsea.com and www.pharaohdiveclub.com.
13:25
October 30, 2020
Jeff chats to… Presenter, Author and Diver Miranda Krestovnikoff
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Miranda Krestovnikoff, TV and radio presenter, author and diver, about dive training for children, her fourth book -'The Sea'- an illustrated book for kids, diving in the UK, conservation and marine animal encounters.
23:14
October 29, 2020
Jeff chats to… Richard Corner from Mares about new products and the Horizon Rebreather
Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Richard Corner, UK Watersports Category Manager at Mares, about new products and the Horizon Rebreather. Part two in a series of four podcasts.
05:45
October 27, 2020
Jeff chats to... Richard Corner from Mares about Covid-19's impact on the Scuba Diving industry
Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Richard Corner, UK Watersports Category Manager at Mares, about how COVID-19 has impacted the diving industry and the possible benefits for the UK diving scene. Part one in a series of four podcasts.
07:42
October 15, 2020