We’re working hard to provide you with another stellar speaker lineup for 2018.Natalie Gibb
Natalie Gibb is co-owner of Under the Jungle, a cave and technical diving center in Mexico's Riviera Maya. She is an active cave explorer, and a TDI Full Cave and Cave Specialty Instructor. A published author, Natalie was about.com's guide to scuba diving from 2009 to 2016. In 2018, she was invited to present her team's findings at the Explorers Club, and she has traveled extensively through North America speaking about her adventures.
A professional diver since 1994, Cristina is an ocean and cave explorer, a shark expert, a speaker and conservationist.
Her field of work with sharks is vast; a shark ambassador, she works with sharks in the wild and is known for the special relationship she has with them. Her work has reached places and helped change people's perception of sharks like China and Singapore. In her home in the Bahamas she has been the initiator of a movement that has convinced the government to protect all sharks since 2011.
Cristina has explored and mapped several cave systems She is the first woman to have connected an ocean blue hole with a land-based cave.
Cristina believes in the power of education and has dedicated countless time and energy in non-profit and educational work. She supports several organizations including Our World Underwater Scholarship Society and Women Divers Hall of Fame scholarships program.
Cristina is a PADI Course Director, a NSS-CDS full cave diving instructor and a TDI Technical Instructor and a member of the Explorers Club, The Women Divers Hall of Fame, Ocean Artists Society and A Platinum Pro 5000 recipient.
Richie Kohler is a filmmaker, author and shipwreck explorer whose diving experiences have taken him to all corners of the globe. Those exploits have been documented in newspapers, magazines, documentary films and in the NY Times best-selling book, Shadow Divers, by Robert Kurson. Kohler co-hosted and produced fifty-six episodes of the popular History Channel program “Deep Sea Detectives” and numerous other television programs detailing his explorations on some of the most famous shipwrecks in the world, including the Andrea Doria, RMS Titanic, and the HMHS Britannic.
A fellow in the Explorer’s Club, Kohler continues to lead expeditions worldwide in search of lost ships and the mysteries they hold. He has written dozens of articles about shipwrecks, deep diving and diver safety and published his first book, Mystery of the Last Olympian detailing a decade of work on Titanic’s sister ship Britannic. Over the years he has made numerous presentations at schools, libraries, diving conventions and symposiums promoting diving safety, education and awareness.
Sherri Ferguson is the current Director of the Environmental Medicine and Physiology Unit at Simon Fraser University. The lab houses Canada’s only civilian hyper/hypobaric research facility in an educational institution. Her current research investigates the effects of pressure and submersion, which a diver experiences on human performance. Her lab conducts biomedical research for the US Office of Naval Research, including the effects of gas mix and pressure on the divers ability to perform during narcosis, and the effects on the heart of diving, hyperbaric oxygen and submersion. Current projects include investigation into the effect of hypoxia on cerebral blood flow and connections in the brain.
Sherri has been a diver for the past 25 years. She is a certified Instructor Trainer for TDI/SDI and teaches recreational, technical, and commercial divers and instructors. She is a former Diving Safety Officer training scientists at both UBC and UVic. She has worked with some of the world’s top manufacturers of dive gear, diver training and submersible technologies. She is the current Chair of the CSA standard on Hyperbaric Facilities and a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Association and a member of the Safety Committee for the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. She enjoys diving both open and closed circuit around the world and at home in BC.
Jared Hires is General Manager of Dive Rite, a premier technical dive gear manufacturer established in 1984. Having grown up surrounded by diving, Jared began his technical diving career early being both CCR and cave trained at the early age of 15. Becoming an open water SCUBA instructor at 18, Jared has progressed through the ranks to CCR instructor.
Having had many great diving opportunities afforded to him, Jared has had the chance to dive in many dream list destinations. Some of his most memorable dives include: Orda Cave, Russia; Molnar Janos Cave, Hungary; the Red Sea; and Giant Cave, Belize. Residing in "Cave Country," Jared has the ability to get wet almost every week and enjoys keeping skills up in multiple gear configurations.
Russell Clark and Trisha Stovel are two scuba diving filmmakers based out of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. You would have probably seen their work promoting BCs diving or one of their minimentaries, such as Exploring Bell Island.
A mutual love of both diving and filmmaking brought them together a number of years ago, and became the basis for their successful video company www.seaproof.tv
Russell was born and raised in England, moving to British Columbia in 2010 beginning a new life full of diving and underwater adventures. Trisha moved here from Ontario in 2003, began diving immediately, and never looked back. Since then, both have spent more time underwater than they could have ever imagined, re-discovering the vastness and beauty of BC.
In 2017, they were made Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Their goal now is to make British Columbia’s underwater world better known.
In addition, they produce video content for ocean related companies such as Shearwater Research, Destination BC, training agencies, live aboard charters, dive operations, manufacturers and dive stores.
Please note that Presenters announced early to speak at Divescapes Scuba Conference are subject to last minute travel and work emergencies. They are generously donating their time away from their busy schedules to share with us ... their stories, explorations, photos, videos - just for the cost of their travel, hotel, etc. So remember that Divescapes' Speaker list is subject to change (sometimes at the last moment) – please come back often for updates and additions to our exciting seminar & keynote speaker line up at Divescapes 2018.