DiverWire Contributing Authors
Stacy Amberson is passionate about writing, diving and travel. She has been combining the three pursuits enthusiastically for over 11 years now. Her full time job with the State of California training local, State and Federal Law Enforcement, Fire and Military on Emergency Response protocols keeps her quite busy. She still manages to get away several times a year to the warm water she loves.
A natural communicator, recreational writer and professional public speaker, she spreads her love of the oceans and diving in multiple mediums everywhere she goes; friends, family and random strangers (un)lucky enough to get caught in line with her. Eventually she plans to complete her dive education becoming a PADI Instructor, continuing her advocacy of scuba from an official platform.
An amateur photographer for year’s topside, the transition to underwater camera work was natural and providential as she watches her pictures improve with every dive. Sea life images fill the walls of her home, office, and slideshows she sneaks into her work related presentations.
In limited spare time, she is working on her brainchild, a web-based software program called eDiveTracker.com that will be released early next year.
A seasoned and well traveled diver for over 20 years, John is a recognized leader in both the dive and business communities. He is an SDI/TDI Instructor Trainer, NAUI Instructor Trainer and a PADI Master Instructor. John trains divers in over 50 different specialties, technical diving and public safety diving. John has published numerous articles and manuals for the dive industry. In over 20 years of diving John has explored almost every ocean and/or sea in the world off the coasts of 6 continents.
Szilvia Gogh started scuba diving when she was 13 years old (almost 20 years ago), as a member of a dive club in, in Budapest, Hungary. As a diver she competed in orienteering diving for several years. It was a long journey from Hungary to her becoming the youngest female PADI Course Director several years ago. As a PADI Course Director she serves as a trainer for new divers and is involved in numerous specialty diving projects.
Szilvia also is the founder of MissScuba.com a site designed to bring women together to share their enthusiasm about diving, travel and adventure. Miss Scuba.com celebrates the sport of scuba diving and provides a community of women divers that continues to grow.
A veteran writer and marketing professional in the recreational scuba diving industry, Scott has written for a variety of publications including Skin Diver, Scuba Diving and Dive Training magazines. He also has contributed to the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Colorado Springs Gazette and most recently writes a national column on Scuba Diving for the Examiner.com news service.
Lisa is an avid scuba diver who just can’t seem to stay out of the water. An SSI Instructor based in South Florida, Lisa has been involved in teaching and promoting scuba diving for nearly 20 years. Her specialty is introducing young people to scuba, but she’s done her part to introduce new divers of all ages to the sport. She regularly leads local dive trips to the Florida Keys and also frequently travels to popular dive destinations. Watch for Lisa’s reports on new sites, equipment and trends in scuba diving.
Jillian has traveled, filmed and photographed extensively across the globe, from the Outback wildlife of Western Australia to the prolific coral reefs of Indonesia. After graduating from the University of New England with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Behavior, Jillian worked on projects with Mote Marine Lab, National Geographic Critter Cam, Dr Samuel Gruber and the Bimini Biological Field Station (Sharklab) and Dr Sylvia Earle. With a camera always in hand, she quickly realized that both photos and videos provide graphic and powerful tools for education. Jillian has recently returned to life on the ocean, joining an ecotourism liveaboard where she is currently filming and photographing sharks and dolphins, collecting stock footage and developing conservation educational materials.
Through her travels Jillian has worked on a wide range of projects from filming white sharks from outside the cage to diving unexplored cenotes of the Yucatan. She is a PDIC Scuba instructor, rebreather diver, avid freediver and underwater model. Jillian also writes for numerous publications and websites, while building a library of shark related educational materials. Jillian’s latest project is the OceanicAllStars.
Polina Reznikov is a twenty-year veteran of topside photography, and an avid adventure traveler and scuba diver, underwater photographer and travel writer. Her work has been published in newspapers, magazines and online media around the globe. Polina splits her time between pursuing underwater exploration, capturing the perfect image above and below the waterline, and promoting ocean conservation. Her diving and photographic interests include wrecks, caves, warm water reefs, extreme diving, and cold-water environments. Polina models as a diver for publications and manufacturers’ marketing media.
Polina also serves as President of the NYC Sea Gypsies and Events Director for Oceanblue Divers, the two largest scuba diving clubs in the NY area.
Andrew “Andy” Sallmon is a freelance underwater photographer specializing in images of marine life and the marine environment. His love of the sea has taken him all over the world looking for ways to capture dynamic portraits of its creatures large and small. A Scuba Instructor since 1980, he picked up his first underwater camera that same year and slowly converted from underwater hunting to the challenges of underwater photography. His work has been featured in hundreds of books, magazines, calendars, posters, catalogs and advertisements. In addition, some of his images are on display at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Smithsonian Institute.
Kamala Shadduck is the founder and President of SingleDivers.com, the largest adventure travel organization designed to service single and buddy-less scuba divers. Kamala has led trips to a wide range of destinations including Indonesia, the Red Sea, Australia, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, South Florida and other scuba diving hot-spots. SingleDivers.com is a growing community that caters to an ever growing and changing marketplace.
Martin Stepanek is without doubt one of the best freedivers in the world. Claiming 11 World Records – so far – in his competitive freediving career, he is capable of holding his breath for over 8 minutes, and has attained depths of 360 ft on a single breath of air. Martin contributes regular articles on freediving to DiverWire.com.
Martin’s academic background follows a degree in Forestry Engineering with advanced studies in Sports-Biology at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. A qualified deep sea commercial diver Martin has extensive experience in mixed gas diving, hyperbaric chamber operations and saturation diving. Martin is a certified Level B AIDA Judge-(International Development of the Association of Apnea) and also works with top researchers from Harvard and the Karolinsky Institute on modern freediving and applied physiology studies.
Martin’s extensive experience and knowledge places him in the unique position to bring you one of the most comprehensive and cutting edge freediving educational systems available.
Jen Tempchin’s passion for the ocean began when she was very young boating and exploring Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean in Maryland. Her father’s love of scuba and travel, introduced her to the sport when she was 18 years old in Cancun, Mexico. She was certified not long after. This became the beginning of fantastic family dive trips all over the Caribbean.
Jen was so thrilled by her vacation dives that after she completed her Bachelors of Science in Business, she worked as a dive travel agent in Pompano Beach, Florida. Most of her professional career has been in advertising and travel sales from the East Coast of the USA. Her love of the ocean, diving and selling homes landed her on the garden island of Maui, Hawaii for the past six years. She also has spent considerable time in Bali, Indonesia over the past three years.
Always wanting to be a great dive buddy and continually learn, she purses her own education in recreation diving and has completed courses to become a PADI Rescue Diver, Master Diver, Nitrox Diver and Dive Master.
Her love of diving has taken her all over the world diving in the warm oceans of Austraila, Fiji, Bali, Komodo, Rinca, Sulawesi, Flores, Vanuatu, Thailand, Guam, Samoa, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacau, Barbados, Turks and Caicos, Mexico, Honduras, Hawaii, New Zealand, Bahamas, St. Thomas, St. John, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Jamaica, St. Marteen, Florida and Vietnam.
She enjoys sharing her diving experiences with Diverwire.
Steve Weaver is the Founder and Operating Director of Dream Weaver Travel. He has been actively working in the dive and travel business since the early Eighties. Steve has organized and escorted groups to dive destinations on six continents. He has logged over 4000 dives in both fresh and salt water environments. As a leading expert in the business of selling dive travel, Steve has been invited to speak at numerous industry shows and events. He often consults retailers on developing travel programs in their stores.