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The Scuba GOAT Podcast

Discover The Scuba GOAT Podcast, your ultimate resource for scuba diving, ocean conservation, and scientific exploration. Join dive professional, Matt Waters, as he explores a range of engaging topics and interviews global game-changers, leading advocates of conservation, service providers, and emerging stars. With a focus on delivering relevant scuba and oceanic news, highlighting operators and conservation efforts worldwide, and providing first-hand information from the source, the Scuba GOAT podcast offers a wealth of insights and entertainment. Dive into the Scuba GOAT podcast today and immerse yourself in a world of information and a splash of humour.

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Roni Ben-Aharon - Diving the Philippines with Atlantis Resorts & Liveaboard
Roni Ben-AharonIf you've ever visited a dive show in the last few years you may have seen this lady representing Atlantis on stands or even on stage providing presentations about the amazing diving on offer in the Philippines. Roni is super vibrant and just as passionate about our sport and what she doesn't know about diving in the Philippines could probably be written on the back of a postage stamp with an oversized marker. Talking with me during this episode we take an audible trip through the various locations on offer and what makes them so unique. So, take a seat, strap yourself in, and let Roni put your imagination into overdrive! Nomadic Scuba (me in my other role) I'm pleased to say that I represent Atlantis through my scuba booking agency Nomadic Scuba, so if this episode whets your appetite and you would like more info or simply want a seamless and easy booking process... get in touch, and let's get planning your adventure.  (info@nomadicscuba.com or Whatsapp +61499021920)Puerto GaleraSituated amidst the scenic hills of Sabang Beach, Atlantis Puerto Galera is a magnificent resort that provides easy access to over forty captivating dive spots. Nestled within lush vegetation, our dedicated beachfront resort boasts 40 well-appointed rooms and a comprehensive range of amenities, promising an unforgettable diving vacation.Puerto Galera is widely recognized for its abundance of scuba diving sites and has gained UNESCO recognition as a Man and Biosphere Reserve since 1973. Positioned at the heart of the "Coral Triangle," it boasts some of Asia's most diverse coral reef diving experiences.DumagueteDauin (pronounced Da-win), adorned with its distinctive black volcanic sand, is renowned as the Frogfish capital of the Philippines, offering a unique haven for critter diving enthusiasts. Atlantis Dumaguete, strategically positioned just minutes away from over 20 local dive spots, the majority of which are protected marine areas, also provides day trips to nearby attractions such as Apo Island, and Siquijor.Azores LiveaboardFrom January to early March, the itinerary includes exploring the captivating wrecks of Coron, coupled with the vibrant and colorful walls of Apo Reef along the way. Guests embark and disembark from the resort in Puerto Galera.The Tubbataha season runs from mid-MaThe Underwater Club with Nicolas Remy 10% discount on the annual subscription to The Underwater Club with promo code SCUBAGOATDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
118:19 6/27/23
Andy Ridley & Becky Evers - Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef
THE END OF TALKING. THE AGE OF DOING. Attention, nature enthusiasts and aspiring conservationists! An incredible opportunity has emerged that allows you to become an integral part of saving one of the world's most precious natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef. Prepare to be amazed as Citizens of The Great Barrier Reef unveil their groundbreaking AI system, inviting individuals from all corners of the globe to contribute towards its preservation and the best part? It's absolutely free! Have you ever yearned to contribute to conservation efforts, but felt discouraged by financial constraints? Look no further, because this innovative platform offers you the chance to make a difference without spending a penny. Gone are the days of dedicating countless hours or leaving the comfort of your home to aid a cause you hold dear. Now, with just a few moments of your spare time, you can actively contribute to safeguarding the Great Barrier Reef. Are you like me? Do you find yourself mindlessly scrolling through your phone during moments of boredom or while commuting? We've all fallen victim to the allure of endless, algorithm-selected content, keeping us awake into the wee hours. But imagine channeling that time into something meaningful. Picture yourself utilizing those precious moments for a higher purpose. Introducing the Great Reef Census ( https://greatreefcensus.org/ ), an extraordinary initiative that allows you to engage with thousands of meticulously collected reef photos, offering an unparalleled opportunity to participate in vital conservation work. While the photo collection continues to grow, the power of AI can only go so far. That's where you come in! In under a minute, you can join forces with the AI system, working hand in hand to analyze reef photos. The AI highlights a specific section, and you simply select the category that best describes it. Rest assured, you don't need to be a scientist to partake in this endeavor. The platform provides clear explanations of each category, making the selection process effortless. And once you've completed the analysis, your dashboard will reveal the precise location of the surveyed photo within the vast expanse of the Great Barrier Reef. See a full explanation and video of how the software works here.So, the next time boredom strikes or your passion for conservatiThe Underwater Club with Nicolas Remy 10% discount on the annual subscription to The Underwater Club with promo code SCUBAGOATDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
57:05 5/29/23
Simon Mitchell - Explaining Decompression Illness & Hyperbaric treatment
Simon's correct title reads... Professor Simon Mitchell MB ChB, PhD, DipOccMed, DipAdvDHM (ANZCA), FUHM, FANZCA, Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Auckland.  This clearly does not fit in the title of this episode however, it goes a LONG way to explaining why Simon is one of the top dogs when it comes to being able to pour a healthy amount of clarity over the common confusions between decompression sickness, decompression illness, and arterial gas embolism. Simon is a physician and scientist with specialist training in diving medicine and anesthesiology. He is widely published with over 150 papers or book chapters. He co-authored the 5th edition of 'Diving and Subaquatic Medicine' and has two chapters on decompression illness in the most recent edition of Bennett and Elliott. He has twice been Vice President of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society (USA) and in 2010 received the society’s Behnke Award for contributions to the science of diving and hyperbaric medicine. In the past, Simon was a naval diving medical officer and medical director of the Wesley Centre for Hyperbaric Medicine in Brisbane. He now works as a consultant anaesthetist at Auckland City Hospital, and Professor in Anaesthesiology at the University of Auckland. He provides on-call cover for diving and hyperbaric emergencies at the North Shore Hospital Hyperbaric Unit in Auckland. Simon assumed the role of Editor of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine in January 2019. Simon’s diving career has included more than 6,000 dives spanning sport, scientific, commercial, and military diving. He has been a lead member of teams that were the first to dive and identify three deep wrecks of high historical significance in Australia and New Zealand. At the time of one of these dives (2002) the 180 m depth represented the deepest wreck dive ever undertaken. He was elected to Fellowship of the Explorers’ Club of New York in 2006, and was the DAN Rolex Diver of the Year in 2015. Ref: www.dhmjournal.com. (n.d.). DHM, Simon Mitchell. [online] Shearwater Shearwater dive computersDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
119:35 5/15/23
Pete Mesley - Lust 4 Rust / Shock and Awe Diving
Today, we are thrilled to have a distinguished guest with us a man whose passion for diving spans over three decades and has led him to become one of the most skilled technical divers and instructors in the southern hemisphere. Google the name of Pete Mesley, and you'll find his namesake website, which contains his passion in life, two of which are the list first and shocking or big animal diving. And if that's not enough, you'll also find a rundown of all the technical training he has on offer. As a member of the Explorers Club, Pete's love for Wreck diving has taken him to some of the most historically significant sites across the globe, where he has documented them through his stunning photography and his work as a safety diver. Today, we have the pleasure of hearing firsthand from Pete about his experiences as an adventurer, and his unique perspective on the world beneath the waves. So sit back, relax, raise a glass and join us for an unforgettable conversation with Pete Mesley on the Scuba GOAT podcast. Links: Lust4Rust website - http://www.lust4rust.co Shock and Awe diving - http://www.biganimaldiving.com The Underwater Club with Nicolas Remy 10% discount on the annual subscription to The Underwater Club with promo code SCUBAGOATDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
144:43 4/24/23
Nathalie Lasselin - A deep dive into Film-making and exploration with AquaNath
Ladies and gents, welcome to the Scuba GOAT podcast.  Last year at the OzTek dive show in Melbourne, I had the pleasure of meeting Nathalie Lasselin. Our introduction was brief, but it was enough to pique my interest in her inspiring story and make me realize that she needed to be featured on the show.  In this episode, join me as I chat with Nath and uncover her motivations for venturing into the uncharted waters of the Arctic, spending over 30 hours submerged over two consecutive dives, and searching for evidence of the First Nations' presence in Quebec hydro-electric reservoir, Canada, and that's just for starters! Get ready to dive deep into the world of underwater exploration and documentary film-making in the next exciting episode featuring Nathalie Lasselin.  Nathalie is an award-winning film-maker, dive expedition leader, cave and wreck explorer, and instructor with a passion for documenting our planet and raising awareness for our freshwater resources. As a keynote speaker and on-camera talent for TV shows, she shares her love for discovery and empowering people to have a better relationship with their environment. With numerous critically acclaimed films and awards, Nathalie's work has been released in over 25 countries and featured on networks like Discovery and Nat Geo. Formally trained as a director of photography, Nathalie casts an inquisitive eye on our blue planet and with Pixnat Productions she documents the captivating exploration of our earth. Her films have been critically acclaimed and have received numerous awards at international festivals as well as being released in over 25 countries. Nathalie regularly organizes small group diving expeditions for surveying, filming, 360 degree photography and other missions through her non-profit organization Aqua Sub Terra Exploration (ASTEX) RECOGNITIONSWomen Diver Hall of Fame inducteeRoyal Canadian Geographical Society fellowExplorers club fellowNATHALIE'S LINKSFACEBOOKINSTAGRAMAQUA SUB TERRA AQUANATH.COMSupport the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
145:28 4/5/23
Vanessa Torres Macho & Talia Greis - Photography & Liquid Lens
Welcome to the latest episode of Scuba GOAT! In this episode, we talk to Vanessa Torres Macho and Talia Greis, the founders of Liquid Lens, a project promoting and encouraging women in underwater photography. Vanessa is a 20+ year dive professional and the owner of Underwater Imaging Australia, while Talia is a scuba and photography enthusiast who started diving 7 years ago.Vanessa and Talia share their love for the oceans and photography, and how they bonded over their passion for scuba diving and underwater photography. They discuss Liquid Lens, their project that aims to showcase the photographs of women alongside their male counterparts on the world stage.We discuss a variety of photography-related topics including model shoots, commercial photography and the impact of digital cameras, social media and the expectation of free products for influencers.We also touch upon overseas group expeditions planned and led by Vanessa and Talia.  Matt also highlights his expeditions via his company Nomadic Scuba. So, if you're looking for some exciting scuba and photography trips, be sure to check them out! If you'd like to get in touch or follow Vanessa, Talia or both, hit the links below: VanessaVanessa's websiteVanessa on FBAquatic Imaging Australia websiteAquatic Imaging Australia on IGAquatic Imaging Australia on FB TaliaTalia's websiteTalia on FBTalia on IG Liquid LensLiquid Lens websiteLiquid Lens on FBLiquid Lens on IG And finally, a friendly reminder that The Underwater Club is launching on the 31st of March, and there's still time to enter the free giveaway draw. So, if you're interested in joining a community of like-minded scuba enthusiasts and getting access to exclusive content and discounts, don't miss out! Enter the giveaway here Tune in to this episode to learn more about underwater photography, Liquid Lens, and equality for women in the industry. As always, share the show with your dive buddies, and don'tSupport the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
92:27 4/5/23
Nicholas Remy - The Underwater Club
Are you intrigued by the complexities of underwater photography? Nicolas Remy (multi award-winning underwater photographer and founder of The Underwater Club) joins me in the studio to shed some light on this intricate art.Nicolas and his wife Lena caught my attention initially with their stunning photos and furthermore because they dived on rebreathers. To me, rebreather diving to photograph marine life makes inherent sense, and I wanted to explore this fascinating topic with Nicolas in this episode. The extended dive times, the silence, and the opportunity to get much closer to your subject without disturbance are some of the benefits Nicolas highlights, while also discussing the two rebreathers they use, the Revo and Horizon.Not only does Nicolas take a superb shot; he enjoys sharing his skills with others. Teaching people and breaking subjects down into a more understandable format is truly a passion of his. So, Nicolas has quit the corporate world and devoted the last 18 months to fine-tuning The Underwater Club and its contents. It is an exceptional forum for two-way communications and jam-packed with Nicolas' knowledge to be shared with all club members through various means, expanding on his availability as a one-on-one coach.A keen writer, he has also penned content for Scuba Diver magazine and Narked at 90, with additional content in WETPIXEL and OZ Diver.We anticipate the launch of the Underwater Club's website very soon; to stay in the loop you can sign up for the newsletter (and have an added chance to win a prize).  Join me in the studio as Nicolas takes us from his first discover scuba dive on Kangaroo Island, to global recognition for his underwater photography and the formation of The Underwater Club. DON'T FORGET TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A PRIZE! DO THAT HERE Nicholas' LinksFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicolaslenaremyNicolas & Lena on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicolaslenaremy/Photography website:https://www.nicolaslenaremy.com/ The Underwater Club linkswebThe Underwater Club with Nicolas Remy 10% discount on the annual subscription to The Underwater Club with promo code SCUBAGOATDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
134:33 4/5/23
Sean Clements - SDC watches
 Are you a fan of scuba diving or luxury watches? Well, Sean Clements certainly is, and a few years ago, he found a way to combine his passions and create a path for the future away from the corporate rat-race. Sean's vision led him to create SDC Watches, a dive watch brand that offers luxurious watches for everyday dive adventures.What sets SDC Watches apart is their commitment to protecting the oceans. Sean recognized that there is a huge amount of neoprene waste, particularly old and used wetsuits, that ultimately end up in landfills. To tackle this issue, Sean decided to repurpose these watery rags and incorporate them into his watches. The result is an encapsulated neoprene strap design that not only looks great but also helps reduce waste and protect our oceans whilst maintaining that luxury feel. The attention to detail in these watches is evident in every aspect. The SDC cookie logo and laser engraving, and original styling of an older dive watch with its rotational dive bezel, harks back to a time when chunky Seikos were the epitome of a diver's watch (flashbacks to eye-balling my dad's watch as a kid). And the naked rear case, which allows you to see the inner mechanism, is a luxurious touch that completes the package. With a 300m depth rating these really are a sexy statement.As a fellow diver, I'm eagerly awaiting my own SDC Watch to arrive. I appreciate the company's commitment to sustainability and conservation efforts, and I'm excited to show my support by wearing one of their watches. It's clear that Sean has put his heart and soul into creating a product that not only looks great but also makes a positive impact on our planet.If you would like your own SDC watch, head on over to the SDC website and use SCUBAGOAT10 to recieve a 10% discountJoin us on this episode as we dive deeper into Sean's journey as a diver, businessman, and conservationist. We'll learn more about his vision for SDC Watches and how he's making a difference in the world of luxury watches and ocean conservation. Don't forget to use SCUBAGOAT10 for your 10% discount through the SDC websiteSupport the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
82:58 2/27/23
Don Silcock - Senior Travel Editor meets El Blanco
Don Silcock, esteemed Senior Travel Editor of Scuba Diver magazine and the mastermind behind Indo-Pacific Images, graces the studio for a long-awaited reunion, accompanied by good banter and a few cold ones. Embark on a riveting journey as we delve into Don's extensive travels and an array of captivating topics.From traversing the vibrant landscapes of India astride a motorcycle to capturing photogrammetry images in the remote corners of Papua New Guinea alongside Sean Twomey, Don's adventures span continents and cultures. Join us as we explore the depths of South Australia, encountering sharks and marvelling at the mesmerizing dance of cuttlefish. Traverse the rugged terrain of Tasmania in pursuit of elusive handfish and the enigmatic allure of deep corals. Venture into the depths of Mexico to share the waters with formidable crocodiles and explore the mystical cenotes. Witness the majestic beauty of Patagonia as Don shares his exhilarating encounters with Southern Right Whales, shedding light on the intricate political processes and permissions required for such awe-inspiring dives.Amidst tales of adrenaline-fueled moments and heart-pounding encounters, Don's recount of the colossal 5-ton calf named El Blanco is nothing short of captivating. A legendary figure in the annals of Don's adventures.Armed with a wealth of knowledge and boundless enthusiasm, Don serves as an unparalleled source of information, offering insights into the nuances of international flights, essential camera equipment, and navigating the chaotic yet enchanting landscape of Yucatan. Delve into the depths of Raja Ampat, where Don shares firsthand experiences from Sorido Bay Resort and engaging interviews with the illustrious Max Ammer.With an episode brimming with intrigue and excitement, this is an opportunity not to be missed. So, lean in and immerse yourself in a world of familiar locales and undiscovered treasures as Don Silcock regales us with his captivating tales.Support the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
145:58 2/13/23
Dan Johnson - MV Oceania Liveaboard - Part 2
Dan Johnson is the man in charge of MV Oceania, co-owner, and captain of this beautiful vessel, and joins me to kick off Season 4. MV Oceania is a liveaboard scuba diving vessel that operates out of Walindi Plantation, New Britain, Papua New Guinea.Papua New Guinea, located in the Coral Triangle of the Asia Pacific region, is situated just south of the equator and 100 miles north of Australia. The country encompasses the eastern side of New Guinea Island and 600 smaller islands and atolls. Known for its rich indigenous cultures, Papua New Guinea is home to over 800 languages, making up one-third of the world's languages, and boasts the largest area of untouched rainforest outside the Amazon.PNG offers incredible scuba diving opportunities with its untouched coral reefs, diverse marine life, and unique culture. The diving hotspots in PNG include Milne Bay in the South, Kimbe Bay, and Kavieng town or Lissenung Island. Divers and underwater photographers come from all over to witness the coral atolls and walls, WWII wrecks, barrier reefs, and other underwater photography subjects the Indo-Pacific region is renowned for. The country also boasts beautiful tropical jungles and mountain ranges on land.If you're planning to dive in PNG, it's a must to include a land tour to experience the local tribes. With 28,000 miles of reef systems, divers are unlikely to encounter other groups, making it a perfect destination for those looking for a secluded diving experience. The country offers various dive resorts and liveaboard options catering to all levels of divers and is renowned for its spectacular scuba diving."Having lived and worked in PNG, I personally rate it as my top hotspot for tropical diving. A must for any avid diver!" (Matt Waters)Dan is a well-respected figure in the diving industry, known for his extensive knowledge and expertise in navigating the waters of Papua New Guinea, particularly the spectacular reefs of New Britain.In this 2-part series, we discuss MV Oceania's past, present, and future plans for exploration scuba diving in Papua New Guinea, as well as Dan Johnson's journey and experience as a dive leader. So, join us as we explore the depths of Papua New Guinea's ocean and the story of Dan Johnson and MV Oceania, the ultimate liveaboard scuba diving vessel in this region.Support the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
47:54 1/30/23
Dan Johnson - MV Oceania Liveaboard - Part 1
Dan Johnson is the man in charge of MV Oceania, co-owner, and captain of this beautiful vessel, and joins me to kick off Season 4. MV Oceania is a liveaboard scuba diving vessel that operates out of Walindi Plantation, New Britain, Papua New Guinea.Papua New Guinea, located in the Coral Triangle of the Asia Pacific region, is situated just south of the equator and 100 miles north of Australia. The country encompasses the eastern side of New Guinea Island and 600 smaller islands and atolls. Known for its rich indigenous cultures, Papua New Guinea is home to over 800 languages, making up one-third of the world's languages, and boasts the largest area of untouched rainforest outside the Amazon.PNG offers incredible scuba diving opportunities with its untouched coral reefs, diverse marine life, and unique culture. The diving hotspots in PNG include Milne Bay in the South, Kimbe Bay, and Kavieng town or Lissenung Island. Divers and underwater photographers come from all over to witness the coral atolls and walls, WWII wrecks, barrier reefs, and other underwater photography subjects the Indo-Pacific region is renowned for. The country also boasts beautiful tropical jungles and mountain ranges on land.If you're planning to dive in PNG, it's a must to include a land tour to experience the local tribes. With 28,000 miles of reef systems, divers are unlikely to encounter other groups, making it a perfect destination for those looking for a secluded diving experience. The country offers various dive resorts and liveaboard options catering to all levels of divers and is renowned for its spectacular scuba diving."Having lived and worked in PNG, I personally rate it as my top hotspot for tropical diving. A must for any avid diver!" (Matt Waters)Dan is a well-respected figure in the diving industry, known for his extensive knowledge and expertise in navigating the waters of Papua New Guinea, particularly the spectacular reefs of New Britain.In this 2-part series, we discuss MV Oceania's past, present, and future plans for exploration scuba diving in Papua New Guinea, as well as Dan Johnson's journey and experience as a dive leader. So, join us as we explore the depths of Papua New Guinea's ocean and the story of Dan Johnson and MV Oceania, the ultimate liveaboard scuba diving vessel in this region.Support the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
64:24 1/16/23
Jason Fondis - Blue Corner Dive Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida is a stunning island off the east coast of Bali– one look at the dazzling cliffs, hidden coves and secret beaches, and you’ll think you’ve stumbled into a spectacular island paradise.  Each time I visit I am blown away by the location, the people, and the diving.  This location benefits from several powerful currents that bring nutrient-rich waters, which support a vast array of marine biodiversity and reef growth. In my opinion, Nusa Penida is the next up-and-coming dive location in the region.  I say that loosely, as it is already well-known for its diving and in particular, diving with mantas at Manta Point.  But this is not yet reflected in the number of travellers to the island; and neighbouring islands like Nusa Lembongan tend to be more well known.  In the last few years, Nusa Penida has had a build and growth spurt with a number of dive shops opening up as well as hotels, hostels, homestays and restaurants. My good buddy Jason Fondis, co-owner and manager of Blue Corner Dive Nusa Penida was the first guest to record a Scuba GOAT podcast episode back in 2020, against a backdrop of remote connection issues!  Today I join him on location, at the dive shop, to catch up and see what has been occurring over the last two years at Blue Corner Nusa Penida.Blue Corner Dive Nusa Penida is one of the three locations under the Blue Corner umbrella.  HQ is located just a 10-minute ferry ride away on Nusa Lembongan and the third location is situated on the northwestern coast of Bali, Menjangan.  Specialists in PADI training from Open Water through to professional certifications, the Blue Corner team are a fantastic bunch and I would recommend diving with them at any of their awesome locations.If you are considering a trip to Nusa Penida and would like advice on how to get there, which hotel to use, and booking your diving then get in touch with me directly and I can arrange an entire package for you. Support the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
84:13 12/31/22
Josh Richards - The Engelbrechts east extension, Mount Gambia
Josh Richards may not have decades of caving experience under his belt, however what he does have is a love for Wombats and the desire to act like one at times.  Joking aside, Josh's thirst for adventure started whilst diving as a kid with his father, continuing into a military career as a soldier and Royal Marine, a comedian, a science geek, and even as a candidate with a one way ticket to inhabit Mars!Josh talks openly about his journey through life and its various stages leading up to his discoveries with his dive wife, Matt Aisbett and in detail about the discovery itself. The Engelbrechts east extension.  Englebrechts cave history1865 - Originally described in a publication by Julian Tenison-Woods, the cave system was referred to as Vansittarts cave. 1885 - Carl Engelbrecht's purchase of a flour mill located nearby, which he converted  into a whiskey distillery (good man!) used the cave as a dumping ground for his waste products.  This led to the cave system being referred to as the Engelbrecht cave. 1929 - the land on which the cave is located was purchased by the then District Council and the cave was sealed off. 1969 - The council invites expressions of interest to open the cave for potential tourism.  Reportedly, it was not suitable for tourist development and remained shut.1979 - The Lions Club of Mount Gambier commenced a project to beautify the cave to the tune of $10,0001995 - Engelbrecht Cave was added to the South Australian Heritage Register 2019 - Dive buddies Matthew Aisbett and Josh Richards mooch around the end of the east cave system and find access to an enormous previously undiscovered cave system running under the centre of town. 2022 - Josh joins me on the show to reflect on many of his life adventures and what is now known as the Engelbrechts east extension. Support the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
77:29 12/5/22
Jolyon Collier - Counting Coral
Jolyon Collier, the visionary behind Counting Coral, has forged a unique path that intertwines conservation, art, and business acumen. As the founder of this groundbreaking not-for-profit organization, Jolyon is on a mission to bridge the gap between various stakeholders including conservationists, artists, corporations, tourists, and local communities, all united in the cause of preserving our precious coral reefs.His journey began in the world of business, where he achieved remarkable success in the construction industry, amassing wealth and recognition. However, his true passion lay beneath the ocean's surface. Starting as a surfer, Jolyon's exploration led him to become a videographer and eventually a diver, all the while nurturing his love for the sea.Venturing to Fiji with surfboard and camera in hand, Jolyon found himself captivated by more than just the waves. The allure of the reefs drew him in, sparking a fascination that would shape the course of his life. It was during an adventurous dive off the coast of Malibu that Jolyon had a humorous yet fateful introduction to the underwater world, igniting a passion that has since defined his existence.Despite his flourishing career in construction, Jolyon's heart remained with the reefs. Eventually, he embraced an early retirement, redirecting his focus to the conservation of these vital ecosystems. Thus, Counting Coral was born.At the forefront of Counting Coral's initiatives is the development of Sculptural Coral Banks, an innovative approach to coral restoration and growth. These structures not only provide support for coral propagation but also serve as stunning artistic installations. Carefully selected corals from local reefs are nurtured on these sculptures before being reintroduced to their natural habitats, ensuring sustainability and biodiversity.Led by Jolyon and his team of dedicated scientists, divers, and conservationists, Counting Coral actively installs these sculptures and oversees the coral propagation process. Beyond conservation efforts, the initiative has significant economic and social impacts. Partnering with local resorts, Counting Coral creates new tourist attractions while promoting environmental awareness and eco-friendly practices.Moreover, these structures contribute to scientific research by providing a platform for studying coral ecosystems and supporting endangered species. Through meticulous identification and documentation, Jolyon's team has even discovered potentially new coral species, expanding our understanding of marine biodiversity.In essence, Counting Coral is not just a conservation organization; it's a beacon of hope for our oceans, a testament to the power of collaboration, innovation, and passion. And at its helm stands JoSupport the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
79:10 11/21/22
Michael Menduno - The Godfather of Tech Diving Journalism - S03 E14
Michael Menduno has been diving and reporting on technical diving since 1990 when he founded the AquaCORPS magazine and its sister publication Technical Diver. A reporter, technologist and member of the Board of Directors for the historical diver's society, Michael is the editor-in-chief of Global Underwater Explorers online magazine InDEPTH. He is also a contributing editor for Dan Europe's ALERT DIVER and X-ray magazine, and he also writes for DEEPER BLUE. To top it off, Michael also worked with Captain Billy Dean to set up the first tech diving centre, based in Key West, which rapidly became a global mecca for tech diver training.Michael is also the organiser of the Rebreather Forum, with the latest conference being RF4 (20-22 April 2023). Held in Malta, the Rebreather Forum has a stellar line-up of presenters including Mark Caney, Brian Carney or designee, Simon Caruana, John Clarke, David Doolette, Vince Ferris, Oscar Franberg, Timmy Gambin, Kevin Gurr, Richard Harris, Paul Haynes, Gareth Lock, Alessandro Marroni, Michael Menduno, Simon Mitchell, Andy Pitkin, Neal Pollock, Frauke Tillmans, and Paul Toomer. So if there is anything you ever wanted to know about rebreather diving, this is the place to be.Topics of conversationMichael's background in divingThe origins of the term "Tech Diver"Rebreather Forum origins and Rebreather 4Michael's first breaths underwater to technical diverHistorical overview of tech divingThe origins of AquaCORPS and InDEPTH magazinesThe background of Michael and Captain Billy DeanThe passage of information prior to computersPADI joins the tech chatThe bridging of the gap between recreational and technical divingThe importance of Human Factors in divingClose Calls, authored by Stratis S Kas (Amazon link)'Stoned' with Bill Stone - A harp back to the early days of reportingWhat's next for Michael?Links and exit.Support the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
62:33 10/30/22
Lyndi Leggett - The Scuba Gym - S03 E13
"Not all heroes wear capes." This is so true... they sometimes wear fins too! Lyndi Leggett wears fins, and to many she is an absolute superhero.  A few years ago, sick of the corporate world Lyndi was trawling through social media and came across an article about David J Lawrence Sr and his son, Scuba Junior.  Following surgery, David Jr was rendered disabled, paralyzed from the neck down.  Today, albeit he is still paralyzed on one side, David Jr has regained use of his right side and leads a much more fulfilling life.  Lyndi reached out to David Sr asking what it would take for her to open a Scuba Gym in Australia.The Scuba Gym Australia operates out of the Central Coast and provides diving possibilities for people with a vast array of disabilities.  Throughout this episode Lyndi talks with passion about the successes of her divers so far (see below for links to the videos of those mentioned during the show) and what the future holds for The Scuba Gym. The Scuba Gym is now a not-for-profit operation and Lyndi holds the golden ticket to the growth of it.  Lyndi's dream is to see a Scuba Gym in every major city in Australia. Quite rightly so too. If you would like to help Lyndi in any way possible then get in touch.  You can email or send a message to Lyndi directly or through the show links and social media. For those of you that would love to join the scuba gym but are not sure if you can. Lyndi has a qualified dive doctor who can talk to you about your disabilities and confirm if you can be authorised to get in the water and have a go at scuba diving.  #getinvolved you'll love it!! The scuba gym AmericaSupport the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
78:41 10/17/22
Peter Gash - Lady Elliot Island - S03 E12
Lady Elliot Island is a destination that epitomises eco-centric tourism.  It is a true reflection of the dedication, hard work, focus and drive afforded to her by so many people over the years, past and present, and none more so than the island's current custodian, Peter Gash.I am elated to host Peter on the show and discuss not only his success in realising his dreams so far but also the island's successes.  Peter has dedicated a lifetime to the islands in this region and first visited Lady Elliot as a child, and was instantly struck by its beauty and mysticism.Lady Elliot is approximately 80 kilometres northeast of Bundaberg and is nestled between Fraser Island and Lady Musgrave Island.  The is also the closest Great Barrier Reef island to Brisbane, Queensland’s southern capital.  lady Elliot Island lies within a Marine National Park ‘Green Zone’ and forms part of Australia’s World Heritage Listed Area on the Great Barrier Reef.Though I'm yet to visit Lady Elliot Island, I can tell there is something very special about this location. Obviously, it is stunning; a spectacular tropical destination that's apart from the bustle of everyday life, not to mention a scuba diver's dream; but it's much more than that.  Through minimal digital connectivity, it forces visitors to put down their smartphones and realise the beauty of a moment, our earth, our ocean and our home  - but not viewed through a screen enhanced by Photoshop and alike.  Much more importantly, Lady Elliot is not an example, but THE example of what we can do for our earth and its inhabitants when we focus, dedicate and commit to doing the right thing.As for the man making this happen, you won't find him on social media at all, he's far too busy working on the next major project and looking after this island paradise.  You can, however, read more about him on their webpage, better still, go and pay him a visit!!Scuba GOAT is an independent production and can be found across all social media platforms.  Are you a dive pro or operator? Do you know your location? Do you want to increase your customer base? If the answer is yes, get in touch as we would love to host you on the show and help raise awareness of your operations and/ or passions.  Simply fill out the form found on our LinkTree.Support the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
110:53 9/25/22
Nays Baghai - Running Cloud Productions - S03 E11
Nays Baghai is a young and impressive director with an exceptionally keen and creative eye.  His feature film debut, Descent, won the Best Australian Documentary award at the Oscar-qualifying Sydney Film Festival and has gone on to be available on Amazon Prime ANZ. Having been screened at numerous other film festivals such as, the International Film Festival, Hot Docs and Raindance, Nays’ is taking his directing skills forward as he documents Scuba diving legend Jill Heinerth’s story in, Jill Heinerth: Room To Breathe.Nays joins me in the studio to talk about filming and of course, scuba diving.  He’s also presenting at OzTek this year so be sure to check it out if you are in Melbs for the show.  If you’ve not got your tickets yet you, click the button below and reserve your spot, we’ll see you there!  Nays’ links:  Scuba GOAT is an independent production and it is your feedback that makes it all worthwhile so, if you can spare 2 minutes to give us a        review on your platform of choice we’d really appreciate it.You can also contact Matt directly through any of our social media links with your ideas, comments and feedback.  Simply head on over to our LinkTree for all routes available.Support the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
51:02 9/12/22
Stephen Fordyce - Sump Diving and caving - S03 E10
Stephen Fordyce is sometimes described as a mad professor and I can't help thinking that there is some truth in that.  When it comes to listening to his explorations deep beneath the surface of the earth and then beneath the surface of the water therein.  Scuba diving is a relatively niche sport, and within it there are many more niche areas and I think Stephen has found the pinnacle of niche as a 'sump diver.'   Spending days lugging gear to remote locations, trekking into dry(ish) caves and creating base camps therein, to then explore kilometres of routes underwater certainly confirms that he's barking mad, but also justifies the recognition he rightly deserves as a fantastic explorer. 'Stephen has dived many caves around Australia and further afield - being a successful push diver at the pointy end of projects in Elk River Cave (Victoria), Growling Swallet and Niggly Caves (Tasmania), on the Nullarbor (WA) and West Timor (Indonesia). This culminated in receiving the 2019 OZTek Emerging Explorer Award.Since then, Stephen was the push diver in a large team effort which connected Growling Swallet and Niggly Cave, setting a new record for the deepest (mostly dry) cave in Australia, as well as for several other significant Tasmanian push dives.With a degree in Mechatronics Engineering and a professional background of designing industrial gas equipment, Stephen started TFM Engineering Australia, to combine his passions for 'making cool stuff' and technical diving, and now works full time designing and building technical diving equipment of all shapes and sizes.Despite enduring the pandemic in the most locked-down city in the world (Melbourne), Stephen spent his lockdown time developing a system of water tracing equipment and much of the rest field-testing and exploring caves in Tasmania. (OzTek biography 2022)Joining me on the show today, Stephen chats about some of his adventures including that fantastic latest achievement conducted with 8 equally barking mad explorer buddiesSupport the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
50:24 8/29/22
Sue Crowe - OzTek Dive Conference & OzDive Expo '22 - S03 E09
OZTek Advanced Diving Conference & OZDive Expo is a major international event that, since its inception in 1999, has done more to highlight the adventure and excitement inherent in diving than any other show. The show continues to play a key role in creating broad awareness of new techniques and technologies which transform and push back the boundaries of underwater knowledge.Produced by divers for divers, both OZTek Conference & OZDive Expo offer unique insights into the entire world of underwater adventure by encouraging a better understanding of all diving has to offer. This unique event represents a broad spread of diving interests - reflected by the Speaker and Exhibitor list - including many prominent world leaders in their particular fields of expertise; people whose wealth of knowledge is second-to-none and who are instrumental in helping to shape the future growth and development of diving.Focused on the full spectrum of underwater activities, (from recreational, technical, commercial, military and scientific diving through to free-diving and marine conservation issues) the two-day OZTek Advanced Diving Conference and OZDive Expo merge all facets of diving into one event aimed at promoting the exhilaration and adventure of diving to a passionate and enthusiastic audience.Joining me in the studio is Sue Crowe to discuss a variety of topics including a shout-out to a number of presenters that will be sharing their experiences during the two-day event. TicketsOZDive SHOW GENERAL ENTRY - $45.00Tickets are available at the door from 8 am Saturday and Sunday.General entry tickets allow a full range of The OZDive Show (see who'll be there); the Exhibitor workshops (unless otherwise stated); and the Photographic Image Centre which includes an Underwater Photographic Exhibition, Photographic Workshops and a Winners' Display of the OZDive 2022 Underwater Photographic Competition (including the Nikon Dive Shot of the Year). Come and explore!Children under 15 are FREE if accompanied by an adultOZTek SINGLE SPEAKER TICKET - $45.00 + entry ticketNever been to OZTek before? Want to try just a small taste? Perhaps there is one presentation you simply MUST see - then the Single Speaker Ticket is perfect for you. This ticket includes one speaker of your choice as well as UNLIMITED access to the exhibition and associated activities. Please see the important note above. Single speaker tickets will be available during the event from the registration office.Please note: Unless otherwise stated, admission to all OZTek2022 speaker presentations will be restricted to Gold, Silver Passes and Single Speaker Tickets.OZTek2022 Single Speaker Ticket AUD $4Support the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
67:13 8/14/22
Gareth Lock & Mike Mason - The Human Divers - S03 E08
Gareth Lock and Mike Mason return to the Scuba GOAT podcast for a catch up on the latest in human Factors in diving.  Recently Gareth invited me to complete the remote training package "Essentials of human factors in diving" followed by a 2-day face-to-face course held at Dive Centre Bondi.  The course delves deeper into the meaning of Human Factors and how it relates to the dive industry and how it can be used to enhance not only our safety but our day-to-day processes before, during and after diving.  By creating The Human Diver training programs I believe Gareth has created a clear path of evolution for not only the scuba diving industry but for individual divers, regardless of their experience and qualification levels.  As a stand alone structure, the human diver is not designed to enhance any one training agency but focuses on how the diver, and his or her peers can operate to the best of their abilities.  No one decides that today I am going to go diving and lose a customer, run out of gas, damage coral or bolt to the surface.  Accidents happen, whether they are minor or major however, we can minimise these risks by being open to discussing sensitive subjects, errors in judgement and being honest with ourselves.  This is my review following The Human Diver training I received:"I have just completed the "Essentials of Human Factors in Diving" pre-learning for an HF course that I am excitedly attending later this week. The ‘Essentials’ is delivered remotely via online bite-sized tutorials. It is a little over 3 hours long in total, and as a 17-year military veteran turned 10-year multi-agency dive professional, I firmly believe that it should be included in ANY recreational diver training course, from try dives through all training programs and all agencies, to the top of the qualification tree and here’s why… We are taught from a very young age that there is a ladder of authority in all that we do. When we entered schooling that authority figure was a teacher and as such, there is an expected level of respect from the bottom up which ultimately prevents us from questioning the teacher. The same expected hierarchy occurs as we enter the workforce and beyond. It is therefore of no surprise that when we return to the learning environment, we are naturally holding back on questions and dampening down doubts or nerves for fear of perceived reprisal or embarrassment. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Next time we’ll do it differently. What if… Just a few old phrases that are common and really have no place in our sports vocabulary. The Human Diver shines a light on such antiquated quotes, promptly kicks them in the bin and opens the door to a modern, safSupport the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
80:05 8/1/22
Leonardo Guida - Australian Marine Conservation Society - S03 E07
Dr Leonardo Guida, shark scientist and shark conservation lead at the Australian Marine Conservation Society joins us in this episode to talk through a variety of topics ranging from personal experiences swimming and diving with our apex predators to the conservation efforts currently in place throughout Australia and across the globe.Leo is actively involved in many projects including the "Nets out now" call for shark nets to be removed throughout Australia, he .appeared in the documentary produced by Andre Borell Envoy Shark Cull which focuses on the subject.  Leo emphasises the indiscriminate targeting that hails from these antiquated defence systems with a prime example being that of a Humpback Whale being caught in a net only a few days prior to this recording, with a further 2 more whales entangled since.We also discuss the apparent movement of sharks from locations such as South Africa pushing further south, presumably due to climate change and rising water temperatures.  With larger predators such as Great Whites moving into locations inhabited by more docile species such as Grey Nurse Sharks, are they to become a new target for the larger shark and what impact does this have on the overall balance in the regions?Leo talks with such passion it's hard to break away from listening to his experiences, skills and knowledge across a wide spectrum of conservation.  Actively sharing his knowledge via social media, Leo regularly posts updates on what is happening within Australia and you can follow him via the links on the Scuba GOAT website.Support the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
84:36 7/10/22
Jayne Jenkins - Surface Interval - S03 E06
Comedy alert! Each season we have a little get together episode with Don Silcock, senior travel editor for Scuba Diver magazine and Lissa Rebec of Sea Shepherd.  However, now that borders are open, trying to get Lissa and Don in Sydney and available at the same time is virtually impossible!With that said, we managed to coax Don into the studio by waving a beer under his nose and as a bonus for the show his dive buddy of 20 years came along too... During this episode, we explore a number of topics, including Jayne's diving, international travel lounges that I didn't even know existed, Don's movements and writings, beer, wide-angle camera equipment preferences and diver training.  A little teaser of what may be occurring with the expansion of Scuba GOAT and the upcoming relaunch of Nomadic Scuba, all served up with a large dollop of hilarity, giggles and maybe the odd cuss word (you've been warned). The sensible text and a REAL intro to Jayne JenkinsJayne learnt to dive in the chilly waters along the rugged Welsh coastline before moving to Australia in 1973. She is actively involved in many facets of the diving industry and has been for over four decades and was previously a volunteer diver with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service in Sydney.  This led to Jayne working as a safety diver and researcher for various underwater film, television and photographic expeditions focusing on diving in the Pacific, including the cave diving spectacular Sanctum. Having been an active underwater photography instructor for many years, Jayne went on to establish the first digital shoot-out competition at Lord Howe Island and has won many awards for her photography and remains a regular editorial contributor to Dive Log and Ocean Geographic. For the past 18 years, Jayne has devoted time as Vice President of Australasia for the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society (OWUSS) - a scholarship sponsored by Rolex for young underwater enthusiasts. Jayne has been an invaluable mentor to a lucky 13 scholars and has played a significant part in their lives but has now passed it on to one of the younger generation and one of the past scholars. Jayne is currently the resident photographer /consultant with The Ocean Agency formally the Catlin Seaview Survey a fast game-changing creative scientific project. Using specially designed technology, the Catlin Seaview Survey recorded and revealed the world's oceans and reefs like never before, in high-resolution, 360-degree panoramic vision. This led to being part of the brilliant documentary Chasing Coral. Jayne was also a safety diver/camera assistant for a documentary filmed in what she calls “her back yard” Chowder Bay, for the BBC National History unit about seahorses called FierceSupport the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
77:16 6/10/22
Martin Connolly - Scuba IQ - S03 E05
Scuba IQ operates from Port Douglas, (north of Cairns) Queensland, Australia.  Clearly, Port Douglas is a perfect destination to get out and explore the Great Barrier Reef and that's exactly what Scuba IQ do. Originally from New Zealand, Martin Connolly spent a few years in the navy and then saw the light, jumped into a wetsuit and spent the next 20 years as a multi-agency dive instructor working in various locations such as Tonga, Spain, Turkey and Thailand.  Scuba IQ and Scuba IQ Expeditions are operated by Martin and his wife,  Louise.  Working closely with local operators they organise training packages as well as full boat charters, delivering an attentive service to the guests who choose to join them. Martin joins us on the show to provide an overview of how Scuba IQ became what it is today, were it is heading and what to expect from an adventure on the MV Argo and the future expeditions organised by Scuba IQ. Expeditions with available spaces:23-28 June 2022 - 5 nights - Minke Whales9-13 November 2022 - 4 nights - Coral SpawningSocial Media links:Scuba IQ websiteScuba IQ InstagramScuba IQ FacebookScuba IQ expeditions InstagramScuba IQ expeditions FacebookMartin on LinkedInSupport the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
78:04 5/29/22
Steve Crosby - Wading through the pandemic years - S03 E04
Steve Crosby walks us through his journey to become a dive pro and what it has taken to stay connected to the dive industry particularly during the pandemic years. Many people have asked me how to get into and become successful in the dive industry.  Hard work and determination... Be like Steve.  He is a shining example of how to progress and focus on the goals one at a time without taking your eye off the prize and all whilst maintaining the right attitude, with a smile.  Steve is one of the nicest guys you would ever wish to meet and I have no doubt that anyone wishing to dive and/or learn from him will have an amazing time whilst doing so.  I'm a big fan of humility and Steve exudes this, just take a listen and you'll see what I mean. Should you wish to get in touch with Steve and arrange some dives you can connect with him through his website at Crosby DiveSteve's diving journey:2004 - He became a NAUI Open Water Diver - Instantly hooked on divingFun dives throughout Central America and the Caribbean.2008 - Completed NAUI Nitrox Course.2013 - Arrives in Koh Tao and realises diving is the industry for him2014 - Completed SSI Dive master and then OW Instructor training2014 - 2015 Teaching various SSI courses2015 - RAID Deco 50 course completed and became a RAID Instructor2016 - TDI Trimix course in Malaysia2016 - RAID Advanced Wreck Instructor 2016 - RAID Instructor TrainerBack to Malaysia to gain qualifications to become a Tech InstructorTioman, Malaysia - completed RAID Deco 40 and 50 Instructor programsTDI instructor course, enabling me to teach technical diving though TDI as well.2017 - Worked for Bali Dive Trek and became a Side-mount and DPV Diver and later received my DPV Instructor CertificationLate 2017 - Koh Tao for Sidemount Instructor and ADV Wreck Instructor Trainer2018 - Co-founded Unique Descent Dive Adventures (UDDA), with the goal of leading expeditions around the worldSept 2018 - Mexico to attain Full Cave Diver CertificationMar 2019 - Egypt to start working at Red Sea ExplorersOct 2019 - Mexico to complete Stage and Multi Stage Courses2020 Covid hit - re-organisation of life and objectivesDec 2021 - Mexico full time to engage in further training and qualifications.  Currently working as a cave and cavern guide having completed CCR Mod 1 and focussing on Cave Instructor qualifications. Support the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
63:28 5/16/22
Jennifer Matthews - Future Reefs Research, UTS - S03 E03
Dr Jen Matthews has pioneered the application of metabolomics to unravel the metabolic interactions underpinning coral health and resilience to environmental change.Increasing environmental pressures, such as increased sea temperatures, are causing the catastrophic loss of coral cover around the globe, including the largest coral reef ecosystem in the world: the Great Barrier Reef. So, it’s unsurprising we are starting to see corals migrate poleward to cooler waters. In fact, Sydney has recently become home to a new subtropical coral. This raises a significant question: Could Sydney be a refuge for corals from the warming GBR? A Human Frontier Science Programme Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney, Jen holds a PhD in Marine Biology (Dean’s list, Victoria University Wellington), a MRes (Imperial College London) and a BSc (Honours, Bath University). Jen is dedicated to finding solutions to current environmental challenges, targeting local (e.g. tropicalization of coastal NSW), national (e.g. Great Barrier Reef restoration), and global topics (e.g. microplastic pollution).Her contributions are internationally recognised, being invited to join the prestigious Coral Bleaching Research Coordination Network, and the International Metabolomics Society Early-Career Members Network. In 2009, she founded ‘Big Blue Conservation’, a not-for-profit organisation protecting and restoring beautiful reef ecosystems in Thailand. Her industry engagement while developing the innovative microplastics removal tool, funded by Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation Seed Innovation Grant, has shown her to be an emerging STEMprenuer. Despite her early-career stage, Jen has secured $300,000 in competitive funding, produced 14 publications and actively advocates for effective science communication and women-in-STEM, through programs such as SoapboxScience Sydney 2019-2020.Support the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
71:11 5/2/22
Kate Parker - Daughters of the Deep - S03 E02
Kate Parker is a full-time paediatric Speech Pathologist but in her spare time has been a volunteer with Sea Shepherd since 2015, originally taking on a role as an onshore volunteer helping to raise funds through selling merchandise at events and sharing the work of the organisation through outreach and education. She then progressed to offshore crewing and has been on 7 campaigns with Sea Shepherd, starting out as deck crew and most recently Bosun and is now about to head off on another campaign as an officer in the Bridge.Kate also crews with the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard and spends most weekends out on the bay training and recovering vessels in distress. Kate has been working her way up for the last 4 years and is soon to take her Coxswains license to become a Skipper for the organisation. Kate also launched her own charity last year called ‘Daughters of the Deep’ which is now a globally registered group whose aim is to address gender inequality throughout the marine industries. With her team of 4 colleagues they help raise the profile of women in such roles as well as fundraise to support women into their own marine based careers. Kates links:daughtersofthedeep.orgseashepherd.org.au/divecoastguard.com.auSupport the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
69:06 4/11/22
Mike Mason - The Human Diver, Australia - S03 E01
With over 20 years as a fighter pilot under his belt, Mike Mason currently teaches pilots of the Australian Air Force how to hone their skills and use the aircraft they are flying as a weapons platform.  Human Factors is used on a daily basis to achieve the goals these men strive for, so its fair to say that Human Factors is pretty much second nature to Mike.  Armed with this and Gareth Lock introducing HF to the diving industry; Mike touched base with Gareth and began to learn about the Human Diver and how he could get involved.  Initially learning to dive in the UK, Mike now works in his spare time as a Dive Master at Lets Go Dive Adventures, Nelson Bay.  Following Gareth's tutorage he is also now part of the Human Diver instructional team and is bringing Human Factors to Australia. Mike has planned a FREE introductory zoom meeting on Thursday 17th Feb at 7:30pm (AEDT) for anyone wishing to learn more about what Human Factors is and how you can get involved in the courses that Mike will be providing.  Click here for the link to Mikes intro commencing 730pm, 17th Feb. Links:The Human Diver - Mikes biographyThe Human Diver Australia on FacebookSupport the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
46:25 2/13/22
Ryan Duchatel - Total Immersion Diving & JJ CCR's - S02 E17
What a great way to round out Season 2 of the show - Expanding on our look at the Technical side of recreational diving, I'm joined by Ryan Duchatel, JJ CCR Trimix Instructor, cave diver and co-owner of Total Immersion Diving based in Newcastle , Australia.I've found many recreational divers are curious about the tech divers out there and the complex equipment they use.  It seems to be a bit of a dark art and I've regularly heard comments along the lines of "It's for people wanting to dive deep" or "that it is too complex and expensive for me".  The reality is very much to the contrary, technical diving is for anyone who wishes to extend their dives, either in time, depth, range or all of the above.  Ryan talks about the evolution of Total Immersion Diving and provides us with great detail on how a  closed circuit rebreather works and  the many advantages that they provide, such as being able to get closer to wildlife, warmer diving, longer NDL's at all depths, variable partial pressure  Ryan's Links:Websites:totalimmersiondiving.com.aurebreathers.com.auSocial:Total Immersion Diving - FacebookRyans Pro page - FacebookRyans personal page - FacebookWe gave a shout out to the Behind The Mask team during the show as they are supporting and calling for support from you to ban shark finning in the EU,  please follow the link and sign the petition (EU nationals only) Link to the petitionSupport the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
71:19 12/22/21
Graham Willis - The Dive Spots of New South Wales - S02 E16
Graham Willis is a professional dive Instructor operating out of Frog Dive, Sydney, Australia.  Having lived in Sydney for over 30 years it's a fair assumption that Graham knows a lot of the dives sites pretty well and during a chance meeting via mutual friends Graham began chatting with a chap about writing books, namely dive books; Johan Boshoff has the experience of creating publications and with Grahams knowledge of New South Wales the book was born. With 240 dive locations, details about the dive site and considerable detail about the location and local amenities , this book is perfect for the adventurous diver wishing to explore the NSW coastline.If you would like to purchase a copy of Graham's book you can reach him via Frog Dive in Sydney, via Facebook or the link below.  We will also have a link available on the soon to be released new Scuba GOAT website too! The Dive Spots of New South WalesGraham on FacebookSupport the showThanks for listening legends! Enjoyed this episode? GREAT, we would LOVE a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review via iTunes or your favourite streaming platform. It all helps with promoting the show. ☎️ We also appreciate any feedback, especially if you have topics or people you would like to hear on the show. Simply leave us a comment, use the Contact Form or flick us a DM via social media 🎙️ Do you want to appear on the show? Click on the "Guest Registration" link in the Nav bar and let's take a look at your story VIP - Would you like to join us on a dive trip? If the answer is yes, use the contact form, leave your details and tell us to add you to the list.
80:51 12/2/21

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