2021 Daytime Seminars

The Boston Sea Rovers are the proud sponsors of the “Longest Continuously Running Dive Show in the World,” a distinction made possible primarily due to the excellent quality of speakers that have continued to grace our stages. We take great pleasure in hosting the best educators, explorers, scientists, divers and speakers in the world. The purpose of these lectures help us to achieve our club our mission, “To educate the general public about the underwater world.”

Our daytime presentations form the backbone of our show. In two days we host over 40 speakers covering a myriad of diving and marine related topics. Each hour there are three simultaneous lectures being held on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5 pm. You get to choose which speaker or topic you would like to see based on your interests.

 

 


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2021 Presentation Summaries

58 Ancient Shipwrecks Found In One Location In Greece

 

In June 2015 a Greek Dive team was dispatched to a tiny group of islands off Asia Minor to investigate rumors of a cluster of ancient shipwrecks in the waters surrounding the island. What the dive team found was astounding! In 10 days of searching, 22 ancient shipwrecks were found. The oldest shipwreck is dated 600 BCE. The Dive Team returned in June 2016, 2017, and 2018. A total of 58 ancient shipwrecks have now been found and documented.
This September 2021, the team returns to start excavating 2 Roman shipwrecks buried in the sand. The Discovery Science Channel will be there to film & document for a one-hour episode. Team member John Stella will share his story just back from the Expedition. He will premier the documentary “Out of the Blue”.

Presented by:
John Stella

John Stella has been a Dive Industry Professional for over 30 years, and has represented some of the most iconic equipment brands in the dive industry. He is currently the Northeast District Manager for SCUBAPRO USA. “it’s my dream job” His diving experience spans the globe, with a special passion for the hunt for Ancient Underwater Shipwrecks. His recent trips to Greece and the Aegean Sea, as a member of a Greek Archeological Dive Team has changed his life. The team has found and documented 45 Ancient shipwrecks over a two year period, and some of these wrecks have rewritten ancient history as we knew it!

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A Marine Biologist’s Misadventures Above and Below the Water Line During a Pandemic

Follow the misadventures of a marine biologist during COVID from the tropical waters in Florida and Aruba to the temperate waters of New England as he encounters sea turtles, sea horses, jellyfish, nudibranchs, octopus, squid, torpedo rays and more.

Presented by:
Phil Colarusso

Phil is a marine biologist who has worked for the US EPA agency for over 32 years. He has worked on assessing impacts to marine resources from power plants, dredging projects, pier and dock construction, municipal sewage plants and a host of other human activities in the ocean. Much of his time is currently spent on seagrass research, restoration and conservation.

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A Tribute to Doc “Papa Flash” Edgerton – 60 Years After the Fateful Encounter

Sixty years ago, looking for a topic for a senior thesis at MIT the author visited the laboratory of Professor Harold “Doc” Edgerton. The encounter was to change my life forever and, to some extent, the history of ocean exploration. This presentation will be a tribute to the great Boston Sea Rover Harold “Papa Flash” Edgerton.

Presented by:
Martin Klein

Martin Klein, scientist-engineer-inventor-entrepreneur, is considered the “Father of Side Scan Sonar.” His legendary, pioneering developments in sonar helped to revolutionize ocean exploration. An MIT graduate, he is the founder of Klein Marine Systems. In 1967 Klein introduced the first commercial side scan system. Klein brought the system to Bodrum, Turkey, and helped marine archaeologist George Bass find a 2,000-year-old ship. That same year Dr. Harold “Doc” Edgerton brought the sonar to help find Mary Rose, sunk in 1545. These trailblazing projects were the first use of technology to find ancient shipwrecks. Marty is a fellow of the Explorers Club and the Marine Technology Society.

Martin Klein

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Azorean Abyss

The Azores are located above an active junction, where three major tectonic plates meet, come together in this one incredible area. Hosting some of the most diverse marine life found throughout the world, an abundance of marine life swirls around walls and seamounts emerging from the Atlantic abyss.

Presented by:
Nancy McGee

Explorer and filmmaker Nancy McGee has lived a life of adventure and diversity. Nancy McGee has lived a life of adventure and diversity. An Explorers Club Fellow, she is the first female Exosuit pilot and has dived and filmed on 7 continents. She has been the first to explore several archipelagos and opened tourism in the Andaman and Forgotten Islands. She is an inductee into the Women Divers Hall of Fame, working as an explorer, filmmaker, author, emcee and passionate educator.

Nancy McGee

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Bioluminescence: The light of life.

Within Florida’s mangrove habitats thrive two different life forms that are capable of glowing bright, into the night. The fragile comb jelly, and the tiny microscopic dinoflagellate, together these two very different kinds of life emit light. Join marine biologist Zack Cole on his first BSR presentation, to talk about the light only found in a few spots on the planet: bioluminescence.

Presented by:
Zack Cole

Zack “Attack” Cole is a marine biologist and adventurer from Florida. Inspired by the travel limitations imposed by the pandemic, he’s been diligently working on his nature filmmaking hobbies through his youtube channel “WILD FL” where he shares his love of his home, and its wildlife, native and not, with viewers.

Zack Cole

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Boston Sea Rovers Intern Update

2021 Boston Sea Rovers Intern Russell Laman will share his adventures as the Intern. Over the course of the summer he did scientific diving with local marine scientists, filmed sharks with Joe & Lauren Romeiro, spent a week working on his underwater photography in Monterey, California and much much more! During his talk he will highlight his favorite underwater photographs from the summer, and share his most memorable experiences.

Presented by:
Russell Laman

Russell Laman is the Boston Sea Rovers 2021 Intern and a student at Boston University.  Follow his blog at http://internship.bostonsearovers.com/author/russell-laman/

Russell Laman

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Capturing Immersive Experiences Underwater With VR

A presentation about the unique challenges, and possibilities working with immersive Virtual Reality cameras in underwater environments. Using projects shot for marine science non-profits The Hydrous, Asner Lab, and MarAlliance in locations such as Palau, Bikini Atoll and Honduras as case studies, the talk will delve into the technical, the artistic, and conceptual aspects of this new format for filming experiences underwater. The two cameras used on the projects include the VRTUL2 and the ZCAM K1 VR180, both custom designed housing and rigs. As a co-producer and underwater cameraman, on the projects my experience ranged from diving logistics / planning, hardware research, camera troubleshooting, filming, and post-production, and therefore can present on the many facets of working with this new technology throughout the complete production process. The presentation will feature video and also behind the scenes / contextual photos. The Hydrous Immerse VR Project was featured on NatGeo’s Youtube channel and also select edits were presented at NatGeo HQ.

Presented by:
Rick Miskiv

Rick Miskiv is a photographer, designer, and VR filmmaker with a background in fine arts and tech who works with various organizations to help them communicate their work to a broader audience. He has collaborated with Oceans 360, The Hydrous, Asner Lab, Parley for the Oceans, The Ocean Agency, Friends of Ocean Action and MarAlliance on projects related to ocean education, conservation and research. Recently, he joined with Asner Labs / Carnegie Institution for Science on an expedition to document a coral survey of the WW2 wrecks of Bikini Atoll in 3D 180VR in collaboration with Oceans 360. And is one of the featured photographers of The Ocean Agency’s Coral Reef Image Bank…

Rick Miskiv

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Caribbean Corals Under Siege – Battling Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease in the Virgin Islands


Produced and Directed by Paul Cater Deaton

Believed to have hitched a ride from Florida in the ballasts of container ships, Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease has infected large reef areas in the Virgin Islands. Species like staghorn and pillar corals have already sustained heavy losses, and scientists, educators, divers and community organizers have mobilized to try to save what they can of what’s left. Includes interviews with famed oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Marilyn Brandt of the University of the Virgin Islands, and Kitty Edwards of the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources.

Presented by:
Paul Cater Deaton

Paul Cater Deaton is an award-winning writer, producer, director and cinematographer. He is based in Galveston, and works all over the world. Credits include “The Amazing Race,” HBO Documentaries, CNN, the Discovery Channel, and “Wild Honduras” for NatGeo Wild. Paul’s work has garnered several industry accolades, including Best Music Video at the Austin Music Awards (SXSW), a Bronze Telly, numerous Gold and Silver Addy Awards, and an Addy Best in Show Video. His “Showdown at Tiger Beach” was screened at over a dozen international film festivals, and won Best International Documentary Short at two of them.

Paul Cater Deaton

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Cave Diving for IMAX

IMAX® is the ultimate film format and delivers an immersive experience for the viewer like nothing else on Earth. So it’s no surprise that every documentary filmmaker dreams of making an IMAX® movie. But the format is unforgiving, requires a rare set of filmmaking skills…and a lot of gear. Now imagine doing it all not just underwater, but underground, adding intense technical diving to the mix. Welcome to ANCIENT CAVES, the new IMAX® film rolling out in theaters across the world now. (Opens Oct 1st at Museum of Science, Boston). Jonathan was the director and director of photography for this epic production, narrated by Bryan Cranston and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films. He will talk about the technical diving and break down some of the techniques to shoot the film using examples from the film.

Presented by:
Jonathan Bird

Jonathan Bird is an underwater cinematographer, who has shot and produced over 40 films for broadcast and education on networks such as National Geographic Channel, PBS, ABC, USA Network, Discovery and even the SciFi Channel. He has won nine Emmy Awards, two Cine Golden Eagles, and some other awards. He has published seven books. Jonathan is the host and director of Jonathan Bird’s Blue World, an underwater science/adventure series on YouTube. He was inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame in 2019. He is currently in production on his third IMAX® film Secrets of the Sea, in collaboration with legendary IMAX® filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall.

Jonathan Bird

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Creative Underwater Lighting: It’s okay to try something different to make your images and video pop

You’ve got the camera and lights, but so does everyone else. How do you get your images and video to standout among the crowd? Snoots are great, but that’s just the beginning. During this session, we’ll explore some simple tools / techniques to create a unique sense of depth and perspective not commonly seen in underwater imagery.

Presented by:
Ryan King

Ryan started diving in 1990 and has never looked back. For over 25 years, Ryan has been diving, teaching, and photographing marine life, caves, and wrecks from Canada to the Caribbean. He has a passion for exploration and helping others enjoy and appreciate the underwater world.

Second Presenter – Tom Gaitley
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Tom began diving in the mid-80’s and became a scuba instructor in 1989. Today, along with teaching, one of Tom’s great passions is photography. He is an award-winning and juried fine art, landscape, and underwater photographer.

Ryan King

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Current Status of Coral Reefs

This presentation will focus on studies by Les Kaufman of degradation and regenerative processes on coral reefs. Currently active field sites include Biscayne Bay and the Florida Reef Tract, the Mesoamerican Reef in Belize, and the Abrolhos Bank in Brazil as well as the Phoenix Islands of Kiribati (central Pacific). We conduct collaborative experiments in coral reef ontogeny and restoration with the Coral Restoration Foundation and several universities in Florida, the University of Belize, and others. Marine reserves and zoning schemes are used as adaptive management experiments, examining the outcomes of different management regimes with new diagnostics for marine ecosystem health and resilience, such as the Coral Health Index (CHI), and other measures of microbial, benthic and fish community function.

Presented by:
Randi Rotjan

Randi Rotjan is currently a Research Assistant Professor at Boston University. Her research ranges from tropical to temperate corals, and she investigates questions related to ecophysiology and resilience. She is the Chief Scientist of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area Conservation Trust, and the co-Chair of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area Scientific Advisory Committee. Rotjan is a member of The Explorers Club, a member of W2O (Women Working for Oceans), and is an active member of the editorial board for several peer-reviewed journals. She also serves on the Board of Directors for The Nature Conservancy-Caribbean, and the Friends of the Middlesex Fells.

Randi Rotjan

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Fjord du Saguenay – A truly unique diving experience

Interest for cold water diving is increasing worldwide. Savvy divers are now seeking out unusual, wild and exclusive dive destinations. Le Fjord du Saguenay is all that and more. Perpetually cloaked in darkness and swept by nutrient rich currents, it is challenging and leaves no one indifferent with surprises at every turn. It is a truly world class diving destination.

Presented by:
Michel Labrecque and Julie Ouimet

Michel Labrecque and Julie Ouimet are seasoned divers who have traveled the world. They are technical trimix and rebreather divers, accomplished dive training professionals and the owners of N2Pix & Limitless Dive Charter. Since 2014, they have devoted themselves to underwater imagery and exploration. Michel is a photojournalist. Julie is a videographer and filmmaker. They are Fellows of the Explorers Club and Associate Members of the Boston Sea Rovers. They have twice been bestowed the honor of carrying the Explorers flag, contributed to the creation of an MPA and received the Explorers Club Citation of Merit. In 2016, Michel was named a PADI Ambassador. Julie is a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame. 

Michel Labrecque and Julie Ouimet

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Fluorescence Diving – A History

Fluorescence diving is only recently mainstream. Learn about early explorers going back to the 1950’s. Fluorescence pioneer and NIGHTSEA founder Charles Mazel will survey the history – including his own – of fluorescence diving. And if you don’t know what fluorescence is, don’t worry – we’ll start with an introduction to its wonder and beauty.

Presented by:
Charles Mazel

Charles Mazel, PhD, is the pioneer of the modern era of night diving to explore fluorescence, including development of the equipment to see and record the phenomenon. He is a Boston Sea Rover and the founder of NIGHTSEA, the first company to provide lights and camera accessories for underwater fluorescence. Charlie made his first fluorescence dives as early as the mid-1970’s but it wasn’t until over a decade later that he began to pursue it in earnest, to the point where it took over and changed his life. Along the way he was fortunate to learn about the history of earlier explorations of fluorescence and to meet some of the people who went before him.

Charles Mazel

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Fort Wetherill, Muck Diving of New England

Divers travel for days to get to distant destinations for “muck diving”, which provide unique opportunities to observe rare underwater creatures. We have muck diving destination of our own in New England, Fort Wetherill. It rarely disappoints, often full of surprises, as long as you can see 3ft away.

Presented by:
Asli Ertekin

Asli Ertekin mostly dives in New England loving the challenge of it and how exciting it is to see different kinds of fish. She likes to share her experiences with a greater number of people through writing and photos.

Asli Ertekin

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From the Ground up, The rebuilding of a PSD Team

This presentation goes over the preventable events that caused our team to be shut
down and the process of rebuilding we went through. The process of reconstructing our
S.O.G and becoming NFPA and OSHA compliant. Will discuss the training process the
team went through and how we began gaining more members. The process we went
through of acquiring funds from the town for new equipment. Finally we will discuss the
merger that took place between the County Sheriff and the four Volunteer PSD teams
within the county.

Presented by:
Timothy Andro

Tim Andro is the owner and lead SDI/ERDI instructor for Northeast Public Safety Divers, a public safety dive training center for the northeast U.S. He has almost 20 years of recreational and technical dive experience, including Advanced Trimix and Closed-Circuit Rebreather, and has logged over 3,000 dives. He has also been a firefighter for 23 years, 11 of those as a public safety diver. For 6 years Tim has been and still is the current Dive Coordinator for Mahwah Fire & Rescue Co #1, and the current President of the North Jersey Regional SCUBA Task Force.

Timothy Andro

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How To Use a Cell Phone To Save The Sea

Cell phones are, perhaps, the most dominant technology out there today. The cameras are amazing so why not use your cell phone to save the Ocean. Get an introduction to producing your own underwater or above water films that people will actually enjoy watching. Gain insights on how short films and social media could be one answer to how we will accomplish the goal, Saving the Sea!

Presented by:
Richard Morris

Producer Bio
Rick Morris: Producer/Director/Cameraman/Editor
www.rem-films.com
envirodiver@yahoo.com
(508)237-4830

Environmentalist, Conservationist, Educator, Explorer
Lover of the Sea and all things Aquatic
Rick Morris has been working in broadcast television and films since 1978, Starting in 2007 he spent 3 years as the documentary producer/videographer for the Census of Marine Life and the Encyclopedia of Life Projects. Rick has shot and produced programming for many of the major networks and cable channels as well as for non-profits and NGOs like The Nature Conservancy, The International Fund For Animal Welfare, The New England Aquarium, Oceana and The Conservation Law Foundation.

Richard Morris

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Lusitania 2021

First-class window, Lusitania

In August of 2021, a team including Sea Rovers Joe Mazraani and Rick Simon, will dive the wreck of the Lusitania. The team of four American and four British divers will spend two weeks exploring and documenting this iconic shipwreck. The expedition will also be a part of a larger effort to raise awareness for the new Lusitania Museum, which was the vision of Lusitania’s longtime owner Gregg Bemis. This presentation will be given by Rick Simon and Jennifer Sellitti, who are both members of the 2021 Lusitania Expedition Team.

Lusitania fell victim to U-20’s torpedo in 1915, prior to America entering WW1. She sank in approximately 20 minutes. 1198 died, including 128 Americans. So many men, women and children died the disaster it caused many Americans to pressure the U.S. government to enter WW1. Although we will discuss the wreck’s history, we will also explore Lusitania’s historical connection Kinsale and to the tradition of Irish wreck diving. Much like the Andrea Doria in the U.S., the Lusitania is a rite of passage for Irish technical divers. Divers in the 1990s pioneered new techniques to be capable of reaching the wreck’s 300 ft depth. Our expedition is working with legendary Irish diver Eoin McGarry, who has dived the wreck of the Lusitania more than any man alive.

This presentation will include footage of the 2021 dives, interviews with McGarry, and a behind the scenes look at the museum and some of the artifacts it will house.

Of course – there is always the possibility of a new discovery we cannot predict!

 

Presented by:
Rick Simon and Jennifer Sellitti

Richard M. Simon grew up diving and crewing on New England dive boats. Rick is a Boston Sea Rover & Frank Scalli Intern (2005) and  a TDI dive instructor holding both recreational and technical ratings. Rick is also the president of Manta Industries- a dive equipment manufacturing company; and is the vice president of Shoreline Diving Services, INC.- a commercial diving company specializing in inspection, salvage and construction. Rick is an avid diver; especially enjoying cave and wreck diving mostly on the East Coast but really anywhere around the world. When he is not diving he enjoys spending time on his with- with his wife Erin and their many farm animals.

Jennifer Sellitti is a regular crew member of the dive boat Tenacious, managing a number of topside operations during dive trips.  She also performs historical research on the ships and helps locate ships that are the subject of new projects for the team.  Jennifer develops and delivers presentations on Tenacious projects with the goal of educating the public about the historical significance and importance of wreck diving in the North Atlantic.

 

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Managing Expectations with Decompression Sickness: What Every Diver Needs to Know!

This presentation will review the many issues related to Decompression Sickness (DCS) An overview detailing the current understanding of what DCS is, as well as recognition of an injured diver will be discussed. Treatment options will be discussed: including both prehospital as well as the role of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. An overview of ways each of us potentially lower our risk for DCS will also be presented.

Presented by:
David Charash

David Charash is a Dive Medicine Physician, Board Certified in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He is the Principal at Dive Medicine and Hyperbaric Consultants LLC. As a consultant he has worked with Recreational, Technical, Scientific, Commercial , Public Safety and Military Divers. He has lectured Locally, Nationally and Internationally on topics of Dive Medicine, Dive Safety, and Dive Technology. He has expertise in clinical Hyperbaric Medicine, Expedition Medicine, and Medical Fitness of the Scuba Diver as well as Management of Critical injuries in Diving. Dr Charash is a DAN Referral Physician, DAN Instructor, as well as Recreational Scuba Diver.

David Charash

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Medical Fitness and Diving in the era of Covid-19: What Every Diver Needs to Know!

As we navigate the many complexities of Covid-19, this presentation will discuss the most recent changes effective July 2020, regarding the Medical Fitness Requirement Standards by the Recreational Scuba Training Council for both Scuba Divers and Free Divers. Included in this discussion will be an up to date review of the impact of Covid-19, and how it will effect each of us as we consider our individual medical Fitness to Dive. This presentation will be read by a Board Certified Hyperbaric and Dive Medical Physician.

Presented by:
David Charash

David Charash is a Dive Medicine Physician, Board Certified in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He is the Principal at Dive Medicine and Hyperbaric Consultants LLC. As a consultant he has worked with Recreational, Technical, Scientific, Commercial , Public Safety and Military Divers. He has lectured Locally, Nationally and Internationally on topics of Dive Medicine, Dive Safety, and Dive Technology. He has expertise in clinical Hyperbaric Medicine, Expedition Medicine, and Medical Fitness of the Scuba Diver as well as Management of Critical injuries in Diving. Dr Charash is a DAN Referral Physician, DAN Instructor, as well as Recreational Scuba Diver.

David Charash

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New England Marine Life a 2020 Stay-cation

Dusky smooth-hound shark, Mustelus canis, Rockport, MA

It’s 2020 and Covid has been keeping us home. Although traveling wasn’t possible and the visibility wasn’t 100′, New England waters provided plenty of good diving and marine life. Join Andy to see what natural beauty and interesting critters entertained us during the pandemic.

Presented by:
Andrew Martinez

Andy Martinez has been diving and photographing marine life for over 40 years and his work has been used in many magazines and books. His popular app, Marine Life North Atlantic, is a necessary resource for anyone wanting to know the critters from this area.  Andy’s new book, Don’t Mess with Me is a peek into how sea creatures defend themselves. He has led many diving groups to the Philippines, Indonesia and many islands in the Caribbean.

Andrew Martinez

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Norway – A Wreck Diving Paradise

Norway is a ‘land of waters’, made of lakes, rivers, fjords and the sea. It’s coastlines put together could circle the globe more than two times. And so it is also a maritime land, its waters packed with sizable schooners, huge freighters, ferries and barges. And so it is a place of abundant shipwrecks too, lost due to navigation errors, foul weather and war. Here we will concentrate on the more famous wrecks: the Ferndale and Parrot, the Oldenburg, the Welheim, sharing diving stories and photographic adventures underwater.

Presented by:
Thomas Easop

Thomas Easop has been diving for over forty years and holds an expedition rebreather certification. Educated at Brooks Institute of Photographic Art and Science, he earned a BA in Color Technology with a minor in Industrial – Scientific Imaging. He has operated his own commercial studio since 1986 and is a master print maker.  The photography project entitled The Guns and Armour of Scapa Flow was begun in 1998 and is a catalogue of the naval warfare technology remaining on the German Imperial High Seas Fleet scuttled in Scapa Flow, using homemade large format film cameras and specialized exposure and lighting techniques.

Thomas Easop

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Panel Discussion on Coral Reefs

Join all the presenters in the Marine Science and Conservation Public Forum on Coral Reefs for discussions on the future of coral reefs and what divers can do to help preserve these important habitats.

Presented by:
Marine Science and Conservation Public Forum Presenters

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Proteus: The International Space Station of the Seafloor

Our entry into the International Decade of the Ocean highlights the need for novel research approaches, and especially for new ways of reigniting the public’s passion for the ocean. Ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau is embarking with a team of fellow aquanauts and scientists to build Proteus, a cutting-edge underwater habitat and scientific laboratory situated on the coral reefs of Curacao.

Presented by:
Brian Helmuth and Mark Patterson

Brian Helmuth and Mark Patterson are Professors at Northeastern University’s Coastal Sustainability Institute. Helmuth’s research focused on forecasting the impacts of global climate change on marine ecosystems worldwide, and on working with local communities to develop climate adaptation strategies. Patterson directs the Field Robotics laboratory, which designs and builds free-swimming robots, as well as new sensors and systems for ecophysiology. Helmuth and Patterson both serve on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center, and led the scientific mission for Cousteau’s Mission 31 saturation mission in 2014. They are veterans of multiple saturation missions.

Brian Helmuth and Mark Patterson

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Public Safety Dive Training and Safety

The Mass State Police Underwater Recovery Unit will discuss the challenges of public safety diver safety and training. Topics will include the challenge of safety and training during the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency response site safety, risk reward decisions, and general training concerns.

Presented by:
Patrick Foley and Dan Popovich

Patrick Foley (Retired Sergeant) was a 29 year veteran of the Mass State Police and a member of the MSP Underwater Recovery Unit for 27 years. Sgt Foley is the former Commander of the Mass State Police URU and is a PADI MSDT, SDI, and ERDI instructor. He enjoys diving with his son and daughter whenever possible and now having much more free time to dive for pleasure.
Lt. Dan Popovich has been a member of the Mass State Police for seventeen years and has been a member of the Underwater Recovery Unit for sixteen years. Lt. Popovich is the Commander of the Mass State Police URU and is an SDI instructor. When not diving for the State Police or NESPAC he enjoys diving with his son whenever possible. 

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Rebreathers 101

This presentation will cover how rebreathers work, the “early” history of recreational rebreathers and the homebuilding community.

Presented by:
Mark Munro

In December of 1993 when Mark Munro received his copy of the Aquacorp Magazine C2 (Closed Circuit) he had no idea how fast and long he would slide down the slippery slope of rebreather diving. In 1997, the year Ambient Pressure Diving released the first production rebreather for recreational divers, Mark converted a Biomarine BioPak 60 (BP60) into a pure Oxygen diving rig. In 1999 he modified the BP60 into a mixed gas rebreather using a PO2 monitoring system he’d designed himself. 2001 would see Mark diving a mixed gas rebreather of his own design which he built and dove for over ten years putting 500+ dives on the unit. After twenty-four years of rebreather diving Mark is still actively diving shipwrecks on a HEAT rebreather utilizing PO2 monitoring electronics of his own design.

Mark Munro

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Restoring the Florida Reef Tract with Coral Restoration Foundation

Since 2007, Coral Restoration FoundationTM has been at the forefront of coral restoration, pioneering some of the most efficient growing and outplanting techniques used around the world. Join us in discussing the importance of corals, methods of restoration, and how YOU can help protect the United States’ only barrier reef!

Presented by:
Krista Laforest

Krista Laforest grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts, and attributes her love of diving to her time as the 2017 Boston Sea Rovers’ Intern. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Marine Biology, Krista interned with the Coral Restoration Foundation in Key Largo. She outplanted hundreds of corals, monitored them to determine survivorship and growth, and managed coral spawning. During the summer of 2021, Krista was Our World Underwater Scholarship Society’s AAUS Mitchell Intern, and studied the relationship between parrotfish and algae on the reefs of Bonaire. Currently, Krista is pursuing her Masters degree at Nova Southeastern University, researching coral reproduction and larval ecology.

Krista Laforest

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S.S. West Point: Using Sonar to Locate U-53’s Most Elusive Casualty

U-53 commander Hans Rose sank five ships off the Coast of Nantucket on October 7, 1915. American had not yet entered WW1 and was powerless to stop him. The remains of four of the five U-53 victims were located in the 1990s by shipwreck hunter and Sea Rover, Captain Eric Takakjian, but the locations far offshore and the state of dive technology at the time rendered the ships largely unexplored until the summers of 2017 and 2018 when the crew of D/V Tenacious explored and identified the wrecks, but the S.S. West Point, a British cargo steamer from the Furness Withy Line, built in 1912, eluded them. In September of 2020, the team finally discovered the West Point and brought this chapter of WW1 history to a close. In addition to obtaining sonar images of the ship, the September 2020 Expedition Team members dived the wreck to confirm her identity. In this presentation, Joe St. Amand, sonar operator for D/V Tenacious will focus less on the history of the U-53 wrecks and more on how the crew used side scan sonar to locate U-53’s long lost casualty. The team will also share, for the first time, video of the West Point as she rests today.

Presented by:
Joseph St. Amand and Joe Mazraani

Joseph St Amand moved to the northeast in 2016 and very quickly found a passion for diving and researching the wrecks off our coast. He is an active crew member on D/V Tenacious and operates the sonar equipment on search trips. When not diving he enjoys researching wrecks in our local waters and writing algorithms to assist in locating new wrecks. Joseph has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and by day heads up the technology side of a healthcare-focused startup.

Since childhood, Joe Mazraani has been fascinated by the sea. Growing up in Lebanon, Joe spent his summers by the Mediterranean. He immigrated to the U.S. at age 15 and became a certified diver in the mid-90s. Joe quickly took to diving sunken wrecks off the Northeast U.S. Exploration is a way of life for Joe. He owns and operates the dive vessel Tenacious, which was specifically acquired to accomplish several projects, including locating and exploring the U-550 and other deep, uncharted wrecks in the North Atlantic. A criminal defense attorney by trade, Joe holds is a certified closed circuit diver and a U.S.C.G. licensed captain.

Joseph St. Amand and Joe Mazraani

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Science in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area: a decade past and future

The Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) is the largest and deepest UNESCO World Heritage Site on the planet, and was one of the catalysts for large-scale marine conservation in the Pacific and globally. PIPA is now one of the oldest large-scale marine protected areas and has experienced 3 major high thermal events (resulting in coral bleaching). The fate of PIPA’s ecosystems has implications for climate survival the world over, as does the success of PIPA’s policies and enforcement. The PIPA science program formally began in 2010; a decade later, what have we learned? And in the decade to come, what do we need to know?

Presented by:
Randi Rotjan

Randi Rotjan is currently a Research Assistant Professor at Boston University. Her research ranges from tropical to temperate corals, and she investigates questions related to ecophysiology and resilience. She is the Chief Scientist of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area Conservation Trust, and the co-Chair of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area Scientific Advisory Committee. Rotjan is a member of The Explorers Club, a member of W2O (Women Working for Oceans), and is an active member of the editorial board for several peer-reviewed journals. She also serves on the Board of Directors for The Nature Conservancy-Caribbean, and the Friends of the Middlesex Fells.

Randi Rotjan

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Sea of Cortez: The World’s Aquarium

Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez “the world’s aquarium” and with good reason. Its rich and biologically diverse waters are home to everything: whale sharks, playful pinnipeds, whales of all sizes, massive schools of fish, mobula and manta rays, and rich invertebrate life. Join us as we explore Baja!

Presented by:
Faith Ortins

Faith has spent most of her adult life in the ocean. Starting as a scientific diver, Faith became a technical diver and divemaster and has thousands of dives over her 42 year diving career. She worked with DUI to develop some of the first women’s drysuits while still a dive store owner in the early 90’s before becoming VP of DUI for 20 years. She is a recognized expert on cold water diving and thermal protection. She has led expeditions to the most remote places on Earth including multiple expeditions to both poles. Recently, as co-founder of Blue Green Expeditions, she now runs expeditions full time. She is a member of the BSR and an inductee to the Women Divers Hall of Fame.

Faith Ortins

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Socorro Islands: Scientific Studies and Sensational Diving

The Stayers join a scientific expedition to Socorro Archipelago searching for new species of fish and collecting samples for DNA testing. The experience was amazing as was the diving. Several species of sharks including hammerheads, Galapagos, silky, and even whale sharks gather around these islands. Dolphins and giant oceanic mantas seek out divers for incredible close encounters.

Presented by:
Jim & Pat Stayer

The Stayers are explorers and well-known underwater filmmakers dedicated to sharing shipwrecks, animal behavior, and remote dive destinations around the world. They have directed several evening film festivals and are popular presenters across North America. Jim & Pat have been diving for 45 years and their footage has appeared on several major networks worldwide. They have discovered several shipwrecks and have co-authored 3 books and produced 33 DVDs.  Jim & Pat are co-owners of Out of the Blue Productions, Associate Members of the Boston Sea Rovers and Pat is a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame.

Jim & Pat Stayer

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Stormy Seas On The Rise?

Hurricane Igor

As the ocean temperatures continue to rise, these warm waters provide more fuel for monster storms like hurricanes and typhoons. What can we expect in the years to come? Join global storm chaser & explorer George Kourounis as he recounts some of his most harrowing experiences with these ferocious tropical storms. From intercepting hurricanes Katrina & super-storm Sandy, to tracking tornadoes across the U.S, to documenting sea level rise in Bangladesh & Tuvalu, George has been on the front lines of climate change for over 20 years. He will also share what his experience has taught him about what to expect in the next 20 years and beyond.

Presented by:
George Kourounis

George Kourounis is an Explorer-In-Residence with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, a National Geographic explorer, a television presenter who hosted 50 episodes of the “Angry Planet” TV series, and is a frequent contributor on The Weather Network & Science Channel. He specializes in documenting extreme forces of nature, storms, and natural disasters and his expeditions have taken him to all 7 continents. He’s given 5 TEDx talks, has addressed the United Nations Environment Emergencies forum and holds a Guinness World Record for his first-ever descent into a burning pit of natural gas in Turkmenistan.

George Kourounis

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The Last Frontier; the manned exploration of the Hadal Zone.

Launched in 2018, the Hadal Exploration System features the DSV Limiting Factor and is the only certified system in the world capable of operating to 36,000ft. Join Expedition Leader Rob McCallum who has returned from the Challenger Deep and will share the substantial challenges, adventures, and rewards of operating and exploring to full ocean depth.

Presented by:
Rob McCallum


Over the last 3 years Rob has been planning, managing and leading the Five Deeps Expedition, the successful mission to get humans to the deepest point of each ocean.
More recently we have dived the Challenger Deep (12 times), Emden Deep (Philippines trench) and the USS Johnston (worlds deepest known shipwreck).

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The Mind’s Eye: The Art of Underwater Photography

Successfully taking a photograph underwater requires technical proficiency, the right equipment, and at least basic knowledge of marine life. You have acquired all of that. So, why are many of your images still not as compelling as others? Photography allows us to convey information with clarity and efficiency – an asset to marine scientists whose primary goal is communication – but, this approach often yields images that garner only a glance rather than contemplation. In this session, we will explore the knowledge acquired by generations of artists and scientists who study “how we see,” to take your photography to the next level so you can create compelling images that express your vision of the moment according to your abilities, mood, and the manner you choose to fill the frame of the viewfinder.

 

Presented by:
Thomas Gaitley

Tom began diving in the mid-80s and became a scuba instructor in 1989. Today, along with teaching, one of Tom’s great passions is photography. He is an award-winning and juried fine art, landscape, and underwater photographer. His work can be viewed on his website at www.thomasgaitley.com

Thomas Gaitley

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The Predatory Behavior of the White Shark: A deadly game of cat and mouse

The great white shark is a top marine predator of formidable prey, including large seals and sea lions. Its ability to successfully hunt in incredibly diverse habitats throughout the world is indicative of a remarkably adaptive species. This presentation highlights the plasticity of white shark predatory behavior and the variety of strategies used to kill their prey.

Presented by:
Greg Skomal

Dr. Gregory Skomal is an accomplished marine biologist, photographer, author, and 2015 Boston Sea Rovers Diver of the Year. As a senior scientist with MA Marine Fisheries, he has been studying sharks for over 35 years and he has written numerous scientific research papers. Greg has appeared in a number of film and television documentaries, including programs for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and PBS. His book, The Shark Handbook, explores the world of sharks.

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The Stockholm Bow: The 65th Anniversary of the M.S. Stockholm’s Collision with the S.S. Andrea Doria

The MS Stockholm became famous when she collided with the SS Andrea Doria off the coast of Nantucket on July 25th, 1956. During the collision, the Stockholm knifed into the Andrea Doria’s starboard side and left a gaping wound. The Andrea Doria sank in less than 12 hours. The Stockholm’s icebreaker bow sheared off in the collision, but nevertheless, the ship remained afloat. The injured Stockholm made it back to shore under her own steam, without her bow, and carrying with her 500 Andrea Doria survivors.

In September of 2020, a group of divers including Sea Rovers, Steve Gatto, Tom Packer, and Joe Mazraani, discovered the bow wreckage of the MS Stockholm. Gatto and Packer, who have been diving the Andrea Doria since the 1980s and share arrest rights to the wreck with John Moyer, were the first to see the Stockholm’s bow in more than 65 years. Moyer was integral to the discovery and the search for the bow is part of the salvage holders ongoing efforts to explore and preserve the history of one of the world’s most famous maritime collisions. Surprisingly, the bow is remarkably intact, and was easily identified by the Stockholm’s unique anchors, reinforced hull plating, and general size and shape. The divers will share photos and reveal, for the first time, underwater video of the bow as she rests today.

Presented by:
Joe Mazraani and Steve Gatto

Since childhood, Joe Mazraani has been fascinated by the the underwater world. Growing up in Lebanon, Joe spent his summers by the Mediterranean. He immigrated to the U.S. at age 15 and became a certified diver in the mid-90s. Joe quickly took to diving sunken wrecks off the Northeast U.S. coast. Shipwreck exploration is a way of life for Joe. He is president of Atlantic Wreck Salvage and operates the dive vessel Tenacious, which was specifically acquired and outfitted to accomplish several projects, including locating and exploring U-550 and other deep, uncharted wrecks in the North Atlantic. A criminal defense attorney by trade, Joe is also a U.S.C.G. licensed captain.

Steve Gatto

Joe Mazraani and Steve Gatto

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The Story of the HMS Culloden: Sunken Revolutionary War History on Long Island

The struggle for independence by the American colonies involved fighting on both land and sea. For SCUBA Divers, shipwreck explorers and maritime history buffs, a piece of Revolutionary War history lies just offshore in Fort Pond Bay, Montauk, Long Island. The often buried remains of the HMS Culloden tell the story of a British Warship that sank in a storm while attempting to stop a fleet of French vessels from providing assistance to the Colonialists. Journey back in time with Eco-Photo Explorers as they re-discover the joys of shore diving on Long Island while exploring this historical wreck site.

Presented by:
Michael Salvarezza and Christopher Weaver

Michael Salvarezza and Christopher Weaver have been diving the waters the world since 1978. They have presented their work in many multi-media slide presentations, including the Boston Sea Rovers, Beneath the Sea and Our World Underwater, and have been published in numerous magazines and journals worldwide.

Michael Salvarezza and Christopher Weaver

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U-1105: The Black Panther

U-1105 is a modified Type VII-C German submarine commissioned in the Kriegsmarine. Nicknamed “Black Panther”, U-1105 was one of only 13 submarines outfitted with an experimental rubber skin designed to evade Allied SONAR. During U-1105’s only war patrol, she torpedoed the British frigate HMS Redmill. U-1105 surrendered at the end of World War Two and was a sought after war prize for study of its unique rubber skin. After trials by the British Royal Navy, U-1105 was transferred to the US Navy which used U-1105 for explosive testing. A 250-pound depth charge sent U-1105 to the bottom of the Potomac River in 1949 for the sixth and final time. U-1105 remained lost to history until she was re-discovered in 1985. U-1105 is the most accessible U-boat off the US East Coast.

Presented by:
Erik Petkovic

Erik is an explorer, author, maritime historian, technical wreck diver, and shipwreck researcher who has over 20 years of diving experience. Erik has been featured in dive publications worldwide and is a regular contributor and columnist to several magazines. Erik is the author of the highly popular books Shipwrecks of Lake Erie Volume One, Lake Erie Technical Wreck Diving Guide, and the Shipwreck Monograph Series. Learn more about Erik at www.ErikPetkovic.com.

Erik Petkovic

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Wide Angle Exposure Workflow

Nauticam Ambassador and LinkedIn Learning educator Hergen Spalink breaks down the Wide Angle Exposure decision making process, providing an underwater workflow to help you get the right exposure in-camera. Good for all skill levels.

Presented by:
Hergen Spalink

Hergen Spalink is a Nauticam Ambassador who lives and works at the forefront of underwater imaging. Since 2010, Hergen and his partner Kerri Bingham have been leading exclusive underwater photography safaris and workshops in the world’s best dive destinations, where guests benefit from the couple’s deep passion for the underwater world and twelve years of experience managing dive businesses in Indonesia and the Caribbean. Hergen is also the co-author of the Underwater Photography Series, along with Photoshop guru Deke McClelland, at Lynda.com. Hergen is both a PADI-certified scuba diving instructor and an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom.

Hergen Spalink

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You Were Involved in A Diving Accident, What Happens Now?

If you have ever been involved in or witnessed a diving accident, it can be a traumatic experience. If you are a diving professional, you may wonder; Am I liable? What do I say? How will the investigation be conducted? Does my agency have my back?  A recreational diver might want to know if they have any liability if they were involved in the accident and what they can do to help the investigation. This presentation offers insight into the many facets of a dive accident investigation. Such as, the potential for multiple coinciding investigations by different agencies. The scary fact that not all investigators are trained to conduct a proper diving accident investigation. We will identify the most common investigative agencies and their agendas. We are going to examine how to determine whether investigators are using the commonly accepted methods during their investigation. For the dive professional, the presentation offers an insight into what potentially expect during the investigation process. For the recreational diver, ways to assist investigating officials will be discussed.

Presented by:
Ronald Weller

Ron is an Assistant State’s Attorney at the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney in Connecticut. He has been a prosecutor for over 25 years, handling everything from quadruple homicides to ticket scalping. He also is currently an adjunct Professor at Quinnipiac Law School teaching Criminal Procedure. Ron is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer at Scuba Shack and has assisted in training Public Safety dive teams. He has also provided training at the Connecticut Police Academy.

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Please note that participants scheduled to speak at any Sea Rovers Clinic event are subject to last minute travel and work emergencies that are inherent when working with state-of-the-art gear being used to push the boundaries of exploration and discovery. Participant list subject to change at last moment – please come back often for updates and additions to our exciting film festival line up.