Contributors at The Scuba News Australia

Esther Jacobs is a shark conservationist, originally from Scotland, now living in South Africa working with sharks and other marine life. Esther works with Oceans Research (www.oceans-research.com), a marine research facility in Mossel Bay, South Africa and runs a shark conservation campaign called Keep Fin Alive (www.keepfinalive.com), which features a hand puppet shark called Fin, who is on a mission to be photographed with as many people as possible holding a sign that says “I hugged a shark and I liked it… Keep Fin Alive”. Fin has already been photographed with lots of celebrities and scientists. The ultimate goal of the campaign is to take a light-hearted approach to help change the common misconception of sharks and drive more attention to the problems of shark overfishing, finning, shark fishing tournaments, bycatch and longlining.6 Articles


Kathryn has lived in the UK, Egypt, South Africa and New Zealand and is a trained scuba diving instructor and Great White shark safari guide. She is the author of No Damage (December 2014), the Managing Editor of The Scuba News New Zealand, a freelance writer, public speaker and co-founder of the marine conservation cause Friends for Sharks (August 2014). In 2015 she organised and completed a 10-month global speaking tour in aid of shark conservation: 87 events, 8 countries, 7000 people. Learn more about Kathryn’s book, No Damage at: http://www.kathrynhodgsonauthor.com/books/no-damage/6 Articles


I first learned to dive in the Galapagos Islands in 2011 and was instantly hooked, both to diving and to the underwater world in general. I grew up in the Arizona desert, and studied Ecology there as well, and I now relish the opportunity to spend my time in the water. Diving has been my profession for the last 3 years; I guided and taught courses for 2 years in the Caribbean, and have recently switched gears to the ever-more diverse and vastly different Indo-Pacific. When I’m not giving people an inside look at life underwater, I love hiking, spicy food, karaoke, and good dad-jokes.4 Articles


Hi, I'm Robyn from Queensland Australia. I'm a PADI IDC Staff Instructor currently working and travelling around the world. I have worked full time in the industry since completing my IE in May 20133 Articles


I’m a real-life mermaid, writer, underwater photographer and videographer, swimming against terminal endometrial cancer one scuba dive at a time. According to everyone who knows me, I have a serious case of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Diving), having done over 600 scuba dives. According to my oncologist, I also have terminal recurrent endometrial cancer (you can read more about this in posts throughout this blog e.g. HERE). But as far as I know, everyone is going to die sometime (I just don’t have the luxury of denial). So we may as well all make the most out of the days we have rather than lament the ones we don’t, right? I live in Melbourne, Australia and usually dive on the Mornington Peninsula which makes me feel fully alive! I also love to dive in places like the Great Barrier Reef, Vanuatu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Indonesia and the Philippines whenever I get the chance.3 Articles


Lee has been in the marketing industry for the last 15 years and now specializes in teaching marketing techniques to people in the scuba diving industry. He is founder of Dive Media Solutions which, in addition to providing complete marketing, media, communications and IT solutions exclusively for the scuba diving industry, also produces The Scuba News. You can connect with Lee via Twitter by following @DiveMedia2 Articles


I've been for working several years as a marine biologist in the scientific research field, developing different research and environmental management projects. I cofounded "Ocean Eyes Group", which specialises in developing innovative underwater products and technologies, including a lightweight ROV: the ELEMENT ROV.1 Articles


Jo has always had an affinity for the ocean, despite growing up in Bathurst, country NSW, Australia. After snorkeling in the Galapagos she knew staying at the surface wouldn’t suffice, and so she completed her scuba-diving certificate. As a diver, she became aware of the oceans’ fragility and the challenges it faces. This led her to writing blogs and creating short videos and documentaries with conservation messaging. She has been inspired throughout her time as a dive instructor working in Indonesia, Mozambique and now on the Great Barrier Reef. She loves telling the Oceans’ stories to educate, raise awareness and inspire others to do their bit to save our oceans too. Bio photo credit: Morne Hardenberg.1 Articles


OZTek is a major international dive event highlighting the adventure and excitement of every aspect of diving. A show produced by divers for divers, OZTek represents a broad spread of diving interests - reflected by both the Speakers and Exhibitors. Hear world class explorers, scientists, training specialists & photographers tell their stories, and learn from their experiences. Discover all the latest gear, travel and training in the dive exhibition. Visit the Georges Cameras Photographic Centre for Imagery & take part in photographic technical workshops. Have fun and uncover exactly what’s possible in the world of diving.1 Articles


Dr. Wallace "J." Nichols, called “Keeper of the Sea" by GQ Magazine and “a visionary" by Outside Magazineis an innovative, silo-busting, entrepreneurial scientist, movement maker, renown marine biologist, voracious Earth and idea explorer, wild water advocate, bestselling author, sought after lecturer, and fun-loving Dad. He also likes turtles (a lot). His experiences as a field research scientist, government consultant, founder and director of numerous businesses and nonprofit organizations, teacher, mentor, parent, and advisor all support his quest to build a stronger and more diverse blue movement.1 Articles