Beneath The Sea Exposition
The Marine Careers Program is for high school juniors and seniors and college students interested in career opportunities in the marine world.
Speakers are successful professionals from a cross section of marine arts, sciences and exploration.
This is your opportunity to ask questions – “How did you wind up doing this for a living?”…"Do you make enough money doing this to support a family?”…
You will also have an opportunity to hear from people of your own age who have started on a marine career. You will learn how they got started, what scholarship opportunities they had, what internships they completed… Again, you get to ask them the questions.
Beneath The Sea, Inc., celebrating its 33nd anniversary is a not-for-profit, volunteer, membership organization, recognized internationally as a source of education about the marine ecology and environment. Its program of purpose is to stimulate interest and education in the aquatic environment - be it sport, scientific, medical, environmental, or crafts as vocation or avocation. The 2nd Annual Marine Careers Program is just one of the events scheduled at the three-day expo scheduled March 27, 28, and 29, 2009 at the Meadowlands Convention Center, Secaucus, New Jersey.
Should you wish further information, or just wish to add your name to the Marine Careers mailing list, please send your name, mailing address, and email address to: MarineCareers@BeneaththeSea.org.
BENEATH THE SEAS 2nd ANNUAL MARINE CAREERS PROGRAM
2008 Guest Speakers
Master of Ceremonies George Buckley
Leslie Leaney a diver since 1969,
was a diving officer for BSAC Special Branch in Singapore, a co-founder of the Historical Diving Society-U.S.A. and founder of Historical Diver Magazine. His articles on diving history are published world-wide. Leslie is a consultant on diving history and has lectured extensively on the subject. He is past president of the American Historical Diving Society, Editor of Historical Diving Magazine, a Director of the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, an honorary lifetime member of the Historical Diving Society and a Trustee and Advisory Board Member of Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Zale Parry, known as the damsel in distress in the TV series Sea Hunt, is a pioneer diver who helped run the first civilian hyperbaric chamber in California, set a womans depth record to 209 feet. An accomplished underwater photographer, Zale co-founded the International Underwater Film Festival and became the first elected woman president of the U/W Photographic Society. Zale has received numerous awards in the scuba industry and is the Lifetime Ambassador at Large for the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences.
R. T. (Phil) Nuytten, has spent his life in subsea exploration
as a working commercial diver and as a developer of underwater equipment and techniques. Amongst his accomplishments are: Deep Work 1000, the first North American thousand foot saturation dive; the "Deep Worker 2000" known as an "underwater sports car"; record-setting dives through ice-covered arctic waters; and the world-famous Newtsuit which is a thousand foot-rated hard suit that completely protects the wearer from outside pressure and eliminates the need for decompression while still maintaining mobility and dexterity a "submarine that you wear". In 2000, The Deep Workers successfully recovered the Space Shuttle booster rockets from the May flight to the U.S. Space Station. His goal has been to provide scientific, technical, military, and sport divers full access to continental shelf depths without the hazards of decompression, so that humans can explore, learn about and - ultimately - protect the worlds oceans
Wyland is noted for bridging the worlds of marine science and art.
In 1998 the United Nations proclaimed Wyland the official artist for the "International Year of the Ocean" and issued a commemorative stamp in his honor. He is an accomplished painter, sculptor, photographer, writer and SCUBA diver. He is a leader in marine resource conservation , creating an epic series of more than ninety-one life size marine life murals that spans twelve countries on four continents. He is actively engaged in teaching millions of students around our oceans, rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands. Listed in Whos Who in American Art, the Guinness Book of World Records, and many other national and international publications, the multi-faceted artist has even hosted several series for television, including "Wylands Ocean World on the Discovery Channels Animal Planet Network.
George Buckley has been a diver for nearly forty years, George has served as President and on the Board of Directors of the Boston Sea Rovers. He is Director of the Marine Ecology Project and a Board Member at the New England Aquarium and the Boston Biomedical Research Institute. George directs an Environmental Management program at Harvard University and has done extensive marine research in Bonaire.
Ryan Hunter Winner of the Jordan Viders 2008 Spirit of the Sea Award
Established in 2007 in celebration of Jordan Viders, son of Hillary and Richard Viders, after his untimely death, the Spirit of the Sea award and scholarship recognizes the forces driving young adults, thirty years and younger, who, like Jordan, are following a career path using electronics to illuminate and expand our underwater knowledge. The 2008 winner is Ryan Hunter of Boston University. Ryan is presently at the university studying for his degree in computer systems engineering and working as a research assistant in their Intelligent Mechatronics laboratory designing robotronic communication protocols, and devising robotic cooperation. In his recent past, Ryan has worked as a web developer for mTek, spent two years as a teaching assistant at Brown University in their summer robotics program, and, while at Brown University, assisted in the development of the curriculum for a specialized systems microcontroller.
Sue Drafahl, in partnership with her husband, Jack, are professional photojournalists, lecturers and multimedia producers. They have been published in several dive magazines and the National Wildlife Federation magazine. Actively involved in the digital transition since the early 80's, they are software and hardware Beta testers for companies like Adobe, Applied Science Fiction, Kodak, Corel and Ulead Systems. In addition to their monthly articles, Jack and Sue have written four books - Digital Imaging for the Underwater Photographer, Photo Salvage using Adobe Photoshop, Step-by-Step Basic Digital Photography, Advanced Digital Camera Techniques, and Plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop.
Captains Gary Mace & Carl Fizz Fismer, owners of the Spanish Main Treasure Company, recently finished a 6 episode television show, "Treasure Divers, for VOOM HD network airing on Dish Networks TreasureHD channel. Their adventures were highlighted on radio shows and in several publications, including Lost Treasure Magazine and Scuba Diving Magazine. Carl Fizz Fismer, an expert in shipwreck and artifact identification, has explored, salvaged and consulted on about 300 shipwrecks worldwide and recovered treasure from Spanish Galleon wrecks from years ranging 1580 to 1800. Gary Mace, a US Coast Guard Master Captain, PADI and SDI/TDI Master Dive Instructor, owns Conch Republic Divers in the Florida Keys, twice voted the Number 1 dive shop in the Keys by the readers of Scuba Diving magazine.
Lenny "Speargun" Speregen: is an Equipment Specialist and Safety Diver who became an instructor at the age of 22. Lenny attended Commercial Diving School and has worked in the recreational and commercial diving field. His list of clients includes the Diving Equipment Marketing Association, several local dive retailers, and several diving engineering houses in Connecticut. He is certified to work on nearly every brand of diving equipment currently on the market and has over 24,000 repairs completed to date. He is also a member of the Historical Diving Society and the Northeast Equipment Diving Group. Mr. Speregen has performed on television and in the movies as a stunt actor and safety diver. His list of credits include Miami Vice, Bette Midler's Artyfacts, Nickelodeons Pete-n-Pete, Against the Current, On the Hook, Hitch, Greta as well as numerous commercials. When he is not actually underwater, you can find him at the local shop talking and breathing diving, or customizing some new piece of equipment. Mr. Speregen is an Associate member of The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.
Jamie Brisbin has just been selected to be the 2008 North American Rolex Scholar. He is currently a graduate student at SUNY Stony Brook and he hopes that the OWUSS scholarship will allow him to work with leaders in hypberbarics, diving safety and technology, and underwater exploration.