Contributors to The Scuba News South East Asia

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


My name is Kim Ann Molenaar, I am twenty-five years old and a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer living and working in Indonesia. The underwater world has always been a massive part of my life. At the age of three my parents taught me how to snorkel in the Maldives with baby sharks and that is where my passion was ignited. I have never known a fear of the ocean and I never will, the only fears that now I possess are for the ocean and its inhabitants. As a scuba diving instructor I have devoted my life to training environmentally friendly divers who will act as ambassadors for the marine environment by demonstrating knowledge of its inhabitants and protecting the fragile coral reef systems from further damage. I believe that as divers we are responsible for educating the world about the importance of conservation for the marine environment.6 Articles


I was a water baby. At 6 weeks old my mum took me to the local swimming pool, blew in my face and dunked me straight under. By the age of 3 I was telling my swimming teacher I didn't want to wear armbands and at 13 I was doing my first open water SCUBA dive. After completing my degree in Human Geography I decided if I was going to make a positive impact on this planet I needed to submerge myself in it. I become a SCUBA Instructor in beautiful Dahab and this became my home. When the plane crashed over the Sinai during October 2015 diving work started to subside and a friend suggested I started That Fish Blog to document my love of the ocean and underwater photography. This led to me working in schools, running workshops which educate children about our underwater world and marine conservation. And so it began. I managed to find a way to combine my love of the ocean with my dreams of making a positive impact. Now based in the UK as manager of a dive centre I continue to live by my passions, publishing articles to raise awareness for our oceans and promoting marine education. My impact is only small, at the time of writing this I have shared my passion with roughly 200 customers, educated around 160 kids, forced 39 friends to become followers of my blog and persuaded 2 parents and my brother to stop eating tuna. But I believe ‘in a gentle way, you can shake the world’ (Mahatma Gandhi) ...so I may as well try.2 Articles


Klaus M. Stiefel is a fish biologist, popular science writer, underwater photographer and scuba instructor. Growing up in Vienna, Austria, he is now based in the Philippines. His main interest among the fish fauna of the coral triangle are the many gobies.2 Articles


I'm Jo. I love to travel and share my experiences. I'm a keen wildlife photographer both above and below water, a qualified scuba diver and a lover of the outdoors.2 Articles


Simon Pridmore lives in the deep south of Bali among the fascinating contradictions that make up modern-day Indonesia. He has spent the last 20 years at the sharp end of the scuba diving scene in Asia, pioneering mixed-gas deep diving, running an instructor training agency, organizing expeditions, developing dive equipment and writing for divers and travelers.2 Articles


Cristian was born in 1976 Reggio Emilia and lives with his wife Alessia near Portofino. Cristian and Alessia are Italian professional photographers and specialize in wedding and advertising photography. They work for Seac Sub, Scubapro, Mares, Veleria San Giorgio and some 4 star hotels in the Italian Riviera. Cristian started to shoot underwater photography seriously at age of 13 and has never stopped since. In 2011, Cristian and Alessia made aa underwater photography manual for an Italian editor “La Fotografia Subacquea in Digitale”. Cristian collaborates with Scubaportal, Scubazone and Scubashooters.2 Articles


Becoming a Dive Master fourteen days before my fiftieth birthday and following my passion for the ocean, I am living my dream of owning a phinisi liveaboard in Indonesia. A phinisi is a traditional Indonesian two-masted sailing vessel whose design is said to have been copied from the Dutch pinnace vessels which were used in the area by the Dutch East Indies Company around 1600. Phinisis are still being built to this day by the Konjos tribesmen on the beaches of South Sulawesi. So it was on 15th February 2012 and following 400 years of tradition; The Carpe Diem Phinisi began to become the beautiful vessel that you see today. Join me as my vessel becomes operational in 2017 and we go on the adventure of a lifetime.1 Articles


I was born in Milano and grew up enjoying the beautiful countryside and beaches of Tuscany. My deep enchantment with the sea started then and I soon became a sailing instructor and learnt to scuba dive. After working in African and South-American countries in International Cooperation for Development, I took a career break to complete a degree in marine science and became a PADI and CMAS scuba diving instructor. Living in Borneo, I now teach scuba diving and share my knowledge of marine ecology and conservation. My aim is to spread environmental awareness to help others care for the environment more.1 Articles


Goni Boller is a scuba instructor, underwater photographer, biologist and travel writer at morefundiving.com. Her solo travels bring her to the best dive sites around the world. So far she traveled through and dived in over 70 destinations in Latin America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, Australia, Egypt and more.1 Articles


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