One of the world's most accomplished and well known wreck divers, John Chatterton was one of the co-hosts for the History Channel's Deep Sea Detectives. Prior to his career in television, John spent twenty years working as a commercial diver in and around New York City, and was actually working on a project in the waters underneath the World Financial Center, across the street from the Tower #1, on September 11, 2001.
Researching,locating, and diving the world's shipwrecks has been John's passion. The discovery and six year quest to identify the German submarine U-869, off the coast of New Jersey, has been the subject of several television documentaries including a two hour special for the popular NOVA series on PBS. This same story became the subject of a Random House bestseller by Rob Kurson, Shadow Divers.
In August of 2005, John and his partners put together an expedition to the most famous shipwreck in the world, Titanic. Diving to a depth of 12,500 feet in the MIR submersibles from the Russian Research Ship Keldysh, they made discoveries about the wreck that were featured in two History Channel specials and a book. Author Brad Matsen brought the story to bookshelves with his bestseller, Titanic's Last Secrets.
Currently John and his partners are working in an ongoing relationship with the government of the Dominican Republic in a multi faceted commercial project that involves locating, surveying and identifying colonial era shipwreck sites in the waters around the island of Hispañola.
Cody's First Step Foundation
Since being paralyzed in the 6th grade by a spinal cord inflammation, Transverse Myelitis (TM), Cody has raced nonstop to raise awareness and find a cure. As the daughter of Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr., she dreams of walking on the racetrack one day. When she was just 14, she and her mother, Shelley, formed the Cody Unser First Step Foundation, which is dedicated to providing quality–of–life programs for those suffering from paralysis. These programs include a TM research consortium spearheaded by Johns Hopkins Hospital; Cody's Great Scuba Adventure, created to share her new found freedom for all disabilities; and "Operation Deep Down", a military diving program that introduces wounded veterans to scuba as a way to rehabilitate through recreation. Cody is a political activist who has testified before Congress and lobbied nationwide for stem cell research, following in the foot steps of her friend, late actor Christopher Reeve.
SUDS (Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba)
Wounded Warrior, SUDS Diver
Like too many other service men and women, Matias Ferreira was injured while serving his country. Instead of letting the bilateral below-the-knee amputation break his spirit, he picked up his remaining pieces and turned himself into a walking, talking, sports-playing, scuba diving inspiration...all before his 25th birthday.
Today Matias volunteers his time to help fellow wounded warriors through SUDS (Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba), and inspires children facing similar problems though the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Kids Camp. He shows us all that anything is possible, and it is this, combined with his dedication to others, that makes Aqua Lung proud to have Matias Ferreira as an Ambassador.
Our World – Underwater Scholarship Society in North America
2014 North American Rolex Scholar of the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society
Michele Felberg, from Houston, Texas, always had an affinity for water. It was during her sophomore year; while earning a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and a minor in Economics at the University of Southern California, that she realized the magnitude of her passion and curiosity through her participation in two new Environmental Studies courses: Intro to Scientific Diving course where she earned her NAUI Open Water certification as well as the AAUS scientific diver certification & Integrated Ecosystem Management in Micronesia, where she intensively studied the marine ecology, biodiversity, and conservation management of Micronesia. Her eyes open to the complexity of the marine world she decided to pursue a concentration within the Environmental Studies department called "Oceans, Life, and People." Michele spent half of her junior year in New Zealand, where she studied marine science, conducted research on freshwater macroinvertebrate populations and stream health. As a senior she conducted a seagrass-monitoring project in Big Fisherman's Cove on Catalina Island, examining monthly fluctuations in seafloor coverage of a foundation species of seagrass, Zostera marina.
Supplementing her research diving, she earned her Rescue Diver and Training Assistant certifications during the fall of her senior year. During her last semester at USC, Michele was asked to serve as a Teaching Assistant (TA) for the two environmental studies courses. Earning her Divemaster certification she helped with the dive training of the new students. Immediately upon graduation, she returned to Micronesia as a TA for the USC summer research field course. At the end of the class she was offered a position as a Dive Guide/ Underwater Naturalist at one of the top dive centers in Palau. She had opportunities to assist visiting researchers with their projects and was instrumental in developing a lecture series to inform guests, from a scientific perspective, about the local fauna, flora, and reef ecology. In addition, living in Palau gave her a greater appreciation for the power of local communities tied to the oceans and a better understanding of the importance of incorporating local knowledge with scientific research.
One of Michele's long-range goals is to provide a legacy of relentless pursuit of the conservation and protection of the oceans by fostering within others a mindset that every individual can make a positive impact on marine conservation.
Explorer and Photographer
Explorer and storyteller, founder of the Wild Image Project, Fox uses his narrative to inspire the public to reconnect with the wilderness. Sometimes philosophical, sometimes poetic, his stories, his photos and his videos capture the viewers through all their senses, leaving them sifting through their memories and remembering their own moments when they felt connected.
He writes about conservation, exploration above & beneath the sea and about the complexity of Man's relationship with nature. You can find him on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+. He publishes his videos on Vimeo and YouTube. His photography portfolio is available on Behance. To learn more on the Wild Image Project, visit the above links or the website at wildimageproject.com