Advisory Board

John Chatterton

Chatterton Close Up.jpg John Chatterton is a former commercial diver, turned deepwreck diver, who has challenged some of the world's most famous and dangerous shipwrecks including the Andrea Doria, the RMS Lusitania, HMHS Britannic, the German sub U-869, and even RMS Titanic. He is an experienced scuba, rebreather, and submersible diver. His diving adventures have been the subject of two bestselling books, Shadow Divers by Rob Kurson, and Titanic's Last Secrets by Brad Matsen. He hosted 57 hour-long episodes of the popular History Channel series, Deep Sea Detectives, and has even produced several award winning specials. Currently, John and his partners are using modern technology to locate colonial era shipwrecks in cooperation with the government of the Dominican Republic. John makes his home in Harpswell, Maine.

Cathy Church

CathyChurch.png Cathy Church (born in the U.S.) has been making photographs underwater since 1966. She pioneered many of the photo techniques used today (such as the need to compensate for apparent image aiming) and has written five books and hundreds of magazine articles. Her latest book My Underwater Photo Journey is a coffee-table book of her images with on-line photo lessons. She is considered the best underwater photo teacher in the world and has been inducted into The DEMA, the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, The Woman Divers and the International Scuba Diving Halls of Fame. She operates Cathy Church's Underwater Photo Centre and Gallery on Grand Cayman where she sells and rents cameras and teaches underwater photography with a shore dive or with her charter boat the M/Y Photo Journey. The Cathy Church Collection is available in many forms from refrigerator magnets to 30 x 40 framed prints, along with a series of limited edition black and white prints and her new Imagination collection.

Bob Evans

bobevans.jpg Bob Evans is Founder and President of Bob Evans Designs, Inc., the corporate entity behind Force Fin. He is a world class photographer, visionary, and noted inventor who has been awarded over 33 patents for his revolutionary fin designs. His Tan Delta Force Fin is part of the permanent collections of the New York Museum of Modern Art and along with his Extra Force Fin, is part of the collections of the Costume Institute of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bob has devoted his life to sharing the oceans. His company's mission statement reflects his vision to help people feel free as those who inhabit it. During the 1960's, he assisted the Meistrell brothers in building artificial reefs using old toilet bowls near the Redondo Beach submarine canyon. During the 1970's, he made over 850 dives documenting life below platforms in Santa Barbara Channel under contracts with Exxon, Shell Oil Company, Atlantic Richfield, Union Oil, Western Oil & Gas, and American Petroleum Institute. He was Chief Photographer of the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project's (SCCWRP) study of artificial reefs managed by Willard Bascom and John Isaacs of Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Atlantic Richfield Foundation funded Evans' productions for the Cabrillo Marine Museum. Santa Barbara's Sea Center opened with an exhibit of his photographic work. He was awarded an Honorary Masters of Science by the Trustees of his alma mater, Brooks Institute of Photography for extraordinary contributions to art, science and photography. He is the President of the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, who awarded him a NOGI in 2005.

Howard and Michele Hall

BMHall.jpgHoward and Michele Hall are perhaps best known for their underwater IMAX films, including the first underwater IMAX 3D feature, Into the Deep, in 1994.  Other IMAX feature projects in which the Halls have been involved include Island of the Sharks, Return to HubbleThe Living Sea, Coral Reef Adventure, and the IMAX 3D films Deep Sea 3D and Under the Sea 3D.  In addition to feature film-making, Howard and Michele have been involved in several natural history television programs which have garnered them seven Emmy Awards®.

Howard's career as an underwater natural history film producer, cinematographer, still photographer and writer began in the early 1970's.  He has been a roving editor for International Wildlife Magazine, a senior associate editor for Ocean Realm Magazine, and is on the panel of experts for Fathoms Magazine.  His photographs have been published internationally in hundreds of books and magazines including: Life, Natural History Magazine, National Geographic, GEO, Terre Sauvage, London Illustrated News, and BBC Wildlife.  Howard has authored several books including Sharks, Dolphins, The Kelp Forest, Successful Underwater Photography, and Secrets of the Ocean Realm.  Howard holds a BS degree in zoology from San Diego State University.  He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Michele Hall left a nineteen-year nursing career to join the family business in 1991.  She is an accomplished still photographer whose images have been published by National Geographic, Fathoms, National Wildlife, Ocean Realm, and many other magazines and books.  Michele has also worked as an assignment photographer for National Geographic.  Michele is a Registered Nurse and holds a B.S. degree in Health Sciences.  She is a member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Women Divers Hall of Fame.

Richie Kohler

Kohler-in_Tux.jpgRichie Kohler’s passion for technical scuba diving and maritime history has led him to explore some of the most challenging and dangerous shipwrecks in the world, including the Andrea Doria and HMHS Britannic. Searching for lost ships has led him to locate and help identify numerous lost vessels, including the U-215 a German mine laying submarine on the Georges Banks off Nova Scotia, USS Murphy a WWII destroyer, crushed and forgotten in the New York approaches, and the SS Peconic an 1800’s hurricane victim off the Georgia coast. But it would be the identification of a mystery WWII German U-Boat, the U-869 that would catapult his diving career into the world of television and documentary film making. Detailed in the NY Times best seller, Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson, this exciting story is slated to be a major motion picture by 20th Century Fox. Kohler, along with long time dive buddy John Chatterton, co-hosted the long running History Channel series, Deep Sea Detectives, and has worked on U/W film projects for Paramount Pictures, CBS, PBS, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel.