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Mandy-Rae Krack – World Record Freediver, Stunt Woman and Speaker

Mandy-Rae Krack was born in 1974, and took to the water right away.  At the age of 9 she was a competitive synchronized swimmer. At the age of 15, she became a certified Scuba diver. After high school she became a PADI Instructor and then ultimately a PADI Course Director.  In 2000 she was introduced to the sport of freediving and that same year competed and her women’s team placed 3rd in the world at an international competition.  The funny thing is she did all this growing up in Canada.

Mandy-Rae Krack has gone on to capture twelve National records and seven World records. She’s a six time member of Team Canada who has taken two first place finishes and three third place finishes in AIDA International competitions. In 2006 she and her husband and trainer, Kirk Krack, worked with Magician David Blaine on his ABC special Drowned Alive and then trained and assisted him with a World Record Oxygen Breath-hold live on the Oprah show.  

Mandy-Rae was also part of the Black Ops team that helped uncover the slaughter of dolphins in Japan for the 2010 Academy Award winning documentary The Cove.  Just wait till you hear her stories of records, competitions and adventures – you’ll see why she is such a legend and why she is so inspirational.

Items In This Podcast
  • Certified at age 15 in Alberta, Canada
  • Becoming a PADI Instructor helped her with public speaking
  • Managed dive center in Vancouver
  • Became one of first technical diving instructors in Canada
  • Tried freediving and became addicted to the sport
  • Co-founded Performance Freediving International
  • Part of Canadian National Women’s Freediving Team, their first year the team took 3rd place
  • Mandy’s Static Apnea World Record a 6:16 breath-hold!
  • Freediving with Humpback whales
  • Harrowing 90 meter record attempt
  • Promoting coral safe sunscreens
  • The perils of filming The Cove Academy Award-Winning Documentary
  • Favorite diving destinations: Vancouver Island
  • River Snorkeling with Salmon
  • Respect for Umberto Pelizari
  • Professional speaking with WWE, ComicCon, Canadian Oceans2020
  • Ambassador for Fast and Female
Resources

Mandy-Rae’s Website

Performance Freediving International

Fast and Female

Stream 2 Sea Coral Safe Sunscreen

The Cove

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Les Stroud – Survivorman Producer, Actor & Musician

Today we have a rather well-known guest, the Survivorman himself Les Stroud.  Now for some of you, this is a household name – a celebrity in fact – as youve watched his many TV episodes on the Discovery Channel.  But for those who don’t know of Les, he originated the entire genre of Survival TV by taking cameras and going to remote locations around the world filming himself surviving in these locations.  He’d document his experience and at the same time teach how to build shelters, start fires, gather indigenous foods, improvise weapons, fashion clothing, etc.  But this is not an Eagle Scout grown up with a camera, Les conceived each episode, researched, narrated, filmed, edited, and even produced the music for each episode. 

And we are talking over 70 Survivorman episodes in deserts, the arctic, the ocean, deserted islands, canyons, swamps, rainforests – the list goes on and on AND he’s demonstrating survival unique to each location.  I find this type of television extremely compelling, it is edutainment – education and entertainment together.  By the way, many others find it outstanding as well.  Survivorman is one of the highest rated shows in the history of OLN Canada, the Science Channel US and Discovery Channel US and remains the highest rated repeat show on the Discovery Channel.  Les has won numerous awards including Best Writer (twice) and Best Photographer from the Canadian Screen Awards, and he’s won the Executive Producers Award for Excellence at the Lewiston Film Festival.

But that’s not all, Les is a speaker and a New York Times bestselling author.  He has three books Survive! – Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere–Alive!, Will to Live, and Beyond Survivorman .  And he was nominated for Best Travel Writer at the Canadian National Magazine awards.

And if that’s not extraordinary enough, Les is also an accomplished musician.  Not only has Les written all the theme songs for his TV series and scored several independent films, but he’s recorded four CDs.  Les is also revered worldwide for his iconic harmonica playing.  Les’s songwriting style runs eclectic, from art-folk-roots rock to contemporary art rock.

Les is a proud member of the prestigious Explorers Club.  He contributes to dozens of charities and benefits, is an ambassador for Shelterbox, and is an advanced survival trainer for the Canadian Military Armed Forces, as well as he sits on the board of advisors for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Organization.

Items in This Podcast
  • Recorded on location at Captain Hiram’s Sebastian, Florida
  • Raised in Toronto Canada
  • Inspired by the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau and Tarzan
  • Became a survival instructor in his 20’s
  • Blended his talents in video, music and survival techniques to create Survivorman
  • Survivorman was the first of the “Survival Genre” of TV shows
  • How he created his unique camera work
  • What actually caused Les to get scuba certified
  • Season 2 “South Pacific” stranded at sea when scuba diving episode
  • Favorite diving locations
  • The importance of conservation
  • Tips for divers
  • Aggressor Trips with Les Stroud
  • His CDs his music his messages in his music
  • His take on creative pursuits and releasing energy into the world – this is awesome!
  • His upcoming Podcast
Resources

Les Stroud’s Webpage

Les Stroud’s YouTube Channel

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Cristina Zenato – Shark Professional, Cave Explorer and Conservationist

On today’s episode I chat with one of the most influential women underwater. Italian born Cristina Zenato traveled to the Bahamas to take a beginner diving class, and that’s where she fell in love with diving and with the Bahamas. Eventually Cristina became a dive pro and worked at the legendary Underwater Explorers Society, also known as UNEXSO. Her credentials include PADI Course Director, NSS-CDS Full Cave Instructor, and TDI Extended Range and Advanced Nitrox with Decompression Procedures Instructor. This helps her explore the many cave systems in the Bahamas – yes there are cave systems in the Bahamas! She even speaks five languages.

But what Cristina is most noted for is her expertise with handling Caribbean Reef Sharks on special shark dives in the Bahamas. She has a special way with sharks, a gift, whereby sharks are so comfortable with her they literally come lay in her lap. Due to this intimacy she has been able to study sharks and assist other researchers in studying shark behavior. And this closeness has even allowed her to remove fishing hooks from their jaws. No wonder Cristina has been inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame and the Explorers Club, as well as being a recipient of the Platinum Pro 5000 Award.

Items In This Podcast
  • Taking scuba classes on vacation in the Bahamas
  • Worked at a Bahamian resort just to scuba dive
  • 800 logged dives per year
  • From a love of diving to a love of protecting
  • UNEXSO’s “Uncle Ben” Rose
  • Bahamian cave and cavern systems
  • Bahamas National Trust 2020
  • Shark handling with Caribbean Reef Sharks
  • Why she is able to remove hooks from Caribbean Reef Sharks
  • Octopus giving birth
  • Favorite diving locations
  • Tips for divers
  • Speaking at DC Dive Show and Beneath The Sea
  • Her courses
  • New not-for-profit – People of The Water
Resources

10 Mistakes Divers Make and How to Prevent Them

UNEXSO

POWnonprofit.org

cristinazenato.com

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Dr. Guy Harvey – Artist, Scientist, Angler and Conservationist

In this podcast episode of The League of Extraordinary Divers I chat with Guy Harvey.  There is no other artist who is better known than Guy Harvey for underwater images. And, there is no other artist who has made greater contributions to ocean conservation than Guy Harvey.

Guy Harvey is an artist, scientist, angler, conservationist and extraordinary diver. Growing up in Jamaica, Guy spent many hours fishing and diving with his father along the Island’s south coast. He was obsessed with the creatures of the sea and began drawing pictures of the many different fish he observed. From his early inspirations, Guy’s natural gift to recreate marine life has propelled him from Professor of Marine Biology to a Wildlife Artist and Photographer.

In 1985, he depicted Ernest Hemingway’s famous fishing story “The Old Man & the Sea” through a series of 44 original pen and ink drawings and displayed them at an exhibition in Jamaica. Based on the positive response he received at the show, Guy began painting full time and by 1988 was providing custom artwork for use on a variety of products. Guy began to travel the world to gain more knowledge of the habits and activities of marine wildlife. He became an avid scuba diver and skilled underwater photographer. He pioneered a technique of diving and photographing free-swimming billfish. His personal observations made during these diving expeditions have better enabled him to capture the detail in his paintings that contributes to the popularity of his work.

Guy’s artwork can be found in art exhibits, stores, galleries, restaurants and at fishing tournaments. He makes appearances at store openings as well as public appearances for a variety of environmental causes. His passion for the beauty and wonder of the underwater world has driven Dr. Guy Harvey to be a leading conservationist and advocate for the protection of our environment. Guy dedicates much of his talent, time and resources to programs that protect our oceans, fish population and reef systems. The Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University and The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation have taken on a leadership role in providing the scientific information necessary to understand and protect the world’s fish resources and biodiversity from continued decline.

Items in this Podcast
  • Growing up in Jamaica
  • Fishing at an early age
  • Artistic ability at an early age
  • First scuba training BSAC in Montego Bay
  • Becoming a marine scientist Aberdeen University Scotland and Univ. of West Indies in Kingston Jamaica
  • Favorite diving locations
  • Talents of spearfishing translate to talents of an underwater photographer
  • Diving around the world inspired many works of art
  • Eastern Pacific versus Western Pacific in variety of fishes
  • How consumerism is changing fish stocks
  • Lionfish culling
  • Aggressor Liveaboard, Gardens of the Queen, Cuba
  • Billfish Conservation Act
  • Organized shark diving
  • Advice for divers
Resources

Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Mahmood Sivji Nova Southeastern University

IGFA International Game Fish Association

Nolan Godwin, young artist

ghritracking.org

GuyHarvey.com

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Brandi Mueller – Underwater Photographer and Author of The Airplane Graveyard

In this podcast I chat with Brandi Mueller.  Brandi began her diving career at the age of 15 as a foreign exchange student in New Zealand.  When she went to graduate school in Florida, she longed for the opportunity to travel the world and scuba dive.  Soon she discovered Action Quest and was required to become a diving instructor to get the job.  She did, and the rest is history.

Brandi taught and traveled the British Virgin Islands with Action Quest.  When her gig in the BVI ended, she was hired onto the Kona Aggressor Yacht.  There she learned underwater photography and honed her skills by learning from photo pro’s and guests.  When she returned to her graduate studies – this time in Hawaii – she worked for a dive center and led exotic dive trips through the store.  Eventually, Brandi landed a job captaining a ferry on a US Army base in Kwajalein Atoll.  There she documented an underwater graveyard of over 150 World War II US military aircraft.  As an Ikelite Ambassador and photo pro, Brandi used her photography skills and has just published her first book entitled The Airplane Graveyard: The Forgotten WWII Warbirds of Kwajalein Atoll.

Items in this Podcast
  • Learning to dive as a foreign exchange student
  • Becoming a scuba instructor in college
  • Instructing and traveling the world
  • Photo skills aboard Kona Aggressor
  • Favorite diving locations
  • The military history of Truk (Chuuk) Lagoon and Kwajalein Atoll
  • Solo diving with a Whale Shark
  • Advice for divers
Resources

Action Quest

Kona Aggressor

Ikelite Ambassador

The Airplane Graveyard: The Forgotten WWII Warbirds of Kwajalein Atoll

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Dick Rutkowski  – Father of Enriched Air Nitrox & Hyperbaric Medical Training

In this episode of The League of Extraordinary Divers I chat with Dick Rutkowski, legendary pioneer of Enriched Air Nitrox and Hyperbaric Medicine.

Dick is a pioneer in the field of hyperbaric medicine, diving medicine and breathing gases for the treatment of divers and clinical patients. He has taught over 8000 medical and diving professionals worldwide in his clinical and diving medical seminars through his company Hyperbarics International.

Dick joined the Navy in 1950, became a radio operator, and was assigned in both the polar regions of Antarctica and the Canadian northwest territories. He then went on to be with the Environmental Science Services Administration, which became NOAA the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he was part of the NOAA Experimental Diving Lab. In the 1980’s Dick “retired” to Key Largo, but there is nothing retired about him. He has continued to consult and teach diving and clinical hyperbaric medical programs, gases and other life-support systems for the undersea world. He still continues to do science, education, consulting and inventing to this day.

Dick has been the past president of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, and the co-founder of ANDI (American Nitrox Divers International) and IANTD (International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers). He also organized and founded diving safety organizations such as the Florida Underwater Council and the Society of Diving Safety.

He has won numerous awards including a NOAA Public Service Award, the Craig Hoffman Memorial/Charles W. Shilling Award by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, the Dr. Joe Bauer Memorial Award by the History of Diving Museum, the DEMA Reaching Out Award, the NAUI Hall of Honor Award and NAUI Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also been inducted into the DEMA Hall of Fame, the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, and as a Fellow Emeritus in the Explorers Club. Dick even has a glacier in the Antarctic named after him – the Rutkowski Glacier!

 

Items in this Podcast
  • US Navy Radio School
  • Antarctica in 1958 South Pole 90 South
  • Commercial diving school in 1965, Divers Training Academy
  • PADI, NAUI, YMCA instructor (oldest active PADI Instructor #536)
  • The Rutkowski Glacier
  • 50 steps around the world
  • First scuba dive in Pensacola
  • How Nitrox became used in recreational diving
  • How green and yellow became the colors for Nitrox
  • PADI chamber tour specialty
  • “Science always wins over BS”
Resources

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Stephan Whelan  – Founder of DeeperBlue.com

In this episode of The League of Extraordinary Divers I chat with Stephan Whelan, founder of DeeperBlue.com, diving industry maverick, and all around great guy.

As an eight year old child while on holiday in Canary Islands, Stephan tried scuba in a hotel pool.  That set his passion.  He went on to take BSAC training in high school and became an Assistant Instructor at the young age of 16 years old.  As a freshman at university he joined the campus scuba club and by his Sophmore year he was leading it.

While studying Business Computing at De Montfort University England, Stephan set up DeeperBlue.net in 1996.  He was writing stories in the early days of blogging.  Then he published others content and quickly became the “Worlds largest community dedicated to freediving, scuba diving, spearfishing and dive travel.”  One of biggest diving lifestyle websites in the world, DeeperBlue.com publishes 3 to 6 items daily.  They have over a quarter million visitors per month and over 200 contributors to the site.  And leading it all is Stephan “Papa Smurf” Whelan.

 

Items in this Podcast
  • An eight year old in a hotel pool
  • How DeeperBlue originated
  • What happens when a strong current meets split-fins
  • Hear his bucket-list of dive destinations
  • The mean, awful, terrible triggerfish
  • How freediving is opening up underwater exploration to teens and twenty-somethings
  • Tips for divers
Resources

(L to R) Bob Croft, Umberto Pelizzari & Stephan Whelan

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Jean-Marc Barr  – Actor, Producer, Director & Star of The Big Blue

In this episode of The League of Extraordinary Divers I chat with Jean-Marc Barr, legendary actor, producer, director and star of the epic motion picture The Big Blue.

Jean-Marc Barr was an aspiring young actor in his late 20’s when renown French director Luc Besson had him audition for and unique and physically demanding role as a French world record freediver. The movie was The Big Blue and it turned out to be a box office sensation. But more than that, it became a cult classic for ocean, dolphin and freediving enthusiasts worldwide.

The Big Blue is a movie that interprets the life of legendary French freediving pioneer Jacques Mayol. Although it parallels the competition of early freediving pioneers Jacques Mayol and Enzo Maiorca, the movie uses creative license to add some drama and change the characters into identifiable ones conjured up by director Luc Besson. In fact the characters are almost exact opposites of their real life counterparts.

In this episode, Jean-Marc Barr discusses the spiritual, physical and inspirational attributes that freediving gave him for his legendary role in The Big Blue.

 

Items in this Podcast
  • Meeting Luc Besson
  • Freediving Training for The Big Blue movie
  • First 70mm Film underwater camera
  • How the movie impacted Jacques Mayol
  • Jean-Marc Barr narrates Dolphin Man
  • How they filmed many of the underwater freediving scenes
  • “Under the Ice” Freedive scene
  • His near-death experiences
  • His naked dive to 40 meters
  • Why you should never smoke a joint prior to diving
  • Tahiti boat capsizing
  • Homo Delphinus book
  • Working with Dolphins
Resources

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John Chatterton  – Star of Shadow Divers, Legendary Wreck Diver, Host of Deep Sea Detectives

In this episode of The League of Extraordinary Divers I chat with John Chatterton, legendary wreck diver, star of Shadow Divers, and host of Deep Sea Detectives.  After time served in the military John had an epiphany one evening to become a commercial diver.  He went to commercial diving school and to get better at diving he joined up with a group of wreck divers in the northeast United States.  Quickly John became a natural at the proper planning and preparation necessary to explore and salvage the most dangerous wrecks in the U.S.

John’s passion has been in researching, locating, and diving shipwrecks.  His discovery and identification of the German submarine U-869 off the coast of New Jersey was the subject of a television documentary called Hitler’s Lost Sub. This same story was turned into a bestselling book by Rob Kurson, Shadow Divers.  Chatterton and his longtime friend John Mattera, are the subjects of another Rob Kurson book, Pirate Hunters, recently published by Random House.  The book tells the story of their search for a 17th Century pirate wreck in the Dominican Republic, where John spent several years. Recently, Universal Studios has contracted film rights to both Shadow Divers and Pirate Hunters.

John was one of the co-hosts for 57 episodes of the History Channel’s Deep Sea Detectives television series, and has worked as a consultant to 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, and CBS.  He was also a member of the first technical diving expedition to Ireland and the legendary wreck of the RMS Lusitania in 1994.  A few years later, at a depth of 400 feet, he was the first diver to use rebreather diving technology on the wreck of HMHS Britannic. Chatterton has also managed to make over 160 dives to the well known wreck of the Andrea Doria, south of Nantucket Island in the North Atlantic.

For literally hundreds of years searchers have tried to unravel the secrets of the mysteries surrounding Oak Island, in Nova Scotia. In 2015, John was contacted to dive to the bottom of the difficult and dangerous 10X Shaft on Oak Island, for the History Channel program, Curse of Oak Island. In 2016, he returned to Oak Island, this time to dive Borehole C-1.  Chatterton lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where he also trains technical divers.

 

Items in this Podcast
  • Learning to scuba dive as a kid
  • Divers Academy Eastern Seaboard Commercial Diving School
  • New Jersey wreck divers
  • Bill Nagle and The Seeker boat
  • The wreck of the Andrea Doria
  • Oak Island mine shaft
  • John’s approach to dive preparation
  • Wreck diving vs. cave diving
  • Researching of shipwrecks
  • About author Rob Kurson
  • Why individuals are part of environmental issues
  • The role of CO2 in narcosis
  • Shadow Divers becoming a motion picture film
Resources

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Al Hornsby  – Author, Photographer, Conservationist

In this episode of The League of Extraordinary Divers I chat with Al Hornsby author, underwater photographer & conservationist. Growing up as a military kid, Al learned to dive on an Air Force base in Guam.  In college Al knew he wanted to be in the diving industry so he traded his speargun for a camera.  With his friend in tow, Al did underwater photo journalism during a summer break.  That lead to an opportunity in a film shoot for The Joy of Diving.

Soon thereafter, Al began his career with PADI.  He was instrumental in the development of new training programs, especially instructor development.  He was also instrumental in developing industry standards with the RSTC.  Al left PADI for a brief period of time to be the editor of Skin Diver magazine – one of the largest and most popular magazines of the time.  Today, Al is one of the longest-standing employees at PADI.

An interesting note about this episode.  It was recorded at the 2017 DEMA Show in Orlando, Florida where Al was honored with the DEMA Reaching Out Award – one of the premiere awards in the diving industry.  Al has also just launched an amazing book Face to Face: Up Close with Mother Nature.

Face to Face: Up Close with Mother Nature by Al Hornsby

Items in this Podcast
  • Beyond The Standard Video Series for Dive Professionals (to subscribe text to 44222 and type GOBEYOND in the message)
  • DEMA Reaching Out Award
  • Cherokee Indian upbringings shaped his view of nature
  • Learning to dive in Guam
  • Inspired by The Silent World
  • Traded his speargun for an underwater camera
  • Began photo journalism over a summer break in college
  • Al received a break in modeling/acting when invited to be in The Joy of Diving
  • Began working at PADI in 1978
  • Al assisted in created the first PADI Course Director program
  • PADI’s early training programs
  • Micronesia
  • Dive platforms can be hazardous
  • The inspiration for his book Face to Face: Up Close with Mother Nature
  • Tips for underwater photography
  • Passion for marine conservation
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