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Shipwrecks 2023 Details

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Shipwrecks 2023 Details

Who’s Speaking

Lineup for This Years Show

Cal KothradeCal's World

Cal Kothrade is an award winning underwater photographer and maritime artist, as well as a published dive travel writer, specializing in the shipwrecks of the Great Lakes. His
hauntingly beautiful photos have appeared in magazines, books, and on TV. Through his art, photos, and public presentations he introduces others to the wondrous submerged cultural resources of North America and the Great Lakes.
Cal is a board trustee of Wisconsin Marine Historical Society, as well as being active in various other societies, clubs and groups devoted to diving, underwater photography, and shipwrecks.
He is a life long resident of Wisconsin, who has recently relocated to South Carolina. His art and photos are available for purchase and licensing at his website: www.calsworld.net

Cal KothradeCal's World

Cal Kothrade is an award winning underwater photographer and maritime artist, as well as a published dive travel writer, specializing in the shipwrecks of the Great Lakes. His
hauntingly beautiful photos have appeared in magazines, books, and on TV. Through his art, photos, and public presentations he introduces others to the wondrous submerged cultural resources of North America and the Great Lakes.
Cal is a board trustee of Wisconsin Marine Historical Society, as well as being active in various other societies, clubs and groups devoted to diving, underwater photography, and shipwrecks.
He is a life long resident of Wisconsin, who has recently relocated to South Carolina. His art and photos are available for purchase and licensing at his website: www.calsworld.net

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Chris FolseyModern Diver Channel

Chris Foisey is Canada's newly elected PADI AmbassaDiver and is a certified Instructor, technical diver and cave diver who for over 10 years has worked at Canada's oldest PADI facility Dan's Dive Shop. For 5 years in a row, he has received his PADI Elite Instructor award for actively creating and further developing divers. For the last 2 years Chris has been creating educational content under The Modern Diver Channel on social media with the mission to help educate and inspire Modern Divers. Collecting over 170,000 global social media followers he continues to push for high quality diver education as he leads the way both online and in his local community to further the sport of Scuba Diving.

Chris FolseyModern Diver Channel

Chris Foisey is Canada's newly elected PADI AmbassaDiver and is a certified Instructor, technical diver and cave diver who for over 10 years has worked at Canada's oldest PADI facility Dan's Dive Shop. For 5 years in a row, he has received his PADI Elite Instructor award for actively creating and further developing divers. For the last 2 years Chris has been creating educational content under The Modern Diver Channel on social media with the mission to help educate and inspire Modern Divers. Collecting over 170,000 global social media followers he continues to push for high quality diver education as he leads the way both online and in his local community to further the sport of Scuba Diving.

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Cris Kohl and Joan ForsbergSeawolf Communications

Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg, well-known maritime historians, scuba divers, authors, lecturers, photographers, and videographers,
are a husband-and-wife team who love to explore shipwrecks, particularly those in the Great Lakes.
They both have university degrees in History, and underwater archaeology certifications from Great Britain's Nautical Archaeological Society (NAS).
Cris, a prize-winning underwater photographer, is a past board member of the Ontario Underwater Council. In 2008, he received the Lifetime Achievement
Award from "Our World -- Underwater," and in 2013, the Save Ontario Shipwrecks Marine Heritage Award.
Joan was a three-term President of the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago, and was inducted into the international Women Divers Hall of Fame
(WDHOF) in 2010, for which she became a three-term Chairman of the Board and continues to work on various committees.
The authors of 17 books and the producers of 16 documentaries and five shipwreck maps, they have been interviewed many times about shipwrecks on
radio and on television venues such as the History Channel, the Discovery Channel (including its "Expedition Unknown" series), CBC, CTV, CBS, and PBS.

Cris Kohl and Joan ForsbergSeawolf Communications

Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg, well-known maritime historians, scuba divers, authors, lecturers, photographers, and videographers,
are a husband-and-wife team who love to explore shipwrecks, particularly those in the Great Lakes.
They both have university degrees in History, and underwater archaeology certifications from Great Britain's Nautical Archaeological Society (NAS).
Cris, a prize-winning underwater photographer, is a past board member of the Ontario Underwater Council. In 2008, he received the Lifetime Achievement
Award from "Our World -- Underwater," and in 2013, the Save Ontario Shipwrecks Marine Heritage Award.
Joan was a three-term President of the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago, and was inducted into the international Women Divers Hall of Fame
(WDHOF) in 2010, for which she became a three-term Chairman of the Board and continues to work on various committees.
The authors of 17 books and the producers of 16 documentaries and five shipwreck maps, they have been interviewed many times about shipwrecks on
radio and on television venues such as the History Channel, the Discovery Channel (including its "Expedition Unknown" series), CBC, CTV, CBS, and PBS.

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David TrotterUndersea Research Assooiates

David Trotter has been involved in Great Lakes shipwreck searching, diving, exploration, and documenting new discoveries for 35+ Years.

In solving “History’s Mysteries” he has made significant contributions to the history of our Great Lakes and provided new exploration opportunities for sport and technical divers to enjoy.

His Discoveries have been featured on the Discovery Channel, PBS, NBC, and in The New York Times, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, “Wreck Diver”, “Immersed”, “Canadian Diver” and “Lakeland Boating”.

David’s articles on Great Lakes shipwrecks have been published in historical journals and national scuba diving publications.

He has searched and discovered shipwrecks in all the Great Lakes (except Lake Ontario). In a unique odyssey, the 15 years of dedicated effort to discover the largest schooner built in Canada (the 250’ Minnedosa) has now resulted in surveying over 2,000 square miles of Lake Huron. This has been a one of a kind adventure with 90 new sites found; including Airplanes, the steamer Daniel J Morrell, the steamer W. C. Franz, the Schooner Marion Egan, the Hydrus and the steamer Goliath (naming just a few of the discoveries). The Goliath was designed by John Ericsson in 1846, fifteen years before he designed the ironclad “Monitor” of American Civil War fame.

David believes the Great Lakes are “Our Treasure” to be enjoyed by all who love our “Inland Seas” and our maritime history. It is the shipwreck hunter discovering and the diver exploring a shipwreck (in 20’ or 300’ of Water) that has that unique experience of traveling back into time.

Our World Underwater (Chicago) honored David’s contribution to diving and Great Lakes maritime history by presenting him with the special 2010 OWU Achievement Award. In 2016, the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History (AGLMH) honored David with the prestigious C. Patrick Labadie Award For Historic Preservation.

Web Site: www.shipwreck1.com

David TrotterUndersea Research Assooiates

David Trotter has been involved in Great Lakes shipwreck searching, diving, exploration, and documenting new discoveries for 35+ Years.

In solving “History’s Mysteries” he has made significant contributions to the history of our Great Lakes and provided new exploration opportunities for sport and technical divers to enjoy.

His Discoveries have been featured on the Discovery Channel, PBS, NBC, and in The New York Times, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, “Wreck Diver”, “Immersed”, “Canadian Diver” and “Lakeland Boating”.

David’s articles on Great Lakes shipwrecks have been published in historical journals and national scuba diving publications.

He has searched and discovered shipwrecks in all the Great Lakes (except Lake Ontario). In a unique odyssey, the 15 years of dedicated effort to discover the largest schooner built in Canada (the 250’ Minnedosa) has now resulted in surveying over 2,000 square miles of Lake Huron. This has been a one of a kind adventure with 90 new sites found; including Airplanes, the steamer Daniel J Morrell, the steamer W. C. Franz, the Schooner Marion Egan, the Hydrus and the steamer Goliath (naming just a few of the discoveries). The Goliath was designed by John Ericsson in 1846, fifteen years before he designed the ironclad “Monitor” of American Civil War fame.

David believes the Great Lakes are “Our Treasure” to be enjoyed by all who love our “Inland Seas” and our maritime history. It is the shipwreck hunter discovering and the diver exploring a shipwreck (in 20’ or 300’ of Water) that has that unique experience of traveling back into time.

Our World Underwater (Chicago) honored David’s contribution to diving and Great Lakes maritime history by presenting him with the special 2010 OWU Achievement Award. In 2016, the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History (AGLMH) honored David with the prestigious C. Patrick Labadie Award For Historic Preservation.

Web Site: www.shipwreck1.com

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Jill HeinerthRoyal Canadian Geographical Society

JILL HEINERTH is an underwater explorer, writer, photographer, speaker, and filmmaker. A pioneer of technical rebreather diving, she has led expeditions into icebergs in Antarctica, volcanic lava tubes, and submerged caves worldwide. Jill is the first Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Her memoir, INTO THE PLANET, has been lauded by the Wall Street Journal, Oprah Magazine, and the New York Times. Her children’s book THE AQUANAUT is a Blue Ribbon Selection for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Jill is a Fellow of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, Underwater Academy of Arts and Sciences, Women Divers Hall of Fame and the Explorers Club, which awarded her with the William Beebe Award and Stefannson Medal for her lifetime work in exploration.

Jill HeinerthRoyal Canadian Geographical Society

JILL HEINERTH is an underwater explorer, writer, photographer, speaker, and filmmaker. A pioneer of technical rebreather diving, she has led expeditions into icebergs in Antarctica, volcanic lava tubes, and submerged caves worldwide. Jill is the first Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Her memoir, INTO THE PLANET, has been lauded by the Wall Street Journal, Oprah Magazine, and the New York Times. Her children’s book THE AQUANAUT is a Blue Ribbon Selection for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Jill is a Fellow of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, Underwater Academy of Arts and Sciences, Women Divers Hall of Fame and the Explorers Club, which awarded her with the William Beebe Award and Stefannson Medal for her lifetime work in exploration.

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Jim and Pat StayerOut of the Blue Productions

The Stayers, Explorer Club Fellows and Boston Sea Rovers Associate Members, are well-known underwater filmmakers dedicated to sharing shipwrecks, animal behavior, and remote dive destinations around the world. Jim & Pat have discovered several shipwrecks, co-authored 3 books, produced hundreds of multimedia presentations, and their footage has appeared on numerous major networks worldwide. They have directed several evening film festivals and are popular presenters across North America. Pat is in the Women Divers Hall of Fame and Jim is a USCG Captain. Together they have led an amazing life of adventure.

Jim and Pat StayerOut of the Blue Productions

The Stayers, Explorer Club Fellows and Boston Sea Rovers Associate Members, are well-known underwater filmmakers dedicated to sharing shipwrecks, animal behavior, and remote dive destinations around the world. Jim & Pat have discovered several shipwrecks, co-authored 3 books, produced hundreds of multimedia presentations, and their footage has appeared on numerous major networks worldwide. They have directed several evening film festivals and are popular presenters across North America. Pat is in the Women Divers Hall of Fame and Jim is a USCG Captain. Together they have led an amazing life of adventure.

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Kayla MartinSave Ontario Shipwrecks

Kayla Martin is a fourth-year student of Water Science and Environmental Health (BSc) at Wilfred Laurier University. She launched her diving career at thirteen years of age and has logged hundreds of dives exploring historic shipwrecks and beautiful coral reefs.
Kayla is active in Great Lakes conservation and education efforts. She studies invasive species and ways to prevent and control populations from entering water bodies, particularly inland lakes and rivers. Her interests lie in examining our interactions with water, the environmental impacts of water use, and ways to achieve sustainability for future generations.
With her love of diving and all things water-related, Kayla aims to inspire the next generation of divers. She presents at diving conferences across North America, including the prestigious Our World Underwater film show in Chicago and the Niagara Diver’s Association Shipwrecks Show. She is a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community and has organized and participated in “Women’s Day of Diving” activities, encouraging women of all ages and abilities to discover the underwater world. Kayla is an ambassador for several Canadian marine conservation organizations. She promotes preserving historic shipwrecks and low-impact diving with Save Our Shipwrecks (SOS) and documents submerged historical sites with the Ontario Marine Heritage Committee. She serves as the Membership Director with the Niagara Divers Association.

Kayla MartinSave Ontario Shipwrecks

Kayla Martin is a fourth-year student of Water Science and Environmental Health (BSc) at Wilfred Laurier University. She launched her diving career at thirteen years of age and has logged hundreds of dives exploring historic shipwrecks and beautiful coral reefs.
Kayla is active in Great Lakes conservation and education efforts. She studies invasive species and ways to prevent and control populations from entering water bodies, particularly inland lakes and rivers. Her interests lie in examining our interactions with water, the environmental impacts of water use, and ways to achieve sustainability for future generations.
With her love of diving and all things water-related, Kayla aims to inspire the next generation of divers. She presents at diving conferences across North America, including the prestigious Our World Underwater film show in Chicago and the Niagara Diver’s Association Shipwrecks Show. She is a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community and has organized and participated in “Women’s Day of Diving” activities, encouraging women of all ages and abilities to discover the underwater world. Kayla is an ambassador for several Canadian marine conservation organizations. She promotes preserving historic shipwrecks and low-impact diving with Save Our Shipwrecks (SOS) and documents submerged historical sites with the Ontario Marine Heritage Committee. She serves as the Membership Director with the Niagara Divers Association.

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Ric MixterLake Fury

Millions of television viewers recognize Ric Mixter as a shipwreck researcher, diving over 100 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, including the Edmund Fitzgerald. He has produced over 30 programs for PBS and the Outdoor Channel, and appeared as a shipwreck expert on the History and Discovery Channels. In 2019, Ric joined Detroit Public Television to produce on-line content as a multimedia producer for their series “Great Lakes Now”.

Ric served as SCUBA cameraman on underwater expeditions to the Great Lakes largest shipwrecks, the Edmund Fitzgerald and Carl D. Bradley. He has interviewed dozens of shipwreck survivors over the past 15 years, including two from the 1913 Storm, two from the 1940 Armistice Day Storm and survivors from the largest shipwrecks in lakes Michigan, Huron and Erie. He’s been Emmy nominated and has taken several awards including the Addy, Aurora, Michigan Association of Broadcasters Best Use of Medium, AP, UPI and was the 2007 Vescio award winner for a video on mental health advocacy. With over 20 years of stories on historical preservation, Ric was awarded the 2009 Award for Historic Interpretation by the Association for Great Lakes Maritime Historians. In 2011 he was elected to their board of directors, terming out after six years.. Ric was also a two-term president for the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association and a board member of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society.

Mixter is a private pilot- flying not only single engine planes, but also has flight time in several military jets. These include the US Air Force’s Thunderbird F-16 Falcon, and over 100 hours of camera work in the B-52 Stratofortress. He’s flown in the Goodyear Blimp and countless biplanes and aerobatic aircraft and has also jumped several times from over 12,000 feet as a skydiver. Ric also adept to filming in helicopters, from flying over the jungles of Honduras with the Army, to being lowered in a rescue basket into Lake Huron by the Coast Guard.

With over three million views on his YouTube videos, countless views on museum videos in four states, cover stories in magazines like Michigan History, and hundreds of downloads of his unique interview-based podcasts, Ric Mixter consistently delivers standing room only crowds for his repeat presentations all over the Great Lakes. He says his proudest productions are his three kids; Jamie, Corey and Alex. Ric and his wife Sheila live in Oakland County, MI.

Ric MixterLake Fury

Millions of television viewers recognize Ric Mixter as a shipwreck researcher, diving over 100 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, including the Edmund Fitzgerald. He has produced over 30 programs for PBS and the Outdoor Channel, and appeared as a shipwreck expert on the History and Discovery Channels. In 2019, Ric joined Detroit Public Television to produce on-line content as a multimedia producer for their series “Great Lakes Now”.

Ric served as SCUBA cameraman on underwater expeditions to the Great Lakes largest shipwrecks, the Edmund Fitzgerald and Carl D. Bradley. He has interviewed dozens of shipwreck survivors over the past 15 years, including two from the 1913 Storm, two from the 1940 Armistice Day Storm and survivors from the largest shipwrecks in lakes Michigan, Huron and Erie. He’s been Emmy nominated and has taken several awards including the Addy, Aurora, Michigan Association of Broadcasters Best Use of Medium, AP, UPI and was the 2007 Vescio award winner for a video on mental health advocacy. With over 20 years of stories on historical preservation, Ric was awarded the 2009 Award for Historic Interpretation by the Association for Great Lakes Maritime Historians. In 2011 he was elected to their board of directors, terming out after six years.. Ric was also a two-term president for the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association and a board member of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society.

Mixter is a private pilot- flying not only single engine planes, but also has flight time in several military jets. These include the US Air Force’s Thunderbird F-16 Falcon, and over 100 hours of camera work in the B-52 Stratofortress. He’s flown in the Goodyear Blimp and countless biplanes and aerobatic aircraft and has also jumped several times from over 12,000 feet as a skydiver. Ric also adept to filming in helicopters, from flying over the jungles of Honduras with the Army, to being lowered in a rescue basket into Lake Huron by the Coast Guard.

With over three million views on his YouTube videos, countless views on museum videos in four states, cover stories in magazines like Michigan History, and hundreds of downloads of his unique interview-based podcasts, Ric Mixter consistently delivers standing room only crowds for his repeat presentations all over the Great Lakes. He says his proudest productions are his three kids; Jamie, Corey and Alex. Ric and his wife Sheila live in Oakland County, MI.

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Roger RothUnderwater Video Productions

Roger Roth is a former science teacher and has been diving and filming underwater since 1988. He's earned nine international first-place awards for underwater video production and has authored dozens of educational videos for schools and educational outreach programs around the world. He has also authored dozens of promotional videos for scuba diving destinations around the world. A partial client list for Roger includes the Discovery Channel, the U.S. Navy, the Nature Conservancy, Aggressor Fleet, LTD., Jean-Michel Cousteau and the Ocean Futures Foundation.

Roger Roth was also the Founder and Director of the international, non-profit Underwater Images Photo/Video Competition and since its inception in 1998, he had taken in and donated over $90,000 to marine conservation and scholarship purposes.

Roger RothUnderwater Video Productions

Roger Roth is a former science teacher and has been diving and filming underwater since 1988. He's earned nine international first-place awards for underwater video production and has authored dozens of educational videos for schools and educational outreach programs around the world. He has also authored dozens of promotional videos for scuba diving destinations around the world. A partial client list for Roger includes the Discovery Channel, the U.S. Navy, the Nature Conservancy, Aggressor Fleet, LTD., Jean-Michel Cousteau and the Ocean Futures Foundation.

Roger Roth was also the Founder and Director of the international, non-profit Underwater Images Photo/Video Competition and since its inception in 1998, he had taken in and donated over $90,000 to marine conservation and scholarship purposes.

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Established in 1974 by Dan Mandziuk, Dan’s Dive Shop has shared the adventure of scuba diving in Niagara, Ontario for over forty five years. We are Canada’s innovator of higher level progressive scuba diving education in Recreational, Cave & Technical Scuba Diving instruction and a purveyor of the highest quality scuba diving equipment in recreational, cave and technical diving.
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Since 2002 they've grown AquaSub from a small dive shop into a successful PADI 5 star Instructor Development facility. Along the way they've met lots of wonderful people and introduced more than 12,000 people to the exciting world of scuba.

In July of 2018, Jessica retired from the shop and Tyler joined as Norbert's new partner. Jessica will continue to teach a variety of scuba training courses with AquaSub but will be spending her well earned time off sailing.

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