2024 Shipwrecks

Shipwrecks 2024

SHIPWRECKS/2024 The Niagara Divers’ Association will present its 29th Annual Shipwrecks Symposium, “Shipwrecks/2024” on Saturday, April 13, 2024. This year we are excited to be back in person location at Centennial High School, 240 Thorold Road, Welland, Ontario. As in the past, we have plans for numerous multimedia presentations by both world renowned and local …

2024 Shipwrecks

Kayla Martin – Shipwrecks 2024

Kayla Martin represents the upcoming generation of shipwreck divers and since 2014 has shared her passion at conferences across North America. She promotes preserving historic shipwrecks and low-impact diving as the Heritage Ambassador for Save Ontario Shipwrecks and serves on the board of Ontario Marine Heritage Committee.She volunteers as a member of the Canadian Harvard …

2024 Shipwrecks

Yvonne Drebert and Zach Melnick – Shipwrecks 2024

Producer Yvonne Drebert and Director/Cinematographer Zach Melnick are the founders of Inspired Planet Productions. From their home on the beautiful Saugeen (Bruce) Peninsula in Ontario, Canada, the husband-and-wife team have created more than 40 hours of nature and history documentary spanning two decades, including the 2021 Canadian Screen Award nominated series, Striking Balance. Driven by …

2024 Shipwrecks

David Trotter – Shipwrecks 2024

David Trotter has been involved in Great Lakes shipwrecks………… searching, diving, exploration, and documenting new discoveries for 40+ years. The solving of “History’s Mysteries” has made significant contributions to the history of our Great Lakes and provided new exploration opportunities for sport and technical divers to enjoy. David has searched and discovered shipwrecks in all …

2024 Shipwrecks

Walter Lewis – Shipwrecks 2024

Walter Lewis took up diving in 1990 specifically to dive on the wreck of the CORNWALL. At Shipwrecks ‘95, he did a presentation on the wreck, which was subsequently the subject of The River Palace, co-authored with Rick Neilson and published by Dundurn Press in 2008. In the following year, he and Rick were awarded the S.O.S. Marine Heritage Award. In 2011 Walter was …

2023 Shipwrecks

Shipwrecks 2023

SHIPWRECKS/2023 The Niagara Divers’ Association will present its 29th Annual Shipwrecks Symposium, “Shipwrecks/2023” on Saturday, April 1, 2023. This year we are excited to be back in person location at Centennial High School, 240 Thorold Road, Welland, Ontario. As in the past, we have plans for numerous multimedia presentations by both world renowned and local …

2023 Shipwrecks

Jill Heinerth – Shipwrecks 2023

Jill Heinerth, Explorer-in-Residence, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society More people have walked on the moon than visited many of the places Jill Heinerth has explored on Earth. From the most dangerous technical dives deep inside underwater caves to searching for never-before-seen ecosystems inside giant Antarctic icebergs, Heinerth’s curiosity and passion for our watery planet is …

2023 Shipwrecks

Jim and Pat Stayer – Shipwrecks 2023

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 …

2022 Shipwrecks

Shipwrecks 2022

SHIPWRECKS/2022 The Niagara Divers’ Association will present its 28th Annual Shipwrecks Symposium, “Shipwrecks/2022” on Friday April 15 and Saturday, April 16, 2022. This year in response to Covid-19 we will be holding a Streaming event instead of our usual in person location at Centennial High School, 240 Thorold Road, Welland, Ontario. The event is free …

2022 Shipwrecks

Jill Heinerth – Shipwrecks 2022

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 …

2022 Shipwrecks

Ric Mixter – Shipwrecks 2022

With dozens of appearances in two countries and three states last year, Ric Mixter is certainly one of the busiest maritime speakers, rumored to be the most requested historian on the Great Lakes. Visiting museums, libraries, NASA and his live music concert “STORM”, thousands of audience members get a new appreciation for our unique inland-sea …

2022 Shipwrecks

Cal Kothrade – Shipwrecks 2022

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 …