The destruction of underwater cultural heritage (UCH) has increased rapidly in the last two hundred years mainly driven by direct and indirect impacts from people. However, with climate change and...
GIRT Scientific Divers Training (30-31 January, 2021, Jervis Bay, ACT) supported by Inspiring the ACT.
The last GIRT Scientific Diver Training for 2020 - Online - 12 and 13 December 2020 (Photo by Julia Sumerling)
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions SS Yongala and SS Gothenburg fieldwork completed (Photo by Julia Sumerling).
Andy Viduka is a PhD candidate in archaeology at the University of New England, continuing his research in linking community outcomes with the discovery and protection of underwater cultural heritage. Andy is a keen environmentalist and loves spending time with his family, gardening, travelling, swimming, diving and taking photos. He has great aspirations to learn Croatian, Greek and guitar but never seems to have time.
Craig has been diving since 1984 and worked as a diving instructor in South Africa, Greece and Israel, with a keen but amateur interest in wrecks. Professionally, Craig is the Director of the Marine and Shipping Law Unit and Professor in the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland. Before a career in Law, Craig served as a naval officer in the South African Navy.
President for Marine Life Society of SA, Past Secretary & Past Historian for Scuba Divers Federation of SA, Committee Member for Redmap Steering Committee, regular contributor for Dive Log magazine
International Student at Flinders University - Master Environmental Management Dive Master PADI Wreck Diver IANTD Scientific Diver NAUI Scuba Diver since 1988
Diving since 1992. PADI DM 2004. PADI Wreck,Rescue, Enriched Air 40%. CDAA Cavern, Sinkhole, Nitrox (2003 not current). Enjoy recreational diving in tropics and in SA. Member of Reef and Wreck Dive Club.
Maritime Archaeologist (Flinders) 20-year member of Maritime Archaeological Association of Victoria Member of WreckCheck Member of AIMA ADAS Training and Assessment Manager ADAS Part 1 & Part 3 Supervisor 5000+ Occupational dives Coxswain
Keen to preserve South Australia's maritime history. boat support to brother Guy. Interests include photography and research. Former diver now retired.
I am a 22 year old Advanced Open water Diver with a passion in marine conservation and dive photography. As I am a data communications technician by trade, I have a strong technical background. I also have a reasonable knowledge on marine species. Through participating in GIRT scientific divers, I hope to broaden my knowledge in the marine environments and become more involved in the marine industry in the future.
I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Spatial Science. I'm passionate about marine ecology, GIS and conservation, and have my advanced OW license. Through GIRT I'm excited to apply my skills to add to the scientific database and communicate findings to the public.
Rick is a maritime archaeologist working for Heritage South Australia, administering the maritime heritage program for South Australia. His main research interest is in Australian colonial ships and shipbuilding, and has published widely in this field.
Whilst a relatively late starter to Diving, once the bug bit there was no turning back, I transferred a lot of skills from my past outdoor activities to SCUBA, Quickly becoming a wreck diver and U/W photographer with numerous other qualifications and yet more to come soon. My Passion for maritime history and archaeology in general along with a desire to preserve the environment saw a natural transition to GIRT.
Hydrograhic Surveyor monitoring the sand movements around the coast. This involves single line bathymetry with video transects along pre-determined lines. It also consists of diving on brass rods in the sea floor for measuring sea grass loss with underwater photography.
Over the past 15 years I have enjoyed serving in many roles related to cultural heritage preservation, material culture, and archaeology including non-profit, education, and private practice environments. My specialty is working with sites and objects in coastal and maritime environments, although I have been fortunate to be involved with a variety of materials and in locations from the Arctic to the Antarctic, South America and across the Near East and Africa.
After a stint in the military, I became dedicated to working in the marine environment as a dive master and freelance commercial diver. Involvement in scientific projects as a commercial diver inspired me to complete a BSc, majoring in Biological Sciences. I'm currently honing my photography and free diving skills, and venturing into the world of marine archaeology.
Re-discovering how wonderful it was to dive on my 60th birthday, I've spent many hours training in Technical and Wreck diving; and, many more hours visiting wrecks around the world. Fourteen years later, it is high time I gave something back to the diving community. The GIRT philosophy appears a superb method of achieving part of that goal.
Elisabeth started scuba diving in 2018 and finds it a great change of scene and pace from the laboratory, where she works as a research chemist. She's looking forward to expanding her underwater skillset, engaging with new challenges, and contributing as a citizen scientist in this fun and fascinating project.
Maritime archaeologist. Studied at Flinders SA before moving on to work for the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle and for both Kalmar Läns museum and Bohusläns museum, Uddevalla, Sweden. Have recently returned to NZ and am working for an archaeology company in Hamilton.
keen diver since 1982, but bit of a slacker so searching for warm water spots with lots of apres-beach activities that involve umbrellas big and small, you know, the ones that fit in a glass.
Ex Navy with a passion for Wrecks
Virginia Watson is the Diector of Dive Otago a PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre in Dunedin. She is passionate about maritime history and in particular the wrecks in the South Island of New Zealand. Virginia's other passion is printmaking. Wrecks and the stories they carry bridge the gap between her work as a dive instructor and an artist. She looks forward to using girt projects to inspire her students and other local enthusiasts to engage in heritage in a meaningful way.
Maritime history and archaeology enthusiast. Especially interested in East and South East Asian maritime cultures.
I am an underwater videographer with a huge passion for maritime archaeology and telling the incredible stories buried in our oceans! After volunteering for several years with the Anglo~Danish Maritime Archaeological team in preserving shipwrecks across the Caribbean, I am keen to start collaborating with GIRT divers to document Australia's amazing underwater cultural heritage and educate the public on their rich history.
Recreational diver currently based in Brisbane and looking forward to helping survey some sites!
Hayden Riethmuller Hoping to learn about Australian Heritage and help monitor the wrecks on the Qld Coast
Dr Della Scott-Ireton graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and a Master's degree in Historical Archaeology. She also has a PhD in Anthropology from Florida State University. Della is certified as a Scuba Instructor with the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). She currently serves as Associate Director for the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN.us).
Keen recreational, technical wreck diver with commercial diving qualification. Member of the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) UK since 2009, now a NAS Tutor and volunteer. When not diving, earn a living as a Hyperbaric Critical Care Nurse.
Neil is passionate about engaging recreational divers in documenting and monitoring shipwrecks in Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada. He is a co-founder of the charity Shipwreck Preservation Society of Newfoundland & Labrador. Neil is a NAS tutor and a certified technical, full cave, and scientific diver. In his spare time, he is pursuing a part-time B.A. in Archaeology at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
I love scuba diving, archaeology, history and traveling. I am a Master Scuba Diver with many shipwreck associated certificates from PADI. I have NAS 1 and I plan on doing more with NAS in the next few years. I am working my way to volunteer my time in UW or land archaeology when I retire in about two years’ time.
Since starting to dive my passions for exploration and archaeology have become intertwined. Along with my inquisitive nature and this passion I am drawn back to the underwater world to see and understand the effects of time and the environment.
Love for the ocean and adventure lead to the first scuba diving qualification being undertaken in 2001. Since then my passion for marine life, wrecks and archaeology has only grown. Being U.K. based, it takes a lot more than low vis and cold temperatures to stop me entering the water.
Originally from Italy where I have been diving since 2003 and grew my interests on Maritime Archaeology. Currently studying at JCU in Townsville, QLD.
Dan is a PADI IDC Staff, TDI Technical, & DAN DES Instructor Trainer. Diving since 1996, Cave and Trimix certified, his experiences range from graduate underwater archaeology study of of viking age artifacts in Dublin Bay, Tec diving the Caves of Florida, to rebreather diving the deep Atlantic "Wreck Valley". A lawyer & former NYC elected official, Dan is honored to be working with GIRT to collect data and promote citizen based scientific research diving & Maritime Archaeology.