2017 Speakers / Authors / Workshop Leaders

Federico Mana
Freediving Champ, Yoga Instructor
Federico Mana is an Italian Freediving Champ and Founder of Moving Limits. He is the first Italian to ascend below 100 meters. Federico teaches freediving and is famous for his "Mana Maneuver," which is a hands free equalization method. He is also a PADI diving instructor and yoga teacher, and has written books as well as contributed to magazines about apnea training.


Sheri Daye
Event Host, Spearfishing World Record Holder
Sheri is a Freedive Spearfishing National Champ, multiple IUSA world record holder, and past host of "Speargun Hunter" on Outdoor Channel. She started the expo as a fundraiser for the developmentally disabled 10 years ago. She wishes to thank all the speakers, exhibitors, and volunteers that have turned it into what it is today - where we can all share, honor, and celebrate the ocean world.

Cameron KirkConnell
Spearfishing World Record Holder, FII Instructor
Cameron Kirkconnell is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, Freedive Instructor with FII (Freedive Instructors International), and 13 time Spearfishing World Record Holder. His passion is deep reef hunting and Pelagic fish with Dogtooth Tuna, Wahoo, and Yellowfin Tunas being his favorites. He now runs spearfishing charters.


Stan Waterman
Award Winning Cinematographer/Producer
Stan is a five-time Emmy-winning cinematographer. He learned scuba early-on, operated a dive charter in the Bahamas, and filmed a year-long trip with his family in Tahiti as shown on TV by Nat Geo. He was the producer of Blue Water, White Deathand many award-winning documentaries. He is the author of Sea Salt and currently leads charters and lectures around the world.

Frazier Nivens
Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker
Frazier is a PADI course director living in Key Largo and has been a PADI member for over 30 years. He opened his own business, Ocean Imaging Videography Productions, specializing in the finest in underwater and videography productions. He is a National Association of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy award winning film maker for excellence in programming for "Sharks, Killer's of the Caribbean."


Manny Puig
Shark Wrangler, Swamp Explorer, Adventurer
Manny continues to educate and entertain audiences. His approach is primitive - no cages, tanks, or armor protecting him from encounters with some of the most feared predators in the world. Manny interacts with sharks, faces down black bears, and dives in the swamp with the American alligator.

Chris Gillette
Underwater Photographer, TV GatorBoy
Chris has had a passion for animals, especially toothy ones, since a young age. Aside from being a devoted photographer, Chris’s passion has also fueled a career as an entertainer, television personality, and a researcher with a degree in Environmental Studies from FIU. Chris's unique skills allow him to bring the camera lens close to oceanic pelagics, swamp creatures, and more.


Dr. Daryl Wong
Expert Spearo, Expert Speargun Builder
Dr. Daryl Wong is a dentist from Hawaii and is one of the premier builders of custom-made spearguns used around the world. He is also an accomplished spearo and world record holder, constantly experimenting with different designs and techniques. He enjoys reef and bluewater hunting and loves traveling to meet new friends. He is known for his generosity and for his kind spirit of aloha.

United States Coast Guard
USCG Pilots, Rescue Swimmers
These Pilots and Rescue Swimmers are the elite of United States Coast Guard and called upon to respond in the most extreme rescue situations. High seas, medevacs, downed aviators, sinking vessels, and even hurricanes are just a few of the deadly scenarios that these pilots and rescue swimmers are trained to handle. This seminar is not only interesting; it could literally save your life!


Robert Croft
Navy Diver, Father of Freediving
Researcher, Navy Instructor, and in 1967 the first person to freedive beyond 200 feet. Bob was a submariner in the US Navy and worked in submarine bailout training. He pioneered the technique "packing" now used by modern freedivers. He continued to serve as a Navy diver for many more years and is now an ambassador for the sport.

Shana Phelan
PADI Staff Instructor, DAN Instructor
Shana, from Indiana, moved to Florida to pursue a career in diving. She has a degree in Marine Biology and Environmental Science as well as her Masters in Coastal Environmental Management. She's heavily involved with Sea Turtle research and is the co-owner of Pura Vida Divers. Shana is also a PADI staff instructor, DAN Instructor, EFR instructor, and TDI Instructor.


Charles "CJ" Duffie
Polespear World Record Holder, Founder of Neritic
Charles J. Duffie (CJ) is a two time Men's Polespear World Record Holder, Former President of the FGCU Spearfishing Club, and Fisheries Biologist with a passion for the ocean and all of the Neritic Zone's inhabitants. Him and his father founded Neritic Diving in September 2015.

Dan MacMahon
Professional Spearo, Tournament Champion
Dan MacMahon is one of the most respected spearfishermen in the state of Florida, due to his skill and character. He is an accomplished freediver, scuba diver, and technical diver, sometimes going to depths exceeding 400 feet. His passion for spearing comes through in his story-telling and he continues to be a role model and a guiding influence on many other spearos.


Ted Harty
Freediving Instructor, Safety Advocate
Ted started freediving professionally in 2009 when he became an instructor for Performance Freediving International (PFI). In 2010 he founded Immersion Freediving where he teaches PFI classes year round in Fort Lauderdale. Ted has won multiple freediving competitions and is a US Freediving national record holder.

Will Pearce
SUP Hunter, Doctor, Inventor
Dr. William Pearce is a resident physician at the University of South Florida. A student of safety, Dr. Pearce is the inventor of a patented medical device designed to improve patient outcomes. His true passion is the ocean, and his drive to innovate continues to push the limits of SUP design for long distance paddling, diving, and spearfishing.


Amy Warren
Diver, Cuban Travel Expert, Writer
Originally from Indiana, Amy has been scuba diving legally around Cuba, including the American Military base in Guantanamo, Cuba, since 1998 and is considered worldwide as the authority on Cuba Scuba Diving. She is the author of “The Diving Guide: Cuba Scuba” and founded Cuba Scuba to help travelers visit Maria La Gorda, Cayo Largo, Jardines de la Reina, and Havana.