2018 Speakers / Authors / Workshop Leaders

Chris Coates
Spearfishing Guide, World Traveler
Chris grew up on the beaches of South Africa and fell in love with the ocean. He traded a day job to follow his dreams making dive adventure movies, opening a dive shop, and publishing a dive mag -- "Ultimate Spearfishing Magazine". He currently takes spearos on guided trips in search of trophy fish around the world, and he’s collaborated with experts to develop spearfishing courses. Chris likes to share his passion and his knowledge of the sea with fellow divers.


Ryan Myers
Nat'l Champion, Captain, Instructor
Ryan grew up fishing and diving in South Florida. After studying Marine Biology at Florida Tech, he began traveling the world in search of remote locations and record fish. Ryan has been the number one ranked United States competitive diver for the last four years and is the 2017 U.S. spearfishing National Champion. Ryan is an accomplished competition free diver, U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain, PADI free dive instructor, ISA spearfishing instructor, 5-time world record holder, and international spearfishing guide.

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.


Sheri Daye
Event Host, Ocean Lover
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.

Tom Greene
Expert Fisherman/Outfitter
At 11 years old, Tom started working in a Boca Raton tackle shop, and at 22, he opened his own. As a well known professional fisherman, Tom holds many fishing world records. In addition to participating in international fishing tournaments, Tom is interested in golf and bowling and recently wrote a book called "A Net Full of Tails" about his years of fishing experience and the interesting people he knows. Tom is one of the largest collectors of antique fishing tackle in the world and is an authority on antique reels.


Paul Cater Deaton
Writer, Producer, Cinematographer
In a water trough on a Texas cattle ranch in 1959, young Paul learned how to clear his mask after watching Sea Hunt. He now resides in Galveston and has filmed on six continents. He's earned numerous awards as a Writer, Producer, Director and Cinematographer, and his work is broadcast and published internationally. Paul was an original filmmaker attached to Ocean in Google Earth. Recent credits include Segment Producer, Director and Cinematographer for the Discovery Channel, HBO Documentaries, and The Amazing Race.

Joe & Maria Hector
Extreme Kayak Fishing
Joe and Maria started Extreme Kayak Fishing which is a highly successful tournament series and magazine based out of Pompano Beach, Florida. The tournament is a great family event brings in people from all over. The Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament started in 2011. They want nothing to do with skinny water that's too tame -- this crew is after bigger game!


Martin Stepanek
Freediving World Record Holder, Instructor
Martin is a freediving pioneer having gone to depths never before – over 400 feet on a single breath of air. He is one of the top freedivers/trainers in the world claiming over 13 World Records. Martin’s passion, dedication, and background in human physiology has pushed his F.I.I. curricula to the forefront of freediving education. A native of Czech Republic, Martin resides in Fort Lauderdale.

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!

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.


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.

Charles "CJ" Duffie
Polespear World Record Holder
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.


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.