Meet Featured Diver, David Owen Brown from Spencer, New York

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Today’s featured diver is David Owen Brown from Spencer, New York. David is a passionate underwater photographer, videographer and ocean advocate.

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Full Name: David Owen Brown

Age: 57

Live In: Spencer, NY USA

Working For: Self

Diver Qualifications: American Academy of Underwater Scientists, PADI Advanced, TD
When and where did you start diving?

Bonaire, Caribean in 1981

Why did you start diving?

I’m intrigued by wildlife

What made you choose to become a dive professional?

I needed to be able to make images underwater, and diving needed to be second nature

Which is your favourite dive site and why?

My favorite warm water site(s) are in PNG, and my favorite cold water sites are in Alaska

What has been the most memorable dive of your life and why?

Filming an underwater lava flow off Hawaii, because it was an opportunity to see earth being formed

If you would come back as a marine life form in your next life, what would that be?

Orca

Who is your dream dive buddy?

Anyone as into wildlife as I am, and that I don’t have to worry about

What dive locations are on your dream “bucket list” and why?

New Zealand!!! I was scheduled to go on an expedition there years ago, and couldn’t go because of an emergency at my home base.

What is on your bedside table right now?

There’s a submersible flashlight, an iPad in a pelican case, a pocket knife and my keys on my bedside table.

What is your favourite piece of diving equipment and why?

My favorite diving equipment is my mask, as it let’s me see all the wonderful stuff there is underwater.

If you were to launch a campaign to raise awareness on a specific issue that affects divers, the oceans or marine life, what issue would you target and why?

We need more awareness of the ocean acidification problem.  It’s already having a big impact in areas of upwell, like the NW coast of the USA, and will have a profound impact on the sea and us in the long run.

Where will you be in 10 years and what will you be doing?
In ten years, I hope to still be making marine conservation films!

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About Author

Kathryn has lived in the UK, Egypt, South Africa and New Zealand and is a trained scuba diving instructor and Great White shark safari guide. She is the author of No Damage (December 2014), the Managing Editor of The Scuba News New Zealand, a freelance writer, public speaker and co-founder of the marine conservation cause Friends for Sharks (August 2014). In 2015 she organised and completed a 10-month global speaking tour in aid of shark conservation: 87 events, 8 countries, 7000 people. Learn more about Kathryn’s book, No Damage at: http://www.kathrynhodgsonauthor.com/books/no-damage/

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