Jamie Obern is a highly experienced technical diver and Instructor Trainer, with a passion for wreck and cave diving. He is the only cave diving instructor based in NZ and has over 16 years of experience teaching divers.
His passion for dark spaces has taken him around the globe and he has explored many of the world’s best cave and wreck diving destinations. He is heavily involved in diving projects in numerous different locations – with projects in 2013 including: WW2 wrecks in the Adriatic and the English Channel, caves under the Nullarbor desert and cave exploration in New Zealand and China. A regular feature of all his most recent projects has been the mixture of filming and/or scientific sample collection in some of the most difficult and challenging locations possible.
PROJECT BASELINE - Fiji 201 MISSION
How scientists, submarines and tech divers came together to document remote pacific island reefs.
Hear how the wildest sections of the Astrolabe Reef in Fiji were explored, surveyed and documented using submarines, rebreathers and DPVs.
GUE divers from NZ and America combined with US and Fijian scientists to conduct some of the deepest and longest survey dives ever undertaken in Fiji, collecting and cataloguing several new species along the way. Jamie will explain the objectives of the mission, the technology used and the results obtained from this unique conservation and exploration effort.