Project Diver: Level 3 - May 2022 Speakers

Jarrod Jablonski

Jarrod Jablonski is an avid explorer, researcher, author, and instructor who teaches and dives in oceans and caves around the world. He is the founder of Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) and CEO of Extreme Exposure Adventure Center. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s most accomplished divers with numerous world record dives. For more than twenty years, Jarrod has been leading shipwreck and cave diving expeditions to some of the most remote underwater environments in the world. His longest dive thus far required 12 hours inside an underwater cave at a depth of nearly 300 feet (90 m) with an additional 18 hours of decompression (nearly 30 hours underwater). Jarrod’s efforts in developing the nonprofit GUE organization established a comprehensive educational system carefully designed to enhance diver safety and capacity. GUE divers play a critical role in a global set of initiatives designed to explore and conserve the aquatic world while conducting some of the most sophisticated dives ever accomplished. The GUE approach supports documentation and research within some of the world’s most difficult underwater environments.

Prof. Alessandro Marroni

Prof. Alessandro Marroni (MD, MSc, FUHM, FECB) is the founder and President of DAN Europe, Member of the Board of Directors of the International DAN Federation. He serves as Vice President of the European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine (ECHM); President of the European Foundation for the Education in Baromedicine; and Secretary General of the European College of Baromedicine. He is a Past-President of the International Congress on Hyperbaric Medicine, of the European Underwater and Baromedical Society, and of the International Academy of Underwater Sciences and Techniques.Prof. Marroni received his Medical Degree (Magna cum Laude) from the Bologna University and specialized in Underwater and Hyperbaric Medicine at the University of Genova, Italy. In 1974 he obtained the Post-Graduate Specialization Degree in Occupational Medicine, and in 1993 the Post-Graduate Specialization Degree in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care. While active in the international Underwater and Hyperbaric Medical scientific and diving communities, Prof. Marroni remained involved in clinical Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine and has served as Associate Professor of Underwater and Hyperbaric Medicine at the Underwater and Hyperbaric Medicine Post Graduate School of the University of Chieti and at the Post Graduate School of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care of the University of Ancona, between 1980 and 1997; Professor of Hyperbaric Medicine and International Faculty Coordinator at the International Post-Graduate School of Baromedicine of the University of Belgrade Medical School, Yugoslavia, since 1997. He has also serves as Professor of Diving Medicine at the Faculty of Marine Biology of the University of Ancona and at the post-graduate Masters Programmes in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine at the Universities of Pisa, Italy, since 2005, at the University of Palermo and Catania, since 2011, at the University of Padova since 2014 and at the University of Insubria since 2016.

Initiator and Director of International School of Diving Safety and Medicine at the Malta Institute of Tourism Studies and of the first in the world Bachelor of Science Degree in Diving Safety Management since 2018. An avid skin-diver since his early years, he learnt SCUBA diving at the age of 13 and became a Certified Diver with CMAS in 1964 and has been an Active SCUBA Instructor since 1966. Author of over 250 scientific papers and publications, he is particularly active in underwater medicine research, with special interest in the prevention of Barotrauma and Dysbaric Illnesses in recreational diving and in the development of advanced techniques for remote diver’s physiological monitoring and of bidirectional diving telemedicine.

Laura Marroni

Inspired by a limitless passion for the underwater world, Laura Marroni (B.Ec, MBA) grew up by the sea and started diving at the age of 8. She is a diving instructor since 2017 (PADI) and a passionate tech and cave diver (GUE Tech2, Cave2). Laura graduated in Economics at USI - Università della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano, CH) in 2009. In 2015, Laura completed an International Master in Business Administration at Heriot - Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland). Since 2013, she is working as the Executive Vice President at DAN (Divers Alert Network) Europe Foundation, an international not-for-profit medical and research organization that conducts various research projects, investigating the physiological implications of diving activities on the human body, with the aim of making diving safer. DAN also provides important services to the diving community, including: 24/7 medical assistance and management of emergencies worldwide; specific insurance products to protect divers against injuries and liabilities; first aid training programs; safety programs and resources.

At DAN Europe, Laura’s mission is to take charge of defining the Organization's strategy and of guiding the management team towards reaching the desired objectives. DAN's mission is to assist and protect divers, and conduct scientific research to make diving a safer, more accessible, and sustainable activity for all.

Sergio Schirato

Sergio Rhein Schirato is a researcher at the Laboratory of Energetics and Theoretical Physiology of the Biosciences Institute of the University of Sao Paulo (USP). He holds a master's in finance, jointly granted by New York University and London School of Economics, and postgraduation studies in applied math. His current research includes the application of neural networks in decompression modeling and heart rate variability. Additionally, he is a GUE Fundamentals and Rec 1 instructor, as well as GUE Rebreather certified diver.

John Kendall

John Kendall is a GUE technical, cave, and CCR instructor living in the UK. Since he was a small child, John has been fascinated by the underwater environment and the possibilities of adventure, and he is grateful to GUE for helping him to turn those childhood dreams into reality. As an instructor, John regularly travels around the world teaching GUE classes and helping to build local GUE communities. He is also the project manager for Project Baseline Malta. For the last eight years, John has been working with underwater 3D photogrammetry as a technique for nautical archaeology. This cutting edge technique allows for digital 3D models to be created of shipwrecks, and allows researchers and scientists unparalleled abilities to manipulate and navigate the sites from the comfort of their own computers. From the frigid waters of the Baltic to the toasty Mediterranean sea, John and GUE have been accumulating data and generating some cool looking imagery of deep water wrecks, and John is going to share some of it with us. When not diving (which is rare), John is also a commercially qualified UAV pilot.

Peter Brandt

Peter Brandt is a GUE instructor based in Belgium. Aside from his job as R&D manager for a semiconductor company, he is a passionate GUE tech and cave diver. He is cofounder of GUE-BE and is also co-owner of Diveolution, a Belgian GUE Dive Center. His main passion is exploring and documenting the underwater world. Together with friends, he organized the 2009 GUE Jutland expedition and joined many other cave and wreck diving projects and expeditions over the years all over Europe. Peter has been very active in Italy (Sardinia, Lampedusa, Sicily) on several documentation efforts mainly on rarely dived wrecks, ranging from Roman to WWI-II time. Over the past 5 years, he developed a great interest in underwater 3D modeling and photogrammetry where he specializes in modeling cave environments and bringing them to life in VR.

Luca Palezza

Luca is an avid diver and an accomplished filmmaker. He began his first passion, diving, in the early ‘90s but left it for a few years until re-discovering it when he was introduced to GUE training. His interest in technical diving and documentation developed over the years, mainly thanks to the exceptional and contagious enthusiasm GUE instructors demonstrated. This passion eventually enticed him to teach for GUE, and it recently allowed him to fully dedicate his diving to video documentation. In this way, he hopes to offer the opportunity of experiencing our amazing underwater world to both divers and non-divers. Nowadays his diving is completely focused on developing innovative new ways of communication through the use of new technologies, video editing, and interactive story-telling.

Mario Arena

Mario Arena is an avid underwater explorer and GUE Instructor Evaluator. With his passion for naval history, Mario’s research and activities have resulted in the discovery and identification of many historical shipwrecks. Mario has also organized and led a number of projects in collaboration with Italian and Croatian archaeological authorities.

Erik Wurz

Master of science in marine biology; Bachelor of science in maritime technologies

Researcher, PhD candidate working on effects of anthropogenic stressors on deep-sea sponges

Professional scientific diver and dive safety officer for wageningen university and research

Coordinator of citizen science projects for ghost diving and healthy seas in collaboration with wageningen university and research


SUEX was founded in 2000 with the aim of producing high-performance underwater vehicles designed for long-range technical and professional diving.Today, SUEX represents cutting-edge technology in underwater mobility.The evolution of SUEX DPVs over the years has succeeded in meeting the complex requirements of the most extreme technical and professional applications, and in offering diving aficionados a unique, engaging diving experience, even at recreational level.

Kirill Egorov

Kirill Egorov graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical University as a teacher of Physics in 1999, and attended a course of archaeology at Moscow State University. These two specialties allowed him to participate in multiple scientific research programs, including an archaeological and textile research project at the Moscow Kremlin Museums and Viking Age textile research at the Russian Natural and Historical Heritage Institute. After his first try-dive in 2000, Kirill was totally amazed with the underwater world, and made it his hobby first, and a profession later. He became a PADI recreational and technical instructor in 2003-2004 and joined GUE in 2005. Since that moment he has concentrated on two main passions: diving and teaching diving. Kirill is currently teaching for GUE at the Cave 2, Tech 2, and CCR 2 levels and is working on GUE training materials. He resides in High Springs, Florida, which allows him to cave dive as much as possible while pursuing his hobby of underwater photography.

Richard Lundgren

Founder of Scandinavia’s Baltic Sea Divers and Ocean Discovery diving groups, and a member of GUE’s Board of Directors, Richard Lundgren has participated in numerous underwater expeditions worldwide and is one of Europe’s most experienced trimix divers. With more than 4000 dives to his credit, Richard Lundgren was a member of the GUE expeditions to dive the Britannic (sister ship of the ill-fated Titanic) in 1997 and 1999, and has been involved in numerous projects to explore mines and caves in Sweden, Norway, and Finland. In 1997, in arctic conditions, he performed the longest cave dive ever carried out in Scandinavia. Richard’s other exploration work has included the 1999 filming of the famous submarine, M1, for the BBC; the side scan sonar surveys of the Spanish gold galleons outside Florida’s Key West in 2000; and the search for the Admirals Fleet, an ongoing project that has already led to the discovery of more than 40 virgin wrecks perfectly preserved in the cold waters of the Swedish Baltic Sea.

DAN Europe

Divers Alert Network (DAN), a nonprofit organization, exists to provide expert medical information for the benefit of the diving public.

DAN’s historic and primary function is to provide timely information and assistance for underwater diving injuries, to work to prevent injuries, and to promote dive safety.

Second, DAN promotes and supports underwater dive research and education, particularly as it relates to the improvement of dive safety, medical treatment and first aid.

Third, DAN strives to provide the most accurate, up-to-date and unbiased information on issues of common concern to the diving public, primarily — but not exclusively — for dive safety

DAN helps divers in need of medical emergency assistance and promotes dive safety through research, education, products and services.

Mark Messersmith

Mark Messersmith has a BS in biology from University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA. from Pepperdine University. Mark’s first breath underwater came in 1969, followed by his Open Water card in ‘73 and by ‘79 he was an instructor for both NAUI and PADI. After more than two decades of pursuing business ventures and enjoying diving recreationally Mark ran into GUE and the WKPP and became an accomplished explorer with miles of new cave discoveries listed on his resume. As the COO of Halcyon Manufacturing he is intimately involved with new product development and training of military divers in different parts of the world. He is also an Instructor Examiner and Board of Advisors member for GUE.

Jakub Šimánek

Blue Guard Training

Blue Guard delivers tailored training & certification to lifeguards, businesses and residents of the UAE in Water Safety and First Aid. We know that the training we provide saves lives as we arm people with the skills and confidence to know what to do in the critical time between an accident happening and the ambulance arriving.

Dimitris Fifis

Born in Athens, Greece, Dimitris Fifis started diving in 1991 and became an instructor in 1998. In 2009, after 23 years of service in the Greek Navy (most of them in the aviation branch), he retired and decided to pursue a full-time career in diving. Since then he has managed diving operations in various diving centers in Greece as well as on mega-yachts.

Dimitris is an avid technical and CCR diver, a hyperbaric chamber operator, and a service technician on most diving equipment brands. Dimitris discovered GUE in 2007 and never looked back. He currently lives and works in Dubai, and is involved in various wreck exploration and underwater filming projects around the world. Because of his strong interest in increasing dive safety through quality education, he currently manages, and also produces training videos for GUE.

Dimitris is working at Deep Dive Dubai since 2015 and currently manages staff and guest’s training activities.

Graham Blackmore

Graham is a nomadic, devoted GUE instructor based between the UK and Asia. An early fascination with the sea lead to a PhD in Marine Biology and whilst studying in Hong Kong for this he started his journey into exploring beneath the waves by learning to dive. Fascination became infatuation and he spent all his free time diving or teaching recreational and technical diving for both PADI and IANTD. In order not to scare the fish and be able to count them for environmental surveys bubble free diving was necessary and closed circuit rebreathers dominated his diving until he saw the light in 2003 with GUE. He became a GUE instructor in 2008 and now is an instructor evaluator and teaches Level 2 CCR and Technical diving. He has GUE cave DPV but his true passion is open sea environments, and he has been taking part in projects for more than 20 years, exploring deep wrecks, collecting scientific data and taking photos and videos.

Simon Mitchell

Professor Simon Mitchell MB ChB, PhD, DipOccMed, DipAdvDHM (ANZCA), FUHM, FANZCA

Consultant Anaesthesiologist and Diving / Hyperbaric Physician

Head of Department | Department of Anaesthesiology. School of Medicine, University of Auckland

Editor | Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine. The combined journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society and the European Underwater and Baromedical Society. DHM is indexed in MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch) and Embase / Scopus. Published papers are on Pubmed Central.