Terry Dwyer is an adventurer, entrepreneur, wreck diver and explorer who has been studying shipwrecks for the past 35 years. He published his first book; Wreck Hunter – The Quest for Lost Shipwrecks in 2005. That book went to a second printing in 2008, and he recently published his second book, Wreck Hunter 2– The Adventure Continues, which sold out in 3 short months. That book has now gone on to a second printing in February 2016. Terry has authored and published numerous articles on scuba tourism, shipwrecks, shipwreck diving and exploration in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and is considered to be one of the foremost authorities on shipwrecks in Eastern Canada. His fascinating presentations include information about scuba diving, scuba tourism, shipwrecks hunting, and shipwreck projects that he has worked on in Nova Scotia and in Newfoundland over the past 35 years.Terry will be the primary host and coordinator for Shipwreck School and will organize, schedule and coordinate all the courses, seminars and special projects. He will also instruct many of the seminars and assist on most of the training courses as well. To learn more about Terry, please visit: www.wreckhunter.ca
Garry Kozak has been serving the undersea industry since 1970. His early career as a commercial diver, supported oil drilling rigs off the coast of Newfoundland, pipe laying in the Gulf of Mexico and salvage operations in the Great Lakes. Garry’s career in undersea search and survey began in 1972 off the coast of Labrador using an EG&G side scan sonar. Garry has more than 40 years of field experience managing search operations from the Arctic to the Tropics. Garry created the very first formal training course on side scan sonar and has trained more people, Navies, and commercial organizations on the use of this technology than any other person in the world. Today Garry travels the world providing consulting and training expertise to Navies and companies who have a critical underwater search need. His work has taken him to the Canadian Arctic with Dr. Joe MacInnis to locate the H.M.S. Breadalbane, off the coast of England with author Clive Cussler in search of John Paul Jones’ vessel, the Bon Homme Richard, and on countless other treasure and historic shipwreck searches. Garry will be the Senior Instructor for teaching the Side Scan Sonar / Marine Magnetometer / Data Processing courses. To learn more about Garry, please visit: http://www.2kozak.com/
Scott joined the Canadian Navy in 1980 as a Naval Officer. After 3 years of training he graduated from the Destroyer Navigating Officer’s Course and went on to navigate two destroyer escorts, one on each coast. After a brief shore posting he attended the Maritime Advanced Navigating Officers Course where he learned advanced navigation skills, fleet navigation, and instructional and staff techniques. He then taught the Destroyer Navigation Officers for 2 years before joining HMCS PRESERVER as Navigator. Following two deployments to the Adriatic Sea conducting blockade operations and numerous other deployments he was posted ashore to the Route Survey Office in Halifax. Since 1996, Scott has been responsible as either the Route Survey Operations Officer or the Route Survey Officer, for the surveying of the seafloor to support Naval Mine Warfare operations. Other responsibilities include Search and Rescue operations. He has been involved in searching for the SwissAir 111 plane off of Peggy’s Cove, NS, the Snowbird Tudor that crashed into Lake Erie, a Canadian Coast Guard Helicopter that crashed near Marystown, NL, and the pieces of the Cormorant SAR Helicopter that crashed at Canso, NS. He has also been involved in numerous exercises supporting ships and Command as a Survey Officer and Mine Warfare Officer. Throughout his many hours in front of the display he has seen almost everything on the bottom including small missiles (from the AVRO Arrow Project), tanks, landing craft and wrecks (Juno Beach, France) to more normal things such as the Empress of Ireland, Governor Cornwallis and numerous other yet to be identified ships and boats. Scott is the Navy’s subject matter expert in side scan sonar and its operation.
James R. Reedy Jr., Maritime Archaeologist
Rob Reedy is a nautical archaeologist and maritime historian with almost 40 years experience in underwater research and excavation. He has investigated and recovered artifacts from shipwreck sites in Nova Scotia, the Caribbean, the Marianas Islands, and numerous sites throughout the United States. He has designed, built, and used underwater excavating equipment on his projects and has written extensively on the subject. He brings a lifetime of professional experience to the Shipwreck School. Here in Nova Scotia, Rob was one of the few maritime archaeologists approved by the Nova Scotia Government to hold a Heritage Research Permit Class “C” allowing him to supervise underwater excavations on heritage shipwreck sites in the Province. He has worked on many local and famous shipwreck projects including the French shipwrecks L’Auguste de Bordeaux, Le Chameau and the English shipwrecks HMS Feversham and most recently the British transport ship Sovereign wrecked off St. Paul Island.
Ron is one of the Scuba Instructors at Shipwreck School that will organize, schedule and coordinate the Private and Semi-Private Scuba related courses such as: Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster training as well as the Guardian /Aga Full Face Mask and Aqua Scan Underwater Metal Detector Courses. Ron holds a Scuba Diver Instructor rating with the National Association of Underwater Instructors and is a First Aid/Lifeguard Instructor for the Canadian Lifesaving Society. As a professional scuba diver, Ron has been involved in projects ranging from underwater survey work to scientific research. He regularly gives public presentations on underwater marine life and underwater photography. Ron has worked with Wreck Hunter, Inc. on several expeditions as a primary diver and team leader. To learn more about Ron, please visit his website: http://ronaldnewcombe.com/
Roland has been diving for over forty years and has dived in far-flung locations such as Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Galapagos and of course the Caribbean. He has dive certifications from ACUC, SSI, NASDS, NACD, PADI and NAUI, and in 1996 received NAUI's Outstanding Service Award. Highest certification is Instructor Trainer with NAUI. He has provided sport diver training to the military community since 1990 and has certified hundreds of divers, both military and civilian. He is qualified to teach all levels of diving from beginner to Assistant Instructor and Divemaster, as well as teaching specialties such as Deep Diving, Search and Recovery and Nitrox. He has been active in diving organization, serving as a director of Sport Nova Scotia and the Association of Canadian Underwater Councils and more recently as Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary of the Nova Scotia Underwater Council. He has organized Nova Scotia diving events such as the Sea Hunt (predecessor to the current Treasure Hunt) and the Canadian International Diving Jamboree. In addition, he is a certified ScubaPro equipment tech and a PSI cylinder visual inspector
Douglas B. Shand-Numismatist
Over 40 years spent in the field of numismatics, Doug is a respected and long-time member of the; Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA). He has served 3 consecutive terms (2005-2011) as their Area Director for the provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. He has also served two terms (2001- 2005) as the President of the Atlantic Provinces Numismatic Association. (APNA). Primary career focus for the past 30 years has been on North American colonial coinage, especially those coins types which have been excavated from archaeological sites (land and sea) in Atlantic Canada, including coins from Great Britain, France, Spain (including colonial Latin and South America) and the United States. In 2004, he contributed in the updating of the French Colonial coinage section of the 58th Edition of the “Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins.” In the last two decades, he has presented several public exhibits of coins from shipwrecks, which includes coins from Le Chameau, L’Auguste, HMS Feversham and the HMS Tilbury - winning several awards for his efforts.