seminar5Spend a few hours in the Company of Adventurers!

Shipwreck Hunting 101

Want to learn how to find shipwrecks?
According to the United Nations, there are approximately three million shipwrecks littering the oceans around the world. The opportunities for shipwreck exploration and discovery are as untapped as they are global. Here in Nova Scotia there are over 10,000 shipwrecks with less than 1 % of them having been discovered. This seminar covers such topics as: how to research and find shipwrecks, the technology and tools of the trade and search techniques used to locate shipwrecks, political, ethical and legal issues, waivers and non disclosures, project planning, procedures, safety and risk management, funding, staffing, corporate sponsors and much more. Immerse yourself in this action packed seminar that also includes several exciting Power Point Presentations, lectures, handout materials, in-depth discussions on an array of topics followed by Q & A sessions.

Adventure & Marine Tourism Opportunities
Thinking about starting a seasonal Adventure or Scuba Tourism business?
To a great many discriminating recreational divers from across Canada, the United Kingdom, and the North East United States, the east coast of Canada has long been one of the best kept secrets in the scuba tourism industry. Crystal clear cold water, lots of shipwrecks and vibrant marine life combined with the current exchange rate on the Canadian dollar and you have the makings of a new, extremely economical and sustainable seasonal Adventure & Scuba tourism industry. Learn about some exciting opportunities available working in coastal communities. Learn about e-commerce, Gorilla advertising and marketing on a budget, public relations tips, staffing and managing people, team building and creating a niche product. Adventure tourism offers the participant all the necessary ingredients that adventure travel has to offer: excitement, a level of risk, unique experiences, education and fun.

Dive Charters, Tours and Expeditions
seminar1Want to organize or participate on your own weekend adventures or expeditions? Terry has over 20 years experience running dive charters and expeditions to some of the most remote parts of Nova Scotia. He has organized private, semi-private and even groups as large as 22 people at a time on numerous weekend and weeklong expeditions to places like Seal Island, St. Paul Island, Scattarie Island and even remote parts of Newfoundland. Learn about the inner workings of an actual working expedition, including the meticulous research, logistical and planning issues, fund raising, obtaining corporate sponsors, assembling a crew, sourcing equipment, safety issues, food and lodging, selecting boats and dealing with the day to day operations. Whether you’re thinking of planning or participating in a weekend or weeklong charter or expedition – you can benefit immensely from his experience.

Science & Technology
Learn about the cutting edge equipment and innovative technology that was once exclusive only to the Military and the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry. The various different high tech survey equipment like autonomous underwater vehicles, side scan sonar systems, side imaging sonar, diver propulsion vehicles, marine magnetometers and remote operated vehicles. Other topics include; military, commercial and recreational submarines, underwater drop camera systems and underwater metal detectors that are used to find and explore shipwrecks. Learn about the newest most advanced deep sea diving, surface supplied and recreational scuba equipment available for shipwreck search and recovery.

Careers in Scuba Diving
Ever thought about making a living as a commercial diver, military diver or scientific diver? How about punching a clock in paradise as a Divemaster or Scuba Instructor working at a resort in the Caribbean? Ever dreamed of working in the TV, Video or on Hollywood Motion Picture Industry, as a marine coordinator, safety diver, scuba instructor, underwater camera or lighting operator? What about a career in marine biology or oceanography? What about as a full time treasure hunter, searching for treasure in the Caribbean like a modern day Indiana Jones. Learn all about these exciting part-time and full-time opportunities

seminar3Some Comments about Terry's Seminars

“Thanks for offering such a great program!  The turnout--55 people--was fantastic, considering it was a Monday night in December.  The program was excellent--one of the best ones we hosted at Central!  Customers all rated the program Excellent. Several commented that this program was extremely interesting and entertaining. The speaker was very knowledgeable and funny as well. Highly recommend having him come back”.
Alison Black
Adult Services Librarian
Halifax Central Library

"Terry's presentation was an interesting look not only at the shipwrecks that can be found in Canada but the time, dedication and money (a forgiving wife or girlfriend required) needed to locate these lost wrecks. His humorous stories about his expeditions and the people he met were extremely entertaining. His adventures in the movie industry caught many of the attendees attention and interest. Shipwrecks, whatever their condition, are an amazing peek into the past. If you get the chance to hear his presentation, don't miss it."
Scottie Fahey
Cincinnati Diving Center – Cincinnati, Ohio
"Terry is a powerful speaker and was well received by our guests for Shipwrecks 2011. We had 500 people at our show this year and according to them he was one of the highest rated speakers in our questionnaires and we look forward to having him again in the future. Terry, thank you for sharing your passion for shipwrecks and diving with us. We were honored to have you. Good luck in your continuing adventures!

Natasa Djermanovic
President, Niagara Divers Association
“Your presentation was unbelievable; it is people like you that are going to make a difference with shipwrecks. It’s events like these that are going to motivate divers to channel their passion in ways other than pillaging and looting. Thank you so much for coming out, and we hope to see you again soon. I don’t think there is a person out there who has the combination of your expertise, your experience, and your willingness to share, and I think everyone left the event in awe… and inspired! Maybe we can take a look at a few adventures down the road and do some really exciting things!”
Andrew Hiscock
Ocean Quest Adventure Resort
Newfoundland & Labrador

Both as a scuba diver and a businessman, I want to congratulate you on your recent Wreck Diver presentation at Scuba 2000. As a diver, I was fascinated by the incredible photos of virgin shipwrecks loaded with artifacts and also by the sophisticated search equipment being used to find these treasures on our East Coast. The details you provided about researching, finding and diving on shipwrecks were intriguing. All the other divers in the room were equally impressed. I appreciate the time you took to come early to the dive store to simply meet the divers and chat with them about wreck hunting and about your book. The presentation was one of the best we've ever had. Not only did your presence draw the divers to Scuba 2000 but now many other divers, having heard about it are calling us as well. Let's book a return engagement soon!
Thank you,
Alec Peirce
Scuba 2000
Toronto, Ontario

Thank you for the presentation you gave in our community hall at Breton Cove. Now THAT was exciting. It is an entire area of Nova Scotia history that seems to be almost totally overlooked, and which would be absolutely wonderful for many visitors to our area. As a matter of fact, visitors regularly ask about the shipwreck history but almost tentatively because it seems no one knows about it. For the weeks following your presentation the locals meeting at my store were discussing the subject, and in general very amazed at the facts. Over 50 people turned out for your presentation, we would like to get you back again, perhaps in the summer or autumn for another evening. It was a very exciting presentation.
Marcelle Lavoie
Wreck Cove General Store
Wreck Cove, Cape Breton

I had the opportunity to attend one of Terry’s presentations in April 2008 at the North Shore Gaelic Singers Hall Here, on the NorthShore of the Cabot Trail. First of all I would like to say that visits and presentations to smaller areas like ours are not only appreciated but you couldn't help but notice how enthralled the audience was with his presentation. I think most people thought that they were going to sit through a couple of hours of facts and figures, and what they got was a lesson in our own Nova Scotia culture and history, presented by a pretty good story teller. Keep up the good work Terry especially to the outlying areas like ours.
Mike Crimp -Cape Breton Seacoast Adventures