Beyond The Reef
Chris is originally from South Africa, but has lived in the BVI for nearly 25 years and owns local companies Commercial Dive Services and We Be Divin'.
Commercial Dive Services (CDS) has been instrumental in the clean up and salvage of hurricane damaged boats after the devastation caused to the marine sector from Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Chris also leads CDS on a daily basis in numerous government and private underwater engineering projects as well doing beach reclamation, bathymetric surveys, pipeline installation, underwater welding, chase calls and ship husbandry.
Chris was heavily involved in the 2017 "Kodiak Queen" artificial reef project and is passionate about continuing BVI's Art Reef through Beyond The Reefs latest projects. Chris is not only Beyond The Reefs founder, but also its main financial contributor.
When he isnt sinking ships for fun or salvaging ships for work, Chris can be found diving and exploring the BVI waters.
Beyond The Reef
Kendyl studied Environmental Science with an emphasis in Ecology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While in college, she took a semester off to work at Discovery Channel and realized that she loved the media side of environmental science and the outreach that it could have. From here, she began her career in documentary filmmaking, particularly specializing in nature, marine, adventure and wildlife and producing shows for networks such as Netflix, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, A&E and others.
While producing a marine-based show for Travel Channel in the British Virgin Islands she met Chris Juredin and his team at Commercial Dive Services. Two years and two Category-5 hurricanes later, they teamed up to create Beyond The Reef. Kendyl handles the creative side while Chris handles the logistics and engineering of actually building and sinking a ship.
North Carolina craftsman & good-ole boy.
Drew was also a lead sculptor on the Kodiak Queen's "Kraken".
Amazing salsa dancer
Josh was also a lead sculptor on the artificial reef the Kodiak Queen.
Secret Samurai Productions
Part geek, glam and granola, Aydika is an artist, adventurer, ocean lover, fitness junkie, artificial coral reef builder entrepreneur and Impact Art Producer. Co-Founder of the Kodiak Queen project, Aydika is fascinated with how story and design can stimulate large-scale positive changes that start with uniting people through play.
From Earth Echo:
Kyla Van Maanen
From Commercial Dive Services:
Colin Hanson & Leah Randall
In memory of all souls who remain at sea...
"Providing solutions to your underwater problems"
Commercial Dive Services is a BVI based commercial scuba diving, salvage, beach and coral reclamation company. Commercial Dive Services was a partner and major contributor in the building and sinking of the world renowned artificial reef site, the Kodiak Queen in 2017.
Beyond The Reef relies on Commercial Dive for their extensive knowledge in this field as well as their generous aid in working to create aquatic habitats and the ocean non profits that facilitate this.
EarthEcho International is a nonprofit organization founded on the belief that youth have the power to change our planet. Established by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau in honor of their father Philippe Cousteau Sr., and grandfather legendary explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, our mission is to inspire young people worldwide to act now for a sustainable future.
"What if Play were our greatest superpower?"
Secret Samurai Productions is an Engagement Art production team. We design and produce audacious experiences that connect people more deeply to themselves, each other, and the world around them.
Secret Samurai was a key partner in the BVI Art Reef (aka: Kodiak Queen), the first in a series of "fantasy" dive sites and rehabilitation zones we aim to install throughout the British Virgin Islands and beyond, in partnership with our friends at Commercial Dive Services. Our vision is to attract, entertain & engage masses in a way that stimulates unity and positive change, and act as a beacon for what we can accomplish when we come together in friendship to solve the biggest challenges we face today.
We Be Divin' invites you to join our one of a kind 26 ft. custom made Newton dive boat "Atlantis".
Leave the dock at a time that suits you, visit the different islands, SCUBA dive, swim, snorkel, or just laze in the sun, our itineraries are completely tailored around your group, and we LOVE WRECK DIVING.
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