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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.
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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.
Ghost Gear team leader
Margy is a Scuba and freediving instructor from South Africa with a love for the ocean and passion for marine conservation! She moved to the BVI in early 2021 and has worked with Beyond The Reef since on SCTLD treatment, shark research, whale research and ghost gear ever since.
She leads our Ghost Gear and Coastal Clean Up projects and events which have become increasingly popular throughout the community while also acting as board member and Secretary for Beyond The Reef.
SCTLD team leader
Laura holds a degree in Oceanography from South Hampton University and has been working in the British Virgin Islands scuba diving and marine science industry for the past 14 years. Laura assists in all day to day operations of Beyond The Reef and in particular has spearheaded our efforts to treat Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease since it first appeared in the BVI in 2020.
Even though Alton was born and raised in the British Virgin Islands, it was only several years ago that he learned how to swim.
Once he got a taste of the underwater world however he couldn't be stopped and has gone on to make scuba diving and underwater photography his primary passions. As a result, he works with Beyond The Reef on all projects including SCTLD treatment, shark research and whale research.
In addition to being a physical asset to the team, Alton is also a huge spokesperson for getting Caribbean people involved in the ocean and marine conservation.
Marine Researcher & Cetaceans team leader
Aiara is a diving and Conservation Diver instructor, and holds a master’s degree in Biological Sciences, with a background in marine ecology, conservation, outreach, and management of research expeditions. She is an educator who truly enjoys being involved in science communication initiatives, especially with the local community and kids.
After volunteering in numerous marine research projects in Brazil and contributing for the establishment of a MPA in her hometown, she moved abroad seeking to further her career and explore the underwater world beyond the boundaries. For the past years she has worked with NGOs in the Caribbean and Southeast Asia, expanding her expertise on reef fish, invertebrates, corals, sea turtles, sharks, invasive species, and artificial reef habitats. Aiara leads our cetacean research project "Whale Wonders" and is excited to contribute to increasing the knowledge about these animals in the BVI.
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.
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.
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.
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