Who We Are
The team members that make it all happen
David Gilchrist has been scuba diving for 45 year, Over that period he has earned Instructor ratings with ACUC, CMAS and a Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating with PADI.
He attended Brock University, majoring in Biological Studies. With an interest in biology, scuba diving and photography, it was a natural step to pursue all 3 interests. He has taken underwater photographs in the Great Lakes, the East and West coast of Canada and, with support and funding through the Canada Council and the Arctic Awareness Program, in the High Arctic at Resolute Bay. He has also explored and photographed the beautiful coral reefs of the Caribbean , Hawaii and Micronesia as well as the Meditteranean Sea in the south of France.
A long time resident of Niagara, Jim (Jimmy) Lockard grew up in Queenston. The Niagara River was a favorite playground. Jim’s passion is diving and underwater photography along with underwater archaeology. Jim contributed to Ontario’s Ministry of Citizenship & Culture as a avocational archaeologist for many years. He continues to work at and monitor underwater archaeological projects in the province. This diving career has taken Jim to Canada’s North Magnetic Pole, Resolute Bay, Barrow Strait and Lancaster Sound.
SOS, Save Ontario Shipwrecks, was a part of Jim’s life. Serving as President, of SOS in the 1980’s, he helped Rick Jackson, the founder of SOS, promote Diver Awareness of Wreck Preservation. A member of OMHC, Ontario Marine Heritage Committee, for the past 35 years, Jim has participated and continues to be active in many of the group’s historical projects.
Bill is a long time resident of the Niagara Region. He was instantly addicted to the underwater world after he tried scuba diving while on vacation in the Dominican Republic. Bill has been diving since 2004. He has explored the waters around southern Ontario, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Cuba. His certifications include open water, advanced open water, drysuit, and enriched air (nitrox). Bill also assists the team with Underwater photography and videography.
A native to the Niagara Region, Jaia Konik first began scuba diving in 2008 and hasn‘t looked back. She earned Divemaster status with PADI before shifting her focus primarily to underwater videography and is the video editor of The Dive Team. Her voice is also the narration you will hear in many of the videos. Jaia loves to explore and share the underwater world with those who can’t join her in the water. She has been concentrating most of her video documentation on dive sites local to her Ontario home, this includes the vast network of wrecks in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway, Niagara River and the world renowned wrecks of Tobermory.
Born and raised in Quebec, Francois began diving in 1975. Over the years he has enjoyed recreational diving in many interesting locations in Quebec, Ontario, Florida and the Caribbean.
Despite challenges related to a traumatic accident, he has a renewed enthusiasm for both scuba and free diving. He recently completed the HSA advanced open water/ SDI solo diving and SDI diver propulsion vehicle course. He also participated in strong current diving with Jill Heinerth. He has been involved with Freedom at Depth, an organization who’s mission is to train people with disabilities to scuba dive.
One of his goals for the future is to experience cave diving in Exuma.
Erinn was raised, educated and now operates a small business in the Niagara area. Living on the cusp of two Great Lakes, recreational diving has been a part of her life since her teenage years. Erinn completed her BA at Brock University.
Her studies of the classics led to an interest in marine archaeology.
She hopes to explore more regions of the Great Lakes and other underwater sites worldwide. Experiencing the wonders beneath the waves and learning more about them continues to fascinate her.