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.
Elaine was first introduced to scuba diving at 6 years old in the family pool. Under the water felt like a natural place to be ever since. She got her PADI Open Water Certification in 2000 and eventually became an SSI Advanced Open Water Instructor in 2011. Diving has taken her throughout the Caribbean, Great Lakes region and British Columbia. While she loves diving the deep, cold waters of southern Ontario, there is nothing like drifting effortlessly over a beautiful Caribbean reef. Elaine’s role in the Dive Team is to lead the dives and ensure the safety of the other team members so they can focus on capturing the great images and video footage the Dive Team is known for.
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. Jaia owns a videography and webdesign business which can be found at www.jaiakonik.com.
Bud has been diving for 20 years, teaching for 15 of those years as a registered ACUC Instructor. He has travelled to Mexico, Tobermory, Cuba and Brockville diving wrecks, coral reefs and drift diving. With over 2000 dives under his belt, Bud enjoys the challenge of building confidence in new divers and helping them to grow into safe scuba divers. The Forest City in Tobermory is one of Bud’s favorite wrecks.
Bud is The Dive Team’s technical safety advisor. He works hard to keep the team safe while exploring the underwater world.
Dan has been diving for eight years. He is a certified dive master with PADI and the Handicapped Scuba Association. His favourite dive location is in the Pacific Ocean around Vancouver, with a special place in his heart for night diving in Kelvin Grove, just outside of Horseshoe Bay, BC. He has also dove off the coasts of Great Britain, Cuba, and Hawaii. His diving bucket list has one item: Scapa Flow, and he plans to dive it soon.