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What the hell is Diving Squad!?

“In 2018, I quit my job as an ecologist to pursue my dream of scuba diving in as many different parts of the world as possible.

Both to document and fund this lifestyle shift, I started creating immersive online records of my ongoing scuba-odyssey; the many adventures that ensue from it and all that I learn along the way about diving, marine ecosystems and how we as humans interact with them.

Much of this is done in the form of surrealistic edits of scuba diving videos to weird music, in-depth guides on diving locations, gear and know-how as well as a series of semi-rambling memoirs about the many adventures that spring forth from my life as a rootless divemaster, perpetual traveler and all-round adrenaline junky. 

There’s also a hearty splash of ecology and biology thrown in to give an in-depth insight into aquatic creatures and ecosystems that tells you more than just the mainstream facts about them than you already know!

Over the years, this project has evolved and adapted to become a multi-dimensional source of information that comes from a group of diehard scuba divers and wildlife scientists from various far flung corners of the world” – Alex: Founder & Grand Admiral of the Diving Squad. 

MEET THE DIVING SQUAD:

Laura DeLaurii

Diving Squad Scout & Writer

Currently based in Spain, Laura is a marine biologist and underwater photographer whose been scuba diving since the age of 19.

She’s been involved with Diving Squad since 2021 when she and Alex first met whilst scuba diving Panama and since then has become a keen scout and collaborator to the site – with a whole ton of upcoming Diving Squad missions.

As a marine biologist, Laura specialises in analysing toxicological data: studying and working tirelessly to preserve and restore the chemical-content of the ocean.

She has hundreds of dives under her belt but never ceases to be astonished by the marine ecosystems and landscapes she sees…if she could be any marine creature it would obviously be a manta ray!

When not marine biologying, diving or practicing language (she’s fluent in Spanish: Catalan and Basque as well as English) Laura can be found outdoors or flipping into beast mode to lift weights at the gym!

Gabby Abouhassan

Diving Squad Scout & Writer

Located in Hawaii, Gabby is a marine biologist and divemaster who loves to shoot underwater videos and edit them together into short scuba diving movies before sharing them with the world via social media.

It was after discovering Gabby’s awesome instagram reels that Alex reached out to her and they began collaborating online to create more underwater movies and marine life content.

Gabby’s favourite thing about scuba diving is the unique experience of interacting with the the underwater world – especially by learning about marine organisms from observing them in their natural environment. 

All in the name of marine biology, Gabby has scuba dived around many parts of the world and loves to share her experiences with her students. 

In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, hiking, surfing…and just about anything else that involves being outdoors!

Alex Hatton

Grand Admiral & Founder of the Diving Squad

In 2018, Alex quit his job as an ecologist in the UK to pursue his dream of scuba diving in as many different parts of the world as possible. 

Since then he’s been a rootless divemaster having so far scuba dived parts of the Philippines, Thailand,  Vietnam, Indonesia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua and Ireland – and still considers himself very much at the start of his scuba-odyssey!

He’s totally obsessed with filming every dive that he goes on and splicing the footage into surreal underwater movies  and writing up on his experiences in the form of handy travel guides aimed at divers. 

Still considering himself an ecologist at heart, he enjoys training and collaborating with marine conservation organisations such as Seasearch, Ireland Whale & Dolphin Group and Paralenz.

When he’s not diving, editing movies or collaborating, he’s happiest trekking through the mountains, running along the beach or repeatedly picking up and putting down heavy objects whilst listening to pounding electro.

Through Diving Squad, our aim is to transport you to being under the water yourself. Strap on a virtual dive mask and come with us for the ride; see what we have seen, learn what we’ve learned and find out how you can travel to and dive these beautiful places for yourself. 

There’s another member of the team to still introduce. It’s you! If you have scuba diving experiences or original photos, videos or reviews of your own that you’d like to share, feel free to reach out and find out how you can become a paid member of the Diving Squad.

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