A few years ago I was in Honduras for the second time in less than a year with a group of 80 divers over the course of one very long, hot, month.
We were there to see Whale Sharks. For a while this small little bug infested island (Utila) looked like the next "big thing" for Whale Shark encounters.
While Utila did not pan out over the long haul-two great chance encounters have changed my life and the lives of many others since then. The first was a meeting and unbelievable dive encounter with Karl Stanley owner of the deep diving submarine Idabel. With him I discovered the absolutely jaw dropping world of deep sea exploration and deep water sharks. It was truly shark diving at a whole new level.
The other, a chance meeting with a young Australian and marine biologist, Luke Tipple. How time flies when you consider back then we were only in our 3rd season of white shark encounters. Luke called me back then to say that he was coming to the states to work for me. He's never been a guy who minces words or deeds and I quickly took him up on his offer. It remains one of the best decisions I have ever made. Luke distinguished himself as one of the most serious and dedicated dive operations and overall vessel managers I have ever seen. His abject love of sharks, the ocean, and our divers was outstanding and infectious.
Fast forward to today. Luke's been looking for a new job, this time as television host. After watching his rise from operations manager to film and television coordinator for Shark Diver I have been impressed with Luke at every turn and wanting to see him reach his dream of being a wildlife show host on Discovery or Nat Geo. He's got raw talent and drive and quite frankly he's got the stuff that makes great show hosts. The ability to be natural on camera and draw the audience in.
In the sometimes harsh world of television and film production you either have "it" or you do not and no amount of editing will change that for you.
Luke's new website from the guys at 689 Design brings him one step closer to that dream. This summer he's been working with some of the top film crews in the industry shooting sharks in the Bahamas and his future has never looked brighter. Sometimes chance encounters can be a good thing.
Patric Douglas CEO