CIMI Dive Club



The CIMI Dive Club is a place for the CIMI and Catalina Sea Camp community (former, present, and future) to connect around an interest in the ocean and diving!  Monthly virtual meetings feature a guest speaker working in a field related to diving, marine science, and/or conservation as well as time to connect and plan dive meet ups!

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Deidre Sullivan

Member of the Women Diver Hall of Fame, Marine Geologist, Submersible Diver

JANUARY 22, 2022
10:00 AM PST

Deidre was the Director of the CIMI Diving Program from 1986-95.  She made substantial changes to the dive program by creating best practices for teaching Scuba to teens; this led in part to her being inducted into the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame in 2014.  Deidre has been an underwater videographer, a marine geologist (mapping marine protected areas off California using submersibles) and a college educator.  Deidre is the co-founder of the Marine Advance and Technology Education (MATE) Center and directed the Center until her retirement last year.  MATE is a national center that works with colleges, universities, and K-12 education to develop the marine workforce through at-sea internships, student underwater robotic competitions, teacher education, and more.  Deidre will share her professional journey in science and education and how her experience at CIMI and with scuba diving have served as a foundation for approaching work and life.



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Aunpa Asokan, Ocean Advocate & Waterwoman

DECEMBER 18, 2021
10:00 AM PST

Anupa works at the intersection of ocean science, policy, and communication.  She is currently advocating for California’s marine protected areas through the 30×30 effort and is the director of Ocean Impact at Burero.  She serves on the national Board of Directors for the Surfrider Foundation and helps lead their justice, equity, diversity and inclusion work.  In her free time, she raises money for Surfrider through distance paddles, and enjoys snorkeling, fishing, and surfing.

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December 2021 Recording

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