noun - Shark Diver™ is a company owned and managed by well-known shark divers Patric Douglas, Luke Tipple and Richard Theiss. Shark divers are professional divers and shark experts who plan for and provide a safe and protective swimming environment for open water swimmers and others in the water where sharks are known to be. Shark divers work in the tourism industry, television and film industry, and assist open water swimmers in various risk-inherent swims and channel crossings. They provide green shark deterrent protocols for commercial and non-commercial applications worldwide from cage and underwater communications systems to embedded, non-life threatening, shark deterrent systems designed to keep swimmers, divers, tourists, camera crew and television and film talent safe from sharks in demanding ocean conditions.
Shark Divers™ and the Shark Divers logo are trademarks of Shark Diver™.
Shark Divers™ CEO Patric Douglas began his 18-year career in adventure tourism escorting 21-day tours through China, Bali, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America both on and off the water. Douglas ventured into television as San Francisco's on screen talent and Bay Area Outdoor Adventure Host on CBS "Evening Magazine". He and his team created and branded "Shark Diver" a world-recognized shark-centric travel company that introduces divers to shark species worldwide. Shark Diver pioneered early West Coast shark tourism and shark research integration with a successful 4-year pilot white shark tagging effort involving U.C Davis and Mexico’s CICIMAR at its Isla Guadalupe site. Shark Diver created, branded and launched the non-profit web site Guadalupefund.org raising awareness of sharks worldwide and the need for shark conservation in Mexico. His was the first privately held company to successfully cage dive with Salmon Sharks in Alaska and has consulted on numerous film and television projects and specialized projects ranging from military to robotics. In 2010 Shark Diver licensed Shark Diver NZ that is building and branding a newly discovered white shark site in the Southern Hemisphere.
Luke Tipple is a marine biologist, professional diver and production consultant from Adelaide, Australia. As a marine biologist, he works with numerous species of sharks from top order predators such as the Great White and Tiger Shark to more gentle species like the filter-feeding Whale Shark. His accomplishments include writing tourism guidelines for Honduras, based on his field research, advanced shark cage design and safely guiding hundreds of clients while diving the infamous Guadalupe Island in Mexico, and Tiger Shark Beach in the Bahamas. Recently he consulted and conducted film shoots for the French documentary company Ushwaia for Shark Divers and has appeared alongside Discovery Channel's "Mythbusters", Adam Savage and Jamie Hynemann, on their premiere program for Shark Week 2008. In 2009 Luke was again integral to our film operations in the Bahamas, Guadalupe and California. Tipple is also the official Northern Hemisphere representative for Shark Shield Australia. In response to increased demand for Shark Shield™ technology by film and television companies Luke consults and approves requests for all commercial interests regarding the use of Shark Shields.
Richard Theiss is a Shark Program Consultant for the film and tourism industries. He is a recognized nature, documentary cinematographer with a solid background in marketing communications. He has woked with major broadcasters, corporations, non-profits, aquariums and research groups in a variety of capacities, and develops and executes shark programming, eco-tourism, effective promotional campaigns, corporate communications, public relations initiatives and potential revenue. Theiss also provides dramatic footage and assists with developing dynamic programming. He is a certified PADI scuba instructor and divemaster, and national member of Media Communications Association International and the prestigious Explorers Club.