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InDepth is a free, scuba diving blog run by the passionate divers at Global Underwater Explorers (GUE). GUE is a nonprofit diving organization that focuses on growing a global community of divers who are enthusiastic about diving and committed to exploring and conserving the world’s bodies of water.
Our passion for diving focuses on four pillars: Education, Conservation, Exploration, and Community. No matter if you’re a new diver, an avid explorer, or only dive occasionally, our goal is to provide you with accurate and researched content that will take you deeper into diving. Our aim with InDepth is to be your number one source of information for all things diving.
ABOUT GLOBAL UNDERWATER EXPLORERS (GUE)
Global Underwater Explorers began with a group of scuba divers whose love of underwater exploration grew naturally into a desire to protect those environments. In 1998, we created a unique organization that would be dedicated to high-quality scuba and technical diver education with the goals of supporting aquatic research that advances conservation and safely expanding exploration of the underwater world.
Now a well-established 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in High Springs, Florida, we have developed expansive programs to support our mission with educational opportunities as well as conservation and exploration initiatives around the world.
THE PEOPLE BEHIND InDEPTH
Michael Menduno, Editor-In-Chief
Michael Menduno is InDepth’s editor-in-chief and an award-winning reporter and technologist who has written about diving and diving technology for 30 years. He coined the term “technical diving.” His magazine aquaCORPS: The Journal for Technical Diving (1990-1996), helped usher tech diving into mainstream sports diving. He also produced the first Tek, EUROTek, and ASIATek conferences, and organized Rebreather Forums 1.0 and 2.0. Michael received the OZTEKMedia Excellence Award in 2011, the EUROTek Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, and the TEKDive USA Media Award in 2018. In addition to his responsibilities at InDepth, Menduno is a contributing editor and writer for DAN Europe’s Alert Diver magazine, a contributing editor for X-Ray Magazine, a staff writer for DeeperBlue.com, and is on the board of the Historical Diving Society (USA).
Amanda White, Managing Editor, Designer
Amanda White is the managing editor for InDepth. Her main passion in life is protecting the environment. Whether that means working to minimize her own footprint or working on a broader scale to protect wildlife, the oceans, and other bodies of water. She received her GUE Recreational Level 1 certificate. Amanda was a volunteer for Project Baseline for over a year as the communications lead during Baseline Explorer missions. She is now the Marketing and Communications Director for GUE. Amanda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, with an emphasis in Strategic Communications from the University of Nevada, Reno and a minor in creative writing.
Pat Jablonski, Manager of Copy Editing
Pat Jablonski coordinates the copy editing team for GUE. A native south Floridian, she earned a BA in English Literature from Florida Atlantic University and an MSW from Barry University back in the dark ages. In addition to being a wife and mother, she very much enjoyed a fulfilling career for twenty years as the director of a women’s center re-entry program at Palm Beach State College (PBSC) as well as being employed part-time for ten years as a practicing psychotherapist. She retired once, and then returned to PBSC where she worked part-time as a remedial writing instructor and tutor. She moved to High Springs in 2015 when her first grandchild was born and has greatly loved being both Nana and GUE’s editor-coordinator for nearly five years.
Kenzie Potter, Layout
Kenzie Potter Stephens is a production artist for InDepth as well as part of the GUE marketing team.. She earned her BS degree in Industrial Engineering and Marketing at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany, which assists her in using her multicultural upbringing to foster international growth within the community.
In addition to her activities as a yoga teacher and an underwater rugby trainer, she has completed her GUE Tech 1 and Cave 1 training and is on her way to becoming a GUE instructor. Not letting any grass grow under her feet, she has also taken on a second major in biochemistry in order to create a deeper understanding of our planet’s unique ecosystems as well as the effect of diving on human physiology.
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