Originally from Kansas, Chuck developed a love for the ocean while stationed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa Japan. While serving in the military, he had the opportunity to dive many dive destinations across the Far East. Over the years, Chuck has had the pleasure of diving and learning from some truly amazing people from all walks of life, including new dive students. In June 2013, he became a PADI Open Water Dive instructor. Now, Chuck has the opportunity to share my knowledge, experience, and love for diving with the next generation of divers. It brings Chuck even greater joy to serve as a catalyst to flourishing their diving skills and to becoming advocates of the oceans with each dive … “A Diver’s Playground”.
Chuck’s passion for diving extends beyond the “Diver’s Playground”. It has led to many lasting friendships, adventures, and fond memories, and has thrived to going on to becoming an owner/partner of Portsmouth Scuba.
Chuck has a BS and MS in aerospace and aeronautical engineering. He started his career with General Dynamics as an “integration and test engineer”, and currently works for Raytheon as a “supply chain program manager”. Over the course of my career, his assignments have been diverse in technical domain and teammates. Chuck’s career has been one continuous education on developing his skills and knowledge to meet internal and external customer commitments.
For Chuck diving is more than a passion, it is a way of life by choice. He consider himself fortunate to be an active member of the dive community and to have friends and family who believe and support his dreams. Chuck continues to strive towards his dream of making diving a passion for future generations
Steve De Neef is a photojournalist and videographer specializing in conservation, documentary and underwater stories. He mainly works with scientists and NGO’s in the hopes of getting their research and conservation efforts seen by a broader audience. Steve only recently made to move to New England after having lived in Asia for numerous years.
He has worked with numerous magazines, newspapers, NGO’s and production companies like Greenpeace, BBC Natural History Unit, LA Times, National Geographic (Netherlands), BBC Wildlife Magazine, Asian Geographic, Ocean Geographic, Oceana, Large Marine Vertebrate Project, Asian Diver, Nature’s Best Photography, Scuba Diver Australasia, Scuba Diver Through The Lens, Sportdiver, Concern Worldwide, Red Cross, 60 minutes Australia, Project Seahorse, The Thresher Shark Project, Save Philippine Seas, …
Steve’s images and video’s have won awards in competitions like: Nature’s Best Photography Ocean views, Natures Best Photography Winland Smith Rice, Outdoor Photographer of the Year, Beneath the Sea, Beneath the Waves film festival, Ocean Art, ADEX (Asian Dive Expo) photographer of the year and more.
For more of Steve’s work visit his website www.stevedeneef.com