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 cinematographer, director and photographer based in Maine. He specializes in ocean related stories and is equally at home filming deep underneath the surface, swimming in big surf or flying drones from boats to capture the beauty of our blue planet.
Steve often works with scientists, NGO’s and ocean communities in the hopes of inspiring positive change and getting research and conservation efforts seen by a broader audience. Steve feels equally at home in large TV productions or working on solo projects from pre-production to post.
He has worked with numerous magazines, NGO’s and production companies like National Geographic, BBC, Hakai Magazine, The Pew Charitable Trust, Discovery Channel, New York Times, TIME and many more.
Steve is a regular speaker on photography and conservation and is a TEDx Alumni. He lives in coastal Maine with his wife and three children.
Steve helps out at the shop with anything photo and video related.