Ken Merryman was born and raised in Canton, Ohio, went to college in Cleveland, and moved to Minneapolis for work in 1971. He started a part time scuba diving charter service, Superior Trips LLC in 1975. Has run Isle Royale, North Shore, and Apostle Islands dive charters, but always reserved time to play and hunt for shipwrecks. Recently retired, he boats, dives, or works on his boat six months of the year.
While he has been diving Lake Superior for over 40 years and has an amazing collection of video from all across the lake, he is currently spending summers circumnavigating the Great Lakes and doing photogrammetry of Great Lakes Shipwrecks. (3dshipwrecks.org)Together with his wreck hunting partners Jerry Eliason and Kraig Smith, the team has found more than twenty shipwrecks
In 2013 Kayla Martin started her diving career at thirteen years of age. She has since logged hundreds of dives in a variety of underwater environments. Kayla has shared her passion for diving at professional conferences across North America since 2014 and was the youngest presenter at the Our World Underwater Evening Film Festival in Chicago.
Kayla has recently graduated from four years of studying Water Science and Environmental Health (BSc) at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her interests lie in examining our interactions with water, the environmental impacts of invasive species in the Great Lakes, and ways to achieve sustainability for future generations.
Currently in my third year studying biochemistry at the University of Ottawa, my plan upon graduating is to focus on conserving aquatic environments.
In the summer of 2022, I gained experience working for Parks Canada as a member of the Thousand Islands National Park Resource Conservation Team. Extended periods were spent working in remote locations in both the forest and on small commercial boats, which included person overboard training.
Working in the scuba industry over the last nine years at Kanata Diving Supply, I have acquired advanced knowledge of all aspects of scuba diving. Over the last four years as a Divemaster, I have been planning and leading dive charters, including training a scientific dive team from the Museum of Nature for their 2022 Arctic expedition.
I have always been drawn to water and was certified as a Junior Open Water Diver in 2012 at the age of 13. In 2018, I became a Divemaster to share my passion for safe diving with others. Additionally, I instruct DAN First Aid and PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider. I have logged over 200+ dives and hold certifications including Ice Diver, Deep Diver, and Enriched Air Diver. As a Divemaster, I continuously advocate for marine heritage conservation in the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River.
Terry was certified in 1987. He completed his cave training in 1995 and his Trimix training the following year. He completed his Closed Circuit Trimix Rebreather training in 2016. Terry has actively documented shipwrecks and caves using video and photos since 2000. He has been an active contributor to Quest since 2001. Some of his video has been featured on the Outdoor Life Network and local media publications.
In 2016, Terry was part of an Explorer’s Club team that discovered and documented the steam locomotive CPR 694 in Lake Superior near Marathon, Ontario. Some of his photos and video were used for several newspaper articles, an article in Branchline Magazine and the documentary called “The Ties That Bind”.
In 2018, Terry was part of the diving team that documented the wreck of the Manasoo in Georgian Bay which has since been featured in Quest Magazine and Wreck Diver Magazine.
Terry has a keen passion for photographing Great Lakes shipwrecks and enjoys exploring sites in all five of the Lakes
Mike and Georgann Wachter are well known as the authors of Erie Wrecks and Lights, Erie Wrecks East, and Erie Wrecks West. In addition to their books, Mike and Georgann have published a Lake Erie shipwreck map listing over 350 GPS wreck coordinates for divers. They have been diving around the world since the mid 1970’s. However, nowhere else in the world have they discovered the kind of pristine and perfectly preserved shipwrecks that lie in the fresh waters of the Great Lakes. This has resulted in the discovery or rediscovery of 40+ wreck sites. What was once a part time hobby became a full time investigation of the myths and realities behind the thousands of shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. They have written numerous magazine articles and have a passion for creating diver access to and preserving Great Lakes maritime history. Both have been active in the Maritime Archaeological Survey Team (MAST) where Mike is past president and Georgann has been treasurer. Under Mike’s tenure 6 shipwrecks in Ohio waters were moored for divers. They are active members of Lake Erie Wreck Divers and Bay Area Divers scuba clubs. They are past co-chairs of Shipwrecks & Scuba.
Georgann was inducted into the international Women Divers Hall of Fame in 2013 for documenting over 250 Great Lakes shipwrecks with her writing, research and marine artwork. Mike is a retired management consultant who now devotes his time to finding, exploring and telling tales of Great Lakes shipwrecks and lighthouses. He hosts a database on wrecks at www.eriewrecks.com. The collaboration of Georgann’s love of research and Mike’s love of storytelling provides the fuel for the Erie Wrecks series
Kevin is an avid technical diver, historian, amateur archeologist, and preservationist. Regularly he dives with a purpose which has brought him many historical documentation opportunities within the Great Lakes region. Through numerous interviews, articles, and photographic events, he inspires others to appreciate Great Lakes shipwrecks while practicing low impact diving techniques.
Although he wears many hats including President of both the Southwest Michigan Underwater preserve and the Michigan Underwater Preserve Council most of his satisfaction comes from scuba diving with his wife Amy. Together they make a team and have assembled a unique blend of old and new technology which is proving quite effective for finding shipwrecks. Together they discovered 5 in 2022 and are the tally has only begun for 2023.
David Trotter has been involved in Great Lakes shipwreck searching, diving, exploring and documenting new discoveries for 35+ years. The solving of "history's mysteries" has made significant contributions to the story of our Great Lakes and has provided new exploration opportunities for sport and technical divers to enjoy. Dave's discoveries have been featured on the Discovery Channel as well as in the New York Times, Detroit Free Press, and Canadian "DIVER" magazine. David’s lecture series has entertained thousands of people who enjoy discovery and exploration of long missing ships. Going where no one has gone before. https://www.shipwreck1.com/
Kevin was certified for scuba in 1984. He moved to the Cleveland, OH, area in 1993 and discovered shipwreck diving in the Great Lakes shortly afterwards. He enthusiastically practices diving shipwrecks in Lake Erie as well as the other Great Lakes. He was trimix certified in 1999 and has visited many of the pristine deep-water wrecks that technical diving allows. In 2001 he co-founded the Cleveland Underwater Explorers (CLUE), which has found over 35 shipwrecks in Lake Erie. Kevin is a member of the National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL), Maritime Archaeological Survey Team (MAST), Lake Erie Wreck Divers (LEWD), and - of course - Bay Area Divers (BAD) http://www.greatlakeswrecks.info/
Cindy began diving the Great Lakes in the early 1990s and has over 1,000 logged dives and holds numerous dive certifications up through Advanced Nitrox. She is an Official Court Reporter for the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and is a Registered Professional Reporter with the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), is a Certified Reporting Instructor and has taught court reporting theory at a local college. Cindy is a member of the Cleveland Underwater Explorers (CLUE), the National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL), Maritime Archaeological Survey Team (MAST), Lake Erie Wreck Divers (LEWD), and - of course - the Bay Area Divers (BAD). http://www.greatlakeswrecks.info/