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Dive Almanac’s Jeffrey Gallant – Diving’s Scribe

“…. the tribal split between the technical, recreational, and freediving communities is dividing our fraternity at a time when, more than ever, we need to be united to better the industry and help save the world ocean. For most of us, the fundamental aim of diving is to see what discoveries await beneath the surface. With this mindset, all we need is a mask and a foot of water to cross into the unknown and become explorers and custodians, brothers and sisters, one and all.”

“I have always dove with a camera and Force Fins since the 1980s.”

  • Jeffrey Gallant, Editor-in-Chief of the Diving Almanac and Book of Records, which he first published in 2006 (2007 Edition). He is also the President and lead scientist of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets in 1982 at the age of 14. He has since led several research and training expeditions around the world. Among other accomplishments, Gallant was trained as an aquanaut (underwater habitat operations) in Romania in 1995, he was the founding Diving Safety Officer (DSO) of the Quebec Aquarium in 2002, he dove with Équipe Cousteau in 1999, he co-led the first shark observation cage dives in Canada, he led the first underwater tagging of Greenland sharks on scuba, he deployed the first shark observation cage under ice, he published the first online dive magazine, and he has served as a scientific adviser and dive leader on expeditions and fact- finding missions in Labrador, Nunavut, Iceland, Greenland and Ghana. An award-winning underwater photographer and videographer, Jeffrey has contributed to several dive publications, books, as well as television and lm documentaries on sharks and diving, including National Geographic, Discovery Channel, History Channel, BBC, CBC, Radio-Canada and Explora. He has been a contributing editor of Vancouver-based DIVER Magazine since 1997. Jeffrey was elected a Fellow of the Explorers Club in 2010, and he was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to underwater science and exploration in 2012. In 2014, the CCID elected Jeffrey as an Ambassador of the City of Drummondville where he teaches at the CEGEP