Allen learned diving in 1997 and fell in love with underwater photography in 2000. He is very enthusiastic about ecology photography. In 2013, to provide an opportunity that divers can share the knowledge of underwater photography and ecology, he founded an Underwater Photography Club on Facebook. In 2015, his first solo photographic exhibition took place. His works were also published in French National Geography, EZDIVE Magazine, Rhythms Monthly, Science Monthly, Mandarin Daily News, and so on. He has been doing underwater photography in Kenting for many years and he highly recommends Taiwan's underwater ecology.
With 6 years of diving experience, Arwen specializes in macro diving mastering and underwater macro photography. Because of her love for marine animals, she quickly got familiar with the ecology in Taiwan seas. She very often dives to practice finding creatures and underwater photography and can always find rare treasures in various seas. Through her photos and sharing, she becomes well-known as a "Dive Master with Magical Eyes" in the industry. Her works have been published in Ocean Taiwan, Rhythms Monthly, Divine with BlueTrend, and Beneath Taiwan Beyond Dive which was published by the Hong Kong Office of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau.
Yen, AIDA Master Instructor Trainer as well as Molchanovs W2 instructor. Her journey into Freediving started with her obsession with fish. Fishes in aquarium, fishes in pet shops, and even fishes in the fish markets, she loves all kinds of fish. Finally, she decided that the best way to enjoy them is to visit them at their most natural environment, with the most natural way, Freediving. Exploring the other 70% of the world with Freediving, Yen wants to share her passion with the underwater world with everyone, hoping they would one day learn to love it as much as she did. Freediving is just the beginning of a band new life style, through her teaching, she wanted to deliver more than just skills, it is not about how long you can hold your breath or how deep you could go. It is all about the enjoyment of a lifestyle that surround yourself with the peacefulness of Freediving and the serene blue of the ocean. Freediving is not just a sport, it is part of our life, all who dives within are family.
With Ph.D. of Mar. Biol. Dept. James Cook University, AU, Ms Chen was head of the exhibition and education division of NMMST and director of TFS. Now she is head of the academy and industry division of NMMST, director of TCRS, and director of TCS. She specializes in coral reef fish ecology, monitoring and conservation of coral reefs, marine education, and environment education.
Dr. Chen Xinghan graduated from the National Defense Medical Center. During his tenure as a medical officer on the Dangyang Warship (DD911), he was deeply attracted by the sea. In 1985, Dr. Chen went to South Africa to study diving and hyperbaric oxygen medicine. He cured countless diving patients with hyperbaric oxygen. He wrote Diving Injury Q & A, Dictionary of Diving & Hyperbaric Oxygen Medicine, Q&A for Diving Decompression Sickness and Health Insurance Declaration Process, Hyperbaric Oxygen Medicine.
Based in Taipei, Harry Pan fell in love with the Ocean during the Discover Scuba Diving in Green Island. He is a 9 to 6 office worker in TV station during weekday and Scuba Diving Instructor is his another identity. By now Mr. Pan has been diving for 8 years, he is now a DIWA Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor/Specialty Instructor. His specialties include Nitrox, Equipment Service, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Sidemount Diving and Decompression Diving. Mr. Pan also owns equipment service certificates from each major equipment brand.
Hiroshi Ryu is the champion in men's category of the first freediving competition in Taiwan. As a senior Taiwanese freediver, Hiroshi Ryu is also the first Taiwanese in AIDA Education Committee, AIDA Freediving Instructor Trainer, and the founder of H Freediving Center.
Director O Turn, commercial, drama, documentary, and film director, water sports enthusiast, fell in love with the sea because of diving. His movie Whale Island was released in Taiwan in April 2021. Over 13,000 students were invited to watch the movie for free. He has published two books in Taiwan.
In 2009, Jay started to learn freediving. Currently, he is Taiwan Freediving Depth Record Holder (FIM: 102m; CWT: 101m), and sets 1 Asia record and 10 Taiwan records for Freediving. Freediving is a very challenging sport. Divers can learn about our ocean through relaxing and natural skills. Jay loves to travel and dive and also record every detail of the nature when diving on the coast of Taiwan. Nowadays, he dedicates himself to the promotion and teaching of freediving, expecting more people to recognize this sport, meet with ocean, and love ocean.
Joe Chang has been studying species, habits, and growth environment of Nudibranch on Green Island for years, Taiwan and now dedicates himself to promotion of marine conservation. He won Ocean Geographic Honorable Mentions of 2020 International Marine Geography Competition. Joe now is AOI exclusive underwater photographer and special lecturer, Taiwan Yuanyou Olympus contract underwater photographer and photography instructor, Fantasea underwater photographer, lecturer of sea slugs at China Underwater Sharing Conference, collaborator of Beijing Science and Technology Marine Mollusk Sea Slug Identification, speaker for DRT SHOW 2017-2019, and sea slug guest photographer for 30 Meters Underwater.
Lee KunHsuan entered the Collection and Research Division of the National Museum of Natural Science as an Assistant Curator and Collection Manager of Invertebrates in March 1996. His research focuses on coelenterates (mainly sea anemones), annelids (mainly polychaetes), echinoderms (mainly sea urchins) and Mollusca (mainly cephalopods). He specializes in Echinoderm ecology and classification, photomicrography, marine invertebrate specimen production.
After having a go freediving in 2020, she was gently captured.
In 2013, Lien LinLan started freediving with instructor Ming. LinLan represented Taiwan to attend freediving competitions in Red Sea and Caribbean Sea. She now is a freediving instructor based in Secretblue Freedivng School.
DongLiang is completely fascinated with the ocean and whales. In 2008, he joined Kuroshio Ocean Education Foundation, and became an interpreter on the whale watching boat. Since then, he started contributing to the conservation of ocean, whales and dolphins. Now he aims to get more people to "serve for Ocean."
Marco Chang, who is a freelancer, started to dive in 2018, he upgraded his camera by using DSLR in summer, 2013. Since then, it has been his most powerful weapon thru out his 8 years underwater photography. Most of his amazing images were taken in North-East Coast in Taiwan. He is good at capturing the moment of unique marine life behavior and his performance is outstanding in macro photography. His images had won many prizes among international contests. He hopes people will not just see the beauty of ocean but will take more serious concern on ocean conservation. He will continue to take more great photos, so that thru his lens, people will love the ocean as he does.
Phil Hsieh started diving in 2001 after finishing his serving in army. He was fascinated and attracted by tech diving because of “The Last Dive” so he then finished his IANTD Trimix diver course in 2005. Later on, he became a wreck diver, cave diver, DPV diver, and instructor. In 2015, he became an IANTD instructor trainer. The only tech-diving-focus dive center, Dark Tide Tech Dive Expedition Base, was founded by Phil in 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2017, Phil took the JJ CCR divers course for his first move toward CCR diving. In 2019, he got certified as a JJ CCR Mod 2 diver/IANTD Normoxic Trimix Plus Diver by Phil Short and as a JJ CCR Mod 1 instructor by Dave Thompson.
Wayne, the only AIDA and Molchanovs Instructor Trainer able to run courses in English and Chinese in Taiwan. Due to this language advantage, he is able to acquire and share the newest Freediving related information with our students. Wayne’s creativity never stops, he has countless naughty but fun ideas. When applied into our education, he has brought the whole thing into a brand new era, never before had any instructor taught the way he did. He brought so much joy and laughter into his courses, a lot of the times students actually forgot they were in a course. In a learning environment filled with love and happiness, students are more motivated than ever to learn and to improve, this is when learning efficiency spikes and this is also why students always felt like this is another home for them. Besides being a passionate instructor, Wayne is also actively participating in competitions as judges, as safeties, and as athletes. Continuously improving himself on all levels, so he could then convert knowledge into education material, to provide the most comprehensive courses ever to his students. Being an enthusiastic Freediver, Wayne loves teaching, training, traveling, and anything to do with Freediving. He has immersed himself into Freediving, living his everyday with it.
Zola Chen, a marine ecology photographer, dived in Tonga, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Japan and other places because of her love for cetaceans. The "Floating Together", a series of Humpback whale images, won the Honorable Mention and the Art Book Award of the International Photography Awards (IPA). Zola has participated in many underwater photography projects such as the Research Project of Lemon shark in Dongsha island, Cetaceans study in the eastern Taiwan, the Kuroshio’s Voyage Project, and the Megamouth Shark Documentary Program. Her works have been published in Science Monthly, Rhythms Monthly, Beyond the Blue: Kuroshio's Voyage, Great Blue Wild in Taiwan, and other publications.