Jeff Hawes


I started diving back in the mid 70s, while attending the University of Minnesota. It was after moving to Oregon in the mid 90s where the water was saltier and even colder, where I really became enamored with the sport. I could be found every weekend splitting time between assisting with new students, spearfishing, and underwater photography. While in the Pacific Northwest, I spent time divemastering aboard the 116-foot live-aboard Nautilus Explorer in British Columbia and expanding my underwater experiences.

Back in the corporate world, numerous opportunities for travel came with my job, and I was able to bring my dive gear around the world several times. I would always pack my dive and photo gear and as a result, I have enjoyed diving in many rather diverse locations. Sweden, Malaysia, Solomon Islands, Cabo, Bonaire, The Channel Islands, Coz, and BC to name just a few. I have often been asked where my favorite diving is. Anyone that knows me will tell you that I always try to find what makes a dive site most unique and interesting and strive to enjoy the site for what it has to offer. That way, they can all be great. How can I begin to compare the wonders of the Cenotes, to the Kelp forests of the Pacific, or the massive schools of circles barracuda found in the Solomons?  Treasure them All!

With my wife looking for warmer waters, we finally settled in the Palm Beach Area of Florida and can be found photographing the extremely diverse undersea realm this area has to offer.