Ron Watkins first experienced the thrill of diving at age 15 at Lake Mead, Nevada with his father, who learned how to dive in the Navy during the Korean War aboard the USS Oriskany. Although his father is no longer able to dive, he is able to experience the underwater world through Ron’s photography. Ron and his wife Heidi are PADI Advanced Open Water certified divers and have logged many dives together. Starting off with a simple Sealife point and shoot 35 mm camera in 1996, Ron was hooked on underwater photography. Ron has a photography specialty certification that he earned while diving on a live-aboard in the Australian Coral Sea. Ron attributes his success to countless other underwater photographers that have made time to provide advice and shooting many practice photographs. Ron was recognized by Seaspace 2000 with first place in the Wide Angle category for his gray whaler shark photo.
Ron and Heidi reside in New River, Arizona and have been on trips to exotic destinations including Micronesia, Indonesia, Fiji, Australia, Mexico, Central America, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. With 100s of dives under her belt, Heidi is Ron’s lifelong dive buddy and researches dive destinations and animals, assists with spotting photo subjects, provides lighting support, and keeps a watchful eye on the gauges.
After many years of sharing photos with friends, family, and the good folks at the New River Senior Center, Ron and Heidi took their urging to turn their passion for diving and underwater photography into a business. The couple recently launched SCUBAREWS LLC which is devoted to sharing the wonders of the underwater world with both scuba divers and non-diving underwater enthusiasts. SCUBAREWS provides underwater photography prints, framed art, stock photos, calendars, interactive CD/DVDs, trip reports, educational photo presentations and tips for underwater photographer. Additional photos can be seen online at their website www.scubarews.com.