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- Cristina Zenato
Grand Bahama, Bahamas (the)26.533501, -78.662109 View on map
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Cristina started diving in 1994, making the Bahamas her home and diving her life. She manages a team of eighteen divers, teaches hundred of students at all levels from Open Water to Full cave divers and specializes in a Shark course. She is known for inducing a status of tonic immobility in sharks through a gentle touch. Her knowledge about sharks comes from 19 years spent traveling the world and in the water with over a dozen different species.
She is a cave explorer and TDI and NSS-CDS Technical and full cave instructor. She explores and maps cave systems, providing vital information for their protection. She is the first woman to have connected a land cave with an ocean blue hole. She consults with organizations for the creation of marine parks with an emphasis on protecting sharks. Cristina believes there is great power in education and volunteers her time to host foreign students and teach local Bahamian school children to dive as part of sharing her vision. She is a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, of the Explorers Club, the Ocean Artists Society and a Platinum Pro 5000 recipient.