The Underwater Council of British Columbia

 

The Underwater Council of British Columbia, a Non Profit Society operating with Volunteers and funded by Donations, has been serving BC Recreational Divers since 1991.

 

Meet the UCBC Directors

  • • UCBC President: Adam Taylor

Area of interest: Environmental Protection

Adam Taylor

Adam is a 4th generation resident of Bowen Island, the ocean and its creatures have always held a special fascination for him. From beach-combing and fishing as a child to boating and diving later in life most of his favourite memories and activities involve the ocean. Certified in 1992 the majority of his dives have been in British Columbia waters with a few visits to warmer locales over the years; Hawaii, Bonaire, Cozumel, Cuba and Kenya.

With a background in Construction and Project Management he enjoys the opportunity provided by UCBC to bring together the views of the dive community and others.

A UCBC Director since 2002, he would like to see the Underwater Council of British Columbia continue to focus on its core mandate while also working on common goals with other dive and marine conservation organizations.

Giving back to the community and sharing his passion for the ocean is important to Adam; over the years he has performed numerous beach interpretations for local schools, CNIB Camp for the Blind as well as Underwater Cleanups. Underwater photography is his latest passion, and one of the ways he hopes to share our underwater world with non-divers so they can understand why we care about our local waters as much as we do...

  • • UCBC Secretary: Scott Meixner

Area of interest: Mooring Buoys

Scott Meixner UCBC Secretary/Mooring Buoys

Scott grew up on Lake Huron in Ontario and learned to swim almost before he could walk.

He started diving in 2008 when a friend convinced him that the water in British Columbia wasn't really all that cold.

Since then he's become completely addicted and now dives twice a week, no exceptions.

During surface intervals Scott can be found doing laboratory research for Canadian Blood Services, camping in his "Octopod" trailer or cycling to yard sales in search of epic deals. 

  • • UCBC Legal Advisor: Tom Beasley

Area of interest: Privacy Officer

Tom Beasley UCBC Legal Advisor

Tom Beasley is a lawyer with Bernard LLP in Vancouver where he practices all aspects of employment law and with a focus on human rights and wrongful dismissal law. He has a Hon.B.A. (UBC, 1975), M.A.(Economics; Queens, 1976) and LL.B. (Dalhousie, 1979), and has practiced employment law in BC since 1982.

Tom has been diving since 1974 with almost all of his 800+ dives being in cold water, primarily in the Pacific North West (PNW). He has been very active in the sport diving community serving on many boards and committees including:

• Artificial Reef Society of B.C. (ARSBC): Vice-President, 1989 to 1994. 
• Underwater Archaeological Society of B.C.: President, 1986 to 1990; Vice President 2010 to present; Director, 1983 to 1999, 2007 to 2009; 2010 to present.
• Underwater Council of B.C.: (UCBC), President, 1993 to 2008; Board Member 1993 to present.
• Vancouver Maritime Museum Society: President, 1989 to 1992; Vice-President, 2010 to present, Trustee, 1985 to 1994, 2007 to present.
Tom’s greatest passion is shipwreck research, exploration, documenting and preservation – primarily related to the sea otter trade in the PNW and the elusive Tonquin (1811).

  • • UCBC Director: Mike Barass

Area of interest: Mooring Buoys, Membership

UCBC Director Mike Barass

Mike was born and raised in BC. He started diving in 2006 and quickly fell in love with it.  Mike has over 1,000 cold water dives with his highest diving certification the UTD Tech 2. Most of Mike's diving though is done in the shallows as there is so much life there.

Mike does camera surveillance for a casino and when he is not working he can be found diving with Scott, Glen and others installing mooring buoys. Then when he is not diving he can be found (or not found) hiking our coastal mountains staying in shape.

 

 

 

  • • UCBC Director at Large: Paul Voykin

 

Paul Voykin UCBC Director

Born in the Southern Interior of BC, Paul grew up snorkeling in the lakes and rivers of the Kootenays. After certifying in 2013, he developed a passionate interest in all things scuba.

He has since resigned himself to life as a perpetual newbie, forever on the lookout for the next thing to learn.

He is continually awed by the majesty and intricacy of BC's unique underwater ecosystem.

Paul holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University.

He joined the UCBC out of a desire to further the interests of BC's dive community, both by promoting marine stewardship, and by helping to inform and educate British Columbians about the Council's activities in their area.

 

  • • Safety Advisor: Naomi Ross

 

Naomi Ross

Naomi's childhood was spent on the coasts of northeast England, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

By the time she was 4 years old, she had a snorkel in her mouth as she froze in the North Sea.

She started diving in 2002 after snorkelling in the Galapagos Islands.

She has a little over 200 dives, about half of which were in Ontario lakes and rivers, and the other half were in Galapagos, Baja, Belize, Roatan, Cozumel and Dahab (Red Sea.)


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