'From a very young age I loved the water. I loved swimming and soon enough I was in the big boys league of competitive swimming, but it was a snorkelling trip on holiday that would change my life and take my interests from the top of the water to the colorful and beautiful world that lay deep beneath those swimming on the surface. School taught me lots more in Marine Biology as my fascination grew.
In 1997 I finally got to strap on some tanks and dive. To say I was hooked there and then would be a massive understatement. From that very moment I could think of nothing other than being deep underwater. This was my world!
I knew that if I applied myself and attained the correct skills, then my enjoyment would grow with my ability. I passed ranks quickly, and today I dive as a Master Instructor. I finally retired in 2020 from the UK Financial Services sector and now travel the world doing conservation and education.
As with every passion, it is a great joy and unbelievable privilege to be able to share it with others. I love seeing divers faces when they surface from a dive after facing a huge tiger shark or Great white shark. Having a shark of that size within hand reach is an experience everyone should enjoy in life. Photography has always been a passion, above and below, today my current personal camera is the Canon 5d MKVi in an Aquatica housing and I switch to the Red Epic in a gates housing when shooting on location. Location shoots have included several Blue Planet II sequences, Nat Geo Wild segments as well as shark week and several BBC shoots. These days, no matter which rig I use on a dive, everyone knows it as my ‘baby’.
I want to share a part of my world. A world of misunderstood creatures, a world of dives that 99% of people would fear and that only 1% are lucky enough to have the privilege to make. I have now been fortunate enough to dive some of the world’s finest locations, places that, just a few short years ago, I could only dream of visiting. I have met some truly wonderful, talented divers over the years that I am now proud to be able to call friends.
My love for sharks grows ever deeper with every dive and I share my passion and knowledge by visiting schools and educating the children on these awe-inspiring animals, as well as hopefully inspiring the next generation of Master Divers!
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Terri Olah is originally from Canada and moved to the USA in 1993. She lived in Minnesota for 20 years. She is dive certified late 90's and fell in love with the ocean...especially the wildlife!!! Her first shark dive early 2000 and loved sharks ever since!!! Terri is mom to 3 grown kids and one hardcore grandson.
Terri moved over to Jupiter, FL in 2017. Jupiter is an amazing place for kiteboarding, surfing, Stand up paddle-board, diving, Spearfishing, lobstering...and best of all...shark diving!
In early 2019 I went to Tiger Beach for the first time with Leigh, needless to say it was an experience of a lifetime. We did many subsequent trips together to feed my addiction.
Move forward to hurricane Irma. After hurricane Irma she had volunteered collecting and distributing supplies in the Bahamas, particularly The Abaco’s (they were hit the hardest) she spent a month over there on the ground helping out until disaster when she broke her heel. After having surgery (4 screws later) there wasn’t much she could do...it was non-weight bearing for 3 months!!! Two weeks after surgery Terri said to Leigh, “I cant sit at home any more! Can I come on the next shark trip with you?” She said “of course babe!”...with her British accent.
For the next few months all she did was dive...for the first two, with one fin on. Her nickname was “Peggy”...peg leg!
In Jan 2020, Leigh asked me if I would like to learn how to feed. She told me that in her 12 years of feeding she has never taught any one (many have asked her to teach them, she refused), and that she thought I would be good at it because I’m very calm and confident around the sharks. I said yes!!!! So for the next few months we spent a lot of time going over all aspects about sharks, different species of sharks behavior, She would video me while feeding and then we would sit and watch it together and go over what I did right/wrong. My connection with these beautiful animals is something that keeps me intrigued daily.
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The passion both Leigh and Terri have about anything sharks is unquestionable. These two blondes have recently set up @twoblondesandashark on IG to allow people to follow their work. You will see how they remove hooks together using tonic immobility, working as a team to clear up the mess left in these beautiful animals mouths from their natural hunting behavior.
Terri and Leigh will be on most trips, whether alone or together and take pride in both education as well as assisting guests get the best shots.
We travel to some of the most majestic dive sights all over the world to dive with a wide range of species. Including-
Bahamas- Tiger Beach