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Worlds 2004: The Team

There are numerous members of the team in Vancouver for the AIDA World Championships coverage. I certainly feel that they are the unsung hero’s of our coverage and I want to give them their own little space in the spotlight!

The team for Vancouver consists of 2 photographers and 4 editorial. So without much further ado let me introduce…

Tim Calver

Role: Under Water Photographer

Tim Calver Underwater

Tim Calver is a freelance photographer based in Miami, Florida. His work is heavily influenced by freediving and the lessons it has brought into his life. Tim had the opportunity to shoot stills on the IMAX film Oceanmen and has worked for such publications as National Geographic Adventure, Time Magazine and Tim was the 2002 recipient of the National Geographic Ford Fellowship in underwater photography. This is his first assignment with and he will be responsible for our underwater photos during Vancouver.

His work can be viewed at

Gareth Powell

Gareth Powell Headshot

Role: Above Water Photographer

Gareth Powell is another freelance photographer and a good friend of mine from England. Whilst not a diver he has worked on several special features and provided some of the most memorable photos from the Sony FreeDiver Open Classic in Cyprus, 2003. Gareth will be responsible for all above water photography during the competition.

Peter Scott

Role: Competition Organiser Editorial

Peter Scott Headshot

Peter is a Staff Writer at, part of the organising committee for the Worlds and a former competitive freediver. He has produced numerous articles on and was instrumental in the lead up to our exclusive coverage of the Sony FreeDiver Open Classic in 2003. He will be providing editorial coverage from the perspective of the organisers.

Sam Kirby

Role: Coach and Team Editorial

Sam Kirby Headshot

Sam is one of our experienced Staff Writers who will also be leading the United Kingdom competition team out in Vancouver. She will be providing editorial assistance, as well as providing the low-down on coaching a team at the Worlds.

Jennifer Housley

Role: Individual Competitor Editorial

Jennifer Housely Headshot

Jennifer is a relative newcomer to writing at but in the short time she has been with us she has turned out some of the most popular reportage to date. Jennifer will be joining us to help interview individual athletes and provide editorial assistance.

Stephan Whelan

Stephan Whelan Headshot

Role: Team Leader and General Editorial

So, finally onto me. I’m the founder, CEO and Publisher of and will be leading the team out in Vancouver. I’ve been diving for nearly 14 years now, mainly Scuba but have been known to attempt to FreeDive once in a while. This will be 5th Special Feature Team to be heading up and i’ll be looking after the general editorial (which means you’ll be sick of me by the end of the coverage), as well as trying to keep the rest of the team enthusiastic and on-track.

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Stephan Whelan
Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a lifelong love affair with the oceans. In 1996 he set up and has grown the site to be the most popular diving website and community in the world.