Christine West

Undersea Specialist

Christine was fortunate to grow up in the Pacific Northwest on the shores of the Puget Sound. After graduating from the University of Washington, she decided to pursue her love of the ocean and exploration. Her passion for marine biology has inspired her through over 4,000 scuba dives around the globe in temperate and cold-water conditions, as well as snorkeling and freediving in extraordinary habitats such as in river beds with spawning salmon, in recently de-glaciated bays and lagoons filled with ice and glacial silt and in deep blue water with large marine animals including humpback whales, hammerhead sharks and pilot whales.

Christine is now a USCG certified 100-ton Captain and has traveled internationally full-time as a naturalist, underwater videographer and photographer, expedition leader, educator, PADI Scuba Diving Instructor and Divemaster for over a decade.  Since 2013, Christine has spent her summers working as a naturalist in several regions in Alaska including the Kenai Peninsula, the Inside Passage, Ketchikan and Denali National Park. Her experiences guiding in remote regions around the state have taken her hiking through lush riparian forests, kayaking alongside orca whales and canoeing through ice chunks near calving glaciers. She has also enjoyed working as an in-water guide educating about echinoderms and other invertebrates in the kelp forests of Southeast Alaska.

Christine’s interest in travel and wildlife has taken her to work above and below water in over 30 countries, spending significant amounts of time in Alaska, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Mexico, Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam and several countries in the Caribbean.

Upcoming Expeditions

  • Jul 11, 2021
  • Jan 08, 2022
  • Jun 06, 2021
  • Aug 15, 2021
  • Aug 22, 2021
  • Aug 29, 2021
  • Nov 27, 2021
  • Dec 26, 2021
  • Apr 22, 2022
  • Apr 29, 2022
  • Feb 06, 2022
  • Feb 16, 2022
  • Mar 27, 2022
  • Nov 17, 2021
  • Feb 26, 2022
  • Apr 08, 2022
  • Sep 07, 2021
  • Sep 14, 2021
  • Jan 03, 2022
  • Jul 07, 2021
  • Jul 20, 2021

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