Undersea Specialists & Divemasters

Because the ocean is vital to the regions we visit, we help you explore them

Our exclusive undersea program is a pioneering expedition feature, designed to enrich your experience and aid your understanding of the region you’re exploring—given the importance of the ocean to life on the planet.

Using a high-definition camera, our Cousteau-like undersea specialist dives frequently during the voyage to show you strikingly clear images of the seldom-seen world beneath the ship.

Far from a cold, lifeless stretch, the seas of Antarctica and the Arctic are surprisingly rich and colorful environments filled with astonishing life forms. The same is true of Alaska, where we’ve recently established an undersea program. Guests are marveling at the unexpected wonders and the thought-provoking talks and conversations they inspire.

Undersea specialists are on expeditions to Alaska, Baja, Galápagos, and nearly all sailings of National Geographic Explorer.

Both National Geographic Explorer (polar regions) and National Geographic Endeavour are also equipped with an ROV capable of depths of up to 1,000 feet and 500 feet respectively—manned by, but going beyond the range of our divers. These ROVs are allowing us to show you what few human eyes have ever seen, including polar scientists with whom we share our video findings.

In addition, many of our ships are equipped with Splash-Cams that allow filming of surface activity, from porpoising penguins to curious sea lions.  

Featured Undersea Specialists & Divemasters

Carlos Navarro

Undersea Specialist
Baja California, 13 January 2018
Carlos J. Navarro is a biochemist specializing in marine biology, a M. Sc. in Environmental Management and a freelance wildlife photographer/author. Carlos has spent most of the last 30 years living along the shores of the Sea of Cortez and participating in numerous scientific, conservation and environmental education projects on the vaquita, marine invertebrates, sea birds, great white sharks, baleen whales, jaguars and crocodiles. Carlos’ six years of jaguar research provided the basis of ONCA MAYA, a non-profit organization dedicated to jaguar conservation based in Cancun, of which he is a founding member and still serves as a scientific advisor. He loves being underwater, either free-diving or using SCUBA gear and have had the chance to explore the underwater realms of Alaska, Mexico, Svalbard, the trans-Atlantic ridge islands, the Caribbean and both coasts of South America from Panama to Chile and Brazil to Argentina. 

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Erin McFadden

Undersea Specialist
Erin was born and raised in Scotland in the small coastal town of Dunbar. She decided to leave home at the age of 17 to pursue her interests in marine biology and scuba diving. Five months in the Bahamas cemented her passion for these interests and over the course of the next few years Erin worked in Cyprus and Zanzibar, as well as completing projects in South Africa and Mozambique.

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Paul North

Undersea Specialist
Antarctica, 26 December 2017
For over a decade Paul North has been exploring the marine ecosystems of our planet. Whereas most think of diving as a warm water activity, he has chosen the road less traveled–specializing in polar diving. This has provided many rare opportunities to dive and explore from the Arctic to Antarctica and many wondrous places in between.

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