Michael holds a Class A Boat Master’s License from the Bahamas Port Department as well as the STCW. He is an experienced boat captain and has been on the water since childhood. Michael knows that waters of the Bahamas like his own backyard and his knowledge of the weather and sea conditions is invaluable. He worked for many years as a yacht captain before coming to Epic Diving. He enjoys helping divers and sharing the experience with them, but loves the saying, “I drive, I don’t dive!”
Vincent Canabal is a board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician and continues to work clinical shifts during the diving off-season. He holds a 100 ton masters license from the United Sates Coast Guard as well as a Class A Boat Master’s License in the Bahamas. He volunteers at the Shark Research Institute where he also serves on the Global Shark Accident File. Vince began diving and filming sharks at the age of 14. Since he went on his first shark dive his passion for sharks has taken him around the globe. Vincent owns and operates Epic Diving, a company that believes in conservation minded shark tourism and focuses on photography and videography expeditions. He feels it is important to change people’s perception of sharks and these encounters, and the images that come from them, offer a different perspective and appreciation for sharks.
Debra Canabal earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Science with a concentration in neuroscience at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. During graduate school, she went on her first shark dive in the Bay Islands of Honduras and immediately developed a passion and love for sharks. She began to focus her efforts on their preservation and joined Shark Research Institute as Director of Development. In 2010 Debra started Epic Diving which uses ecotourism as a platform to aid in the protection of sharks. She does outreach in the local communities and schools. In addition she has also started a scholarship program at Epic Diving which grants senior high school students a full tuition scholarship to the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute in Nassau. Debra believes ecotourism, research, awareness and education will lead to the conservation of sharks, and hopes to inspire a new outlook on sharks and the need for their protection.