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March 12, 2018

Speaker: Trent Hebrlee has been diving since July 1996. His first open water dive was Cozumel within weeks of completing his certification, He was hooked. Cozumel is still one of his favorite destinations and he has been there more than 50 times. Trent and his wife are both PADI Master Scuba Divers with over 2500 dives each. They take four dives trips a year on average and have done so the past 20 years. Trent's wife reminds him that she has more dives then he does due to a few trips that Trent couldn’t go on because of work conflicts.

After exploring Mexico and most of the Caribbean for the first 10 years they have spent the last 10 years on more exotic locales. Growing up landlocked in Kansas Trent never could have dreamed of the adventures he has had traveling the world because of diving. He and his wife have been to Indonesia, Fiji, Sudan / Red Sea and now the Maldives. Their preferred method of diving is liveaboards because of convenience and the ability to do as many as five dives per day.

Trent became interested in photography while in high school and practiced his skills with school newspaper and yearbook. Eleven years ago, he purchased a used underwater camera and combined his love of photography with his passion for diving. He now has a photographic logbook to share with fellow divers and land lovers alike. Trent's travel agent, otherwise known as his wife, is always looking for adventures that are off the beaten path.

Program: The Maldives have become one of the world's best scuba diving destinations because of the white sand beaches, coral reefs, clear warm waters, numerous scuba diving sites and rich marine life. Most holiday resorts in the Maldives have a scuba diving facility and there are a number of liveaboard operators offering scuba diving cruise holidays that take guests to many dive sites all over the Maldives. Many scuba divers are keen to dive in the Maldives because of the presence of whale sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, reef sharks, hammerhead sharks and moray eels, as well as many smaller fish and coral species. In 1998, the Maldives were severely damaged and much of the coral was bleached by El Niño. The coral have almost returned to their pre-tsunami condition.