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Our Ambassadors

We are proud of our ambassadors. We are supported by a team of first-class ambassadors made up of marine biologist, deep divers, professional photographers, cave divers, etc, all of them good professionals, commited to the values and philosophy of DYNAMICNORD, and who are an example for many people.

The relationship we have with our ambassadors is very important for us. The relationship of mutual trust validates our work and helps us to improve every day, both personally and professionally.

We believe that an importat part of a brand’s personality is precisely its ambassadors.

Timo Dersch

Photographer, Germany

Timo has been passionate about water his whole life. He became a competitive freediver and scuba diving instructor at a young age and loved to travel and teach during his university years. After his studies he became an editor with Europe’s biggest Scuba Diving Magazine, TAUCHEN. The admiration for the contributors works led him into underwater photography, in which he found a passion and a perfect way to combine his passions for diving, traveling and journalism. He then became a freelance underwater photographer working with magazines, advertising agencies, underwater video production teams and TV stations.

Timo’s photos have won awards and have been published in many national and international magazines, as well as newspapers. Amongst others, his publications are to be found in National Geographic, GEO, Sport Diver, TAUCHEN, EZ Dive and many more.

Timo is fascinated by any entity of water. He likes to explore untouched caves, reefs, rivers, and lakes: „There is life to be found in any body of water on our planet“, he says, „this is what creates the true fascination of diving for me.“ Timo enjoys diving with his DYNAMICNORD gear. „I am happy to have found a partner producing gear which I can rely on, even on the most challenging dives and missions.”

Ambassador Timo Dersch

I am happy to have found a partner producing gear which I can rely on, even on the most challenging dives and missions.

Ambassador Timo Dersch

The prestigious Magazine Dive Photo Guide describes Timo as follows:

“Magazine editors often joke that they took a job in editorial because they didn’t have enough talent, or couldn’t make enough money, as a contributor. Well, that’s definitely not the case for our present Photographer of the Week, Timo Dersch, who — despite becoming a competitive freediver and scuba instructor at an early age — had never dived with a camera when he became an editor with Europe’s biggest scuba diving magazine, Tauchen, after his university studies. For Timo, it was his admiration for the images in the German magazine that led him into underwater photography, ultimately paving the way for a freelance career combining his passions for diving, travel and journalism.

As the photos in this feature demonstrate, Timo has indeed become a skilled underwater shooter in his own right. As well as showcasing the creative and adventurous exploits of his freediving buddies, this Hugyfot ambassador has captured some of the planet’s most thrilling underwater spectacles, from Iceland’s awe-inspiring Silfra fissure to crystal-clear lakes high in the Austrian Alps to the feeding frenzy of southern Africa’s “sardine run” — with many an awesome big animal portrait along the way.

Needless to say, the next time you’re browsing the latest issue of a prestigious publication like National Geographic, Sport Diver or GEO, make sure to keep an eye out for Timo Dersch in the “contributors” column, among the other talented journalists and photographers.“

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Ambassador Nicole Kraß

I want to share what diving gives me.

Nicole Kraß

Journalist and handicapped diver, Germany

I got my diver certification back in 1995, but I was more of an occasional diver for many years. Two decades after my OWD, I had just rediscovered my passion for diving when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Right now, I can still do a lot of things, you hardly notice my disability. I don’t want to be restricted! What helps me a lot mentally is diving. When I glide weightlessly through the water, I feel light, weightless and at the same time courageous, alive and much more agile than on land.

Nevertheless, after the diagnosis, this question was still troubling me: What if, as the disease progresses, I need help and helpers to get in and out of the water and when I am actually diving? If so, I want to learn everything there is to know right now! When I was searching for diving opportunities for people with disabilities, I unfortunately discovered that there were hardly any to be found. That’s how the idea was born to fill this gap – with in-depth knowledge about diving with a handicap and inspiring stories about divers with disabilities. I started the blog “Diving with a handicap”, trained to become a diving guide for people with disabilities and am also supporting handicap diving in my regional diving club.

The experience I gain and the interviews I conduct show me that: With the right guidance, support and training, handicap diving can be a lot more than many people think – or know. But unfortunately there are still far too few providers! For me, it was a logical consequence to take my passion to a professional level. As a diving instructor, I want to share what diving gives me. Every dive center should have someone on their team who is dedicated to divers with disabilities and offers these people the chance to learn and practice our wonderful sport as well.

I still have a lot of plans and am continuing my mission to give diving with a handicap a boost. Being able to go down this path with an innovative, dynamic partner at my side makes me very proud. For me, DYNAMICNORD is a role model for diversity, and I am 100 percent committed to it as well.

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Ambassador Nicole Kraß

Brigitte Leccia

Tech diver, France

A nurse by profession, I have been diving since the age of 25.

After having passed several certifications, level 3 CMAS, and Dive Master, I found myself attracted to technical diving, so I became a certified diver with Nitrox. I then also certified in CCR (closed circuit rebreather), and I trained on four different machines: Apdiving with the Evolution, rEvo with the mini rEvo, and Innerspace with the Megalodon and the Pathfinder.

Ambassador Brigitte Leccia

I have dived on five continents: Asia, America, Oceania, Africa, and Europe. I dream of diving the 6th continent, Antartica.

I was still eager for more, and I passed even more challenging exams: full trimix CCR and full cave CCR, and I certified in three different schools TDI, IANTD, NSS-CDS.

Being passionate about underwater photography, I also have a professional diver class 2B diploma, and I have published several articles in various diving magazines.

As a great nature lover, I am often in the water, be it for swimming, sports, water walks, or collecting sea urchins…  If I am not in the water, I try to trek around the world.

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Ambassador Frank Vasseur

In 1984, he started caving and outdoor activities and learned to dive in 1987 to extend his underground exploration to its ultimate expression. 

Frank Vasseur

Cave diver, France

Frank discovered naturalism and outdoor activities as a teenager through scouting. 

In 1984, he started caving and outdoor activities and learned to dive in 1987 to extend his underground exploration to its ultimate expression. 

Gradually, he acquired the knowledge, the mastery of equipment, and the specific techniques to expand his field of intervention. He shares his skills by providing training as an instructor.

Today he is an instructor trainer in cave diving, synthetic gas mixtures, and closed-circuit rebreathers.

His explorations are centered on the knowledge of this exceptional environment. In France as well as during expeditions abroad, each discovery of virgin galleries implies that tangible elements must be retrieved in order to be shared (topographies, reports, photographs, films), so that a discovery can be enjoyed by others, and not only the privileged person who makes it.

After having served as a lighting technician for others, the advent of digital technology has shifted him to the other side of the lens. In an approach that is more empirical than technical, he focuses on the pixels by photographing and creating video of places that have never been photographed before. His aim is to magnify, aestheticize and sublimate this environment, where ignorance can be disastrous.

He actively collaborates with local authorities, scientific organizations and cave owners to involve speleological exploration in the management of natural areas and associated resources. He has made several discoveries about cave fauna.

He is the author of several books on underground diving and his technical manual has become a reference work for several training organizations.

His skills are used to train certain constituted bodies in non-free subsurface diving (Fire Brigade, National Police).

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Ambassador Frank Vasseur

Evelyn Segura

Biologist, Spain

My love for science in general and biology in particular grew over the years to become my passion. The truth is that I was a child with very diverse tastes. I loved writing, painting, and interpreting, and I had an enormous curiosity about everything around me. I found it very difficult to decide what to study when the time came. I chose biology because I felt it was the right place for me. The science of life.

Before I graduated in Biology, I had already started my relationship with the microphone. For seven years, I was part of the coordination team at a marine biology conference at the university and I gave my first lectures on marine conservation.

I worked for several years in different organizations as an environmental educator until I undertook one of my life projects. I decided to travel around our beautiful planet for more than a year. I went around the world, but in fact, the world went around my life.

Ambassador Evelyn Segura

Biologist by vocation and science communicator by nature. A marine lover, but an all-rounder in practice. Conservationist through the beauty of written, told and illustrated stories.

Ambassador Evelyn Segura

Protecting nature through consicious love.

During the following years I coordinated citizen science and environmental volunteering projects, advised in different conservation and communication projects, and created my YouTube channel, “Los mares de Evelyn”.

In 2015, by chance, I entered the world of television as a presenter on the popular science TV show “¡Qué animal!” on La 2 of Televisión Española. We are currently filming the seventh season.

Since 2018 I have been on the team at Aruser@s, the morning magazine TV show on LaSexta, where I share my knowledge and passion for natural wonders.

The stars of my weekly reports for España Directo on TVE’s La1 are wildlife from all over the country and the professionals who work to defend the conservation of such a valuable natural heritage.

I am passionate about telling nature’s hidden stories, whether on television, on the radio, at conferences, or in my book, “Adapt or Die, Nature’s Secrets to Survive in the Animal World”.

For me, what I tell is as important as how I tell it. What is said and how it is said go hand in hand. Protecting nature through conscious love.

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Ambassador Lorenzo Bramanti

I have always lived next to the sea. I got on a boat for the first time at the age of 6 months, and I still haven’t got off. When my friends had motorbikes, I had a small zodiac. 

Lorenzo Bramanti

Scientist, Italy

If I have to say something about why I do what I do, I can only say, I had no great vocation, mission, or call to protect our blue big brother… I have simply always lived next to the sea. I got on a boat for the first time at the age of 6 months, and I still haven’t got off. When my friends had motorbikes, I had a small zodiac. 

In my family, on my father’s side I had my grandfather, who was a rebreather diver with the Italian Navy Seals. On my mother’s side they were all university professors. And my father dived and fished just like my aunt and uncle. I’m a scientist. I don’t seek enlightenment, I don’t have a mission. I am a “curiosus naturae”: I like to understand how things work and I can’t live far from the sea.  

Since 2010 I have worked with the GFCM (General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean) at the FAO on the management and conservation of Mediterranean red coral, and with the UNDP (United Nations Development Program) on the development of Marine Protected Areas in Djibouti (Africa). I also work as a scientific consultant with the Djibouti Port Authority in the assessment of shipwreck damage to the Djibouti coral reef.

I am a member of the scientific committee of the Marie Cerbere/Banyuls reserve and the LABEX CORAIL laboratory of excellence.

I have authored more than 80 articles published in international peer-reviewed journals, am a co-author of two books on corals, and co-editor of two SPRINGER books on marine animal forests.

My research has always focused on corals, from individuals (ecophysiology, life history traits) to populations (modelling of population and metapopulation dynamics), including functional ecology (role of coral forests), both in the Mediterranean and in the tropics, with the main objective of understanding population dynamics and predicting their changes under climate change and human disturbance scenarios. 

In recent years, thanks to the French government’s authorization to use the rebreather for research diving, I have extended my interests to mesophotic coral ecosystems inhabiting between 50 and 150 meters depth. I participated in the DEEPHOPE expedition (French Polynesia) in 2019 with the Under the Pole association. 

I am the organizer of the first workshop on mesophotic coral ecosystems in the Mediterranean, held in Banyuls sur Mer in July 2021. Further, I am the leader of the French fleet expedition for the exploration of mesophotic ecosystems in Cape Verde, to be held in 2022. 

For the next 10 years I will be the scientific director of the DEEPLIFE Under the Pole (UTP) expedition, which will focus on mesophotic animal forests around the world. 

I have been diving since I was a kid, becoming a PADI Instructor in 1996 and an SSI Instructor in 2007. I was certified as a Closed-Circuit Rebreather diver in 2010 and I am certified as an Advanced European Scientific Diver (AESD), AAUS diver (American Association for Underwater Science), and French professional diver (Class IIIB).

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Ambassador Lorenzo Bramanti

Marc Casanovas Felix

Underwater photographer, Spain

I basically have been a photographer from my first day underwater, because after just a few dives I decided that the camera would be my constant companion and that I couldn’t imagine diving without it.

I dive all year round, in all conditions. My dives are long and challenging. That means I need diving equipment that is absolutely reliable and high-quality. I found what I was looking for at DYNAMICNORD.

Ambassador Marc Casanovas
Ambassador Marc Casanovas

My passion for the sea, especially the Mediterranean, has lasted for 27 years already.

I now dedicate myself professionally to underwater photography. In recent years, I have taken part in international nature photography competitions winning numerous of prizes: Spain (Montphoto, Memorial Maria Luisa), Germany (GDT), Great Britain (UPY), Italy (Asferico), France (Festival International de la Photo Animalière et de Nature Montier en Der), Russia (Golden Turtle), Israel (Worldshootout) and many more.

But what I enjoy most is looking at nature underwater, discovering new species I’ve never photographed before and observing new behaviors in the areas where I normally dive or discovering new destinations.

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Ambassador Anna Schmitt

Anna Schmitt

PADI course director, Egypt

I am Anna Schmitt, PADI course instructor and founder of the “Planet A” Diving Club. I am also an ecologist and marine conservationist.

The Red Sea has been my office for over 14 years, where I have taught around 1000 students to date – from beginners to professionals, passing on my experience and discovering and learning something new with each student.

One of my missions is to build a strong professional diving community with excellent teaching skills and attitudes worldwide. I am also focused on driving the development of quality instructor training in Egypt. For me, the quality that my instructor candidates impart to their students and the safety they provide is a priority.

One of my missions is to build a strong professional diving community with excellent teaching skills and attitudes worldwide.

Throughout my diving career, I have always been environmentally conscious. I care about the health of the Red Sea and regularly organize clean ups that many divers participate in to make a difference.

Last year we represented the Red Sea at the Global World Clean Up “7 Seas”. We collected more than 450 plastic bottles and over 200 kilos of marine debris in one 15-minute dive. It’s hard to make a difference on a global scale, but we can definitely make a difference in our local communities. What we do is not easy, but it is extremely important and rewarding. So never think that what you do is not enough – every little effort counts.

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Ambassador Anna Schmitt
Ambassador Ferran Sánchez

As a passionate advocate of the underwater world, I seek to involve the viewer in the scene by sharing the richness of ecosystems and marine species through photography.

Ferran Sánchez

Underwater photographer, Spain

Ferran Sánchez began diving at the age of 23 and quickly immersed himself in underwater photography to capture the beauty of the seascapes he discovers in his dives around the world.

His talent was recognized from the outset, being invited to participate in underwater photography championships. Since then, he has continued to compete in national and international competitions, using the most advanced techniques in underwater image capture.

In 2008, Ferran founded dondebucear.com with the aim of publishing and sharing his work through the web and social networks. 

He regularly collaborates with brands, diving centers, tourism agencies, and international magazines to promote the best diving destinations.

In his work, Ferran highlights the diversity of marine life through macrophotography and super wide-angle photography, with the latter being his specialty and where he frequently integrates a model. He works alongside underwater model and biologist Cristina Molnar, forming an exceptional team that seeks to create impactful images, making the viewer feel part of the scene.

As a passionate advocate of the underwater world, Ferran enjoys spending as much time as possible under the sea, sharing the richness of ecosystems and marine species through his photographs.

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Underwater photographer Ferran Sánchez and Biologist Cristina Molnar
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