The Team

Ship Location

Victoria, Canada

Gregg Diffendale

Hercules Pilot
Owner
DOW Creates

I work for myself as a Day Trader in the stock market. This gives me the freedom to pursue other interests such as ocean exploration, woodworking and restoration. I grew up near the Gulf of Mexico and loved everything on, in, and under the water. My first teachers were really encouraging that I could get be successful in this field by being myself. They were my biggest influencers to get me into the career I have now. The most fascinating thing about my job is the element of surprise, you never know what is just outside of Hercules field of view. 

I've had many great opportunities that modified my original goal and led me to my current position: from rebuilding advanced physics laboratories, to digging foundations; from working as a pyro-technician, to a satellite technician, from working as a sailing instructor to simulating proton and neutron scattering. I eventually started working on research vessels as an IT specialist. From there I started working with Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, then telepresence, and now Remote Operated Vehicles. In 2010 I was contacted by the Operations Manager, who I have worked with previously in the south Pacific Ocean. The rest is history.

My degrees I hold are Bachelor of Science in Computer Science spec Robotics, Minors in Physics, Mathematics, and Leadership -- Eckerd College 2008; Masters of Business -- MUMA College of Business, University of South Florida 2014.

I enjoy a lot of hobbies, but I love bouldering, weightlifting, and playing guitar. I'm also an excellent cook, but someone else has to clean up.

My advice to someone intereted in my career is try things, don't turn down opportunities, always try your hardest and don't be afraid to ask for help.

 

"I am excited to be sailing aboard Nautilus again because I am a firm believer in OET's goals to push the boundaries and share the excitement with the next generation of explorers"