Scuba Credentials

I am a PADI IDC staff instructor, Tec Deep instructor, I can teach several specialty courses, and am a published underwater photographer, popular science writer and a published fish biologist. I also have experience in resort & dive shop management in the Philippines.

Personal Data:
Dr. Klaus M. Stiefel
Austrian citizen, single
Languages: German (native), English (quasi-native), Visayan (intermediate), Japanese (basic).


Scuba Diving Qualifications:
TDI Hypoxic Trimix Diver (2010, Matt Reed, Evolution Diving Malapascua)
TDI Pelagian CCR Air Diluent Decompression Diver (2015, Matt Reed, Evolution Diving Malapascua)
NAUI Divemaster (2011, Doug Bennett, Reef Encounters Okinawa)
PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor (2014, Carl Fallon, Abyss Scuba Diving Sydney)
PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor (2014)*
PADI Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor (2014)*
PADI Project AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty Instructor (2014)
PADI Search and Rescue Specialty Instructor (2014)
PADI Deep Diving Specialty Instructor (2014)
PADI Oxygen Provider Specialty Instructor (2014)
PADI Enriched Air Specialty Instructor (2014)
PADI IDC Staff Instructor (2015)
PADI Tec Deep Instructor (2016)
PADI Night Diving Specialty Instructor (2016)
* these qualifications are a part of the PADI OWSDI.

University Education:
Mag. rer. nat. (undergraduate degree): Microbiology, University of Vienna, 1998.
Doctorate: Zoology, University of Vienna & Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, 2002.

Dive Tourism Experience:

Submariner Diving Center, El Nido, Palawan, February – May 2016

Photo-pro and instructor, Savedra Dive Center,Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines, June 2015 – January 2016

Manager and instructor, Amontillado Resort, Dauin, Negros Oriental, Philippines, November 2014 – April 2015

Co-organized and led the Evolution Photoganza in collaboration with Evolution Diving, Malapascua, Philippines, in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The Photoganza is an underwater photography and marine biology workshop in one of the Philippines’ top diving spots.

Part-time teaching and guiding at Abyss Scuba Diving, Sydney, April – October 2014. Teaching of the PADI Project AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty.

Academic Employment:
Before to switching to employment in my field of passion, diving, I was employed at several universities and research institutions.

December 2011 – October 2014
Researcher at the University of Western Sydney
Sydney, Australia

November 2006 – September 2011
Principal Investigator at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
Okinawa, Japan

June 2002 – July 2006
Researcher at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies
San Diego, California, United States

Underwater Photography & Popular Publishing:
My underwater nature photographs have been featured in several printed scuba diving publications, books, and a multitude of blogs and websites. I have contributed to A picture of a thresher shark I took in the Philippines was featured on a magazine cover (see below). I have won a number of photo contests, and as of May 2016, my Flickr photostream has drawn 5.2 million views.

1st place, Animal Behaviour, photo competition at the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, 2012, Cairns, Australia.

I have exhibited my underwater photography at the Blank Space Gallery (Sydney) in 2013 and at the Campus gallery of the University of Western Sydney in 2014.

Web Presence:

Dr. Klaus M. Stiefel
Tel. +63 (0)9 060 696 412  (Philippine cell phone)




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