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Avid divers have so much to look forward to in 2014. For instance, Miami will host its first ever epic diving event know as TekDive USA, which will take place on May 17th and 18th, 2014. One of the guest speakers scheduled is Becky Kagan Schott, young, energetic and inspiring. She is highly accomplished in the diving and underwater photography industries. Just this past March, Becky was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed upon only the best.

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Schott has a passion for diving and it has fulfilled every portion of her life. As a young girl she would watch documentaries on sharks which not only captivated her attention, but inspired her to become an underwater cinematographer. She is now, at 30 years of age, an Emmy Award-winning underwater photographer. She is a technical diver who takes on the most difficult of challenges from cave diving, diving amongst the sharks and Rebreather Diving. Each of these challenges requires an amazing amount of skill and patience in order to succeed. For over 19 years, Becky has been diving in so many different conditions which only goes to solidify how experienced a diver she truly is. She is a NAUI Scuba Instructor and has been certified in cave diving, tri-mix, rescue diving and closed circuit rebreathers.

Becky has gained much notoriety doing underwater filming for National Geographic, the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. She knows first-hand that diving can be less than glamorous as she descends below the surface to 300 feet of water to capture video of a wreck or diving into freezing water capped with ice at the surface for as far as the eye can see. Participating in some of her underwater expeditions has earned her a spot as a Fellow In The Explorers Club.

No matter what, there is never a dull moment in Becky's life. She has also worked closely with NOAA and the National Park Service. Conservation is one of her top priorities and education is made that much more effective with the proper imagery. She considers herself a photojournalist. As they say, an image is worth a thousand words. Becky has captured some of the most incredible still photos and video at just the opportune moment. One of her role models has been Wes Skiles, a famed photographer as well.

Some of the other positions that Becky holds include member of the Karst Underwater Research Team, Phantom Springs Cave Exploration Team and a member of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Becky and her husband, Dave, have created their own production company, Liquid Productions, LLC. and they keep busy almost every day of the year. You might say that they do the most daring of diving. There is no feat too large for this little lady. In fact, she hopes to be pitching her own documentaries to networks and producing shows in the future. She has big aspirations and a upbeat and enchanting personality in addition to determination that make her a real winner. One of the keys to her success is a daily checklist.

While much of what Becky Kagan Schott has accomplished in her lifetime is but a dream for many of us, Becky has actually lived that dream. Now that you have all the background on Becky, come hear her speak about filming in Extremes and take a behind the scenes look at some challenging shoots in caves, deep shipwrecks and under ice. It all will take place at the first time TekDive USA in May. See you there.

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