Meet the team
A California native, Lawrence developed a passion for the ocean and diving early in life. Having begun diving at the age of 13, Lawrence has enjoyed a successful career as a Commercial Diver and Professional Mariner.
Spending most of his time on the water, Lawrence has gained a wealth of experience at sea. He enjoys sharing his love of the water and sense of adventure with people from all over the world, and is the driving force keeping Great White Adventures in the lead as the best shark diving operation in the world.
Lawrence designed and built a Self Propelled Shark Cage (SPSC) that has revolutionized underwater filmmaking – specifically of white sharks and other pelagic species. He is widely known in the diving industry as the "go-to guy" for filming great white sharks. You've seen his work on many white shark film projects such as Sharks 3D IMAX and most recently in the feature film DARK TIDE starring Halle Berry.
Lawrence has more experience working with white sharks than anyone in the northern hemisphere and is regarded as one of the top five shark diving operators in the world.
Director of Happiness and Joy
A client of Great White Adventures since 2007, Nikki’s love of sharks sprang from a visit to the Farallon Islands. Here, she witnessed a predation that set her in pursuit of her first face-to-face encounter with the sea’s most misunderstood creatures.
“The beauty and raw power of the shark got into my soul,” Nikki says. “I couldn’t stop thinking about great whites, so I booked a trip to Guadalupe Island..”
What was first intended as a bucket-list excursion turned into an annual pilgrimage, and recently blossomed into an opportunity to join the Great White Adventures team. Her “shark life” enthusiasm is infectious, and her years as a client of Great White Adventure brings a unique customer-based perspective to the team.
During the off-season, Nikki devotes her time to volunteering at local animal shelters, where she’s helped over 8,000 cats and dogs find homes with loving humans.
Her life motto, which comes from author Richard Bach, encapsulates it all: “Overcome fear. Behold wonder.”
Christina joined the Great White Adventures team in early November. Her organizational background and her easy, approachable demeanor make her the perfect choice to manage the office.
She enjoys talking on the phone with customers and getting to know their wants and needs. “Shark Diving is a unique experience and people have a lot of questions. I’m here to answer those questions, whatever they may be.”
In her spare time, Christina manages Utah Lost and Found Pets, a website designed to reunite lost pets with their owners.
As operations manager, Soly makes sure we have what we need when we need it. She's also our chef and prepares the delicious meals our Farallon clients enjoy on the boat.
As a native of La Paz, Mexico, Soly’s primary language is Spanish, so feel free to ask for her if you are more comfortable speaking Spanish than English.
Como nativo de La Paz, México, el idioma principal de Soly es el español, así que no dude en preguntar por ella si se siente más cómodo hablando español que inglés.
Nick “Hex” Van Sicklen
A nuclear engineer by degree, Hex left his job as a reactor engineer to pursue his passion for diving and working with sharks. Hex has been diving for over 10 years and is in his second year of divemastering with Great White Adventures. In addition to his experience here at the Farallon islands, he has also worked with great whites at the Neptune Islands off Australia. His passion for sharks was born from a love of collecting shark teeth on Florida beaches near where he grew up. “I first started diving so I could find megalodon teeth, but it wasn’t long before I was diving with sharks rather than just looking for their fossils.” Hex brings his shark knowledge and experience in the water to the team. He takes pride in dispelling the myth of sharks as monsters and introducing people to the true nature of sharks. In the off season he travels the world following shark seasons, working with different species at global hotspots.
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