Robert Manuel Carmichael, a.k.a., RMC
Robert Manuel Carmichael, a.k.a. RMC
Robert is our founder and CEO. As Global SubDive's exploration leader and lead submersible pilot, he oversees submersible project development and planning.
This company represents his life’s adventure, which has been stimulated by a constant passion for underwater exploration and a knack for improving the functionality of mechanical devices. He learned how to build a recreational hookah system in 1980 as the first full-time employee of Brownie’s THIRD LUNG™, a job that inaugurated his love for diving. In the late 1980’s Robert began experimenting with technical mixed gas diving and was the enterprising force behind the development of what would become the Halcyon “PVR-BASC” rebreather. This rebreather helped revolutionize deep, technical diving and would lead to numerous world record cave dives. Over more than 15 yrs these and many other innovations were developed with Robert’s business partner and friend, Jarrod Jablonski, with whom he founded Halcyon Manufacturing in 1995.
Robert continues to bring innovative solutions into a wide range of marine applications, building a team at LW Americas, which supports mixed gas supply and submersible support systems for yachts and expedition ships around the world.
Global SubDive currently supplies submersible and DP1 Ship Services (M/V GO America) to NAVSEA SFOMF near Port Everglades, FL.
Erol G. Eriksson
Like flotsam and jetsam, Erol has spent much his his life adrift. Hailing from a long family of mariners the oceans and ocean lore have been a constant in his life from an early age. Over the years he has built up a career that has embraced his passion for the seas, encompassing marine science, remote technology, manned submersibles and technical diving.
More recently he has merged his love for the oceans and ocean people with his joy in visual story telling, making films that focus on social justice and environmental issues. Erol has been privileged to see a fraction of what the oceans have to offer. He hopes that by bringing this to a wider audience we can create a deeper understanding and respect of some of our planet’s most majestic and least understood wilderness areas.
Douglas S. Brandon
Douglas S. Brandon
Growing up in Australia as a surfer and sailor through his teenage years and onward helped develop his love for the oceans and inland waters. He began his working career trained as a TV news / current affairs camera operator, fueling his interest in photography and film making. it was a love for travel and boats that led him overseas at the end of the '80s. He spent 2 years working and sailing an 84' schooner through summers in the Mediterranean transatlantic crossings and winters in the Caribbean. He worked in the yachting and diving industry in Fort Lauderdale for Brownie's Third Lung and Global Sub Dive before purchasing Lake Toxaway Marine, Inc. in 1995 on the largest private lake in the S.E. USA. He is a trained and certified outboard engine mechanic, a certified diver and a Coast Guard licensed captain in both the USA and Australia and has spent the last 8 years combining all his skills, interests and passions volunteering for Global Sub Dive and Project Baseline where he contributes to boating across oceans, dive, film and document the changing underwater environments to use that information to raise awareness, education and conservation.
A lifelong storyteller turned manned submersible pilot, Erika is a passionate ocean explorer. She studied Chemical Oceanography at the University of Washington while working as a diesel engineer and a steam ship engineer. She is an avid adventurer, extreme sport enthusiast, and ocean technology nerdette. She combined these to reach the top and bottom of Washington State by diving in submarines and summiting Mt. Rainier. She hopes to climb Mt. Everest and one day dive to Challenger Deep. In May of 2013 she was named a National Geographic Young Explorer and shared a series of manned submersible dives through real time video. Erika aims to inspire enthusiasm for ocean awareness using these exciting inner space vehicles.
Research and exploration guided by the scientific community define the nature of our vibrant, complex and sensitive planet. Translating this research in widespread awareness means bridging the gap between pure science and the compelling story it tells. Manned submersibles, remotely operated vehicles, and SCUBA diving are incredible platforms to collect data and interact with the environment in a way that captures the hearts and minds of a public audience.
Kimly "Mini-Shark" Do
Kimly "Mini-Shark" Do
Kimly has been running around designing and prototyping robotics for the last decade. Graduating from Olin College of Engineering with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, her portfolio of ridiculous robots ranges from wearable exoskeletons, humanoid motorcycle-riding robots, all the way to several inflatable fabric arms made for NASA and ONR. In her free time, she hang glides, swing dances, and putts around San Francisco on her cute moped, in a never-ending mission to trying all the sweet cakes and pastries. Together with Erika Bergman, she runs an underwater robot camp for girls 12-16 hoping to create and mentor a network of strong empowered women who love to explore their curiosities as well as the ocean and wild world they live in. During Global SubDive missions, Kimly's duties range from being the swimmer to tracking the subs during dives.
Dr. Todd Kincaid
Dr. Todd Kincaid
Founder of GeoHydros, LLC
Dr. Todd Kincaid is a long-time friend to both Robert & Jarrod. His passion for the natural environment, together with his astute capacity as a researcher helped him develop as one of the world’s foremost groundwater experts. The trio met during exploration of a series of deep caves in North Florida during the early 1990’s. The most famous of these locations is Wakulla Springs, Florida. It was in these early years at Wakulla springs that a special union was born. The three friends sought to combine their talents, using the inventive spirit of Robert, the avid explorer within Jarrod and the astute research capacity of Todd; each of their unique skills would be leveraged to explore & document aquatic environments around the world. Thus began a multi-decade procession with each partner gathering the requisite skills & assembling the needed resources to enable their common vision. Brownie’s Global Logistics represents a critical step in this long-time vision by assembling a growing arsenal of expedition & scientific resources & directing them to targeted locations around the world.
Kristie has been working in geography and mapping for over 15 years. Most of her work has been for conservation organizations where she's combined her love for back country exploration with her mapping and data management skills to help compile data into publication quality maps and animations using Arc GIS, Google Map and Google Earth. She also has a background in financial management and database management, which she has brought to bear for multiple organizations through the years. She currently manages an online database for "Project Baseline", a conservation initiative started by Global Underwater Explorers to preserve some of the world's most spectacular underwater environments. Her role is to collect data, images, and observations from team divers and enter them into the PB database such that they can be shared with the public via an online interface. She has also worked for GUE on multiple international expeditions as logistics support and camera and data manager. As for diving herself, she has only had tanks on her back about three times, but they were at some very cool places. She looks forward to seeing more but perhaps with a little more instruction than "just breathe and kick and you will be fine." Maybe when her daughter Ginnie is old enough to dive she'll finally get into a real class.
Co-founder and CEO of Halcyon Manufacturing
Jarrod Jablonski is the founder of Extreme Exposure and the non-profit Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) as well. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s most accomplished divers with numerous world record dives. Over more than twenty years Jarrod has been leading shipwreck and cave diving expeditions to some of the most remote underwater environments in the world. His longest dive thus far required 12 hours inside an underwater cave at a depth of nearly 300 feet (90m) with an additional 18 hours of decompression (nearly 30 hours underwater). Jarrod’s efforts in developing the non-profit GUE organization established a comprehensive educational system carefully designed to enhance diver safety and capacity. GUE divers play a critical role in a global set of initiatives designed to explore and conserve the aquatic world while conducting some of the most sophisticated dives ever accomplished. The GUE approach supports documentation and research within some of the world’s most difficult underwater environments.