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Shark Adventures: The Farallons Shark Crew


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Super Hero Greg Barron (also known as IA's Director of West Coast Shark Operations) has assembled an incredible group of professionals eager to share their knowledge and love of white sharks with the world. Greg and his shark team have been at the forefront of white shark outreach and have contributed significantly to the development of Marine Life Protection Act and National Marine Sanctuary legislation aimed at protecting California's white sharks.

Expect to see a lot of IA crew shirts on your great white shark expedition. We aim to staff our shark boats with at least one crew member for every three or four cage divers. It's important to us that there's always someone nearby to take your picture, help you into your wetsuit or hand you a cup of hot coffee when you step out of the water.

Each Incredible Adventures white shark expedition is staffed with one or more naturalists trained and certified by the Gulf of the Farallones Sanctuary, a certified dive instructor and several all-around crew and customer service "fanatics" dedicated to making your white shark expedition the trip of a lifetime.

After a fun day or two at sea, Greg and the IA shark team will send you home with memories of an incredible place and a newfound appreciation for great white sharks and their habitat.

Greg Barron - Director of West Coast Shark Ops

Greg Barron, Great White Shark AdventuresWe haven't quite figured out what to call Greg Barron. This week, we're leaning toward "Director of West Coast Shark Ops". A San Francisco Bay Area native and entrepreneur, Greg has spent his entire life living and diving along the North Coast of California as well as spending time working research vessels and dive operations all over the Caribbean and in the Atlantic as well. He has worked three National Geographic Flag Expeditions, done shark wrangling and helped recover sunken Spanish artifacts off Cuba. He has been involved in our San Francisco shark adventure from the very beginning. Greg helped the people at DOER Marine design and build our massive shark cage and he helped transform our boats into some of the best shark boats on the planet. He then assembled the perfect mix of people to make sure every aspect of your adventure is as perfect as it can be.

In his other life, when he isn't working to show you the fantastic Farallon Islands and their most famous residents, Greg operates two of his own companies. Barron Properties and Rideable Bicycle Replicas, Inc. Barron Properties is a real estate development and management company based in Alameda and Oakland, California. Rideable Bicycle Replicas, Inc. of Alameda, CA. is a small manufacturing company specializing in making antique and specialty style cycles mostly from the end of the 19th century. If you've been to Burning Man, you've probably seen Greg with one of his "High Wheel" bicycles or other vehicle creations. His company has been supplying cycles and custom vehicles for folks, film, theater and museums for 37 years so if you see a high wheel bike in a movie or play, chances are Greg made it. Some of the recent shows featuring Greg's stuff include Deadwood, Jack Ass 2, Lonesome Dove, Haunted Mansion and the stage show Wicked.

Did we mention that Greg can fix just about anything...almost before you know it's broken? He's Greg "MacGyver" Barron.

Julia Bissinger - Lead Shark Dive Instructor

Dive Instructor Julia BissingerOur team of great dive instructors is lead by the wonderful Julia Bissinger. As a child growing up in Pennsylvania, Julia dreamed of one day diving with sharks. (We think she loves her job so much that she'd probably do it for free...but we pay her anyway.) Customers rave at how good she is at making them feel comfortable in the cage. When she's not out at the Farallons, she keeps busy working full time at a biotech company, going to college and leading dives to Carmel and Monterey. She's also an avid road biker.

Francesca Koe - Dive Instructor & Naturalist

Francesca Koe, Dive Instructor & NaturalistFrancesca Koe holds advanced teaching qualifications from both PADI and DAN and is a freediver and co-founder of the tsunami relief project, She is also a member of Tim Taylorís Blue Matters project, a team advancing the scientific use of rebreathers for deep ocean exploration. When not in the water, Francesca chairs programming for San Francisco Museum of Modern Artís Contemporary Extension and directs strategy at Underground Ads, a mission-based creative firm dedicated to making our world a better place. She also manages editorial content as the scuba editor for and writes articles on dive safety, travel and the environment. In 2007, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association.

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