FORUM – WOMEN IN DIVING

It’s not everyday you get to sit down with some of the world’s top female underwater photographers together in one room. Come and join them as they share and discuss their expertise and experiences photographing the underwater world; be it the biggest whales to the tiniest of parasites. From tropical colourful reefs to cold dark kelp forests. From waiting a minute to spending weeks for that one perfect shot. It’ll be worth it.

2023 Moderator

NURUL YAZID

Professional Underwater Photographer

I’ve always been fascinated by the ocean. I started snorkelling when I was 5 and knew that one day, I would be a part of the underwater world.

When a stint in the corporate world didn’t work out, I went on to become a dive instructor at various locations. At some point, I picked up underwater photography and my life changed. Fast forward 11 years, I have been featured in numerous diving magazines and websites, and have won multiple awards for my work.

Whether I am swimming with sharks or fighting against the strong currents, it is always with a camera in one hand and my eyes wide open.

2023 Panelist

Pagan Chee

Director, Myseapixels Sdn Bhd | SDI Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor

Pagan Chee is a SDI Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor with over 12 years of diving experience. With a passion for teaching and sharing her knowledge of diving, Pagan hopes to inspire her students to further explore the magical underwater world. She loves to travel to dive, always seeking out new and exciting locations to explore. Pagan always strives to learn more about diving as well as the latest techniques and technologies. Recently, she gained certifications as an FRTI Instructor and TDI Nitrox Instructor. For her, diving is not just a hobby, it’s a way of life. Her motto is to Always Dive Happy!

Nur Izzaqiah

Sidemount Dive Novice

A professional consultant team building and recreational coach who recently eager to explore sidemount diving that currently still has small community in Malaysia. As a female sidemount diver myself, I really want to encourage fellow female diver to take a new challenging step as a sidemount diver. Besides I want to break the stereotype of sidemount diving in female diver perspective in general.

Zaidah Yunos

Founder

Zaidah defied her childhood water anxiety to explore the breathtaking beauty of the underwater world. Started her diving journey in her late twenties, Zaidah overcame her fear and discovered her potential. This life-changing experience led her to established Qoshki Dive Team, with a mission to empower others, especially women, to conquer their own water anxiety. With her keen interest in scuba diving and underwater videography, Zaidah has become a passionate sidemount diver. Drawn to its flexibility and ease underwater, she now prefers sidemount setup over backmount setup.

STACY CHEE

Founder of moby tek dive centre            

I’ve been diving for 16 years. I’ve been a diving instructor for 8 years. I own and run a dive centre in Tioman Island named Moby Tek Dive Centre. I am also an open circuit technical diving instructor and a closed circuit rebreather diver.

2022 – CAVE DIVING FORUM

NURUL YAZID

For as long as she can remember, Nurul has always been fascinated by the ocean. She learnt to swim at the age of 3 and was already snorkelling with fishes by the time she was 5. Whilst kids her age aspired to be firemen, doctors or their favourite superheroes, she wanted to be a dolphin trainer. She always knew that one way or another she would end up being a part of the underwater world.

After quitting her corporate life in Kuala Lumpur, Nurul followed her dreams to become a Dive Instructor. She worked on various paradise islands including the Perhentians, Mabul and Pom Pom Island, where she won multiple awards for her outstanding achievement as a PADI Instructor. At some point, she decided to pick up Underwater Photography as a new challenge and immediately fell in love with it. Fast forward 8 years, she has been featured in diving magazines and websites and have won multiple awards for her work. Whether she is swimming with sharks in the Bahamas or fighting against the strong currents in Indonesia, it is always with a camera in one hand and her eyes wide open – “ I try my utmost to document and create stories through my photography”.

www.nurulyazid.com

Shereen Kwok

Photography is my hobby and time out activity. Having retired after many years in banking, I now alternate between being a full time companion to my teenage kids and my love for the sea. I would like to share why diving and underwater photography has made my life vividly more colourful and the joy it gives me.

NORHAYATI AHMAD

With a PhD in Zoology and specialising in herpetology, Norhayati is a professor in Biological Sciences and Biotechnology at UKM. Awarded four times for quality of service, winning six national book awards and bagging the title of Best of Show Category in photography during MIDE 2018, Norhayati has also published more than 94 journals, 12 books, 24 technical reports and made countless contributions to many other literary and editorial publications. As an Advanced NAUI SCUBA and a certified Reef Check Reef Check Eco diver of the Organisation since 2010, she has also established an international outreach as a collaborator, recipient of scholarships to the UK, Japan and Australia.

STACY CHEE

Founder of Moby Tek Dive Centre

I’ve been diving for 16 years. I’ve been a diving instructor for 8 years. I own and run a dive centre in Tioman Island named Moby Tek Dive Centre. I am also an open circuit technical diving instructor and a closed circuit rebreather diver.

Cheryl Goh

Cheryl Goh is Group Vice President of Marketing and Sustainability at Grab, and is part of the company’s early founding team. She is responsible for shaping the strategy behind the company’s brand and reputation, marketing efforts as well as sustainability programmes. This includes steering sustainability efforts across all of Grab’s business verticals covering mobility, deliveries, financial services and enterprise, and helping the Group set a common sustainability agenda to mitigate its environmental footprint.

Cheryl is currently a Board Member of Malaysia Aviation Group, Malaysia Airlines Berhad and Good Doctor. She is a Global Executive Committee of World Federation of Advertisers (WFA). She’s also a committee member of Tengah Island Conservation and a 2021 Acumen fellow.

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