As President of the Conscious Breath Adventures team, Capt. Gene Flipse has been a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain since 1987. He has a lifetime of experience on the water starting at an early age messing about with boats on Biscayne Bay. Before establishing Conscious Breath Adventures, he spent twelve years as captain aboard liveaboard dive boats operating in Florida; the Bahamas; and on the Silver Bank. A lifelong avid watersports enthusiast, he holds numerous advanced scuba and first aid certifications. Over the years, Gene has worked with researchers, explorers, film makers, photographers, and conservation organizations. Gene has spent 18 seasons with the humpback whales on the Silver Bank. He also has over a decade of experience guiding guests to encounter wild Atlantic spotted dolphins and bottlenose dolphins in the Bahamas. He has worked with pacific spinner dolphins; pan-tropical spotted dolphins; sperm whales, minke whales; pilot whales; sea turtles; whale sharks; manta rays; and a wide variety of sharks. His contagious enthusiasm for the daily adventure of being on and in the water along with his hard work ethic, ensures that guests have the most rewarding experience possible. He is intelligent, organized and thoughtful. Combined, these traits have earned Capt. Gene the respect of not only our guests, but also colleagues from all sectors of the diving and marine industries.
Capt. Jeff Pantukhoff
Jeff is a licensed Coast Guard Captain, a certified dive master and instructor, a whale and dolphin researcher, and an international award-winning underwater filmmaker and photographer. His images have been featured in documentary films, books and magazines. He is also the founder and president of The Whaleman Foundation and theSave the Whales Again! campaign. Through the foundation, Jeff has spent the last 25 years focused on preserving and protecting dolphins, whales, and our oceans. During this time he has written, directed, and produced seven influential films on the critical issues facing cetaceans and their environment. The images have been presented to policymakers in the U.S. Congress, the United Nations General Assembly, the International Whaling Commission and others. He has also guided over 100 dolphin and whale eco-adventure travel tours around the world. Jeff strongly believes that international cooperation is the key to solving the many issues that face our marine environment. Jeff has donated his images to organizations like the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), The Ocean Mammal Institute, and Ocean Alliance. His passion, commitment, and dedication keep him on the forefront of marine related issues and interests worldwide.
Ben joined Conscious Breath Adventures in 2015 bringing his experience and expertise from years working in diverse marine conservation roles. His journey to the Silver Bank started with an expedition to Madagascar in 2004, where he first encountered humpback whales on their migration through the Mozambique Channel.
His passion for the ocean came from a natural curiosity, having been introduced to scuba diving from an early age by his adventurous father. After university in the UK, he worked as a Research Assistant for a study on humpback whale breeding ground distribution and the impacts of whale watching in the Turk and Caicos. Two years later he was on the Silver Bank with Conscious Breath Adventures.
Ben is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and in recent years has crewed liveaboard charter boats in the Caribbean. His work experience for Non-Governmental Organizations covers the globe. Ben has worked with humpback whales in the Indian Ocean, Caribbean and South Pacific. Witha proven track record for getting people safely introduced to the ocean realm he is uniquely qualified as naturalist, guide and photographer on our Silver Bank cruises.
Cloe is Gene’s partner and manages operations while we are offshore in addition to overseeing our education programs. She’s a seasoned environmental professional with more than twenty years experience spanning the private, non-profit and government sectors. Born and educated in the UK she has bachelors and masters degrees in Marine Biology. She has authored over fifty technical reports and management plans and developed environmental education materials and programs for all age groups. In 2007, following the birth of her daughter, she focused her efforts on energy and climate change. She established Twentyfifty, the first sustainability consulting firm in southwest Florida. Since then, she’s completed greenhouse gas emissions inventories for municipalities throughout the region and sustainability plans for a number of private companies. Cloe is also a certified qigong teacher and has a passionate belief in the power of the natural world to heal and inspire.