Water Is for EVERYONE

Dominique Papa Inspires Us as an Underwater Model, Deep Water Shark Diver, Photographer & Drone Specialist

We have a new professional services artist in town, and we couldn't be more thrilled! And, why we have such a brilliant cover this month; featuring Dom doing her best Summer past-time; playing in the water! Dominique is a Biology and Studio Art graduate of Colby-Sawyer College, NH; proudly now making South Orlando "home". Her experiences range from studying and living in the Turks and Caicos, to being the divemaster at the largest tank in the USA - at the Georgia Aquarium with whale sharks and manta rays! Her astute ambition for all things marine, earned her both the Scuba Diving International (SDI) and National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) Scuba Instructor certifications. Subsequently, she was honored with chaperoning a group from the Greater Atlanta Christian Schools, for a cooperative field research snorkel trip to Belize. 

"If we don't change, we don't grow. Growth is uncomfortable. If we are not uncomfortable, we don't grow, and aren't really living."

From there, Dom's journey continued in Kona, Hawaii, where she manned dives for up to 14 guests, on week-long trips aboard the Kona Aggressor. Here she comfortably swimmed with the likes of tiger sharks, spinner dolphins, green sea turtles, Harley Quinn shrimp, nudibranchs, and rare abroad stingrays. Are you just in love with marine biology yet? I know we are, and have hit quite the (good) envy threshold learning of her profound stories to follow in Maui, Oahu and Kauai! 

Reach out to Dom to hear the rest of the story...we promise you is to die for! But one thing we know for sure, our eyes are lucky to witness such splendor and look forward to see so much more...

For more photos and information, you may contact Dom at or follow her IG @travelhigher_traveldeeper or Andy Hawes IG @andy.hawes

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