I started diving in 1994 when I taught school on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands where I earned my PADI Open Water, Advanced and Rescue Diver certificate. I returned to Florida for a year and did a little diving here on the east coast.
In 1996 I returned to the Pacific to teach on Saipan for two years in the Northern Marianas Islands. While there, I earned my PADI Dive Master and Open Water Instructor certificate. But the photography bug did not bite until I returned to Florida once again. I started with film in a Sea&Sea point and shoot camera. Today, I shoot with a Panasonic EM5 with two Sea&Sea strobes for lighting.
Over the years, I have had a chance to travel and dive throughout much of the Caribbean including Cuba and Belize. This included a trip to Dominica where our group was greeted by Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm.
I also traveled throughout Micronesia and, after my return to the States, made a trip to Fiji and La Paz, Mexico. These photos are just a taste of the many sitting on my computer.
Donna McGrew has been a teacher since 1981 and a diver since 1994, “working” in places that many divers can only dream of visiting. She joined OLLI around six years ago when she retired. Her favorite classes have been Great Books, the zoo and OLLI’s aquarium classes. She’s part of the online Game SIG, the Movie SIG and the OLLI Outdoors SIG, and is on both the Finance Committee and Membership Committee. She will be teaching a class with Diane White in May on photo composition, including tips and practice.