cristina zenato

Exploration, Education, Conservation

Cristina has dedicated a life time to exploration, education and conservation. She shares her knowledge about oceans, sharks, caves and scuba diving. She offers courses to allow people to experience their first breath underwater, all the way to laying exploratory lines in virgin caves. A recognized professional, Cristina is a proud member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, The Explorers Club, the Ocean Artists Society and a Platinum Pro5000 recepient. The belief that fuels her work is:

In the end we will conserve only what we love.

We will love only what we understand.

And we will understand only what we are taught.

Baba Dioum (1968)

'With her gentle soul and passion for educating others, Cristina Zenato shares that sharks are often missunderstood. Through her mission she empowers people to embrace and move beyond fear to realize their full potential" -

Jill Heinerth

"In my eyes Cristina is an animal person with an ocean soul. You can see that part of her persona in everything she does. I first learned about Cristina from her groundbreaking work with sharks.  But as much of a shark whisperer as Cristina is, her relationship with wild life and wild places doesn't stop there. The fact is, when it comes to the oceans and wildlife of any kind, Cristina "gets it" She sees the magic in nature, and she loves to share that magic with others. If you look at Cristina's resume, it is obvious that she has accomplished a lot. But to Cristina what she does is not about her, it is about the animals and places that cannot speak for themselves in the public forum. She is an educator, conservationist, truth seeker, and fighter for good and for what's right. I have heard a number of people say that Cristina is a wonderful role model for young women. I certainly won't refute that. But I don't think her influence is limited to one gender. I think Cristina is a wonderful role model for all of us, and I am proud to call her my friend"

Marty Snyderman

"Cristina Zenato is a dedicated conservationist, a passion driven by her love of all creatures, above and below the surface. Her water skills lead her to great comfort in what other might consider hazardous marine environments, whether it is doing deep cave penetrations or working with sharks. She has a deep sense of collaboration, and has contributed her presence to a large number of wonderful still photos and videos by many of the best known names in underwater imaging. When I think of Cristina, I think of the shark resting in her lap like a puppy dog, pure joy in her eyes, and a laugh through her regulator resonating through the water column.

Stephen Frink

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