JDScuba - Jake Davies is a Marine Biologist, HSE Professional scuba diver, underwater videographer (using videos and 360 clips for VR) and CAA licensed drone pilot.
About Jake Davies
Jake grew up on Pen Llŷn, North Wales and coming from a maritime family meant
that from a young age the underwater world and marine life have played a major role in his life.
Some of his earliest memories is waking up before sunrise to head out fishing with his father before school. As Jake grew older his time above and below water increased as he learned to Scuba Dive. Most weekends during the summer he's out on and under the water exploring the variety of dive sites and observing the diverse habitats along the North Wales coast. His interest in marine life and the sea led to him studying Marine Biology at Bangor University where he was successful in obtaining a year in industry with the Intertidal & Coastal team at Natural Resources Wales.
Jake is qualified as a HSE Professional Scuba diver for Scientific and media purposes. Recreationally qualified as a BSAC Dive Leader where he dives regularly dive as part of the Llyn Sub-Aqua Club,
For scientific surveys, Jake has assisted with a variety of surveys from Seagrass monitoring surveys to invasive species. In 2017 Jake was successfully awarded a Sea-Changers Grant to run 'Dive Into Monitoring: Seagrass' surveys with SeaSearch North Wales. The surveys aimed to gather updated information on the Seagrass bed in Porthdinllaen with volunteer divers and local dive clubs.
As a media diver, Jake has worked as part of the dive team (Marine Ecosol) filming for BBC Wales Hidden Wales with Will Millard (Lazerbeam Productions & Folk Films). He is also the Co-Director of the Welsh based Underwater filming Dive Team Dan Dwr Cymru which has filmed for S4Cs 'Pobl y Môr' - SLAM Media'and 'Cynefin' - RONDO Media.
Underwater and aerial footage which Jake has filmed off the Welsh Coast, as well as the Canary Islands, has been featured for a variety of BBC programmes such as BBC Wonders of the Xeltic Deep, Countryfile, BBC Wales Land of the Wild (Secrets & After Dark), ITV Coast & Country, S4C Heno. Jake was also the first person to film and Angelshark underwater off the UK, footage was shared globally on a range of media outlets from TV to Radio such as: Sky News, BBC, ITV and online articles.
He has also been featured on numerous TV programmes in both English and Welsh for the work he does and creating pieces for BBC Countryfile (Angelsharks, BRUVS & Seagrass), ITV Coast & Country (Seagrass), S4C (Diving the Welsh coast and specific species features). To further share his passion he also shares written content through online articles, magazines and a co-author to the Wild & Temperate Seas book written by Will Appleyard. Articles include the local magazine AbersochLife, online short articles for Neptunic & Sharks4Kids and a regular contributor to the dive magazine Scubaverse.
As well as video footage, Jake is creating a catalogue of 360 VR clips for a range of marine species and habitats to provide an immersive and engaging experience for viewers.
As well as being a HSE Scuba Diver Jake is also employed as the Project Coordinator for Angel Shark Project: Wales which aims to better understand the Critically Endangered Angelshark off the Welsh Coast. He is also a Project Leader on a Save Our Seas Foundation Project to pilot the initiative of testing Baited Remote Underwater Video Cameras (BRUVs) to help better understand Angelsharks in Wales and the Canary Islands. November 2019 Jake visited Cape Town to the Shark & Marine Research Centre as a visiting researcher to find out more about the shark research using BRUVS as well as visiting the SOSF Shark Education Centre.
Through sharing underwater videos and photos of amazing and unique wildlife/habitats that are found beneath the waves along the Welsh Coast as well as abroad Jake hopes to inspire people to go beneath the waves and making the underwater world more accessible for all.