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We are the Sea-Change ocean ambassadors. A group of kids and young adults who love the sea. We live in the Western Cape in South Africa and our passion is to explore the rocky coastline and the giant underwater kelp forests. This magical golden kingdom is a haven for millions of amazing animals. It has become our second home. 

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Tom Foster

Tom, Craig’s teenage son, started diving with sharks when he was 4 years old.

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Faine Pearl Loubser

“I lost my heart in the sea, only to find my soul.”

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Scott Ramsay

Scott loves Africa’s wild places, and works as a photographer and writer in conservation and protected areas.

“Slowly over 8 years I got to know all the shark species that live in the African kelp forest. I know some individual animals by their stripes and their different personalities. After 5 years of diving a few sharks approached me and lay in my arms, they seemed to enjoy my human contact. I got to know a few of the big 3 meter cow sharks very well. One special day just before my thirteenth birthday two of these animals allowed me to gently ride on their backs through the underwater forest. This was my underwater initiation. It changed my life. I feel I’d like to tell the world how amazing sharks are, how they can be so gentle with humans if we treat them right. Sharks are the guardians of the ocean. If we keep up their slaughter there will soon be no oxygen for us to breath on earth. The survival of sharks is directly linked to our Human survival.” Tom recently shared his views and experience, at TEDx Cape Town. watch tom’s TED talk here
Faine is a 20 year old film student at the University of Cape Town with a passion for documentary filmmaking and photography. Faine’s love for the sea was fostered by her dad through many ocean-related adventures. With a deep desire to capture the feeling of being in the ocean, it was the gift of a GoPro that enabled her to share her vision. Camera in hand, Faine would make solo trips into the sea along the Cape Peninsula seeking to capture her underwater world. This mostly included diving without a wetsuit sometimes in temperatures as low as 9ºc. It was a natural progression that Craig Foster, a close family friend, would nurture and mentor Faine’s passion for the sea and unlock a need to explore more, learn more and open up to the incredible mystery of nature. 
His recently published book “South Africa’s Wildest Places” celebrates the country’s 30 most special national parks and nature reserves, and is a 400-page collection of his photography and personal insights from three years of exploring Africa’s most biodiverse nation. He writes and photographs for a number of magazines, newspapers and websites, including British Airways Magazine, Getaway, Wild and Africa Geographic, and he has received the SAB Environmental Media Award and the IUCN World Parks prizes for photography. Most of his photographic work has been above water, but after meeting and becoming friends with Craig Foster, Scott is diving regularly in the waters off the Cape Peninsula, perhaps one of the wildest places in Africa.“Free diving here is a real immersion in wilderness, and has taught me so much about what it means to be a succesful human animal. Spending lots of time in African wilderness  – especially it’s oceans – has helped me to get to know myself. I have began to see myself as a unique, separate individual, but also as a tiny, inseparable part of the wonderful mystery of the universe. On several occasions I have I felt this incredible connection to all other life on Earth. I’ve never felt more alive and more inspired. I really struggle to understand the modern world sometimes, and these powerful moments of connection are critical touchpoints for my sanity. Scott lives between the ocean and mountain on the Cape Peninsula.
See www.LoveWildAfrica.com for more
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Georgiana ‘Georgi’ Dorward

Georgina, Tom and Epiphany’s classmate at Michael Oak Waldorf School, is an all rounder.

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Epiphany ‘Scuti’ Stransham-Ford

Just 14 years old, Scuti is a young naturalist passionate about exploring the rock-pools and underwater “golden forests” of the Cape.

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Donovan Van der Hayden

Traditional fisherman, community leader and lead actor in the Sea-Change recreation scenes.

Her interests include rock climbing, photography, piano and free diving. Georgi on her first skindive with Craig: “Then the moment I had been waiting for. It took about 3 minutes to adjust to the cold water. I felt the blood rush around my body, then I experience a 20 minute window of joy where I didn’t have to worry about the cold at all. Because of no wetsuit I felt an incredible connection to the marine world ….. I was present and absorbed….. I was hooked. ” Georgiana’s knowledge in particular of the intertidal zone, amassed in relatively short space of time, is remarkable. Her first public appearance was a joint presentation to a group of Grade 6 learners with Tom and Epiphany at the Two Oceans Aquarium where she talked about cold water adaption and shared her passion in marine biology.
“I started exploring marine life with Craig, a friend of my father’s, as my guide. Before I met Craig, I had no interest in the marine world. That was until I encountered the googly-eyed Klipfish in a rock pool. This curious creature was as much interested in me as I was in him, and he swam right up to me! Much later I discovered that the quirky klipfish is also quite intelligent. This discovery helped me realise that many of the innocuous little creatures in the ocean are a lot more interesting than they look. ” Epiphany is an integral part of the Sea-Change project and is currently visiting schools in the Western Cape, spreading her message of conservation. One of her highlights was meeting Dr Sylvia Earle and being part of the ceremony which declared False Bay a Mission Blue Hope Spot (part of Sylvia Earle’s TED Wish Campaign).
Donovan is a fourth generation descendant from the Hangberg community and is active in establishing the rights of traditional fishermen. As resources dwindle due to commercial fishing and poaching, his community is under pressure. ‘Youngsters are being lured into poaching by the quick money,’ he says. ‘I want to be able to educate them about the importance of conserving the wildlife and remind them of our spiritual connection with the ocean.’ In working with Craig in recreating our roots, Donovan has rekindled his own connection with the ocean, and feels the Sea Change Project can be integral in his quest to teach the youth about their marine heritage, and how to conserve it.