Bret Gilliam has had a 48-year career in professional diving, logging nearly 19,000 dives in military, commercial, scientific, filming, and technical diving operations. He is one of the diving industry's most successful entrepreneurs with investments in publishing, training agencies (TDI/SDI), manufacturing, resorts, dive vessels, cruise ships, and film production companies.
 
Author of over 1200 published articles, his photos have graced over 100 magazine covers, and he is principal author or contributor to 69 books & manuals. His writing and photography has been published worldwide. He also has worked as location director, cameraman, and operations manager on scores of Hollywood movies, television series, documentaries (including National Geographic and the Cousteau series), and IMAX films.
 
He is a Fellow National of the elite Explorers Club and the world record holder as the deepest scuba diver on conventional scuba equipment and is the recipient of numerous other awards. He was inducted to the AUAS Diving Hall of Fame in 2012 as recipient of the NOGI Award for Sports/Education.

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