Truli Ambassadors in The Bahamas
Hayley-Jo Carr (Nassau/UK)
Hayley-Jo Carr is one of those people you look at and think, "Wow - that girl is Truli living the life!" You may have seen the striking images of her as an underwater model in Pia Oyarzun Made In Water underwater photography, but Hayley-Jo is so much more than an underwater model. Having grown up by the ocean and along the beaches of Cornwall, UK, she was taught from an early age that happiness is the most important thing in life. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Sport’s Studies, Hayley-Jo decided to travel the world and while doing so, learned to scuba dive. She discovered how happy being in the ocean and surrounded by magnificent marine life made her. Everything from the smallest Sea Horse to the largest Shark takes her breath away and all of the exploration and discovery that happens with every scuba dive is an inspiration. Her all-time favorite destination is Indonesia due to the diversity of marine life including some of the weirdest animals she's ever seen! Today with 9000+ scuba dives under her weight belt, Hayley-Jo has achieved the top professional level in a scuba diver's career - PADI Course Director and works as Training Director at The Perry Institute for Marine Science. Not only does she introduce people to the amazing world of scuba diving, but she does the incredibly important job of training the next generation of environmentally conscious Scuba Dive Instructors who have a passion for marine life just like her. Hayley-Jo specializes in marine conservation including - Shark Conservation, Divers Against Debris, Sea Turtle Awareness, and Coral Nursery Restoration. Hayley is the Coordinator of the Reef Rescue Network which assists the creation and management of coral restoration with organizations and businesses throughout the world. If you are interested in setting up your own Coral Nursery and joining the Reef Rescue Network, don't hesitate to connect with Hayley-Jo! We couldn't be prouder to have such a leader in the scuba diving world represent for Truli Wetsuits! Hayley-Jo is wearing the Truli-Capri in size Legend.
Photography by: Pia Oyarzun
Jillian Morris-Brake (Bimini/USA)
Free-diver, Scuba Diver
I have been following Jillian Morris-Brake's shark conservation efforts ever since I got involved in the dive industry and now feel so happy to have gotten to know her on a personal level after she approached Truli Wetsuits on Instagram with a goal to collaborate together. As an absolute ocean lover growing up in Maine, USA for as long as she can remember, Jillian recalls the first time she saw a shark while snorkeling in Florida when she was only 8 years old! She had gotten her first snorkel kit that same year and it opened up a new world and window to her future and life which has so fundamentally been defined by the presence of these majestic and widely feared species called sharks. Educated as a Marine Biologist, Jillian's entire world revolves around marine life and sharks! Her long list of impressive distinctions include being the Founder and President of the non-profit Sharks4Kids, a professional NAUI scuba diving instructor, talented free-diver, not to mention a widely recognized underwater videographer and photographer. Her favourite pastimes of snorkeling and freediving allow her to explore and connect with the ocean in her current home on the island of South Bimini in The Bahamas, which remind her of the endless opportunities the ocean has to offer as well as the power and beauty of nature. Jillian is no stranger to a busy whirlwind life, but she always takes the effort to step back to have peaceful moments through her yoga practice as well as to simply laugh, which is a beautiful lesson her Mom taught her. Jillian's inspiration is a quote by Baba Dioum, Natural Resource Conservationist from Senegal: "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." With the launch of Jillian's new children's book, Norman the Nurse Shark, and all the other shark conservation efforts she makes, we know that she is making an impact on the future of these apex predators of the oceans in her Truli Wetsuit. Jillian is Truli a perfect representative of what Truli Wetsuits aspires to! Keep up the great work, Jillian! Jillian is wearing a size Truth in Into the Blue blue.
In 2019, 1% of all wetsuit sales will be donated to Sharks4Kids!