"Dive, Dive, Dive" with Shanee Stopnitzky and the Community Submersibles Project

March 25, 2021

Ringo was right. Maybe we'll all pilot a Yellow Submarine.

On this special "Best of ASPN" rebroadcast, Peter & Tyler explore the childhood dream of many to pilot a submersible and explore the wonders of the sea.  Turns out, it's not just a dream anymore. Meet Shanee Stopnitzky, a real life citizen submarine designer, builder, and pilot and the founder of the Community Submersibles Project, a Berkeley non-profit dedicated to the personal exploration of the sea. Sure, it's about technology and what it takes to own and pilot not one but three subs. Yes, they've developed a sub pilot training school and the expertise to maintain the complex systems it takes to dive. But, there's so much more here too understand and it begins with the "wonder" and the "awe" of the sea and the curiosity that drives us to live full lives as cognitive beings. As the visionary founder of the Community Submersibles Project, Shanee's goal is to foster a "Society of Wonderers." And, she's doing it! One of the best shows ever on ASPN. Take a dive with Shanee and the Community Submersibles Project. You'll love it.

Community Submersibles Project Contacts


Kickstarter: bit.ly/exploretheoceans

Instagram: community_submersibles_project

Facebook: Community Submersibles Project

Twitter: @communitysub

120s Video: https://vimeo.com/336546857

Press kit: bit.ly/csppresskit

Show Transcription
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Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.