Cristina is originally from Italy, grew up in the African rain forest where she acquired the love for the outdoors and for the last 21 years has made The Bahamas her home and diving her life.
She is a cave diving instructor and explorer, ocean conservationist and a champion for shark conservation. She is considered a pioneer in shark hypnosis and interspecies connection.
On the island of Grand Bahama, Cristina has mapped one of the largest Bahamian cave systems as part of a conservation project in cooperation with the Bahamas National Trust. She is also the first woman to ever connect an ocean blue hole with a land-based cave. This project has been hailed as a history making accomplishment and the second ever completed in the entire world.
She is an active spokesperson for fresh water conservation and garbage disposal. Most of the material used in these conservation efforts comes from her cave explorations and surveys. By proving the connection between surface water systems and the ocean, she has demonstrated the impact that mishandling this environmental connection will inevitably have on the future of these reservoirs.
Cristina believes in the power of education and has dedicated countless time and energy in non-profit work, spanning from educational videos to cost free diving education for local people to presentations around the world. She supports several organisations with her time and skills, including Our World Underwater Scholarship Society and Women Divers Hall of Fame scholarship program.
Cristina Zenato is a Platinum Pro 5000 recipient, a Women Divers Hall of Fame inductee, and a member of The Explorers Club and of the Ocean Artists Society.
For more information: www.cristinazenato.com