Biography

Michael Menduno, aka “M2,” is an award-winning journalist who coined the term “technical diving,” and has written about diving and diving technology for three decades. He is currently the executive editor of Global Underwater Explorer’s (GUE) blog InDepth, a columnist for The Journal of Diving History and freelances for a variety of publications.

His former magazine “aquaCORPS: The Journal for Technical Diving (1990-1996) helped usher tech diving into mainstream sports diving. He also produced the first Tek, EUROTek and ASIATek conferences, and organized Rebreather Forums 1.0 and 2.0.

Michael’s work has appeared in Alert Diver, AQUA, Asian Diver, Business 2.0, Discovery, DiveLog Australasia, DIVER, Fourth Element blog, InDepth, The Journal of Diving History, NACD Journal, Outside, Quest, Scientific American, Scuba Times, Shearwater Blog, Sports Diver, Undercurrent, Undersea Journal, WIRED and X-Ray magazines

Michael coined the term

He received the OZTEK Media Excellence Award in 2011, the EUROTek Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and the TEKDive USA Media Award in 2018, and is a sought-after conference speaker.

Michael worked with Capt. Billy Deans to set up the first technical diving training center at Key West Diver in Key West, Florida, in the early 1990s, which quickly became a Mecca for tech divers from around the world. He has studied and trained with many of the best and brightest in the business.

Michael earned his open-water certification in 1976. He is Full-Cave certified with NSS-CDS and NACD, certified on AP Diving rebreathers, and recently received his freediving certification with Performance Freediving International. In addition to diving, Michael is actively involved in U.S. Masters Swimming and is also a performing bass player.

His work has appeared in:

  • Alert Diver
  • AQUA
  • Asian Diver
  • Business 2.0
  • Discovery
  • DiveLog Australasia
  • DIVER
  • NACD Journal
  • Outside
  • Quest
  • Scientific American
  • Scuba Times
  • Sports Diver
  • Undercurrent
  • Undersea Journal
  • WIRED Magazine
  • X-Ray Magazine