Scott Gietler, Owner







Scott is the founder of Bluewater Photo, Bluewater Travel and the Underwater Photography Guide, and one of the world's leading experts in underwater photography education and camera / lens reviews. 

Scott lives in Marina Del Rey with his lovely wife Penny and new baby Ryan. They have traveled together throughout the world on diving and non-diving trips.

If possible he tries to get out diving each week with some of the other members of the Bluewater photo & Underwater Photography Guide staff.

An avid marine naturalist, Scott is the author of the Field Guide to Southern California Marine Life. He was the LAUPS photographer of the year for 2009, and his photos have appeared in magazines, coffee table & marine life books, museums, galleries and aquariums throughout California. He is a regular contributor to Scuba Diving and Sport diving magazines, and he teaches underwater photography locally on a frequent basis on local trips and international workshops.

He regularly uses a Canon compact, Olympus mirrorless camera, and several Nikon dSLR cameras.

Kelli Dickinson, Store Manager

Kelli is a scuba instructor and underwater photographer with a long history of running operations for small businesses. She oversees all the customer orders, and is an expert using high-end compact and mirrorless camera systems.

She attended University of Arizona, and is a regular triathlon participant who has even completed an Ironman.

Mark Strickland, dSLR and Travel Specialist

Mark Strickland’s life-long interest in the sea has included over 10,000 dives and careers as lifeguard, boat captain and scuba instructor. His passion for underwater photography has led him to many top dive locales, including Virgin Islands, Australia, and Thailand, where he spent 17 years as Cruise Director on a series of live-aboards. Mark now resides in Ventura county, California.

An avid marine naturalist, Mark has discovered several nudibranch species. He is co-author and principle photographer for Lonely Planet’s award-winning book, “Diving and Snorkeling Thailand”, and his work appears in many magazines, books and displays around the world. Currently, Mark leads several dive trips each year to his favorite destinations, while working on a career-spanning large-format pictorial book.

Mark's photos and articles have appeared in magazines and books around the world, including Action Asia, BBC Wildlife, National Geographic World, Natural History, Scuba Diving, Skin Diver, Sport Diver, Sportdiving, Unterwasser and many others.

Vijay Raman, Sales and Travel Specialist

Vijay's passion for the ocean started at a very young age. He began shooting with his first underwater film camera soon after getting his certification in 1989. Over the years, his passion for diving has taken him to many of the top dive sites, from the majestic kelp forests of Southern California, the Caribbean, the Sea of Cortez to the Indian and Pacific Oceans, but his favorite destinations are in the rich and diverse reefs of the Indo-Pacific.

Whether it be hunting for strange and rare critters in the muck or admiring the beauty of a pristine coral reef, he is most in his element when he is creating images and sharing the beauty of the ocean with those around him. His award winning photography has been seen in print and digital media.

When he is not diving or traveling, he enjoys a passion for music. Vijay also enjoys web and graphic design and has background in sales, service and digital marketing. He is eager to help you find the right gear to help you capture your best images underwater or help guide you to your next diving adventure. 


Tommy Stylski, Sales and Travel Specialist 


Tommy has been a certified diver for over 15 years and has always loved spending time in the ocean.  His dad introduced him to scuba diving at a young age while vacationing in Tulum, Mexico. He has since dived many Caribbean destinations, Phillipines, Fiji and the California coast. As a certified dive master, he’s lead hundreds of trips and has worked with both beginner and the most advnaced divers. He finds diving particularly peaceful and enjoys sharpening his skills in underwater photography.