Deep Sea Photo

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Ed McNichol is a communications professional with 30+ years of global video expertise. He is an avid scuba diver and Divemaster based in Seattle. He combines both of these interests through his work designing, building and operating sophisticated shipboard video systems that support deep sea research and exploration using Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). He has served as Video Systems Specialist and Mission Photographer on more than a dozen international expeditions.


Video Project Manager – UW School of Oceanography
2010 – Present
Design, build and operate video system for scientific recording, video production and transmission from sea

Expedition Video Systems Specialist – Ocean Networks Canada
2013 – Present
Design, build and operate shipboard video system and shoot video/stills

Video Systems Consultant – Schmidt Ocean Institute
2013 – Present
Design, build, install shipboard video streaming system and train crew

Surface Water Rescue Diver – Amphibious Medics
Responsible for rescue of participants from Tough Mudder cold water obstacle

Video Engineer – NOAA Office of Exploration and Research
2012 – Present
Control ROV cameras, record content segments, process media files, shoot and edit video productions at sea

Video Systems Consultant – Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility
2012 – Present
Contribute to the redesign of the ROPOS ROV control room and video systems

Video Producer / Editor – NOAA Ocean Media Center
2010 – Present
Produce, write, shoot and edit documentaries, also certified as a NOAA Observer Diver

Divemaster – Bubbles Below
2009 – Present
Assist with teaching SCUBA classes and leading dives in cold water conditions

Post-Production Supervisor – University of Washington
2001 – 2008
Manage team of editors and graphic artists in television post-production facility

Instructor – Sony
1991 – 2001
Conduct user training worldwide on high-end broadcast video equipment

Digital Media Specialist – Victory Studios
1994 – 2001
Create content for clients in 13 tape and non-linear editing suites

Online Editor – Syntax Productions
1991 – 1994
Edit long-form shows and regional television advertisements

Senior Editor – Westcom Productions
1987 – 1991
Lead post-production team in creating content for national clients

Video Production Specialist – State of Oregon
1985 – 1987
Write, shoot and edit video productions for state agencies

Motion Picture Specialist (84C) – United States Army
1982 – 1985
Shoot and edit documentaries of tests conducted on future weapons and tactics


U.S. Army Television Production Specialist, 1984
U.S. Air Force Film School, 1983
Archbishop John Carroll High School for Boys, 1982


STCW Basic Safety Training - Personal Survival Techniques
SeaTel Satellite Dish Systems Operations Factory Trained
SCUBA Divemaster + HSA, Rescue Diver, Deep Diver, Boat Diver, AOW, OW
NOAA Observer Diver
CPR / First Aid / AED
Apple Certified Professional
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Certified
Current Canadian Work Permit, Visa and Security Clearance

Professional Associations

Marine Technology Society (MTS)
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE)
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS)
Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA)
Captain Cook Society


President – Highland Trails Homeowners Association, 2011 - Present
Planning Commissioner – City of Mill Creek, 2008 - Present
Director – Seattle Final Cut Pro User Group, 2006 - Present
President, Board of Directors – Seattle World Percussion Society, 1997 - 2004