Mr Koblick has pioneered ocean exploration since the early 1960's, and for the past two decades has developed, built and operated ocean and environmental education facilities. As a participant in Tektite I and manager and participant in Tektite II, he was one of the nation's first aquanauts. He and two partners created Jules' Undersea Lodge, the world's only undersea hotel, which has been in operation since 1986 at the research and education facility he created in Key Largo, FL. He is a recognized authority on marine resource planning and designed and managed "La Chalupa", the most advanced undersea lab program in the world. He has consulted on an international level in Panama, Vietnam, Brazil, the Caribbean, Malta, Italy, Sicily, and Spain. He has co-authored the book, Living and Working in the Sea, a definitive book on the history of saturation diving and underwater habitats. In 1995 he co-authored the "Man in the Sea" CD-ROM, a virtual undersea museum dedicated to the explorers of the ocean. Since 2005 he has co-developed the Aurora Trust program, a marine archeology program in the Mediterranean and now in the US.
Ian's professional experience as the Founder, President and Chairman of the Board of Marine Resources Development Foundation www.mrdf.org teaches marine ecology and SCUBA diving to more than 4000 teachers and students annually. He is the Co-founder of Deep Blue Surveys based in Malta and presently the Founding Director of Aurora Trust an ocean exploration and education nonprofit trust operating in the Mediterranean and the US. www.auroratrust.com.