Explorer, Technical diver & instructor
Maria Bollerup is a Technical Diving Instructor, a rebreather cave diver and an explorer who has traversed the world as a professional diver since the age of 18.
Her diving career started in Denmark where her interest in underwater archaeology got her diving archaeological sites at the age of 16, mapping and collecting artefacts on Stone Age villages in cooperation with local museums.
It is her passion for science, in combination with her dedicated career within the diving industry, that has led to her involvement in scientific diving projects. Her latest project was as a team diver on the cave exploration project the “Xunaan-Ha Expedition” in Mexico in November 2021; a project which was supported by Rolex as part of its Perpetual Planet Initiative.
Maria is also part of an on-going cave project in Sulawesi, Indonesia, where cave diving is explorative, desolate and evolves around research, scientific information gathering and water preservation of unique and isolated cave systems.
In the hope of positively influencing future underwater ambassadors, Maria founded and runs Blue Venture Diving; a wholesale dive travel agency focusing on young backpackers from Europe. By providing safe diving and high training standards at inspiring dive centers, to young and inexperienced divers on and off of the beaten path, she seeks to spread interest for our oceans and the conservation thereof.
As a female technical diver and an advocate for exploration-based diving, she was chosen as an Ambassador for the global community “Girls That Scuba”, featured in PADI’s training materials, selected as a Team diver for Fourth Element and elected as a member of The Explorers Club.
Dive Conference Topic: Xunaan Ha – Cave Exploration Under the Jungle
PANEL DISCUSSION: Women in the Deep Blue