Professional Biography Annie Crawley
Originally from Chicago, Annie Crawley spent the past two decades living and working around the world. Trained as a photo and broadcast journalist, she began to document and travel the world after graduating from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelors of Science in Communications. After learning to scuba dive and sail, she became a PADI Master Scuba Diving Instructor and a 100 ton US Coast Guard Boat Captain. Annie Crawley specializes in the Underwater Realm as an author, underwater photographer, filmmaker, field biologist and ocean expert. She was named an SSI 5000 Platinum Pro diver and inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame in 2010. Annie Crawley has lived and worked in Indonesia, Galapagos, Belize, Papua New Guinea, Australia and India, plus many more locations. As a producer, she created an award winning series of Ocean books, kids ocean DVDs and teacher lesson plans after being awarded four grants from the Save Our Seas Foundation.
Annie Crawley reaches thousands of people worldwide through public speaking tours and programs. While creating a successful business, Dive Into Your Imagination, Annie Crawley continues to travel and document the world. Annie Crawley is uniquely qualified to speak about obtaining success by taking risks, living your dreams and creating your greatest life. As an inspirational speaker she utilizes her unique knowledge and philosophy from her childhood, explorations, knowledge and philosophy. When appropriate, she uses Ocean metaphors, marine biology, video and photography in her presentations. Annie inspires you to dive deeply into possibilities, breathe differently, face your fears, set goals, dream, anchor your life, adapt to change and focus on what is important today so you can achieve your full potential. She is a member of an elite group trained by Les Brown, the Les Brown Platinum Speakers. Known as Ocean Annie to children, as a youth empowerment speaker she transports kids on an imaginary dive around the world, while encouraging students to learn life lessons about respect, responsibility, trust and character. Annie engages their imagination with ocean images of sharks, turtles, coral reefs and kelp forests and powerfully hits home the message that “You can do anything!”
Annie Crawley has been on many expeditions, including producing, shooting, and editing a series of videos and photos taken on the Scripps Institution SEAPLEX expedition for Project Kaisei in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The company she founded, Dive Into Your Imagination, is committed to changing the way a new generation views the Ocean and themselves. She is committed to empowerment, environment, education and entertainment.
Ocean Life From A to Z Book and DVD published by Reader’s Digest Children’s Publishing was Annie Crawley’s first publication in 2007. To date Ocean Life A to Z Book and DVD has sold more than 100,000 copies. Annie Crawley relates the lessons she learned growing up and traveling in a way that will inspire you to create your life while considering our environment and Ocean. Annie Crawley’s company is releasing a new series of books, dvds and teacher lesson plans featuring cartoon characters combined with real ocean images and video. For more information on Annie Crawley, please contact our office today. Phone: 805-453-1947 or email annie at anniecrawley dot com