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How to Swim with Dangerous Sharks and not get Eaten

Gail Lovelace



I am a 26 year old adventurer with a passion for living life through constant learning and various hobbies such as skydiving, wing suit flying, photographing sharks, diving, dancing, and memorizing pi. Along with my passion for extreme sports, dancing, and life, I have a love of learning and listening to lectures and talks. I am an avid fan of Ted Talks and now Ignite Bend, which has inspired me to submit a proposal.

When people hear the word "shark", many times the theme song of Jaws will ring through their head. After 10 years of experience with swimming and diving with sharks, I'm here to share the secrets of how to swim with these magnificent animals safely as well as provide a list of what not to do in the event of a possible dangerous situation.



Next Event

Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE

Tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event.


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