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Graham Dickson

CHIEF EXPEDITION OFFICER

Graham Dickson is the founder and Chief Expedition Officer for Arctic Kingdom Polar Expeditions, the world’s only company to specialize in the animals of the arctic and to have successfully led diving expeditions for all of the arctic’s marine animals. Graham has been diving for almost two decades and is a Master Instructor. Since starting Arctic Kingdom in 1999, he has led more than 50 major expeditions for adventurers, professional photographers, divers, film crews and scientists. Graham led the first sport diving expedition to Nunavut to dive with walrus and has since led multiple expeditions for Bowhead whales, Narwhals, Belugas, Polar Bear and the Greenland Shark. Graham has climbed rock and ice for almost as long as he has been diving and in 2000 led the first ice climbing expedition to Nunavut to climb the icebergs of Pond Inlet. He has led expeditions across most of the arctic from Alaska to the Northwest Passage, Hudson’s Bay to the Foxe Basin and from Greenland to Svalbard, Norway. Graham has led expeditions for National Geographic and was the primary advisor and expedition leader for all of the arctic scenes filmed for Disney Nature’s movie “Oceans” filmed over three years and award-winning television productions with Ushuaia Nature [TF1/France] and Blue Planet Films [NDR/Germany]

He is the author of the scuba section in the popular book, “The Worst Case Scenario Survival Guide,“ has authored multiple entries in “The Encyclopedia of the Arctic” and is both a contributor and featured in the “The Diving Almanac“.

He is an accomplished public speaker having presented at many companies, international trade shows, conferences and schools. In 2005, Graham was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Graham sits on the Board of Directors for Nunavut Tourism as the representative for ecotourism and adventure travel and is also on the Board of Directors for Nunavut Film. Graham is committed to ensuring Arctic Kingdom’s knowledge and experience provides maximum benefit to northern communities. He leads the development of Arctic Kingdom’s training programs and developed curriculum for the government of Nunavut to encourage and help aboriginal entrepreneurs to pursue a future in tourism.

Dickson is featured in Face to Face Polar Portraits, the first book to examine the history and role of polar exploration photography by combining both rare images from the historic collections of the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, alongside cutting-edge modern expedition imagery.

Skills and Credentials

  • Languages: English, Spanish and French
  • Education: Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania
  • PADI Master Dive Instructor
  • Trained in cave diving through National Speleological Society (NSS-CDS)
  • Trained in underwater archeology through Nautical Archaeological Society (NAS)
  • Closed circuit re-breather diver on the Evolution
  • Medic First Aid/CPR Instructor
  • Rescue Diving and Diving Emergency Management instructor

Meet Graham Dickson
by Vanessa Farquharson
National Post
April 21, 2010
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Graham Dickson on Canada AM

Les Colosses de la Banquise
by Graham Dickson
Plongeurs – May
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Arctic High
Graham Dickson
Scuba Press – Winter
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Greenland Sharks
by Graham Dickson
Sport Diving – Feb/March
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Arctic Shark
by Graham Dickson
Shark Diver Magazine – Spring
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Mad Ice Diver
by Graham Dickson
Divers – March/Apr
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Swimming with Arctic Whales
by Graham Dickson
Advanced Diver – #14
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Whales in the Freezer
by Graham Dickson
Sport Diving – Oct/Nov
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Survival Kit – Cold Water Diving
by Graham Dickson
Beyond the Blue – Aut/Win
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Extreme Ice
by Graham Dickson
990 Diving in Depth – Aut/Winter
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Peak Experience
by Graham Dickson
Up Here – July/Aug
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Arctic Colossus
by Graham Dickson
Sport Diver – May/June
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“Whether ice diving, snorkeling with Greenland whales, or free climbing on a floating iceberg, Graham Dickson of Arctic Kingdom is the specialist for adventures on ice. Hardly anyone else knows the special places of Nunavut as well as Graham, and none tells so graphically of experiences in the Arctic.”
— Vox Tours/Tango Films