Chris Symes

black sailsHi Jason
I really wanted to be there with you all on the river, just to see it all come together. But I had to be back at CTFS prepping the last week. I know it went unbelievably well, and this is, in no small part, down to you and your team. I am told it was a flawless operation and ran like clockwork. So a huge thank you for this. I would love to have seen it.

Chris Symes

Executive Producer
Black Sails Season 4

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Dave Conlyn

IN REPLY REFER TO: Jonathan Sharfman
Maritime Archaeology Program SAHRA
Cape Town, South Africa
January 10, 2012

Dear Jonathan,

I am writing in response to your request for an assessment of the capabilities and professionalism of the support divers we utilized during the recently completed slave ships project (December of this past year). I have been working as a scientific diver and underwater professional for more than 25 years and have had the opportunity to collaborate with and observe numerous diving groups at the avocational, local, state and international level in all parts of the world and in a huge variety of diving conditions. I can say without reservation that the culture of safety, hard work and diligence that I observed as a part of the daily operations of the Frog Squad were exemplary and on par with any of the best teams I have ever worked with. I would work with them again in an instant and urge you to not reinvent the wheel in South Africa when you obviously have a well trained and motivated partner in the Frog Squad While we all understand that we have to be competent divers to do good underwater science, having a dedicated team of professionals to handle the nuts and bolts of equipment maintenance etc. will allow you and your people to focus on the archaeology and science that others cannot. I therefore urge you to continue, and perhaps formalize your relationship with the Frog Squad to increase the effectiveness of our future collaborations, as well as the overall effectiveness of underwater archaeology in the Republic of South Africa.

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Stephen C. Lubkemann, Ph.D

Jonathan Sharfman - DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY
Maritime Archaeology Program
SAHRA
Cape Town, South Africa
January 10, 2012

Dear Jonathan,

As we prepare for further collaboration on maritime archaeological sites in South Africa I wanted to follow up on a detail of technical importance and of mutual interest. During our two field sessions in cape Town this past year (March and December 2011) I was particularly impressed with the technical dive support that SAHRA’s partners from the Frog Squad were capable of rendering. As you are well aware, ours is sometimes a less than easy—and frankly at time somewhat uncertain not to say actually perilous—undertaking. Diving and boating safety is therefore of the utmost importance to any serious maritime archaeological project. I must say that in nearly two decades of involvement in this field I have yet to encounter a more capable, professional, or dedicated dive support group than I witnessed in the Frog Squad. Their continued involvement would not only make our own work on the African Slave Wrecks safer, but would be indispensable (in my view) for field school operations and the involvement of volunteer groups.

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Douglas Glover

September 20, 2013

I recently had the great pleasure of working with Jason Martin and Frog Squad on a production I directed in Cape Town.  The production was a 2 hour feature documentary for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week titled Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives. The project received the highest ratings in the 25 year history of Shark Week. 

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