Martin McClellan

mmm bio page 150x150“To philosophically, professionally and responsibly represent the exploratory dive community as a “Team Centric” expedition and technical diver.  My ultimate goal is too become involved globally with dive projects that help local communities become more knowledgeable about their local aquatic environments; both historically and environmentally”.   Martin McClellan-2013



Industry Affiliations

1998 – Present

Chairman and President of New Millennium Dive Expeditions, Inc.  (NMDE) a 501(c)(3) Function:  Project Coordinator, Research Diver and Videographer

2010 – Present

Project Manager for Project Baseline: Tahoe (Volunteer

1990 – 1994

Co-Owner Tropical Penguins Scuba, Inc. Function: CFO, Instruction, Travel Organizer, Marketing and Promotion

1988 – 1990

Co-Owner Tropical Penguins Scuba School Function:  Instructor and Travel Organizer

1981 – 1988

Sierra Diving Center, Inc. Position:  Manager, Instructional Coordinator, Instructor, Sales, Repair

1979 – 1981

University of Oregon, Eugene Began Diving Career as a PADI O/W and NAUI Assistant Instructor

Significant Industry Accomplishments

  • 2016 Named as Diving Logistic Officer for Global Underwater Explorers, Project Baseline initiative aboard the Baseline Explorer, a 150’/45m research ship where my function was as a Dive Safety Officer (DSO) for the Nekton Deep Ocean Exploration Mission.
  • 2013 Appointed at the Governor of Nevada’s request to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to engage NMDE actively in supporting the scientific underwater research work being done in Lake Tahoe within the Lakes Nearshore Zone.
  • 2013 Successfully coordinated the first joint research task force in Tahoe between the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, University of Nevada Reno and NMDE (A Non-Profit and Volunteer Dive Organization)effectively conducting 7 dives assisting the scientists of the University of Nevada, Reno in their studies of the Chara Beds located on the south shore of Lake Tahoe.
  • 2012 Nominated and recipient of SSI’s Platinum Pro 5000 Diver Award
  • 2010 Was the successful recipient of a $15,000 National Park Service Grant to continue documentation work on the Steamer Tahoe working closely with the State Historic Preservation office as the grant administrator.  Objectives were to provide the State with a 20 minute documentary film, a detailed map of the historical site (360’-490’ underwater) and a K-12 educational program centering upon the history of the Steamer Tahoe.  All objectives were exemplary met July 31, 2011
  • 2004 In cooperation with Nevada’s State Historic Preservation Office, was instrumental in securing the listing of the Steamer Tahoe on the National Register of Historic Landmarks as the first submerged cultural resource within the State.
  • 2003-2010 Actively worked with Nevada’s State Historic Preservation Officer, Ron James, in the work and documentation of the Steamer Tahoe.
  • First Dive Team to dive and touch the SS Tahoe following her sinking in 1940 – June 29, 2002 and July 20, 2002
  • Author:  Article in Advanced Diver Magazine (Spring 2003)
  • Co-Author: Article in Immersed Magazine (Fall 2001)
  • Contributing consultant to dive industry publication Rodales (1997-1998)
  • Co-Author: Practical Altitude Diving Procedures (1983)

Dive Qualifications

2016     Certified Clinical Hyperbaric Medical Technician – AMA, UHMS, ACHM, ABWH, IBUM

2015     GUE JJ Closed Circuit Rebreather (JJ CCR)

2014     GUE Tech 2

2005    IANTD Technical Cave DPV Operator

2004    IANTD Technical & Full Cave Diver

2002    GUE Cave 1 & DIR Fundamentals

2001     TDI Cavern and Intro to Cave

2000    TDI Advanced Trimix

2000    DAN Oxygen Provider

1996    ANDI Nitrox Level 2 Instructor

1995    ANDI Nitrox Level 2 Diver

1985    PADI IDC Staff Instructor

1984    PADI Master Instructor

1983    PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

1982    PADI Openwater Instructor

1980    NAUI Assistant Instructor

1979    Certified PADI Openwater


  • Born May 1961
  • Husband to Kim since 1992
  • Father of 3, Elizabeth (1983), Tayler (1993) and Alexander (1995)
  • Managing Partner Legacy Wealth Planning
  • Past Member Lions Club International 10 Years
  • Past Cabinet Secretary Lions Club International District 46
  • Education: Master Business Administration – Dean Witter Financial – 1992
  • Bachelor Science Business Administration,  University of Nevada Reno, 1987
  • Edward C. Reed High School, Sparks Nevada, 1979