Tim has lived
most of his life on the Pacific coast of Canada where he was certified
as a recreational SCUBA diver with NAUI. He has always been an avid
aquarist and majored in biology with a prime interest in marine biology
during high school and first year university. During this time Tim
enjoyed further exposure to the oceans while serving in the naval
reserve. He switched majors to computer science but continued his
interest in marine science as a volunteer diver with the research
department of the Vancouver Aquarium and Marine Science Centre.
Tim gained further recreational SCUBA certifications and specialties
and presently holds a current PADI Dive Master Certification.
and his family earned their aquanaut certifications after spending
a day submerged at Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo. Tim is
currently working on the development of a small underwater research
habitat with a local post secondary institution where he is also an
instructor. Tim holds a private pilot's license and Canadian Power
Squadron boating certification.
is also the designer and project director of an undersea habitat called
the Underwater Observatory now being constructed at the British Columbia
Institute of Technology.
Novak family was the largest family group ever to certifiy together
as aquanauts in July 2007.