TEAM FROG SQUAD

Established in 2004, #TeamFrogsquad has grown from strength to strength, with an emphasis on building a team of marine professionals that can operate in many areas of the marine film environment. Although specialists in various disciplines, we work as one, the Frog Squad.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Jimmy

Jimmy

Growing up in a beach and water mad family, Jim started surfing at age seven and still loves it 40 years later. As an excellent swimmer and water polo player, achieving national honors, Jim wanted a career that kept him close to the ocean and in 1989 he joined the South African Navy. After qualifying as a Part 1 Clearance diver, he stayed with the navy a further three years, completing the Deep Dive, coxswain and Supervisor courses. During this time, Jim spent six months on-board the mine and torpedo recovery ship “The Fleur” where he gained experience in explosive ordinance detection and disposal.

Jim left the Navy in 1992 and became a Sport diving instructor and boat skipper. He moved up the coast to the warmer waters of Sodwana Bay and Mozambique where he honed his surf launching skills, ran a dive charter service and a number of water sports centres at Five Star Lodges. Whilst in the Bazaruto Archipelago he met a young hostess working on a yacht operating out of Cape Town and he was duly lured back to the Mother city.

Back in Cape Town working for the local Divestyle magazine, Jim’s flexible hours afforded him time to freelance in the film Industry as a marine specialist. While working on an underwater fashion shoot Jim met up with Jason and the Frog Squad was born, it was 2003.

Today, 14 years later Jim is one of the most experienced marine coordinators in the business having worked consistently in the film industry for over 17 years. His credits include Red Water, Lord of war, The Triangle, Strike Back, Mary & Martha, The Jungle Book, Roots, Hooten & the Lady, Black Sails and Deep Blue Sea, to name a few.

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Jason Martin
Jason Martin

Jason Martin

Jason Martin

Having come from a family with three generations of divers, Jason's life has always been closely connected to the ocean. By age 16 he was an accomplished water man, a surf life saver / sport diver closely connected to the National Sea Rescue Institute. At 18 he was recruited into the South African Navy. Here, as a part one clearance diver, he received "The most practical diver of course" award. Jason then spent the next 2 years gaining experience with underwater explosives, mine counter measures, and operational dive team procedures in the SA Navy.

In 1994 he left the navy and spent 10 years working around the world as a sport diving instructor, diamond diver, boat skipper and crew on cruise ships in the Med. As a commercial diver, he work on salvaging wrecks both old and new. In 2004 he returned to South Africa and joined forces with Jimmy Fraser and they set up the Frog Squad. After 14 years coordinating on film sets, Jason now spends his days underwater operating the camera. His underwater credits include Red Sea Dive Resort, Tomb Raider, Outlander, The Last Face, Tiger house, Resident Evil, North-men, The Giver, Dark Tower and Blacksails.

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AJ
AJ

AJ

AJ

Born in Zimbabwe, AJ moved to the coast at a young age where he submerged himself into the life aquatic. At 18 he became a Profesional Lifeguard, joining the South African Navy at 19, where he excelled, becoming a Part 3 Diver earning himself the position as the Senior Diving & Explosives Instructor for Diving Center.

After 16 years service, AJ left the SA Navy, joining a company called Mine Tech Offshore, where he spent 4 years de-mining and project management in war torn countries around the world. An avid fisherman and surfer AJ spends all his free time at sea where by chance he reunited with old friends and joined the Frog Squad in 2004. 14 years later Aj is an accomplished Marine Co-ordinator having run projects in South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, Egypt and Namibia. His credits include, Fishing without nets, Blacksails, Red Sea Dive resort, Tremors, On the the run, and Troy.

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Brendon Bennet
Brendon Bennet

Brendon

Brendon

Born and raised in Cape Town, where the ocean is part of his everyday existance, Brendon left school and completed his commercial diver certification. Once qualified and working, he was introduced to Charles Maxwell, an Emmy award winning underwater camera operator.

Having a passion for photography, Brendon saw an opportunity and started to work for Charles. He started as a general assistant / safety diver and quickly gained the work experience to operate the camera on stock footage shoots. Three years later and looking for his next adventure, Brendon met the Frog Squad.

Today, Brendon runs the Frog Squad’s Underwater Filming Division, where he manages and maintains our underwater camera gear, offers assistance to our DOPS or operates the camera himself when required to do so. Having started out as a camera assistant for Charles seven years ago, Brendon now finds himself operating the underwater camera for the Frog Squad on the set of Deep Blue Sea 2, a Warner Bros production.

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Brent Kriel
Brent Kriel

Brent Kriel

Butch

Butch started diving in 1994 after his return from deployment in the South African Infantry. He spent the next 11 years working in the diving industry as an instructor teaching advanced dive skills for Technical divers and doing servicing and gear testing for Orca Industries. Butch is a qualified gear technician for all the major scuba brands in South Africa and in 2005 he started working for the Frog Squad as our gear techie and skipper and has been with us ever since. Butch is the Frog on the ground and serves as our team leader on set. His credits include Primeval, Blood and oil, Black Sails, Tomb Raider, Deep Blue Sea and Red Sea Dive resort.

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