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Casey Mckinlay

Casey McKinlay is a renowned aquatic explorer with more than 20 years of active research and discovery experience. Casey is currently responsible for directing all operations for the Woodville Karst Plain Project (WKPP) which is the most active and successful cave diving exploratory project in the world with more than one hundred members. Casey serves on the GUE Board of Directors, is a fellow of the Explorers Club and serves as an advisor to the Wakulla Springs Water Quality Working Group and Unit Management Planning Committee, promoting responsible use,
study and protection relevant to water quality issues. Casey’s professional experience includes various positions within JC Penney-Eckerd Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, from 1997-2004 and his current position as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Halcyon Manufacturing, Inc.; directing daily operations and strategic planning. Casey received an MBA in 1997 at Florida State University and a BS in finance in 1991 at the University of Central Florida.
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Above:- Casey Mckinlay on a deep US cave dive click image to see original larger version Photo by David Rhea
Diving Experience
Board of Directors – Global Underwater Explorers
Fellow – The Explorers Club
Project Director- Woodville Karst Plain Project (WKPP)
Responsible for all project operations including planning, logistics, reporting, permitting and government relations.
Member of the Wakulla Springs Water Quality Working Group and Unit Management Planning committees.
WKPP member since 1993
Exploration and support efforts include:
1993 – 1995: Manatee Springs, Indian Springs, Sally Ward Spring, and Wakulla Springs exploration
1996 – 1999: Wakulla Springs exploration and Big Dismal-Leon Sinks cave system connection
2000 – 2004: Wakulla Springs flow-meter installations and research support
2005 – 2006 Chips Hole cave system exploration – 16,500ft penetration and Wakulla Springs Q-Tunnel discovery
2007 – Wakulla Springs and Leon Sinks exploration
World record penetration from Wakulla Springs – 22,788ft – June 23, 2007
Wakulla Springs and Leon Sinks cave system connection – July 28, 2007
Turner Sink to Wakulla Springs 35,672ft traverse – December 15, 2007
2008 – Wakulla – Leon Sinks Cave System exploration
World record penetration from Wakulla Springs – 25,766ft – June 13, 2008

Current Operations (2008)
Wakulla-Leon Sinks cave system, St. Marks/Natural Bridge and Spring Creek cave systems
Exploration, support, video, survey, decompression, rebreather and mixed gas logistics
Extreme exposure exploration planning and logistics
5-10 hours at 300ft, 10-16 hours decompression, 15-27 hour run times
Diver development, dive planning, equipment design, development and testing
Cave Diver certified 1989, Halcyon Rebreather certified 2000
750 Cave Dives / 350 Wreck Dives / 600 Decompression Dives
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2005-Current – Halcyon Manufacturing, Inc, High Springs, FL.
Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Responsible for strategic planning and all aspects of manufacturing operations including management team, forecasting, financial targets, legal, domestic/international account relations and product development/testing.
1997-2004 – Eckerd Corporation, Largo, FL
Supply Chain Systems Project Manager / Buyer, Category Development
Category management, retail strategy, supply chain systems and financial analysis responsibilities. Fortune 100 Company.

MBA – 1997 Florida State University / BS Finance – 1991 University of Central Florida

For more information on Casey's achievements as well as the entire WKPP team & GUE exploration see these links &

Casey Mckinlay is a fellow international member of the Explorers Club
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