Renee Blundon, discovered her passion for the water at the early age of five when she learned to swim. She was a certified life-guard for three years in her teens and joined an adult swim team at 19, which provided the training to become a life-long, skillful swimmer.
Upon completing high-school in 2003, Renee pursued a career in design. She worked in several specialized areas alongside seasoned professionals in website design, graphic design, photography, lighting design, marketing, as well as interior design-build. She attended Parsons The New School for Design in New York, graduating with honors in 2011, with a degree in Interior and Lighting Design and receiving an Award of Design Excellence.
A monumental moment in Renee’s life was her trip to Tanzania in 2012 to climb mount Mount Kilimanjaro. She trekked the Lemosho trail, the most challenging active route on the mountain, with one guide and six porters and successfully summited the 19,341 foot high Uhuru Peak on September 7th, 2012. During her trip in Tanzania, Renee visited The Baobab Home, an orphanage in the small village of Bagamoyo. The orphanage needed help with the design of a primary school so that children in and around the orphanage had access to not only education, but a strong foundation of science, nutrition, art and creative thinking. Captivated by the loving and talented children, she had to help. Renee returned to New York and worked on the project remotely, which proved difficult due to a hectic New York schedule. She needed to get back to Tanzania.
In May 2013, Renee relocated from Manhattan to Tanzania for seven months to assist with the design of the primary school. It was then when she first began swimming and diving in the warm, clear, blue waters of the Indian Ocean, and she was hooked since!
Renee Blundon completed the architectural drawings for the primary school in January 2014 and was ready to create something new. After 12 years of training and first-hand experience in design, developing an eye for color, composition, form, pattern, light, detail and volume, she connected her two passions, design and ocean, and Seaunseen was born. The mission; to inspire the world about the sea and all the life within it and all around it.
Seaunseen was carefully designed to communicate through imagery, since images are what make the biggest impact on the world. They are a truly universal language, surpassing even the biggest geographic barriers. Nothing rivals the power of an image.
Renee Blundon is an Apnea Academy freediving instructor, PADI Divemaster and an avid ocean swimmer. She spends most of her time now in Dahab, Egypt and travelling and diving throughout the world. In Tanzania she’s been diving in and outside of Chole Bay at Mafia Island, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo and Kilwa. She’s also been diving in Kilifi, Kenya, Aliwal Shoal in South Africa, Sharm El Sheikh and Dahab in Egypt as well as various freshwater sites in New England; Walden Pond (Boston), Maranacook Lake (Maine), Cobbossee Lake (Maine) and Dutch Springs Lake (Massachusetts). For the remainder of 2015, Renee will be teaching freediving in Dahab at Desert Divers and training for freediving.
Renee lives creatively, expressing herself through underwater photography, videography and writing. She lives her art, with Seaunseen as a living and breathing expression of who she is and the ocean that she is a stand for.