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Our Story

Hannah & John came together and realized their opportunity to show others the beautiful world below.

About Us


Hannah and John, the founders of Ocean Outcasts, are best friends who share a passion for diving and exploring. They found themselves drawn together by their love for the ocean, and their desire to protect it. Their mission is to show others how beautiful underwater life can be, and inspire them to dive in themselves. The pair founded Ocean Outcasts to pursue their shared dream: an underwater world that is both healthy and accessible to everyone.. The ultimate goal is to educate and inspire others to join us in our underwater efforts. We are deeply passionate about all things ocean, but we recognize that knowledge is power, Being an Ocean Outcast isn’t just about being in the water. It’s about preservation and independence, and creating a sustainable future for oneself, their community and our oceans.


Hannah Patten

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In addition to her day job as our Chief Stew Hannah is also the founder of Hülya Swim, an eco-friendly swimwear line. Four years ago, she quickly grew tired of the overwhelming amount of plastic in the oceans and waterways. This inspired her to create a bikini line that includes recycled plastics from the ocean. The Hülya collection is inspired by Hannah's experiences with the ocean.

Through Hülya and Ocean Outcasts Hannah hopes to bring awareness and compassion to the ocean and to inspire others to take a stand for our planet and ocean.


John Garza

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Captain John, a long-time environmentalist, wishes to create a sense of compassion towards the ocean by infusing his passion for diving and marine exploration with images of the sea's unique beauty. John's photography has graced the covers of many well-respected magazines, advertisements, and eco-advocacy campaigns. As an avid Free Diver, Scuba Diver, and Professional Photographer, he strives to educate people about the environments of our oceans through creative outlets.  

Through his next endeavor as the captain of Purely Blu and the Co-Founder of Ocean Outcasts, his goal is to change the way people view and interact with sharks and marine wildlife while inspiring others through his life aboard Purely Blu. 

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