Tom W ( Captains Team )

  • Captain

    PADI Master Instructor - Scuba Diving since 1983

    • Sidemount Diver Instructor

    • Tec 40 Dive Instructor

    I’ve been diving since 1983, became a PADI instructor in 1990, a USCG Captain in 1992.,

    While living in Indiana I owned a dive shop and also had a real job working for General Motors. I could only take the cold weather for so long, so I left my job at GM, sold my dive shop, and moved down to Key Largo in 2002.

     

    It didn’t take me long to thaw out, so since 2002 I have been mainly teaching dive instructor’s and captaining dive boats.

     

    I love teaching instructors, and out of the over 4000 certifications taught, over half of those have been instructors. I also use to teach a Captains Course and Dive Instructors for the college in the Keys (me, a college professor, haha) I’m having too much fun down here!

     

    I am a licensed Instrument and Commercial Rated Pilot, I even used to own an airplane (Piper Comanche 250). So as you can tell my feet are rarely on the ground. When I am not working (if that is what you want to call it), I am usually sailing (I’ve lived on two different sailboats), hanging out with friends, or doing some fun diving!

     

    I’ve have had so many adventures and many stories to tell, so if you see me on the boat, start a conversation and we can share some experiences. I love the camaraderie of the dive industry!   }<((((°>

    • Favorite Dive Site:

      The Wreck of the Duane

    • Favorite Specialty Class:

      Tec 50

    • Favorite Fish:

      Turtle (I know it's not a fish)

    • Favorite Restaurant:

      Sharkey's

    • Favorite Movie:

      Top Gun

    PADI Specialty Instructor Certifications:

    • Wreck Diver

    • Deep Diver

    • Enriched Air/Nitrox Diver

    • Boat Diver

    • Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver

    • Night Diver

    • Search & Recovery Diver

    • Self Reliant Diver

    • Sidemount Diver

    • Public Safety Diver

    • Gas Blender

    • Altitude Diver

    • Underwater Naturalist

    • Underwater Navigator

    • Digital Photo/Video

    • Diver Propulsion Vehicle

    • Drift Diver

    • Dry Suit Diver

    • Equipment Specialist

    • SMB/DSMB Diver

    • Project Aware

    • Coral Reef Conservation

    • Invasive Lionfish Tracker

    • Dive Against Debris

    • Fish Identification

    • Shark Conservation

    • Whale Shark Awareness

    • Coral Watch Health Chart

    • Manta Ray Awareness

    • Sea Turtle Awareness

    • TecRec Gas Blender

    • TecRec TriMix Blender

    • Tec Basics

    • Tec Diver Support Diver

    • Tec SideMount Diver

    • Cavern Diver

    • Advanced Wreck Diver

    • Tec 40 Diver

    • Tec 45 Diver

    • Tec 50 Diver

    • TecRec Deep

    • Tec 65 Diver

    • Tec Trimix Diver

    • PADI Emergency 02 Provider

    • DAN Emergency 02 Provider

    • EFR Primary/Secondary Care

    • EFR Care for Children

    • PADI Full FaceMask

My Dive Gear:

  • Regulators:

    Aqua Lung Legend LX

    Legend LX image - medium If the only two things you are concerned about is safety and comfort, look no further. This third generation Legend regulator has the same great breathability as its predecessors but with a new feature. The MBS is the new easy way to adjust the breathing ...

  • BCD:

    Aqua Lung Pro HD

    Pro HD image - medium The Pro HD encompasses the quality and knowledge Aqua Lung has achieved in buoyancy compensator development over the last four decades. This BC combines great technological features and durability with an affordable price. With weight integration and mult...

  • Dive Computers:

    Suunto D9tx Wrist Top Dive Computer

    D9tx Wrist Top Dive Computer image - medium Want to make a statement about the diver you are? Featuring a titanium frame, the durability is unmatched. The bracelet can even be equipped with titanium! It also comes with the sapphire glass face that is almost indestructible. Gas switching between 8 g...

  • Mask:

    Atomic Frameless

    Frameless image - medium The success of this product derives from meticulous computer design and numerous optical tests. The central position of the eyes and the optimally angled window provides the widest possible viewing angle in every direction. Quick-adjusting ergonomic buckl...

  • Fins:

    Aqua Lung Express ADJ

    Express ADJ image - medium The Express ADJ fin rep- represents the latest in technology and material innovation. Comfort, power and efficiency are the hallmarks of this propulsion machine. Strap a pair on and see for yourself. ...

  • Snorkel:

    Atomic SV-2 Snorkel

    SV-2 Snorkel image - medium The SV2 includes a Scupper Valve lower section with a sleek semi-dry top. The SV2 semi-dry top employs horizontal vents engineered to diffuse splashed water that would normally freely enter the snorkel top. The small gaps between the vanes of the vent res...

  • Octopus:

    Aqua Lung Legend Octo

    Legend Octo image - medium This balanced second stage is the perfect pairing for the Legend LX regulator. Its breathability is unmatched. In fact, it breathes easier than most primary regulators! Made with the same high quality parts and materials as the Legend LX, quality and dura...

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