Tuesday, January 18, 2011

My Profile


     My name is Anthony Tedeschi, born and raised in Southern New Jersey, my life on the water started at a very young age. Spending every summer on my father's boat, fishing in the back bays and offshore. It always amused me that I was able to legally drive a boat (age 14) before being able to drive a car (age 17). For my 14th birthday my parents signed me up for a basic open water scuba course. It was primarily to do underwater work on our boats and friend's vessels. I had no idea what really laid off the shores of our coast.



     It was not until my first open water checkout, on the Clermont Dredge that I realized how awesome the underwater world was off the coast of New Jersey, I was hooked.  My first few years of diving were limited due to the fact I could not drive and I was in high school therefore my dive season was limited (July & August).  Each year following my initial certification I added to my dive training, and within 4 yrs I had my dive masters.  This is when my diving addiction really took over. I worked for Atlantic Divers in Egg Harbor Twp, NJ, where I guided dives and was a dive boat mate.

     In 2004, I started college at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne FL, and my diving was limited to just the the summer months for the first two years but I was still able to receive my training of Trimix Diver and Intro to Cave.  In 2007, I became a PADI Scuba Instructor and taught at JND Scuba Center in Melbourne FL.   After teaching for a year while pursuing my degree in Ocean Engineering, I decided to pursue my technical instructor certification and in 2008 became a TDI Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures Instructor.

     May of 2008, I received my B.S. in Ocean Engineering and after spending the summer back in New Jersey teaching recreation and technical diving courses, I decided to go back to Florida to receive my Masters Degree in Ocean Engineering.  From 2008 thru 2010, while going to school I received my Full Caver certification and Closed Circuit Rebreather training Kiss Classic).  I also continued to teach part time in Florida while attending school and during the summer months would work for Atlantic Divers teaching & guiding dives off the NJ coast.   Then in January 2011, I graduated with my M.S. in Ocean Engineering, and continue on diving and teaching more then ever.


Summary:
  • Scuba Certified in 2000
  • Dive Master Certified in 2004
  • Padi Instructor in 2007
  • TDI Instructor in 2008
  • CCR Certified in 2009
  • 90% of my Diving is North East Wreck Diving
  • 10% of my Diving is FL Wrecks and Caves