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On a large pile of smokin' A'a, the most isolated
Retired oceanographer & Diving Officer

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Thalassamania was last seen:
Apr 9, 2021
    1. happy-diver
      Hello Thalassamania.
      almost a decade ago you wrote about the stages of progression or competency through which a diver may travel .
      Please, where may I find details of this enlightenment
      enjoy your eruptions
    2. robbcayman
      I haven't been on the boards a while myself. I always enjoyed your posts. I hope all is well and one day to see ya post again. -Ryan
    3. patientjob
      Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Happy diving and safe controlled ascends
    4. downdeep
      How ya been, T. Tell me a story about diving.
    5. Scubant
      Thanks for the friendship...you have given me great words of wisdom in the past!
    6. NoDiver
      Thank you for the friend request. I'm honoured to have you on my buddy list.
    7. dsdiving
      Happy New Year!
    8. ac777
      Nice to meet you on this Board.:D
    9. MurkyRockDiver
      Interesting background to say the least. Nice to know you :)
    10. BoltSnap
      Hello Brother!!!!!

      It is great to be back in touch with you after almost 15 years of not knowing where you are or what you are doing (what are you doing these days anyways?). I can't believe how fast time flies. It feels like it was only yesterday we were working together for NAUI events. It was the best time of my life. I hope that we meet in person soon.

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    On a large pile of smokin' A'a, the most isolated
    Retired oceanographer & Diving Officer
    Certification Agencies:
    My Dad, and Certs from: Scientific Diving Programs (AAUS), CMAS, IANTD, NAUI, PADI, TDI
    Dive History:
    I am most familiar (in no particular order) with the waters of Northern California and Monterey Bay, New England, Greenland, Iceland, the Gulf Steam, the Florida Keys, the Davis Straight, Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico, Vietnam, Thailand, Caribbean and Pacific Coasts of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and the lakes of Nicaragua and Honduras.
    Certification History:
    Introduction to Disaster Relief - American Red Cross
    Community CPR Instructor - American Red Cross
    Professional Rescuer CPR Instructor - American Red Cross
    CPR Instructor - American Heart Association
    First Aid Instructor - American Red Cross
    Water Safety Instructor - American Red Cross
    LA County Lifeguard - LA County Fire Department
    Basic Diver- NAUI
    Gas Blender - IANTD
    Chamber Operator - IANTD
    Assistant Instructor - PADI
    Instructor - NAUI, TDI, IANTD
    Oxygen Provider Instructor - DAN
    Rescue Diving Instructor - NAUI
    Deep Diving Instructor - NAUI
    Nitrox Instructor - TDI, IANTD
    Deep Air Instructor - NAUI, TDI
    Instructor Course Director - NAUI, CMAS
    Research Diver: 30, 60, 100 130, 150 & 190 ft.
    Reseach Diving Endorsements Include: Surface-Supplied, Decompression, Variable Volume Dry Suit, Blue Water, Saturation, Nitrox, Mixed Gas, Rebreather, Submersible Pilot and Submersible Pilot Instructor.
    International Certificate for Scientific Diving
    Certification Level:
    University Diving Safety Officer; 3 Star Instructor - CMAS; Instructor Course Divector - NAUI
    # of Logged Dives:
    5,000 - ∞
    Dive Classification:
    Experienced Diver
    Years Certified:
    Ten Or More Years
    Dive Equipment:
    On a dive (24 Dec 2008), I used: Swimsuit, Tekna Mask, Carlton Cobra, Jet Fins, SeaQuest Weightbelt, Randal Knife, Sunnto compass, Dacor Capillary Depth Gauge.
    Diving Rebreathers Since:
    We moved to the Big Island of Hawai'i in 2007, my wife of 20 years and our now 14 year old Conch (who was born when we lived in Key West where I worked with aquaCorps and Billy Deans).

    Diving has been part of my life since 1956. Back then my dad was an archaeologist. We saw Cousteau's Silent World and he got the idea to attempt to recover Babylonian artifacts from a barge that sank in the mid 19th century at the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. We were already avid freedivers. He bought two tanks, two regulators, and a copy of the Science of Skin and Scuba (several later editions of which I was honored to contribute to), and we learned how to use scuba. The planned Fertile Crescent dives never happened, but I continued to dive on a recreational basis in lakes in New York, the New England Coast, North Carolina, Florida, and California.

    In high school I joined a group that styled itself, "Beta Oceanographic Research Inc." It was a scientifically minded dive club that had an agreement with the California State Parks people and the Pt. Lobos administration that, in return for mapping and doing some biological and geological baseline work, it would have unlimited access to the park.

    While at university I became involved in the Research Diver Training Program. I took the 100 hrs. Research Diving Course in the spring quarter, was invited to do underwater research in Central America over the summer, was an Assistant Team Leader (AI) in the course in the fall, and a Team Leader (Instructor) for the next course. I remained active, both teaching and conducting research until I received my degree in Zoology. My senior honors thesis, an outgrowth of my term project for the Natural History of the Vertebrates course (last time I checked, the only perfect score ever given for that assignment) was on the foraging behavior of Brant's Cormorant. I spent over a year free diving in the area of the Monterey Breakwater to observe the birds. Yes ... I was an underwater birdwatcher.

    I spent five years with the National Underwater Accident Data Center where I investigated diving accidents.

    A major oceanographic institute accepted me into its Ph.D. Program. There was no formal research diving program there so, in 1975 I attended a two-week NAUI ITC at the University of Michigan run by Dr. Lee Somers. I returned to my home institution and began teaching faculty, staff and other students the 100 hour course I learned during my undergraduate days. To make a long story short, I wound up as the Diving Safety Officer, had a chance to do some interesting things and make what where, I hope, some small contributions to the diving communities I belonged to.

    My certifications come from many institutions of higher learning, and include all of the levels up to and including a 190 foot card. I also hold endorsements for Surface-Supplied, Decompression, Variable Volume Dry Suit, Blue Water, Saturation, Nitrox, Mixed Gas, Rebreather, Submersible Pilot and Submersible Pilot Instructor. etc.

    Living under pressure is something that I enjoy, I was an aquanaut (habitat based saturation), a deep submersible pilot and I ran an on-deck saturation system with a personnel transfer capsule.

    In the scientific diving administration arena, I helped found the American Academy of Underwater Sciences, served the AAUS as a national officer and helped draft its standards. I served on both the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and National Science Foundation Panels on Shipboard Diving Safety and I was invited to provide testimony before a number of governmental groups including the Department of Labor, the National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere and the Vice President's Committee on Governmental Deregulation. I've been asked by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, the National Geographic Society and NOAA to be part of their peer review process.

    In the early days of technical diving I was an editor for aquaCorps Magazine and Program Chairman for the Tek conferences. I was elected a National Fellow of the Explorers Club and an Associate Member of the Boston Sea Rovers.

    I staffed and directed many NAUI ITCs, served on NAUI's Technical Advisory Group and in the mid 1980s, at the request of NAUI's Executive Director, I revised NAUI's standards. I was awarded NAUI's highest honor (Outstanding Service/Continuing Outstanding Service Award) four times.

    I continue my interests in underwater science; I teach a few private programs each year and write. I am currently working on a book addressing research diver training from both an historical and practical perspective. I serve on our local school's School Community Committee and on committees that are developing Voluntary Recreational Diving and Wildlife Interaction Standards for Hawai'i. I have started a new career teaching science and math and running my school's Gifted/Talented Student Program.


    "Too often ... people enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought" - Leapfrog
    "They are the McDonalds of diver certification. Quick, inexpensive and tasty. Pardon me for saying so, but I also believe it to be a health hazard." - DCBC
    "It truly does boil down to motivation ... if you believe something is hard, or unnecessary to learn, you won't learn it ... even if it's completely within your capability" - Bob (Grateful Diver)

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