Hi, I'm Capt Saam. I learned to SCUBA dive in 1977 earning a YMCA Scuba Diver certification. While at the University of Miami I spent a lot of time in the water in the Keys. After I returned from school I continued my Scuba education with Advanced Diver, Master Scuba Diver, and Rescue Diver, In 1985 I became a Divemaster Followed by Assistant Instructor. In 1987 I earned my NAUI Scuba Instructor rating. I continued up to Instructor Trainer and Course Director. I am also an American Red Cross Instructor, American Heart Assoc. Instructor, an FAA Advanced Aviation Ground Instructor, and an ASIA Snowboard Instructor. I have a 6 year Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering degree. I hold a US Coast Guard Master Captain license.
I founded Capt. Saam's Scuba School in 1995 after working as a staff instructor for eight years locally and in Hawaii. Initially the school was just education, travel, and charters. In 2003 we opened a full service retail dive shop in Stamford.
While I do a great deal of tropical dive travel I really enjoy diving locally in Long Island Sound. Our local wrecks and night diving for lobsters are what keeps me totally into the sport.
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Hi I'm Commander Tim. I began diving as a midshipman through a YMCA course at the Naval Academy in 1977. I took a PADI refresher in 1985 while stationed in Monterey CA, then spent the next 3 years as a volunteer diver for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I'm now an expert on cleaning algae from Plexiglas while underwater. During the summer of 2003, I signed up with Capt. Saam to work my way up to become a NAUI Instructor and a YSCUBA Instructor. The following summer, I now hold a NAUI Instructor Trainer rating.
Dr. Tim Dowding received his Ph.D. in Instructional Media & Technology from the University of Connecticut, with a minor in Cognitive Psychology, as well as an MS in Geophysics and an MA in Adult Education. He also has a BS in Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy, and holds the rank of Commander in the Naval Reserves (Retired). He has over 24 years of naval service, the last 18 of which were Restricted Line, Special Duty (Oceanography). Some of the duty stations at which he served include: Staff Oceanographer for Joint Forces Command, Norfolk VA; Office of Naval Research, Arlington VA, Naval War College, Newport RI; Research Meteorologist at the Office of Naval Research, Monterey CA; and as Commanding Officer of a reserve weather unit at the Naval Air Stations in S. Weymouth MA and Brunswick ME.
Tim has over 20 years of experience as an educator and trainer. He’s currently an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Business in the Operations & Information Management Department at the Stamford CT campus, and is the Acting Director of the Connecticut Information Technology Institute. He teaches database and web design.
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Hi I am Alexi. I have been a diver since 2004. I started diving while on Active Duty for the US Army in Italy. I have dove in the beautiful waters of Italy, the Caribbean, the Red Sea, the Florida Keys and now the best diving of them all the Long Island Sound. I have been a NAUI Instructor for the since 2006 years and I am currently a New York City EMT.
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