Scuba Diving – How I came to LOVE it!
At the age of thirteen, Tom Szabo put on a scuba mask, looked under the surface of the water and was instantly hooked on the underwater world. It was that simple and that quick. He carried mask, fins and a snorkel with him anytime he was headed for the water. Finally 28 years later, Tom became a certified diver. In 2000, Tom was certified as a Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) Instructor. For over 7 years Tom worked in the scuba industry teaching, selling equipment, and leading group travel. What a journey.
Tom is certified to teach:
- Open Water Diver
- Advanced Open Water Diver
- Rescue Diver
- Dive Master
- Boat Diver
- Deep Diver
- Drift Diver
- Drysuit Diver
- Digital Underwater Photographer
- Enriched Air
- Equipment Specialist
- Peak Performance Buoyancy
- Underwater Navigator
- Underwater PhotographeWreck Diver
Tom authored the distinctive specialty Underwater Point and Shoot Photo Diver. His course has been approved by PADI and divers obtain a certification card after course completion. He also holds a current PSI cylinder inspection certification number RE14855.
Tom has lead international dive travel excursions for groups of 12 to 24 divers to such destinations as: Bimini and Nassau – Bahamas, Belize, Curacao, Fort Erie/Niagara River, Grand Cayman, Roatan, and Saba.
His diving experience has taken him to destinations as far east as Saba, north to Tobermory – Ontario, south to Tahiti and west to the island of Chuuk in Micronesia. He is certified to use, teach and blend oxygen enriched air mixtures and to dive to a 130 foot depth.
Tom’s photojournalism work has been published in Sport Diver and Northeast Dive News. His article Curacao – Blennies To Bling Bling won an Apex – Silver Award from Lake Communicators in Lake County, Ohio.
In April 2009, he completed a Maritime Archeological Survey Team (MAST) workshop and obtained a PADI Underwater Archeology Survey certification. Subsequently he completed the advanced archeology dive program. He dives as a volunteer collecting information, measurements of the wreck and it’s features.
Currently, Tom teaches scuba as an independent instructor. Contact Tom NOW to learn how to scuba dive.