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THESE WERE SOME OF THE MANY THAT CREWED ON WAHOO
Capt Janet and Capt Steve thank them for all there time and expertise. 

Maggie Owens Chris Friel Shelley Johnson Kleinschuster Rick Kleinschuster
Captain Kirby Sally Wahrmann Dennis Burlage Captain Kathy
Captain Hank Garvin Captain Steve Lombardo Joel Silverstein Mark Shannon 
Nick Ricciardelli  Rich Stinchcomb Bob Cass Matt Sasso

The crew list; for 23 years of diving aboard the WAHOO retired.

Captain Janet Bieser, Woman Hall of Fame member
Sally Wahrmann, accounting professor, Woman Hall of Fame member
Chris Dillon, retired teacher
Prof, Hank Keatts, retired SCC New York
Captain Phil Galletta, RN
Captain John Lackenmeyer, owner Sea Hawk
Captain Larry Listing, retired vessel Peg Leg
Captain Stephen Lombardo
Captain Don "HOOK" Schnell
Mary Artale, accountant
Captain Dan Berg, RN Vessel Wreck Valley
Captain Billy Deans RN
Peter Hunt, Navy A6 pilot 1991 Gulf war
Captain Craig Steinitz
Chris Friel
Joe Conway, Suffolk County Southold Detective
Captain Gary Gilligan
Gary Gentile, I do mention him because he was crew and very difficult to work with others
Lisa Herrera, COOK AND GREAT DIVER
Captain Mark Shannon, Captain Fire department  Bridgeport, CT
Captain Hank Garvin
Captain Kirby Kirkomelis
Captain Kathy Wedig, dive shop owner
Captain Bob Cass, retired to the Virgin Islands operating a dive boat, scuba instructor
Joel Silverstein, dive shop owner, lecturer
Rick Kleinschuster
Shelly Johnson Kleinschuster
Maggie Owens
Rich Stinchomb

 

Maggie Owens,   started diving in 1992. Originally a tropical and vacation diver only, northeast wreck diving became her passion when she found out  about it by watching Dan Berg's "Dive Wreck Valley" cable TV program. She has been diving here every weekend during dive season since 1996 and joined the Wahoo crew in the spring of 1999. She is currently NAUI and TDI Technical Nitrox certified, and is working on her TriMix certification. In addition, she received her GUE Cave 1 certification in March, 1999 and plans to take the GUE Cave 2 class (equivalent of NSS or NACD Full Cave) in November, 1999. Maggie's favorite wrecks are the San Diego, Oregon and Stolt Dagali. She enjoys artifact hunting, wreck exploration, and just plain sightseeing, and has been known to bring up a lobster every now and
then. When she's not diving, Maggie is a computer programmer.
Her web page is at http://www.maggieowens.com
email Maggie@ mmowens@panix.com

Sally Wahrmann  Woman Hall of Fame member

 Sally has been a crew member of Wahoo since she was built 1980, Sally was the first cook on our  Andrea Doria expeditions and it lasted 7 years. Sally would cook breakfast do the dishes and then make a dive come back prepare lunch cleanup and start dinner make her second dive and after getting on deck would serve dinner clean up  sleep a couple of hours and back to cooking breakfast again. Sally had over 60 dives before 1988. Sally dove twin 72 steel tanks setup with independent regulators and has recovered many artifacts and dishes from Peter Gimbel hole. (FIRST CLASS PASSENGER LOADING DOORS)

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Joel Silverstein:   

         Joel D. Silverstein holds an enviable record of technical diving, diver training, and international publishing experience. His SUB AQUA magazine was one of the main voices in the wreck and technical diving industry from 1991 to 1996. He has created several significant training programs, including What Recreational Divers Can Learn from Technical Divers (with DUI) and a decompression sickness training program Bends is Not a Dirty Word. Joel has served on dive training and accident prevention boards and panels as organizer, participant, and keynote speaker. He has been instrumental in the development of safety and operational procedures for technical diving. In response to a growing need for a diver- friendly treatment center in the NY/NJ/CT area he put together a two-year plan with International Underwater Contractors to operate the Hyperbaric facility on City Island. Until hospital facilities took over this task the City Island Chamber became one of the busiest and most effective diver treatment facilities. He received the SSI Platinum Pro 5000 Award, the Outstanding Service Award from both Beneath the Sea and the Eastern Dive Boat Association, the 1996 NAUI Outstanding Service Award, and is listed in the Who's Who of Diving. Mr. Silverstein also hosts a weekly interactive discussion on technical diving in the AOL Scuba Forum. He recently co-authored a new text with Dr. RW Hamilton entitled: NAUI Nitrox: A Guide to Diving With Oxygen Enriched Air. He has been a crew member of the R/V Wahoo since 1991. Joel is the North Eastern Regional Technical Workshop Director for NAUI.

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Captain Kathy Weydig,   Woman Hall of Fame member

        Currently serves on the NAUI Technical Advisory Board. She is a Course Director for NAUI, an Instructor Trainer for DAN, National Safety Council and TDI. Kathy, served as the Director of Training of the City Island Hyperbaric Chamber and is a Certified Hyperbaric Technologist, a Diving Medical Technician and an EMT. She was Chairman of the 1994 NAUI Elections Committee and was the recipient of the NAUI Scholarship Award, NAUI Outstanding Service Award and the NAUI Continuing Services Award. She holds a USCG Inland Master Captains License, is a crew member of the Research Vessel Wahoo and a member of the US Deep Wreck Diving Team. She is president and owner of two companies, Photographic Communications, and Scuba Training + Travel Company, Inc. presently employed by Bridgeport Ct. as a Harbor Master.


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Wahoo crew member since 1991

        Chris Friel

Certified June 1988, In 1997, I have completed my 30th dive to the wreck of the Andrea Doria and was a dive team member in John Moyer Doria expedition to recovery Art work. Certified by the US Navy in Hard hat diving Mk-12 and Super light 17 including MK-5 diving apparatus. Certified by US Navy in search and Rescue recovery) of drowning victims. NAUI Divemaster Trimix and Tech Nitrox Certified 1991, Currently working extensively in New England area searching for shipwrecks using Marine Sonic side can sonar systems. Have located numerous wrecks in the summer of 1997.   Favorite Wrecks, SS Oregon, USS San Diego, Andrea Doria, Oil Tanker Coimbra.

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 Capt Steve Lombardo StephenjLombardo@aol.com
Joe Conway

Rich Stinchcomb

Rich Stinchcomb was certified in 1987.   Quickly joined a local dive club and that helped launch him into more advanced diving.  He is TDI Nitrox and DAN Oxygen Provider certified and plans to begin the GUE Technical Diver program during the first quarter of 2001.  In 1995 he joined the crew of the Wahoo.  Favorite wrecks are the USS San Diego, Oregon, and U-853.  Artifact collecting is his favorite activity while diving.  He is employed by Computer Science Corporation working under contract at Sikorsky Aircraft as a UNIX Systems Analyst.

Email: RStinchcomb@att.net
Web Page: http://www.geocities.com/yosemite/5609

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Nick Ricciardelli     nickskydiv@aol.com

Mark Shannon       skram199@aol.com

Denis Burlage

Shelley Lee Johnson Kleinschuster     

Certified in 1987, diving turned serious in 1993 when Shelley bought her first drysuit and committed to crewing on wreck diving charters every weekend of the NE Atlantic seasons.  Having joined the Wahoo crew in 1998, she has nearly 1,000 dives under her BC with certifications including PADI Divemaster, IANTD + NAUI Tech Tri-Mix and NSS Cavern/Cave. Shelley's commitment to the lifestyle comes from a relentless lust for adventure and a genuine love of the ocean. A quest for personal best supported by worthy mentors keeps Shelley on track. Favorite travel destinations are the wrecks of Truk Lagoon in Micronesia and the Florida cave systems.  Memorable Wahoo expeditions include the Andrea Doria, Coimbra and Texas Tower but nothing beats a great day with friends on the H.M.S. Oregon.  
Rick Kleinschuster      


Started diving in 1990, became an avid diver craving northeast shipwrecks and has made several trip to the Islands. His certifications include PADI Divemaster and NAUI Technical Diver
, technical Nitrox and TriMix certifications. Rick has logging over 500 dives in his 8 years of diving, including two 1997 Andrea Doria expeditions. Five of the eight years of diving Rick has been crewing on dive boats, Rick joined the Wahoo crew in 1995. His favorite wreck the  Oregon. Spear fishing, artifact hunting and barbecuing are his hobbies.

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  Captain Kirby Kurkomelis is a P.A.D.I (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Master Instructor. He has specialties in Wreck Diving, Deep Diving, Search and Recovery, Night Diving, Underwater Navigation, Cold Water Diving, medic First Aid, Nitrox and Oxygen Administration, Underwater Naturalist, along with Dry Suit Diving and Underwater Photography.

Kirby has a United States Coast Guard License (Merchant Marine Officer), with a bachelor's degree in marine science. Kirby is presently teaching adult education scuba classes at three local Universities, along with training local municipality's scuba and rescue operations. Kirby’s research projects in the past have dealt with Pollution in the "New York Bite", study of horseshoe crabs on the East Coast and many more projects. Kirby was the managing editor of the Sub Aqua Journal with his column entitled Kirby's Corner.

For those of us who want to take a step down memory lane lets think about some old friends, Tom, Brad, John, Monkey John, Bobby, George, Peter, Elliot Alan Izzy, Bob Roth, Harvey, Sandy, Archie, Danny, Gus, Al, Lou, Paul, Ed, Don Finck and a cast of friends and love ones, my good friend Joel and special thanks to the King Of The Deep Steve Bielenda my mentor, my friend.

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