Ken Kessenich

I first became interested in diving while watching "Sea Hunt" on TV as a child. I have over 36 years of diving experience beginning in high school. I have participated in diving research activities along both coasts of BAJA, around the Caribbean islands near Belize, the islands off the Northeast US coast, and in two of the three functioning underwater habitats in Florida making me an Aquanaut. I am a high school science teacher of 29 years and have led marine ecology trips for high school students to Marine Lab in Key Largo, FL for thirteen straight years. Since education has always been a part of my life, it finally dawned on me to teach something else I loved, diving. I had the good fortune of enrolling in the Instructor Development Class at Underwater Connection and have now been teaching diving since 2004. Over the past 3 years I have completed over 300 certifications with 80 of those being diving certifications. I have the privilege now of connecting my two professional worlds and teach diving to all ages, introducing everyone to the fascinating world of our oceans.

First certified in 1973
Highest Certification Level: Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Instructor Since: 2004

Instructor Specialties:
_____ Altitude
__X__ Boat
_____ Deep
__X__ Drysuit
__X__ Enriched Air Nitrox
_____ Ice
_____ Drift
_____ Wreck
_____ Night
__X__ U/W Navigation
__X__ U/W Photographer
_____ U/W Videographer
__X__ U/W Naturalist
__X__ Search & Recovery
_____ Cavern
_____ DPV
_____ Multi-level
__X__ Emergency First Response (Adult-First Aid, CPR, AED)
__X__ Emergency First Response (Child, Infant-First Aid, CPR, AED)
__X__ First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
__X__ Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Injuries
__X__ DAN First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
__X__ DAN Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Injuries
__X__ DAN On-site Neurological Assessment for Divers

Other student level certifications that I have but do not teach:
__X__ Introduction to Underwater Archeology

Full-time Employer: Pius XI High School
E-mail address: ken@uwconnection.com