Hi everyone! I’m Captain Ty. I grew up in Bath, NY then studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain where I graduated with a degree in Language and International Trade from SUNY Oswego. I was on the NCAA competitive Diving team and was also a high school diving coach and substitute teacher for Oswego School District.
After college I lived in Myrtle Beach…. Became an investment banker in Charlotte, NC. Worked nights teaching scuba diving and swim lessons. My real passion is teaching and underwater & environmental conservation.
I quit banking and became an SSI scuba instructor. I went diving and traveling all over the world in places like NC, VA, CA, Bahamas, Carolina Coast wrecks, Gainesville & Palm Beach FL, Hawaii, Bonaire, Indonesia, Galapagos Islands, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and 11 countries in Western Europe.
I moved to Australia for all of 2013 where I worked as a dive instructor and deckhand on 2 sailing ships diving every day on the Great Barrier Reef. I lived in my van for 10 months (yes, it was down by the river). Moved to Amsterdam, Netherlands for a couple months. Then, moved to the Virgin Islands for 3 years where I became a PADI dive instructor and also gained my 100t Captain’s License. Drove and dove the VI reefs on a 34’ diveboat, worked for 3 other awesome charter companies driving private guests around the US and British Virgin Islands on 26-35’ powerboats and a 53’ motor yacht. Learned how to kiteboard. Adopted an island dog, referred to as a “Coconut Retriever”, named Kaia (my world).
Shortly before Hurricane Irma hit the islands, I moved back to Rochester, NY for a bit to be with family. Was a UPS man during an Upstate NY winter, don’t ask me why. Spring refused to come so I went to endless summer. Visiting cousins down in Ft. Myers, I found this wonderful job and fell in love with the area now here I am! What better way to spend the day than to take people out looking for dolphins, manatees and enjoying SWFL wildlife??
Thanks for taking the time to get to know me!