john szczepanski

service technician

My first encounter with diving was actually snorkeling, inside the reef around Guam while I was stationed there in the early 1970s. 20 years later, while living in Maryland, I received a coupon for a free ‘Discover Scuba’ class. I enjoyed it enough to get open water certified. After being transferred to Florida, I advanced up to Divemaster, more for the knowledge than to actually work as a divemaster. Since then, I have been a recreational diver and sometimes volunteer at the Florida Aquarium. After repeatedly hearing Ilsia tell me how backed up the service area at Calypso was, I thought how difficult could it be to service regulators, BCDs, and tanks.  After all I have spent many years servicing and repairing bicycles, mini-bikes, motorcycles, cars, light trucks, and 4 years of servicing and maintaining B-52 aircraft while I was in the Air Force.  After completing training, I now work two to three days a week insuring that Calypso’s clientele have safe, serviceable equipment with which to pursue their own diving adventures.