After graduating High school in Oceanside ,LI, NY. I went to Univ. of Kentucky in Lexington KY. I graduated in 59 with a BS in Commerce. After graduation (we still had the draft) so I went to Naval Officer Candidate School, in Newport RI.This was followed by Underwater Swimmer School in Key West, Fla. Then to EOD School at Indian head MD. Upon graduating I was assigned to the aircraft carrier Roosevelt (CVA-42) and we made a 6 month deployment to the Mediterranean. I extended my duty obligation 1 year and was assigned as an instructor @ the EOD school.
EOD. Explosive Ordnance Disposal . We used to say seals had the brawn but we had the brains ! They had 4 months of mostly brutally physical training. Ours was 7 months of mostly classroom with some field in the field training We studied US and foreign rockets, bombs, torpedoes, mines and missles. Also nuclear weapons. I ended up my naval service as a nuclear weapons instructor @ the EOD school in Indian Head MD., which is about 35 mi. south of Washington DC, just across the Potomac river from the Marine base @ Quantico. I didn't get to practice my trade often but when I did it was interesting ! Seals don't allow women and as far as I know EOD doesn't either but they could certainly do the job just as well ! 100 sucessful disarmings gets you an attaboy ! But 1 "OH SHIT" wipes the slate clean, literally ! Our motto was " In the school of survival...there are no failures"
After the Navy I went to work at Westinghouse Underseas Div in Annapolis MD.I had found out they had a contract with Costeau to lease his little yellow 2 man submersible, the soucoupe (French for saucer). Westinghouse had a clssified contract with the CIA and our operation was partly a cover. We worked mostly with Scrips in La Jolla Ca., taking PHD & scientists down to 1000 ft ( the saucers limit).but also the US Navy. They were doing oceanograohic research. One of our crew wrote a book about it- "100 Feet for Science" It;s been out of print for quite a while but it really wasn't that interesting as it concentrated on the scientific results of the dives.
After 1 year of this I didn't see any real future there and joined the newly formed "Lifr Support Group who were performing deep Diving research in a new type of diving called Saturation Diving. When diving deep (over 200 ft.) the depth isn't the problem but the decompression is where the risk is. An improper decompression schedule results in the bends. Furthermore, beyond 200 ft. the amout of time required for decompression increases dramatically and becomes much longer than the time spent working at working at depth.
The body absorbs the inert part of the breathing gas ,nitrogen (or helium for work over 200 ft.) as nitrogen has a narcotic effect around 200 ft.(nitrogen narcosis) In saturation diving you live at storage depth in a chamber on the surface and commute to work via a submersible chamber (essentially an underwater elevator). At the end of a week you take one 24 hr. decompression. One longer decompression is much safer than multiple short ones. Thats your diving lecture.
Anyway the technique is standard today but was experimental in the early 60's I made a test dive to 400 ft. in the chamber when we were testing the tables for use on an upcoming job. Aftergiving a speech at a convention I was hired by a company that provided divers for offshore drilling rigs. This gave me the opprtunity to travel Australia, Singapore Mexico and Alaska.
I was offered a job by a friend that had started a diving company in Glouchster MA. Spent 3 years there. Then I was offered a job running a small company that provided underwater tv and sonar services to offshore drilling rigs and platforms. Finally, I bought a franchise to sell and install solariums and sunrooms on homes in Houston TX.. I had a car accident, lost the company, got a divorce and am retired today. I live in Sugarland Texas and work (volunteer ) as a docent at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.