Captain Kirby Kurkomelis


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Captain Kirby Kurkomelis ;

  Started diving in the summer of 1959, certified in 1966 open water divers presently the Diving Safety Instructor for the United States Merchant Marine      Academy (USMMA), Kingsborough Community College( CUNY) and has taught at S.U.N.Y Martine College. Kirby’s research projects in the past have dealt with Pollution in the "New York Bite", and studies of horseshoe crabs on the East Coast, Kirby has a specialties in marine technology and sciences. Kirby is currently training scientists and technicians to perform a variety of underwater research. Other specialties include precious metals, gold, silver bullion and assaying. Kirby is also a member of the American Academy of Underwater Science. Captain Kirby holds Advanced specialties in Public Safety Diving, Black water Diving, Black water Search Operations SAR, Rapid Deployment Search and Rescue / Recovery, Dive Tender, Rapid Response and Recovery Diving, Drowning Investigations certified specialties by Lifeguard Systems. Kirby is currently Captain on the R.V. Garloo and the R.V. Wahoo. Running weekly expeditions to off shore wrecks for scientist, Oceanographers and divers and Currently offering specialty training to local police and fire municipality’s scuba and water rescue teams in Public safety dive training

  • Licenses;

  • United States Coast Guard merchant marine officer (100 tons Master coastwise )

  • Specialty in Maritime Technology degree in Vessel Operations

  • Propulsion

  • Coastal Piloting

  • Oceanography and Meteorology

  • Vessel Maintenance and Marine Electronics


  • Writer and photographer & TV;

  • Managing editor of the Sub Aqua Journal America’s first wreck diving magazine

  • monthly column entitled Kirby’s Corner

  • published over 50 photographs and articles in other magazines American littoral Society

  • Morning show Live for News 12 Long Island on diving New York waters

  • Fox 5 News...

  • Focused on Dive America Tm


·         Instructors and Specialty ratings ;

·         Master Instructor  P.A.D.I. (Professional of Association of Diving Instructors)  1981

·         Wreck Diving,

·         Deep Diving,

·         Search and recovery,

·         Night Diving,

·         Underwater Navigation,

·         Cold Water Diving,

·         Scientific collection,

·         Paramedic Jumper,

·         Dry Suit Diving

·         Underwater Photography

·         Nitrox Instructor and Oxygen Administration BLS ( Basic Life Support)

·         instructor for Dive Professional with on site Neurological Assessment

·         AEDs. Underwater naturalist, with professional, Hazardous marine animals training,

·         Underwater Archaeological and Environmental Planning ,

  • T.B.T.A. Commercial Inspection of Bridges  Inspector

    Diving Safety Officer

    Scientific Diving

    Public Safety Diving

    U.S.S San Diego, Oregon expedition Diving Safety Officer