Before Ted was a Captain
Ted started diving when he was 12 years old he got trained at Underwater Sports of New Jersey in 1969. My instructor was Richard Skatine I went to the quarry in Hamburg, New Jersey to do my open water check out dives and got certified NASDS as a open water scuba diver. I then started occasionally going to South Jersey and tried wreck diving I remember vividly going down to Long Beach Island to innerspace divers and going out on boats out of Long Beach Island with a young Bart Malone, Eve Dudus, Bob Gale, and many others. Debby Widcraft ran the shop that we dove out of that’s how I started my New Jersey wreck diving adventures. Boats like the black whale, the Robin, the White Star, and many more. Didn’t own my own gear and rented at this time no dry suit only 7ml suit with cold water gloves and hood which was not a 7ml it was considered a quarter inch suit. Buoyancy Compensators were a small round May West style horse collar BC that we used with no auto – inflator and a small tube to inflate or deflate the BC the biggest Tanks that we used were 71.2 cu/ft tanks steel with a J – Valve. I did have a pressure gauge and I also wore a wrist compass and wrist depth gauge. Navy Dive Tables were a must I did have a pair of Scuba Pro Jet fins back then. I started wearing my dive knife by my ankle but that changed as soon as I went on a vacation with my family to Bermuda. There I signed up for diving at the Sunesta Beach Hotel where Kevin Burke was the Dive Instructor and operator a small raspy voiced man from Costa Rica my mother Joan Masotti had just become a travel agent and she was checking out all the hotels on the Island and we stayed at the Princess Hotel in downtown Hamilton in Bermuda you needed to wear a tie and jacket to dinner. one night we went to dinner we were seated at our normal seats and during the dinner my mother said to me “Ted don’t turn around right now but there is someone you would like to meet behind us” so I was very curious and found it very difficult to not turn around. Sure enough I turn around and it is one of my first diving heroes Lloyd Bridges he was sitting there with his two sons Jeff and Bo . I had watched his TV show for many years and he is one of the reasons why I was so interested in scuba diving of course Jacque Gusto was one of the others. I finally got the guts to stand up turn around and introduce myself and they invited me to sit down and we talked about diving and he was diving at the same place with Kevin Burke. He invited me to go diving with them the next morning and I dove with him the rest of the week it was a dream come true. When I first watched Lloyd start to suit up and it came time to put a dive knife he had a dive knife and a shark art on top of the knife and they both mounted on his right thigh on top of each other and to this day I wear my dive knife on my right thigh the same way Lloyd did. I thought that was so cool when I came home one of the things I saved up for was a shark dart farllon it had a CO2 cartridge in the handle with a pin you needed to pull out with and CO2 would go off and make the shark explode. http://www.waspknife.com/about.php Currently something similar is called a Wasp knife.