Where The Land Ends and the Adventure Begins!


About Us

Our Mission & Goals


Our goal is to help people attain their goal of being a success when learning to dive. Whether it is the beginning course or at the Instructor rating.

We have a facility that will provide you with a professional classroom in which to learn; a pool in which to assist you to learn the skills that you will need and the continuing support in which to embark on your new and successful avocation, Scuba Diving!

Our Philosophy is quite simple:

We are committed to the idea that, regardless of level, learning to dive should be safe and enjoyable. Whether you are learning to dive for recreation or as a profession, you have the right to expect the very best instruction, conducted in a relaxed, non-threatening and fun-filled environment.

Gene Battaglia: PADI Course Director, Tech Instructor Trainer, DAN Examiner, PSD Instructor Trainer, Dive Consultant


Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Favorite Food: BBQ or Italian Favorite Local Hangout: Anywhere there is water of course!

Favorite Dive Site: Truk Lagoon: San Francisco Maru

Favorite Type of Diving: Working with a New Student!

Best Dive You’ve Ever Been On: I would have said Truk Lagoon, but on the last Cozumel trip, it was such a kick to be cruising on a drift dive and outlast the Divemaster on air!

If You Could Dive Anywhere in the World Where Would It Be?  Since Wrecks tickle my fancy, I would say, Bikini Atoll and the Great Lakes. Especially the Great Lakes!

Anything Else You Would Like to Add?  As divers we are the Oceans Ambassadors. As such, it is our duty to inform those who do not dive, as to what is happening to our oceans. To quote someone famous: “People will only love what they understand!” So we need to ensure people understand what is happening to our oceans and what they can do to make them healthier.

As far as getting to know me, here are just a few highlights of my diving career so far:

· Bachelors of Arts Degree in Recreation Administration from Cal State Sacramento

· Certificate in Training and Human Development from UC Berkeley

- Involved in Law Enforcement since 1980 

-Retired Police Officer – East Bay Regional Park District

-Former Deputy Sheriff, Tuolumne County

-Former Deputy Sheriff, Kern County

-Former Park Ranger, Kern County

-Diver for East Bay Regional Parks

-Chief of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team for over 10 years

-Public Safety Diving Instructor Trainer

-PSD Trainer for several municipalities including:

-San Francisco Police Department

--San Francisco Fire Department

--Napa County Sheriff's Dive Team

--Solano County Sheriff's Dive Team

--Alameda County Sheriff’s EOD Dive Team

--Alameda County Sheriff’s Marine Unit/Dive Team

--Contra Coasta County Sheriff's Marine Unit/Dive Team

--San Mateo County Sheriff’s Dive Team

--Santa Clara County Sheriff's Dive Team

--Los Gatos DART

-TDI Technical Diving Instructor

-PSAI Technical Diving Instructor and Instructor Trainer

-Scuba Instructor since 1988

-PADI Course Director (Instructor Trainer) since 1994

-Certified over 2,000+ students

-Involved in Public Safety Diving since 1985:

-Designed, developed and implemented dive instruction program at Cal State University, Monterey Bay

-Senior Instructor for the US Army Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey (Retired)

-Owned and Operated Dive N Trips,a PADI 5 Star IDC Center for over 10 years

-Developed strategic partnerships with other PADI Instructor Development Centers throughout the State of California

-Developed and implemented Instructor training programs for various IDC Centers in California

-Technical Diving Instructor and Instructor Trainer

Dorothy Battaglia, Dive Consultant


Hometown: Moorestown, NJ

Favorite Food: Chinese and anything with Ranch on it!!

Favorite Local Hangout: Anywhere my Grandkids are!

Favorite Dive Site: Cozumel, Shore Diving, Lots of critters

Favorite Type of Diving: Drift Diving (in Cozumel)

Best Dive You’ve Ever Been On: Tahoe, my high altitude class, crystal clear water, cold, but clear.

If You Could Dive Anywhere in the World Where Would It Be?  The Red Sea, on my bucket list

Anything Else You Would Like to Add? Diving and even Snorkeling is like nothing else on earth.  The topic on everyone list now-a-days is the economy, it’s up, it’s down, never seems to be where you want it. But one thing never changes, the need for friendships. Through diving I have met A LOT of people. Some come and go, some stay, but in all instances, they are really good people. They want to have a little fun, with family and friends doing something they really enjoy. It could be snorkeling, scuba diving, photography, a little wine tasting, watch a movie, tell a story or listen to one and don’t forget EATING!. We have been so blessed to have it all! As I said the economy has affected all of us in one way or another but, please never forget your friendships. Come share a story, a picture, or tell us where you’ve been lately! This is a personal invitation to join me on our many adventures! We need to keep on Imagining the Possibilities!

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Institute of Diving Technology

Institute of Diving Technology 6532 Welannee Blvd.Laurel Hill, FL 32567

(925) 570-3312

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