is a member of the prestigious National Association of Underwater Instructors, (certification number 4951) and since 1976 has been teaching scuba diving. An avid wreck diver, Gene has logged over 4900 wreck dives off the Atlantic Coast from Florida to Newfoundland. These exciting adventures have included discoveries of more than 30 un-dived wrecks, eight Andrea Doria expeditions and acting as diving safety officer for the Gary Gentile's 1990 U.S.S. Monitor Photographic Expedition. He has led over 30 expeditions to Nova Scotia and numerous wreck discovery adventures off the Delmarva coast. Over two dozen adventure books and numerous magazine articles have documented Gene's expeditions and discoveries. These include writings by such authors as Gary Gentile, Joe Haberstroh, Tom Gormley, Michael C. Barnette, Kevin F. McMurray, Dan Berg, and Clive Cussler. Gene has also published numerous articles on his personal wreck diving experiences. With a in depth understanding of wreck history, Gene has recovered and preserved thousands of artifacts, including four helms, two bells, two telegraphs, four compass binnacle, over one hundred portholes, plus diverse assorted artifacts including china and bottles. Gene was lead team diver in the Andrea Doria, Gambone artwork recovery on the Moyer Expedition in 1993.
In addition, Gene Peterson has an active 100-ton Ocean Operator's license and a teaching degree from Rowan University. Gene has received honors from the New Jersey Council of Dive Clubs and from the National Association of Underwater instructors for his 45 years of dedication to safe diver training.
with Murna and Captain George Hoffman, Joanie Peterson
1992 New Jersey Outstanding Service Awards
NJ Council of Dive Clubs