Phoenix Scuba and Water SportsLackawanna, NY
Meet Tony Anderson
With his wife Carole, they co-foundered Phoenix Scuba and Watersports located in Lackawanna, NY. This facility is an SSI Diamond Diver Training facility, a Divers Alert Network (DAN) training center and an ERDI Public Safety diver training facility.
Tony started diving in the mid 60’s was a founding member of the Town of Evans Auxiliary Police Underwater Rescue and Recovery Team and achieved the rating of Scuba Instructor in 1971. Since then, he has taught scuba diving courses for the YMCA, Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), NASDS, British Sub-Aqua Club, and SSI. Tony is currently holding the rating of instructor trainer for both SSI and DAN. In addition to teaching regular dive training, he has specialized training for divers with special needs including paraplegics, quadriplegics, amputees, PTSD and other disabilities.
All the programs he teaches focuses on creating a comfortable competent diver as opposed to just teaching a class.
Over the past half-century he has made thousands of dives in numerous locations around the world and has stories to tell that make any program he is involved with more interesting. He served as the director of engineering and special projects for a commercial diving and construction company for over 10 years.
Tony is a manufacturer trained regulator repair technician for several manufacturers breathing apparatus. In 2011, Tony received the prestigious “Platinum Pro 5000 Diver” and the “Platinum Pro 5000 instructor” awards for significant contributions to the dive industry and significant contributions to diver training.
Industry contributions have included the updating of the SSI Classified Scuba instructor and diver training programs, contributing to DAN on some of their training programs and helping to develop the Archeological protocols for underwater research projects. Additionally Mr. Anderson has a Merchant Marine 100 ton master’s license. In addition, Tony is a licensed professional engineer, allowing him to provide expertise in the design of several marina projects along with commercial/Research and recreational projects, including their environmental impacts.
Both Tony and his wife Carole initiated the national “First Dive” Program for the Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund. They both operate the local chapter of Dive Pirates Foundation a national charity organization that provides Scuba opportunities to Disabled Military and other physically disabled individuals. The focus of his charitable endeavors is “quality of life” programs for the physically disabled.
Meet Carole Anderson
Co-founder of the Phoenix Scuba and Water Sports Diver training facility, Carole has been diving since 1999, teaching Scuba since 2005 and Diver Alert Network (DAN) First Aid programs since 2008. Carole is also an Adaptive/Classified diver instructor. Carole is the person you will see at the dive training center and shares a unique ability to create comfortable competent divers in every program she teaches. With experience in diving all over the world, Carole has a talent for helping individuals achieve their dive travel needs where ever the want to dive.
Recently, Carole has assisted in creating Research Diver training protocols for local educational facilities and currently is the Dive Safety Officer (DSO) for the Niagara Aquarium.
Carole’s contributions to the diving community includes the updating of the SSI Classified Scuba instructor and diver training programs and contributing support to DAN on consulting on some of their training programs while under development.
Both Carol and her husband Tony initiated the national “First Dive” Program for the Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund. They both operate the local chapter of Dive Pirates Foundation, a national charity organization that provides Scuba opportunities to Disabled Military and other physically disabled individuals. The focus of her charitable endeavors is “quality of life” programs for the physically disabled. In addition Carole and Tony are BSA Merit Badge councilors and the Leaders of Sea Scout Ship 1.
Meet Don Jokola
Don started diving in the late 90’s and became a PADI instructor in 2001. He has a passion for shipwreck diving and has explored shipwrecks in the eastern great lakes, St Lawrence River, the Carolinas, the Florida keys and other locations. Don has assisted law enforcement on numerous occasions preforming search and recovery tasks as well as helping with local volunteer environmental cleanup projects in the Niagara River. He also assisted as a research diver on a Lake Erie deep water project on a shipwreck believed to be the Caledonia. In 2009 he became an SSI instructor and also an Adaptive Scuba instructor to assist with teaching individuals with disabilities to become certified divers. Don shares our philosophy that students need to be comfortable in the water to be divers not just perform the skills.
Meet Dick Yager
Dicks diving adventure began in the late sixties. For almost 50 years and nearly 3000 dives he has experienced the shipwrecks of the Great lakes, St. Lawrence River, new England and the Florida keys. In addition Dick has performed commercial, salvage and recovery work also assisting Public Service Dive Teams along the way. In 2001 he decided to share his passion for diving and became a PADI Dive master. In 2007 he became a part of a research dive team and made numerous dives on a shipwreck believed to be the Caledonia. In 2014 he finally reached his goal of becoming an SSI scuba instructor and has continued sharing his passion ever since. Dick believes that to share his passion every diver he teaches needs to be comfortable in the water.
Meet Buck Buchanan
- Buck brings to Phoenix Scuba the passion for Public Safety Diving providing the knowledge and skills necessary for their mission.
- 28 years dive experience
- Public Safety Diving Instructor Trainer
- Veteran of over 80 recovery operations
- 20 years in Public Safety Diving
- Multi agency instructor
- Board of advisors- Diving for Heroes (wounded warriors)
- Product development (training agencies, books and equipment
- Technical Instructor Trainer
- Combat diver/tactical swimmer trainer
- Over 6000 Safe dives
- Safety officer on two world record teams (w0rlds longest dive)
- Longest personal dive 47 hours
- CNN- Contract consultant for Dive Operation/Conducted the first ever live worldwide broadcast interview while under water (gulf oil spill)
- Waterborne training officer for Cherokee County Dive Rescue
- Training and Technical consultant state of Georgia Dive Team
- Owner of Dive911.com
- Commercial Dive Safety Officer
- Salvage Diver and Heavy Recovery Specialist.