The mission of Diving With a Purpose goes beyond underwater Archeology education. We will always look for ways to challenge your interest and broaden your knowledge related to this vast aquatic environment. It offers unlimited challenges to the inquisitive mind. Archeology is a precise science that requires painstaking patience and precision.The DWP course is an intense week long program that teaches you the basics of underwater archeology.This includes underwater mapping and trilteration. Trilateration is the method archeologist use to map and measure the various sections of the wreck. During the course, you can spend up to a 1.5 hours surveying a 6 x 6 section of a site, not moving from that area. This includes fanning the sea floor to expose the wreck and documenting the site using a ruler, pencil and slate with Mylar paper. This type of diving is not for everyone. It takes diligence and concentration. Being an engineer, this type of work came naturally. However, the work is very rewarding knowing that you are responsible for preservation and cataloging history.
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DWP started with a phone call from Karuna Eberl in 2003., and she was producing a documentary called the The Guerrero Project
where in 1827 the spanish slave ship Guerrero sank off the coast of Florida while being pursued by British warship.
DWP started with a phone call from Karuna Eberl in 2003. At
that time, I was the Southern Region Representative for the
National Association of Black Scuba Divers, and she was
producing a documentary called the “Guerrero Project” and
needed some black divers to interview. Having found me on
the NABS web site, I enlisted some of my NABS friends Erik
Denson, Goldie Singleton, Major Nimiock, and Rod Singleton to
be interviewed for this documentary about the search for the
slave ship The Guerrero, as told through a book by Gail
Swanson. The documentary also tells the story of treasure
hunters and archeologists and their opposing views on where
the lost ship (The Guerrero) was now located.
A year into the project, I had the pleasure of meeting Brenda
Lanzendorf, the archeologist at Biscayne Park and “star” of the
documentary. Her passion for the search and unwavering
support for preserving our national marine sanctuaries was
inspiring! During one of our meetings she mentioned to me
that Biscayne Park had a lot of wrecks needing to be
documented. And, with Brenda being the only park
archeologist, she needed help! I went home and contacted
many of my NABS brothers and sisters, beginning the
correspondence with “Tired of the same old dives? Let’s Dive
With a Purpose!” Eric Denson was the first excited
respondent, with Erly Thornton and Rod Singleton coming on
shortly their after. Soon, these 3 NABS experienced divers
were taking an underwater archeology course and DWP was
born! Today, 52 NABS divers have completed the course and
16 have become instructors. Included in this number are 3
young divers from the local youth organization I co-founded,
the Tennessee Aquatic Project and Development Group, Inc.
Diving with a Purpose has become an integral part of the park’s
yearly activities and each year has expanded in its reach.
Unfortunately, the driving force of the program is no longer
with us. Brenda Lanzendorf passed away last year but, her
My life has been enriched by the experiences had through the
Diving with a Purpose program and in the process 52 African
American archeology enthusiasts have been born!
DWP Program Director
DWP IV 2008
FEW PHOTOS OF DWP LAST VOYAGE
DWP V 2012
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By MATTHEW LAWRENCE
Amateur underwater archaeologists with the National Association of Black Scuba Divers chart a shipwreck at the Elbow Reef Tuesday as part of a Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary effort to positively identify it. Read more.
Please travel safely and I look forward to seeing you soon!