Art, 62, is
a lifelong explorer. As a member of the Explorers Club of New
York, Art’s passions are the High Arctic; the desert Southwest, and
nature photography. Art has been involved in numerous climbing
and diving expeditions and photo expeditions, many of which had never
been tried or completed before.
in New York, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in1963,
serving two tours of duty in Vietnam. He then enlisted in the
United States Coast Guard were he was Stationed in Puerto Rico, making
his first dive in 1974. Since that time he has made thousands
of dives all around the world. Art is a fourth level scuba instructor
with MDEA and is certified to evaluate and certify instructors.
the course of his instruction, Art created a world record. In
April 2003, he certified four students who were new to diving by conducting
the world’s first all-underwater dive class. Students were put
through practicals and a quick resort course to get into an underwater
habitat 28 feet below the surface. Once there, Art taught the
classroom material throughout a 17-hour dive at the bottom of the
sea floor. When the students surfaced, they were fully certified
as level one diver. Due to its uniqueness, the experience
was written up in Florida SCUBA News (December 2003, page 24).
co-founded the Nexus project, which pioneered long-distance education
from remote locations via satellite and the internet. On of the Nexus
projects conducted in conjunction with producer James Cameron, Sea
World, and NASA, Art expedited the first satellite transmission from
the High Arctic to the ocean floor in Key Largo, Florida. Inuit
students from the Arctic spoke to James Cameron via satellite from
the steps of a small school in Pond Inlet on the north side of Baffin
Island, expanding the cutting edge of technology. Before most people
were even using the internet, Art carried a satellite dish, laptop,
and generator into the back country of Southern Utah, transmitting
a government-sponsored dinosaur dig into 600 USA schools so that students
could watch the dinosaur being excavated from its rocky grave.
has also led the most extreme class trip ever. A half-dozen
high school students made a trek from Islamorada Florida to the high
Arctic, where each student had a project to complete. Art even
taught several students how to snorkel in 33-degree water. Art
also with his brother Dan initiated a project in Mesa Verde, Colorado,
with eight students from the US and Canada. These students were
the first to be allowed to do a research project with famous archeologist
Fred Blackburn in the famous Cliff Palace. Lastly, Art and Dan
organized an expedition to Africa with high school students from the
US and Canada to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. It was a total success,
both in terms of the climb and the transmission of live updates of
the web site from the top of the mountain—again, pushing the cutting
edge of technology.
only is Art an explorer, he also likes to stay on the cutting edge
of personal challenge. At age 56, Art won a medal in the International
Police Olympics for the Toughest Cop Alive Contest and for the arm
wrestling competition. And at age 57, he ran 50.6 miles non-stop
across Panama as a way to show support for the Florida Special Olympics.
Art spends most of his time, continuing to enjoy expeditions when
the opportunity arises. His time in nature recently is spent
taking nighttime photography in the far reaches of Southern Utah and
diving in the Florida Keys. Art is truly a one-of-a-kind adventurer,
bringing a wealth of expertise and enthusiasm to the Atlantica Expeditions.
Conducted first all
undersea dive class.