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Phone: (704) 547-5991
Address: 12210 US Hwy 29 N
Charlotte, NC 28262

Hours: Monday – Saturday
10:00am to 6:00pm
 
Our Staff

The O.W.A. team is a unique group of dive professionals, Led by Joe Gaydeski with more than 30 years of professional dive experience. Our instructors are dedicated, consistent, friendly, and caring to name just a few attributes. They are held to exceed the highest standards in training. Additionally they are all CPR, First Aid for Aquatics, AED,  and Oxygen Provider. This is a standard at O.W.A. that is not usual in our profession. At Open Water Adventures you can be confident that you will receive the best Scuba Training the industry has to offer. Also, you always have access to Joe Gaydeski, the owner and course director, if you find you have questions above and beyond your Scuba Instructor's knowledge base.

Let our Collective Experience and Knowledge be your guide!
Instructor Certifier/Rebreather/Photographer

His inspiration came from watching Jacques Cousteau specials, and James Bond Movies. Joe was fascinated by “Innerspace”! Joe’s interest lead him to getting certified after college in 1990, then started working in the dive industry just two months after receiving certification in the Charlotte area. He opened his own full service dive shop Open Water Adventures in 1996. Joe is our in-house Instructor Certifier, making OWA Charlotte’s Platinum SSI Facility.

Some of his past dive destinations include Palm Beach, the Carribean, Hawaii, Belize, Roatan, Utila,Cancun, Cayman Brac, Bimini, Palau, Cozumel, Galapagos, Dominica, Indonesia, the Maldives Wrecks off the Carolina Coast, and South and Central Florida. Joe is very enthusiastic about teaching and sharing his love for the sport.

He is also an avid Nature Photographer, and loves sharing with others his passion for shooting pictures. Joe teaches an underwater photography class that he has designed himself. Respect for the environment and good buoyancy control are as important as technical skill and composition. Photography is like hunting. You are always looking for the next subject to shoot, but your subject gets to live another day! Conservation and preservation of the Ocean Realm and all its creatures is every divers responsibility.

Joe really admires the photography and video work of the BBC. "The Planet Earth" Series, and "The Year the Earth Changed", and "A life on this Planet" featuring the wisdom of Sir David Attenborough say everything about mankind's mission for the next Century and Beyond. "Return the Wild Places"!

Enjoy your Adventure!!