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, Cancun, Cayman Brac Bimini, Palau, Cozumel, Galapagos, 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.
Enjoy your Adventure!!Instructor/Photographer
Heather began her dive career in February of 1999. She is an Open Water Instructor and Scuba Ranger Instructor, and Joe Gaydeski’s wife. Heather’s special interests include underwater photography and working with anxious or uncertain students. She especially loves the flow and movement of videography. Heather also owns a Family Photography Studio called Bell Photography, which is located only 100 yards from Open Water Adventures.
Heather and Joe have been fortunate to lead divers all over the World. Some of the beautiful places she has traveled to include: Palau, Thailand, Hawaii, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Palm Beach, The Bahamas, and the Carolina Coast.