Dan Crowell is a professional diver and former owner and Skipper of the dive charter vessel he made legendary, “SEEKER”. He has been working as a commercial diver for over 20 years and has been a scuba diver for more than 30. He has been a TDI instructor since 1995 and is now one of SDI/TDI/ERDI top Instructor trainers ranging from open water scuba, to advanced mixed gas closed circuit, to his own surface supplied diving course. He has worked as a scientific diver and consultant for Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Science (IMCS) for over 15 years and is not only an award winning instructor, but is also an award winning filmmaker and president of his own company, Deep Explorers, Inc.
Dan has been exploring shipwrecks and the underwater world across the globe for three decades and a pioneer of technical diving in the northeast and who created the protocol for technical wreck diving in the region. In 1999 Dan was referred to as the Master of the Andrea Doria by Esquire magazine in a series on Men and Disasters. His career has been highlighted in several books as well as countless publications and television programming. In 2003 he was voted Explorer of the year by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Explorers Club for his discovery of the USS Murphy and effort to tell this tragic story.
As an underwater Explorer and Cinematographer, he has shot countless hours of footage of some of the world’s most interesting shipwrecks such as Titanic’s lost sister “Britannic”, USS Monitor, U-869, and of course, Andrea Doria as well as countless others. In 2002-2004 he traveled with KPI tv around the world as the Director of underwater photography for the History Channel’s Deep Sea Detective series. In 2006, Dan was co-producer, of his own series for Discovery’s Military Channel titled “Quest for Sunken Warships”.
In 2009 Dan lead an expedition with Rutgers University’s IMCS and the National Marine Sanctuaries (NMS) on a collaborative effort to preserve the Ocean’s Cultural Marine Heritage known as “The Graveyard of the Atlantic” which included the USS Monitor and other area shipwrecks. The success of the project led to his induction to Sony Corporation’s professional “ICE” (Independent Certified Experts) team, where he is still a member today. To add to his accolades, in 2010, Dan was honored to be a contributor to Peter Millers book “Diving with Legends”.
Dan has one of the most diverse careers in the diving industry. As a commercial diver he has worked all over the northeast doing everything from the mundane to the extreme. From bulkhead repairs, to recovering an F-16, or bodies from a sunken fishing boat. As a scuba diver he has dived across the globe as an underwater cinematographer, scientific diver and just for fun. With such a vast and varied pool of experience to draw from, Dan can offer more to his students that few others can match.