New Jersey Scuba Diving
History of NJScuba
In 1994, newly certified diver Tracy Baker Wagner started the first website for New Jersey divers - NJScuba.com. Although this project got off to a great start, after 1998 it stalled, as Tracy moved on to other interests.
Bits of the old NJScuba can still be found scattered throughout the new NJScuba
In 1995, Captain Steve Nagiewicz started his site Diversion2.com for his charter boat of the same name. In 2001 he acquired NJScuba.com from Tracy and merged the material with his own site, which was listed under both names.
Around 1996, Rich Galiano started a private web project, initially just to develop digital shipwreck charts. This grew into a full-fledged website, and was eventually made public, registered under the name NJScuba.net in 1997.
Over the years, NJScuba.com / Diversion2.com and NJScuba.net shared a great deal of material. Apart from the styling, the two sites were largely equivalent, resulting in no small amount of confusion.
In 2005, Captain Steve left the dive charter business, and allowed the Diversion2.com name to lapse. After a period of inactivity, in 2007 NJScuba.com was merged into NJScuba.net, with Captain Steve retaining his own personal page in the new unified space.
In addition, NJScuba has picked up material from other sources over the years, most notably Dan Crowell's site for his former charter boat Seeker. Other major contributors include photographer Herb Segars, and the New Jersey Artificial Reef Program.
Thus, NJScuba has grown to become the largest and most comprehensive scuba diving website in the Northeast, and possibly the world. See What's New for the latest additions.
Here is a list of the people who have contributed material to this website so far. Thanks to all. ( in alphabetical order )
- Enrique Alvarez - Diving Equipment Specialties
- Glenn Arthur - New Jersey Council of Diving Clubs
- Perry Arts
- Michael C. Barnette
- Jeff Barris
- Capt. Dan Berg - Aqua Explorers
- Donna L. Blaszcak
- Peggy Bowen - New Jersey Council of Diving Clubs
- Helen Bilinski
- Peter Brink
- Jeff Brown
- Bill & Donna Brucato
- Vince Capone - Enviroscan
- Jeff Cavorley - New York Ferries
- John Chatterton
- Debbie & Capt. Duane Clause - Porthole II
- Patrick Colligan
- Capt. Dan Crowell
- Capt. Dan Crowell
- Roy Eliassen
- Joe & Kathi Feyti - Lang's Ski 'n Scuba
- Capt. Ed Febo - Diversion II
- Gary Gentile / Gary Gentile Productions
- Alex George
- Jerry Granberg - CRT II
- Art Greenberg
- Aaron Hirsh
- Capt. Thomas Hurst - Budget Boat Towing & Salvage Co.
- Kathy Johnston
- Brian Larsen
- James Lee - DeepScape.com
- John Lister - Rutgers Scuba
- McAllister Towing
- Tim Morris
- Carl Muhlhausen
- Capt. Steve Nagiewicz - Diversion II
- New Jersey Artificial Reef Program - Hugh Carberry, Bill Figley, Jeff Carlson & staff
- Harri Ojanen
- Gene Peterson - Atlantic Divers
- Darren O'Shea
- George Power
- David Reiger
- Capt. Howard Rothweiler
- Pat Seelig
- Brad Sheard
- Capt. Mick Trzaska - CRT II
- Vadim Ternovski
- Linda Turzinski - proofreading
- Colin J. Vozeh - Available Dark
- Lou Wary - B&K Marine Engineering
- John Whitehurst
- Ted Wittke - Point Pleasant First Aid & Emergency Squad Dive Team
- Capt. Stan Zagleski
- Chuck Zimmaro
- Finally, Herb Segars deserves special thanks for all the incredible underwater photographs that he has contributed to every section of this website, without which it would all be much drabber.
Here is a list of all the pieces of the original NJScuba.com by Tracey Wagner that are incorporated in the present NJScuba website:
- Captain George Hoffman - Dan Berg
- Side-scan Sonar - Dan Berg
- Andrea Doria China & Silverware
- Engine Telegraph - John Chatterton
- Black Sunday / SS Carolina - John Yurga
- Texas Tower
- Andrea Doria Artifacts & Artworks
- Dual Wrecks - Dan Berg
- Lightship Relief - John Yurga
- Dutch Springs - Pete Nawrocky
Gear & Training
This actually comprises the bulk of the material in the old website, and all of the relevant local diving articles. It was really not a very big website, but it was a great start, and quite impressive for its day, with a lot of style that I have tried to preserve.
The other big part of the site back then was the "Internet Shipwreck Research Group" or ISRG - a huge worldwide bulletin board of mostly questions and repeated questions, and very few answers. It was not saved, but lives on in a sense as the anti-inspiration for the current News, Reports & Announcements board.
I make no claim as to the accuracy, validity, or appropriateness of any information found in this website. I will not be responsible for the consequences of any action that is based upon information found here. Scuba diving is an adventure sport, and as always, you alone are responsible for your own safety and well being.
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