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Public Lecture Series with Joseph Dituri

Extreme Diving Exploration

The lecture details results from an ongoing expedition to the endo pacific rim's deepest diving locations and discusses new species of fishes and corals found and technology to get to sub 500 feet of sea water dives.

The National Science Foundation's “Tree of Life” project estimates that there could be anywhere from 10 million to 100 million species on the planet, but science has only identified about 5 million. This group of scientists including coral experts, ichthyologists and benthic geologists have begun exploring the depths of the ocean to find more.

Normal SCUBA diving is limited to 200 feet of sea water. Submersibles are designed for deep exploration and are often used in exploration deeper than 600 feet of sea water. This middle ground between 200-600 feet of seawater is ripe with new species and scientific phenomena.

Our team uncovers 7-10 new species of fishes per dive. Our ichthyologist is world renowned for discover, cataloging and detailing new fishes. Additionally our coral researchers identify 10-15 new species of coral on every dive. Finally our benthic geologist has identified a wave bench formation below 400 feet of seawater around the endo pacific rim suggesting the ice age cause the ocean depth to receded to this depth. We are exploring when this happened through core sampling.

Our passion for exploration has been hampered by current technology limiting our depth, so this team of scientists INVENTED new technology to get us deep, allow us to stay longer and discover these events new to science. Additionally, our staff of hyperbaric trained individuals have uncovered methodology for treating human physiology concerns as we dwell deeper into the abyss.

CDR Joseph Dituri enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1985. He has served continuously on active service upon various ships and shore stations where he was involved in saturation diving and ship repair. In 1995 he made his way up through the ranks after earning his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of South Carolina and was commissioned into the Special Operations Officer pipeline. He was a Diving Officer at Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One and the Operations & Salvage Officer onboard USS Salvor. Following a change of designator to Engineering Duty Officer (Diving Officer), he served at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard as a Nuclear Project Superintendent, Docking Officer, Diving Officer and Business Operations Officer. He was assigned as Officer-in-Charge Deep Submergence Unit (DSU) Diving Systems Detachment (DSD). Under his command DSD won the white “DS” award for deep submergence excellence and certified the 2000 fsw Atmospheric Diving System for fleet use. He transferred from DSU after fleeting up to become the Executive Officer and designing the transfer under pressure saturation diving template for Navy Submarine Rescue. His final position in the US Navy was at Special Operations Command in Special Operations Research Development and Acquisition Center Program Executive Officer - Maritime Systems where he served as the Chief Engineer, Program Manager for Undersea Systems Technical & Certification Program.

At Naval Post Graduate School he earned his Master's degree in Astronautical Engineering. His master’s thesis topic was in Orbital Determination. He is an invited speaker on space related topics.

In a civilian capacity Joseph is the author of numerous diver-training manuals, a co-author of the book “Tao of Survival Underwater”, a contributing author to the Navy Diving Manual, and has been published in several journals including those produced by the American Society of Naval Engineers and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. CDR Dituri was also a member of the prestigious Para-commandos SOCOM parachute demonstration team.

Now that he is retired from almost 28 years of active service to the United States, he is a consultant for the International Board of Undersea Medicine. He also volunteers his time as the CEO of the Association for Marine Exploration and is pursuing his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of South Florida with a concentration in life support equipment. He is also a member of the American Bureau of Shipping Special Committee on Building and Classing Undersea Vehicles and Hyperbaric Systems and the National Offshore Advisor Committee for Commercial Diving Safety.

Date: Monday, December 21st

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC Student Members, $5 with a valid Student ID

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To secure a reservation, please call us at 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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