Author Archives: Jerry Otte

Jerry Otte is the UW-Milwaukee Scuba Coordinator for Aquatic Adventures, Inc. Jerry has run the scuba program with the University since 1997 and has written the curriculum for several of the college credit scuba courses taught at the University. Jerry has certified more than 2000 divers and has been on more than 2500 dives. He is currently certified as a PADI Master Instructor, a rating he earned in 2001. He also holds Instructor ratings in deep technical diving and more than 20 specialties.

Aquatic Adventures: A Look Back After 15 Years

This month marks an important milestone in the history of Aquatic Adventures. This January is the 15th anniversary of our incorporation and the 15th anniversary of the day we opened our doors. Staying in operation for 15 years is no small feat for any business. Operating a dive center in the Midwest where the dive season really only lasts for 6 months is a monumental accomplishment. So when I was asked to write a blog about how Aquatic Adventures came […]

Keep Smiling

I didn’t see any responses to Scuba Cat’s blog Why I Dive, and as this topic is near and dear to my heart, I thought I would continue the conversation. Scuba Cat has definitely touched on one of the key reasons many of us dive. We dive to fulfill that basic human need to explore our world. There is a little Lewis and Clark in all of us, and scuba diving allows us for that 40 or 50 minutes we leave […]

Small Business Saturday

Save with Max the Scuba Dog! It’s Small Business Saturday today. This is a great way to show your support of local businesses like Aquatic Adventures. Join Max the Scuba Dog and everyone like him, as small businesses around the country celebrate. Remember that American Express Card members can get $10 back up to three times by buying small. Aquatic Adventures has sales throughout the store. Stop in and get that special diver the perfect gift. Or stock up on everything […]

Water Under the Blue Heron Bridge

When I left chilly Wisconsin for Florida this January, I was excited about the Lemon Shark dives we planned to make out of Jupiter. Unfortunately, when strong winds from the northeast dropped visibility to little more than 10 feet, the shark dives were ruined and we needed to find another way to get our winter diving fix. Although I had never been there, the Blue Heron Bridge seem like a good second choice. Located on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in […]