Tom Pederson has nearly 40 years of experience teaching diving as a PADI Master Instructor Trainer with Scuba Center in Minneapolis/Eagan. As well as teaching on a regular basis, he oversees and directs their travel program, often leading dive trips around the world.
During the 1980s, Tom traveled and led trips throughout the Caribbean and lived for a time in the British and US Virgin Islands. As interest in travel grew, he began to think about dive travel more globally.
In 1986, Tom began Scuba Center’s “exotic” dive travel program with a trip to the Galapagos Islands. He has returned there at least once every decade and will be going back again with a group this March. The program has expanded to include destinations such as: Australia, Red Sea, Cocos, Fiji, Borneo, Papau New Guinea, Micronesia, East Africa, Maldives, Philippines, Vanuatu, Antarctica and many others. Tom continues to seek new opportunities for his traveling clients, as well as himself. Most recently, he has enjoyed exploring Cuba, Oman and the Solomon Islands.
Tom works with travel wholesalers who are experts in travel arrangements catering to divers. All of these years of travel planning has provided him with a wonderful network of dive travel professionals to draw from. Some were true pioneers for the areas they developed. Using Tom’s broad knowledge of the travel industry, he partners with these experts to plan diving trip for both groups and individuals.
Bachelor in Social Sciences, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Masters in Education, University of St Thomas, St. Paul, MN
PADI Master Instructor Trainer and dive instructor since 1979
Received PADI “Elite” Instructor status last 5 years
Specialty Instructor Certifications include: Wreck Diver, Ice Diver, Reef Fish Identification, Project Aware Shark Conservation, Adaptive Scuba
Specific Dive Travel Topic TBD