Tamara (Tammy) Brown , 2000
Tammy Brown, President and CEO of Divers Academy International, began her career in Commercial Diving in 1982, after graduating from what was then Divers Academy of the Eastern Seaboard. Located right on the Delaware River in Camden, NJ, the school was owned and operated by her parents, ‘Captain Bill’ and Sharon Brown. In the years that followed, Tammy went on to obtain many advanced certifications in related fields, such as bridge inspection and Nondestructive testing. Additionally, she was very active with the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges of Technology, serving as a Management Specialist and a Team Leader. She continued her work at Divers Academy, advancing to School Director in 1990. At the same time her career in the diving industry was rapidly advancing, and Tammy soon became President of the Association of Commercial Diving Educators, a position she held several times in the years that followed. She was one of the pioneers in developing commercial diving certification standards, and went on to have those standards become accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). To this day, Tammy is recognized as a leader in the commercial diving industry. In 2006, she purchased Divers Academy of the Eastern Seaboard, took over as President and CEO, and renamed the school Divers Academy International. With a broad vision for the future, she purchased a 40-acre, 60’ deep quarry and surrounding property in Erial, NJ, designing and overseeing construction of a state-of-the-art administrative and training facility right at the water’s edge. This beautiful facility is conveniently located just north of Atlantic City, NJ, and is very accessible from Philadelphia and New York City. But this was just the beginning.
Still keeping a keen eye on industry trends and the future, Tammy began to explore advanced curriculum options to even further enhance the professional standard of Divers Academy International. Her focus turned to a higher certification level for graduates, and supporting technologies that would provide students with the best possible education for the industry. After a period of research and location scouting, Tammy purchased a nearly 300’depth quarry in Allentown, PA where students will now train to the highest deep dive international standard with curriculum options in Welding Technologies or Deep Dive Mixed Gas. Also knowing the demand for highly trained and certified topside welders, she purchased a large commercial facility in Berlin, NJ for two fully accredited new programs – Commercial Welding and Non -Destructive Testing. This bold move is a testament to her leadership and vision within the field and provides a major expansion for the Academy under her guiding hand – and within only a few short years of taking over as President and CEO. Besides her diligent and unrelenting drive for the business, Tammy is also a very proud parent to her beautiful teenage daughter Chelsea Anya, whom she adopted as a young child from the Ukraine. Together they enjoy golfing, water activities, traveling, and spending down time with their playful Boston Bull Terrier, Molly.