Jim Consuegra began diving at the age of 9 when diving meant slapping on a mask, taping up the dual-hose regulator with the hole in it, scraping the rust off of a tank in the corner and then just going for it. Needless to say, he was young and a bit stupid. A lot has changed - well at least the "young" part has.
Jim became an SSI instructor in 1975 in Ft. Lauderdale and then crossed over as a PADI instructor in 1976. In 1981 he moved to the land-locked city of Atlanta, Georgia and in 1983 took a job at Georgia Tech. Teaching scuba however was never far from his mind.
He soon began teaching scuba part-time for Jack Foster at Sandy Springs Divers following Jon Coon who moved on to become the PADI Regional Course Director. In 1986 Jim founded Seven Seas Divers as a psuedo dive-club for training and travel and in 2005 expanded into what is now Venturetrek, Inc. with a new focus on multi-adventure training and travel.
Jim holds several Instructor ratings including the highest teaching certification given by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors - Master Instructor. Jim is a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Emergency First Response (EFR) Instructor, holds several instructor ratings with the Divers Alert Network (DAN) and the National Safety Council and most recently earned his Adaptive Scuba Instructor rating with the Diveheart Foundation. His over 50 years of diving experience have earned him a reputation for quality and excellence.". Jim is one of the original volunteer divers (2nd group) for the Georgia Aquarium, the Professional Education Director for the Georgia Tech SCUBA program and the faculty advisor for the SCUBATech diving club. Today primary Jim's training efforts are in support of the GTscuba mission which allows him the privilege of focusing on chartered travel, open water certifications and the community outreach.
Jim has three awesome daughters (Michelle, April, Heather), a step daughter Christina, a dog named Murphy and three very lonely finches.