Brett Scott Galambos, MSDI, M.Ed. SCUBA Expert & Professional Educator

Brett Scott Galambos, SCUBA Expert & Professional Educator

Brett Galambos has been involved in SCUBA diving and aquatics programs for more than three decades. He is a certified Lifeguard Instructor and SCUBA Instructor, as well as a Dive Master through numerous organizations including PADI, NAUI, SSI, and SDI/TDI. As a SCUBA Instructor, Lifeguard Instructor and Lifeguard, he has extensive experience with safety and supervision both in and out of the aquatic environment.

Brett has been an instructor for SCUBA Venture, Inc., and North East SCUBA Supply, providing instruction on all phases of recreational SCUBA diving and snorkeling. Brett has taught children and adults in addition to instructing courses involving snorkeling, altitude diving, deep water diving, wreck diving, ice diving, and the use of specialty gases such as Nitrox. He is also experienced and highly credentialed in Diving Emergency courses and proper emergency care for injured SCUBA divers and swimmers. His training includes the safe and appropriate use of diving equipment, adherence to safety guidelines, and he is responsible for individuals on chartered dive boats in the Atlantic Ocean and shore diving environments, including inlet dives.

Brett maintains his American Red Cross and New Jersey Boating certifications, and he is also an instructor for First Aid, CPR, and AED. He is a member of the National Education Association, The Professional Association of Underwater Instructors, National Association of Underwater Instructors, Scuba Schools International, Scuba Diving International/Technical diving International, and The American Red Cross.

Education & Supervision Investigations

Brett has worked with grades K-12 and has specialized training as an Intervention Behavior Specialist for “at risk” students. Brett has implemented behavior management plans, and is trained in safety and security measures within all learning environments. He is a trained SAP (Student Assistance Program) team member, and has implemented programs related to Adventure Based Education, such as low/high ropes, challenge courses, and other outdoor adventure activities. Brett is experienced in numerous specialized topics such as risk management, activity supervision, child abuse, bullying, and crisis management.

Professional Experience

Robson Forensic, Inc.

Associate

2007 to present

Provide technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony towards the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving:

  • School administration
  • Child supervision
  • SCUBA diving
  • Emergency response procedures

Atlantis Scuba Garden, LLC

Associate

2009 to present

Provide private SCUBA lessons, equipment sales, charter services, refresher courses, aquatic programming, and SCUBA certification for children.

Owen J. Roberts School District

1996 to present
Reading Specialist, Grades 1-6 2017-present

Work with elementary age students that require reading support through Title 1 within their regular education classes

Intervention Behavioral Specialist, Grades 9-12 2008-2017

Work with all grades throughout the school to facilitate and motivate students that may experience difficulty making connections with staff and other students. Help the students experience safe, positive, and socially appropriate environment. Work with administrators, teachers, and support staff to transition students by making a positive connection to their social, emotional, and educational needs. Trained member of the Student Assistance Program, specializing in an anger management education.

Alternative Education Teacher, Grades 6-8 1996-2007

Worked with at-risk adolescents, male and female, in non-special education alternative classroom setting in OJR Middle School. Interfaced with school administrators, parents, and outside support agencies to coordinate and ensure a successful school experience. Encouraged and supported classroom members with diagnosed mental health issues, stressful family situations and a history of problematic school behaviors.

Scuba Venture Inc

Scuba Diving Instructor

1995 to present

Provide instruction/training on all phases of recreational scuba diving activities. Responsible for the safe and appropriate use of scuba diving equipment, adherence to safety guidelines while undertaking the sport as well as incorporating interesting and novel material to the students while instruction is taking place. Accountable for the safety of people diving while chartering a dive boat on the Atlantic Ocean or Inlet trips.

NorthEast Scuba Supply

Scuba Diving Instructor

2005 to 2008

Provide instruction/training on all phases of recreational scuba diving activities. Responsible for the safe and appropriate use of scuba diving equipment, adherence to safety guidelines while undertaking the sport as well as incorporating interesting and novel material to the students while instruction is taking place. Accountable for the safety of people diving while chartering a dive boat on Atlantic Ocean or Inlet trips.

Owen J. Roberts Agriculture Program

Long Term Substitute Teacher

Spring 1995

Managed a variety of classroom groups of high school students in landscaping projects and floral arrangements throughout the district. Designed curriculum to match the needs of the particular school, as well as developing the skills of the pupils in this specialized area.

Professional Credentials

  • Master Scuba Diving Instructor
  • Certified Instructor and Dive Master Training
    • National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI)
    • Scuba Schools International (SSI) Dive Control Specialist Instructor (SSI)
    • Scuba Diving International/Technical Diving International Instructor (SDI/TDI)
    • Professional Association of Diving Instructors, Dive Master (PADI)

Courses Taught:

  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Adventure Diver
  • Computer Assisted Diver
  • Deep Diver
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Boat Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Dry Suit Diver
  • Scuba Rangers
  • Altitude Diver
  • CPROX Administrator Course
  • Drift Diver
  • Advanced Buoyancy
  • Computer Nitrox Diver
  • Diver Propulsion Vehicle

Advanced Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Diver Development Program
  • Master Scuba Diver Development Program
  • Rescue Diver Development Program
  • Inactive Diver Program

Specialty Courses Taught:

  • Full Face Mask Diver
  • Research Diver
  • Ice Diver
  • Nitrox Diver
  • Underwater Hunter and Collector
  • Underwater Photography
  • Visual Inspection Procedures
  • Marine Ecosystems Awareness
  • Shore/Beach Diver
  • Night-Limited Visibility Diver
  • Search and Recovery Diver
  • Underwater Navigation
  • Underwater Video
  • Wreck Diver

Service Courses Taught:

  • Nitrox Gas Blender
  • Advanced Nitrox Diver
  • O2 Service Technician
  • Advanced Gas Blender

(DAN) Divers Alert Network Instructor

Diving Emergency Courses:

  • Oxygen Provider Instructor
  • Advanced Oxygen Provider Instructor
  • Aquatic Oxygen Provider Instructor
  • AED Instructor
  • On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers Instructor
  • BLS PRO (Basic Life Support professional) Instructor
  • Hazardous Marine Life Injuries Instructor

American Red Cross Instructor

  • Administering Emergency Oxygen Instructor
  • Blood Borne Pathogens Training Instructor
  • Basic Water Rescue Instructor
  • Lifeguard Management Instructor
  • Safety Training for the Swim Coach Instructor
  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer Instructor
  • GuardStart Instructor
  • Basic/Advanced First Aid Instructor
  • Lifeguard Instructor
  • Shallow Water Attendant Instructor

Activities/Leadership Experience

  • North Coventry Elementary School Field Day, 2018
  • Pool Lifeguard/Supervisory Chaperone: Post Prom, 2010
  • Dive Control Specialist Instructor: Scuba Schools International, 2010-present
  • Facilitator: Owen J. Roberts High School Anger Management, 2009-present
  • Lifeguard Instructor: Perkiomen Valley High School, 2009-present
  • Team Member: Student Assistance Program or RAP, 2008-present
  • Advanced Open Water Scuba Instructor: Scuba Schools International, 2007-present
  • Building Representative: Distribute association information to individual members. Support staff during administrative reprimands. Attend Pennsylvania State Education Association political institutes and related conferences, 2003-present
  • Instructor: Adventure Education courses consisting of High Ropes and Low Ropes initiatives that were interwoven the Intervention program. Participated in yearly team building activities associated with group cohesion, trust, and cooperation. 1999-2007
  • Coach: Owen J. Roberts Middle School Weight Lifting Club, 1999-2003
  • Coach: Owen J. Roberts High School Boys Swim, attended Penn State for state qualifiers as coach and chaperone, 1994-1996
  • Advisor: FFA (Future Farmers of America) state competitions at Penn State University, 1995

Education

  • M.Ed., West Chester University, West Chester, PA 2005
    • Certification: Reading Specialist/Middle Level Language Arts
    • Adventure Education (proper procedures of setting up team building activities, safety and commands used while belaying during these events, proper set up and use of the safety harness, clipping in and the proper tying of knots, usage of appropriate ropes designed for these activities)
  • B.S., Elementary Education, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA 1993
    • Certification: PA Instructional I

Training

  • School Safety Seminar, Governor's Office of Homeland Security and the Pennsylvania State Police, DeSales University, 2013
  • Boy Scouts of America Youth Protection training course, 2012
  • Adventure Education – Outward Bound Techniques: High Ropes/Low Ropes equipment set up, safety considerations, and direct supervision of these adventure activities. How to conduct, and facilitate these activities for students in a safe and effective environment, Neumann University, May 2012
  • Global Compliance Network Training
    • A Guide for Substitute Teachers, 2013
    • ADHD, 2013
    • AED, 2013
    • AIDS/HIV Awareness, 2013
    • Alcohol and Drug Awareness for Employees, 2013
    • Alcohol and Drug Awareness for Supervisors, 2013
    • Allergy Management/Food Allergies, 2013
    • Anaphylaxis and Anaphylactic Shock, 2013
    • Asbestos Awareness, 2013
    • Asthma, 2013
    • Autism, 2013
    • Back Safety, 2013
    • Behavioral Interventions for Students with Disabilities, 2013
    • Blood Borne Pathogens, 2013
    • Bullying, 2013
    • Child Abuse Awareness - PA, 2013
    • Child/Student Abuse Policy Acknowledgement, 2013
    • Chronic Health Conditions, 2013
    • Classroom Management - Elementary, 2013
    • Classroom Management - High School, 2013
    • Classroom Management - Middle School, 2013
    • Coaches Tutorial, 2013
    • Heads Up! Concussion in Youth Sports Training Certificate, 2013
    • Concussions in Schools 2013
    • Concussions in Schools: Prevention, Control and Treatment, 2013, 2017
    • Confidentiality, 2013
    • Confined Space, 2013
    • Conflict Management in the Workplace, 2017
    • Corporal Punishment, 2013, 2017
    • Cyber Bullying, 2013
    • Defensive Driving, 2013
    • Diabetes Awareness, 2013
    • Diabetes Awareness Level II, 2013
    • Discrimination, 2013
    • Diversity for Employees, 2013
    • Diversity for Supervisors, 2012
    • Domestic and Sexual Violence, 2013
    • Effective Communication, 2013
    • Effective Leadership, 2013, 2017
    • Ethics and Boundaries for School Employees, 2013
    • FERPA, 2013
    • Fire Extinguisher, 2013
    • First Aid in Schools, 2013, 2017
    • Fraud Prevention, 2013
    • Gang Awareness, 2013
    • General Harassment, 2013
    • Homeless Students, 2013
    • Interviewing Skills, 2013
    • Ladder Safety, 2013
    • Peer Counseling, Anti-Violence, and Conflict Resolution Programs, 2013
    • Personal Protection Equipment, 2013, 2017
    • Playground Safety, 2013, 2016
    • Playground Supervision, 2013, 2016
    • Proactive Safety, 2013, 2017
    • Professional Educator Discipline Act, 2013
    • Professional Standards of Conduct Acknowledgement, 2013
    • Professionalism (Conduct and Appearance), 2013
    • Safe Lifting for Special Education, 2013
    • School Bus Driver Safety, 2013
    • School Safety, 2013, 2017
    • Seclusion and Restraints, 2013, 2017
    • Seizure Disorders, 2013
    • Sexual Harassment, 2013, 2016
    • Slip & Fall Prevention, 2013
    • Social Media Procedures, 2017
    • Sport Supervision and Safety, 2017
    • State and Federal Laws K12, 2013
    • Steroid Use Awareness, 2013
    • Student-to-Student Hazing and Harassment, 2013
    • Suicide Prevention, 2013, 2017
    • Teen Dating Violence, 2013
    • Workplace Violence, 2013

Certifications

  • School Safety Certifications, Saint Joseph’s University
    • Street Gangs and Youth Violence
    • School Violence: Strategies to Prevent and Prepare
    • Drug Awareness and Identification: Usage and Abuse
    • Violence in the Media: The Input on Student Behavior
    • Dealing with Co-workers: Collaboration and Co-teaching
  • American Red Cross Fundamentals of Instructor Training, 2009-present
  • Caron Foundation PA Student Assistance Program Training, 2008-present
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Emergency Care and Safety Institute Instructor for First Aid, CPR, and AED
  • United States Coast Guard certification of compliance for APCA American Professional Captains Association
  • Charter Divemaster, 1995-present
  • Divers Alert Network (DAN) specialty training for:
    • Oxygen Provider
    • Advanced Oxygen Provider
    • BLS PRO (Basic Life Support Professional)
    • On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers
    • Aquatic Oxygen Provider
    • AED
    • Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
  • Red Cross lifeguard certification, 2007-present
  • New Jersey Safe boating certification, 2007-present
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor

Professional Memberships

  • Pennsylvania State Education Association
  • Roberts Education Association
  • National Education Association
  • National Reading Teachers of America
  • National Association of Underwater Instructors
  • Professional Association of Underwater Instructors
  • Scuba Schools International
  • Scuba Diving International
  • Technical Diving International

Presentations

  • WCU Graduate Conference
    • “What engages underachieving Middle School students in learning?”
    • “The Facts of No Child Left Behind”

Awards

Nominated for the “Citadel Heart of Learning Award,” an award given for outstanding student guidance both in and out of the classroom, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2018

Articles

Gateway to a New World: Youth Engagement: The Journal of Ocean Technology, Vol. 12, No.1, 2017.

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