​​Southern Maryland Divers, llc 


Kent is a retired U.S. Navy test pilot formerly serving as an instructor pilot for the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River, MD. He still serves the U.S. Navy as a contractor test pilot and instructor in the Navy's P-8A  Poseidon aircraft. Kent earned his PADI Open Water certification in 1995 while attending the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA followed by PADI Advanced Open Water and IANTD Nitrox certification in 2001 while on temporary duty in Guam. 

Certifications Held

More recently he earned his PADI Rescue Diver and Divemaster certifcations here at Southern Maryland Divers. Kent enjoys quarry diving with his son as well as Meg Ledge and wreck diving along the Atlantic Coast and Caribbean. The Hyde, USS Spiegle Grove and USS Kittiwake are among his favorite wreck dives. Someday he hopes to dive on the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany off Pensacola, FL - a ship his father once served aboard.

Kent has most recently started training on the Dive Rite O2ptima fully closed circuit rebreather. Kent looks forward to enjoying the benefits and joys of "diving silent". 

About kent vandergrift

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Email : Kent@SoMdDivers.com