Tony Wells has gone from being the son of a broken family, to one that has overcome many challenges until he can become the only commercial diver of the American black depths to work in the demanding oilfields in the south -est of Asia, Middle East and Africa. in the eighties and nineties. Along the way, not only did he become an impeller of the deep sea, but he knew humanity. "The black man under the deep blue sea" is his autobiography and is here today to tell us more about his incredible journey.
Tyler: Welcome, Tony. I am glad that you can participate today. I understand that the great change in his life began when his family moved to Hawaii when he was fourteen. Would you tell us a bit how was your life before that movement?
Tony: Before moving to Hawaii, I was happy with the country's peaceful lifestyle where we spent most of the time fishing and hunting after school and on vacation. For me there was no better way to grow a child during that time.
Tyler: What about the change in Hawaii that changed the direction of your future life?
Tony: Well, in Hawaii, you're in an island surrounded by the deep blue ocean, so it just felt natural to attract it by scuba diving and surfing. Since I've always been the type of adventurer, I have been easy to transform myself from exploring to the ground to explore underwater. All this turned out to be natural.
Tyler: Did you get to practice diving naturally?
Tony: Scuba diving was my means to explore and breathe underwater, so I took it as a fish.
Tyler: What do you think so funny?
Tony: It was like another world for me. A silent world that had unimaginable limitations and illusions and needed a lot to explore.
Tyler: A lot of people are going to dive. Why did you decide to transform it into an offshore diving race?
Tony: Actually, when I was scuba diving in Hawaii, I never imagined that I would someday become a deep sea commercial diver who worked in the demanding oilfields in the foreign country. Diving is a totally different world of commercial diving. When you go diving you do not have to have fun and have a good time, but when you work as a diver, you no longer have fun. Because you really work and most of the time you are under stress and pressure from above (personal and personal) to download and do a specific job. You do not have any time to enjoy.
Tyler: What made you decide to become a diver? Have you ever dreamed of being something else?
Tony: When I was young we lived in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Indy 500 racing track was half a kilometer away from my house, so we could hear when cars were practicing. After my uncles took me there to see the practice and the races I knew that my destiny in life was to become a professional car driver. Several years later, when my mother married a military man, we moved to Hawaii, and I became friends with some guys running through the oval landing slopes that helped them work on their cars, as well I planned to become a racing car driver someday. However, after graduating from high school, my family moved from Hawaii to California and started to go to college part-time and to work full-time. After a few years doing this, I noticed that I was bored and wanted to travel and do something more exciting for my work, so I decided to sign up for the professional diving course at Commercial Diving Center in Wilmington , California.
Tyler: Sometimes diving on the high seas has had its dangerous side. Are you going to tell us a little about these dangers and why, despite the dangers, have you still been worth it?
Tony: Well, I suppose any other profession. It has its dangers, but once you work under water, you just do not have to think about all the things that might go wrong. At the moment you start thinking about all this, you should no longer be a commercial diver.
Tyler: I understand that you were a diver for many oil companies?
Tony: Yes, most of us were freelancers & # 39; so that means that we would work for any diving company that had a job or, if there were several simultaneous jobs, we would work for any company paying the highest.
Tyler: What was the goal of your work and how did you face the stress of the demanding oil companies?
Tony: We did everything that people do while working on cutting-edge jobs. The only difference was that we were under water. Mainly, we carried out support work in the oil field, so it was implied to work on petroleum platforms, pipe placement boats, crane boats, derrick boats and out of large vessels, etc. For guys who did not have specificity or could not take them, you would have already fired (fired) or should leave and leave the office.
Tyler: You have also been hunting for treasure hunt. Will you talk to us?
Tony: My most remarkable treasure hunt was when we looked for the 500-year Portuguese boat called "Flor do Mar" on the northern coast of Sumatra. This was really exciting and lasted almost two years. Again, I was hired by the Pakistani government to find a dealer of smugglers sunk on the coast of Pakistan and that was quite interesting as well.
Tyler: How did you go from work for oil companies to treasure hunts?
Tony: My roommate in Singapore knew some guys who were together with a team to hunt a 500-year-old Portuguese ship that sank on the northern coast of Sumatra (Indonesia), so he invited me to join. me to them At that time, he was more than happy to do something different and exciting, as well as the usual work of the type of field oil he had done in recent years.
Tyler: I understand that a foreign government was detained illegally. Will you explain this event a little?
Tony: Well, this is basically a case that we were in the wrong place at the wrong time, as well as some corruption and greed for a combination that nobody would have wanted to catch at that time. This was outside a small island in Indonesia, where almost everything happens if circumstances happen against you as it was in our case.
Tyler: What kind of work did you do at the time and why did the Indonesian government get angry?
Tony: I did a good search on an English shipwreck that had sunk on a small island in 1789 that I had lost ten coffers of gold and silver coins, so I myself and a good friend, I wanted to take a look general in the area to see if the project was viable or not. Unfortunately, a few days before there were some other boys in that general area who used explosives to rescue a steel shipwreck, so when the Indonesian police saw us in that area, they were the ones we had saved sinister steel. . Therefore, they took us and stopped us to ask ourselves, but even when they realized that it was not us, they began to see signs of dollars as a requirement that they freed us.
Tyler: Tony, how do you see your life? Do your stories sound like the adventures of the movies? Ever wanted a quiet life?
Tony: I see my commercial life of diving as an adventure and, when I am contemplating it now, I can say honestly that I am happy to have lived it. I am also happy to have survived through some of the many nearby calls I have experienced on several occasions. Now that I am older, I like calm life, but in those days I enjoyed the excitement, the explorations and the adventures I experienced. Yes, in fact, I think my book would be hellish for a great movie! Haha
Tyler: Tony, what made you decide to write "Black man under the deep blue sea"?
Tony: Many years ago I noticed that it is so easy to forget the things I had done the previous week, or even the previous day, sometimes, so that for the last twenty or more years I've been keeping a newspaper because I would like to remember everything that happened to me in my life. Not that I was always thinking about writing my story, but when I started to remember and read those wild and exciting adventures that happened, I decided that maybe I should do it. write my memoirs I knew that if someone loves the excitement, the adventures and the humor they would like to read my book.
Tyler: Why did you choose to stand out as a black man in the title?
Tony: I am a black American, so at the time of choosing the title of my book it was really easy. I wanted it to be self-explanatory (Black Man) and it was just as exciting to attract the attention of the reader (Under the Deep Blue Sea). Hope he got it.
Tyler: Your book also talks about things you've learned about life and people. What would you say is the "message" of "The black man under the deep blue sea"?
Tony: Basically, what I have experienced during all my trips is that most people from different races in the world just want to be healthy, happy and have love for their lives. My message is that no matter what race or gender you are, do not let ignorance or jealousy take you away or tell you what you can! i & # 39; can & # 39; t & # 39; make life. Everything is possible, so if you want to do something, just go out and do everything possible and do it. If my book can inspire a single person in this world, I would feel very happy and happy to have written it.
Tyler: Tony, are you planning to write more books?
Tony: "The black man under the deep blue sea" is my second printed book. My first book is titled "Shipwreck and treasure sunk in Southeast Asia" and was the result of the investigation I obtained during our search for the 500-year Portuguese boat, "Flor do Mar". After that, I wrote an electronic book titled "Cannon Journal-Compilation of Information on Bronze Asian Type and European Type Cannons (1500-1800"). If you wanted an enthusiastic bronze gun, I would love this book. Anyway, the answer to your question is yes.
Tyler: Since you're no longer a deep sea diver, how can you fill your time now?
Tony: At this time I work full time for a company in Saint Petersburg, Florida, which makes the world just dream in 3D in real time. This keeps me quite busy. I'm also selling the online motorcycle changer cushion and I'm thinking of more marketing to increase sales, so I can do full time one of these days.
Tyler: Thanks for joining us today, Tony. Before going, tell our readers your website address and what type of additional information could be found on your book?
Tony: My pleasure, Tyler. My website is http://www.tonywells.net and I have more information about my story, some pictures of my family and also some tips for writers and inventors nearby. I am a part-time inventor, so there is a link to my invention of the changer pillow, Shiftcush. There is a link to my website of bronze guns. Enjoy!
Tyler: Thanks, Tony. I wish you many more adventures.
Today, Tyler R. Tichelaar, associate editor of Reader Views, is excited to have joined Tony Wells, who talks about his new book "The Black Man Under the Deep Blue Sea: Memoirs of a Black Scuba Diver to Southeast Asia ". PublishAmerica (2007), ISBN 9781424174225.