Joe Lepore

joe-lepore.jpgJoe Lepore, Dive Safety Officer
Waitt Institute
Hubert, North Carolina

Waitt Expeditions:
Turks & Caicos: Endymion Rock (Dive Safety Officer, Surveyor)
Panama: Rio Chagres (Director of Dive Operations)
Panama: Submarine Explorer (Director of Dive Operations)
Mexico: Lost Fleet (
Dive Safety Officer, Surveyor)
Albania: Ancient Shipwreck (
Director of Dive Operations)
CATALYST 1 (Deck Safety Officer, AUV Operator)
CATALYST 2 (Deck Safety Officer, AUV Operator)

Joseph Lepore serves as the Waitt Institute’s Dive Safety Officer and oversees all deck operations during missions of discovery. He grew up in Ronkonkoma, New York where he joined the US Navy in 1986. He served his country with distinction and honor for twenty years before retiring as a Master Chief Petty Officer and Master Diver in 2006, after which he joined the Waitt Institute team. He completed the Navy’s schools for 2nd Class Diver and 1st Class Diver, as well as the schools for Salvage, Construction and Demolition Diving. During his service, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, 6 Meritorious Service Medals, 4 Navy Commendation Medals and 4 Navy Achievement Medals. In his spare time he enjoys boating, fishing and diving. He currently resides in North Carolina with his wife and two children.

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