Kelp Klippings: The Mermaid of Redondo Beach Tessa Ptacek

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by Eddie Solt

“As crazy as it sounds, I am most at peace and happy 40 feet underwater in a cage diving with four great whites circling around me”

With her love of the ocean and long her flowing auburn hair, 26 year old certified Dive Master Tessa Ptacek fits the image as the quintessential mermaid. The USC graduate with honors is a dive instructor at Dive N’ Surf, where she spreads her love of the  lifestyle on a daily basis.IMG_9863

 

Tessa’s’ eagerness to make diving her lifestyle motivated her to finish her courses to become a open water dive instructor in less than a year and a half.

“I’m a huge great white shark fan,” Tessa said. “Shark Week has been my favorite week since I was a kid, and back then I knew I had to figure out a way to dive so I can hang out with the fishies.”IMG_9746

 

In her four years of diving, she’s collected quite a few stamps on her passport.

“Barbados has very user-friendly drift diving,” Tessa said. “I ate the best food in my life eating the local cuisine everyday. The culture is beautiful.”

She reached her life goal of swimming with great whites off the coast of Guadalupe Island.IMG_9334

 

“As crazy as it sounds, I am most at peace and happy 40 feet underwater in a cage diving with four great whites circling around me,” she said.

For local dives, Tessa loves to explore the advanced dive site of Catalina Island’s Farnsworth Pinnacle

“It’s one of the only local places where you can see the rare Purple Hydrocoral,” she said. “There’s lots of life down there.”

Tessa won’t be seeing this issue fresh off the press as she leaves for Fiji for two weeks.

“I am so excited,” she said. “I can’t wait to be feeding the Bull and Tiger sharks.” DZ

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