My Stories: This page is about Reed "Papa Bear" Nescher. It includes stories and Photos of Me.
I was given the Nick Name Papa Bear by Al Zabala who was a diver and instructor at Wiley's SCUBA Locker in Riverside California. We were in the Spooky Channel Project together and became good friends. I am 6'3" tall and 275lbs with curly hair and a full beard and he said "I reminded him of a Grizzly Bear" and "Was old enough to be his Papa" So he would greet me that way all the time at the shop and during classes. I became "Papa Bear" to the entire Spooky Channel Team and the team started calling me that, and most of the People, around the Dive Shop. So I guess I am Papa Bear for a lot of Divers and Friends and that is fine with me it fits just fine!
I am Reed Nescher and I founded TWO TANKED PRODUCTIONS to provide a service to the Dive and Entertainment industry with good quality Video and Photography of the underwater world that I have been a part of for over 35 years not counting the endless hours setting on top of a surfboard watching the sea under me and feeling a part of natures greatest wonder the Ocean and all that it hides and holds.
I have grown up around Boats, Fishing, Surfing, the beauty of the Sea, and since 1972 the underwater portion of our world. As Two Tanked Productions I have traveled the world and meet many interesting people and have had equally exciting adventures from the Jungles of Central America, the White Sand Beaches of the Bahamas, and the Ocean that still calls to me to bring back pictures of her beauty and record the adventure for so many.
I have worked with Howard & Michele Hall in Belize on a major project for release in late 2006. For more information on Howard & Michele go to Howardhall.com .
I have completed underwater footage assignments for The National Geographic Channel's Expeditions to the Edge: episode titled Sunken Sub.
I have trained with Rod Kline the original digital editor of Fathoms magazine. I have shot video alongside Chuck Nicklin in Fiji and shot video and stills with Joseph Davola of Dive Training Magazine in Spooky Channel at Roatan Honduras. I am full Cave Certified and trained at Cave Excursions by Bill Rennaker and John Orlowsky.
I also carry the title of SR. Reed a Knight of the Conch Republic (See Below), Knighted by Mel Fisher Himself, King of the Conch Republic, in 1997.
I have been diving sense 1972 when I was trained by Otto F. W. Gasser at Cal-Poly Pomona. I am LA County Certified, PADI Senior Advanced Diver, NAUI Master SCUBA Diver, NAUI Nitrox, SDI Solo Diver, NSS-CDS Cave Diver, National Association for Cave Diving, and IANTD Cave Certified for Nitrox. Also Rescue International Dive Rescue 1 certified. SDI O2 Administrator & Defibrillator operator. I now have over four-thousand one hundred dives around the world.
I dive with Wiley's Scuba Locker and traveled extensively in the Caribbean & South Pacific. I Teach digital Photography classes as well as underwater video instruction. I have been published in news papers (Press Enterprise) and many internet news letters, PADI's official site, as well as winning a number of digital photography contests and art shows around the Southland. My pictures have been published in sixteen books to date.
I am skilled with Avid Pro HD editing software and Adobe Photo Shop. I sell many of my Photographs and Videos in the Southern California Area and have produced and directed dozens of dive videos & underwater production assignments.
I was also an active member, for six and half years, of the Riverside County's Search and Recovery Dive Team.
I am is also qualified on most salvage lift devises and have worked with California State Department of Parks on boat and evidence recovery a long with Tony Wiley. I am known as "Papa Bear" to many of my friends and fellow divers and can be found on MySpace.com/nescher
Sr. Reed with the greatest treasure hunter of our time Mel Fisher King of the Conch Republic RIP
We hope to be your source of underwater adventure, Videos, Photos, Training, and a place of resources for both the entertainment industry and the public. We hope to attract the diving public to a site that will be interesting and educational as well as fun and informative.
We hope to be a forum for talent from the dive industry and the diving public. A place for talented production professional and amateur videograhers and photographers to display their best work and have an opportunity to be seen by a large audience.
We are open to suggestions as to the secondary direction this site might take. We are active divers who enjoy what we do and want to share it with the dry world. We hope that in doing so will promote SCUBA Diving, help preserve the worlds reefs, and introduce the underwater world and its beauty to the many that have not gone our will not go.
This site will be built slowly over the next couple years and will morph as needed to help as we can in furthering our mission.
Please feel free to use our message board to ask questions of your piers. Post important questions and hopefully get answers from the best in the industry. This is a great place to ask about your next location or adventure location. Where to stay and what to see, plus what are the inside scoops that will make your trip better!