History

Tanks-A-Lot Dive Charter was founded in February 1996 by Ben and Sue Dauterman. The first CAN-TANK-EROUS was only a 6 passenger wooden dive boat, however Ben and Sue quickly piloted her to the #1 dive boat in the bay area. With their success they upgraded to the current CAN-TANK-EROUS, a Coast Guard certified dive vessel rated for 14 divers. Ben and Sue were behind the helm for 12 years growing the business each year bringing the underwater world to thousands upon thousands of vacationers and bay area locals.

When it came time to retire they kept Tanks-A-Lot “In the family” selling to Mike Miller, Ben’s #1 dive master and right hand man in 2008. Mike and his wife Heidi took Tanks-A-Lot to a new stratosphere of respect and demand. “The Tank” as she is affectionally known, was fully booked weeks out and only bad weather stood in the way of eager divers with big smiles after a great day on the water.

In 2012 Mike and Heidi reached a point where travel, to dive and take amazing underwater pictures, took priority and the business changed hands again to Capt Ryan Nelson and Capt TJ Shea. The business stayed true to its beginnings providing safe and fun dive trips off the coast of Clearwater Beach. Capt Ryan with Capt Seth by his side ran CAN-TANK-EROUS 5 days a week with the demand high as ever to giant stride off her swim platform. Underwater photographers would travel from far and wide to try and get shots of elusive frog fish, rare nudibranch’s and other creatures that Seth and Ryan had a skillful eye for.

The fall of 2019 has again seen a slight change as Capt Ryan decided to focus on new career that will keep him land based and now Capt Tj and his team will be in charge of continuing this deep tradition of being the go to dive boat on the West Coast of Florida. We look forward to seeing you come dive with us to see all the wonderful life the Gulf has to offer.