Jerry Guerra was introduced to the ocean by his parents, Jerry Sr. and Patsy Guerra, as a child. He was raised minutes from the open waters off the west coast of Florida. He started free-diving the open water by the age of five and tank diving soon thereafter. Under the guidance of his father, with whom he still dives with today, Jerry's love for the ocean became an obsession. He joined the Boy Scouts of America and received the highest honor, Eagle Scout, by the age of 17. The family took every opportunity to get their fins and guns wet, which would produce fresh seafood dishes with an abundance of flavor. At age 18 he joined the United States Marine Corps, and became an instructor for Military Water Survival. He surprised his associates with remarkable diving skills. Jerry completed his military dive and SCUBA training with rebreathers, enriched air Nitrox, and Tri-mix taking him to depths below 250 feet.
Traveling the world as a civilian, Jerry has dove in Louisiana, North Carolina, Mexico, Costa Rica , The Caymans, The Bahamas and of course right off of Florida's Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. Jerry has conditioned himself to hold his breath for over a three minute period of exertion and over five minutes while motionless. This ability takes him to depths over 120 feet without a tank, spearing massive fish. He is sponsored and competing heavily and placed in the top ten in the International Blue Water Tournament for the past four years. In 2004, he won 1st place for the largest sheepshead in the Florida Skin Divers Association Tournament, and was given the honor of spear fisherman of the year. Jerry considers his best achievement thus far to be the monster 272 pound Yellow Fin Tuna taken off the coast of Costa Rica in November of 2004. With his goals set for world records he continues his quest for the BIG FISH!
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