Kenneth Breckenridge Ellerbe is a native Washingtonian, born April 10, 1960. This is his second posting as Vice President of the Underwater Adventure Seekers diving club. Ken always wanted to learn how to swim but after a frightening incident at the DeMatha day camp in 1968, at the age of eight, avoided going into water higher than chest level. In 1974, after watching many of his friends effortlessly dive into the deepest water at the Takoma pool in Washington, DC, he checked out a book on swimming from the Takoma library, determined to overcome his fear of deep water and escape the limits of “the shallow end.” Within a week, after practicing breathing in his parent’s bathtub, he returned to the pool with his friends and, overcoming his fear of deep water, plunged into the deep end.
The value of overcoming that fear was life-changing. Always a fan of “The Wild Kingdom,” nature shows, and our environment, Ken’s curiosity and all that he heard about UAS compelled him to seek more training.
He was certified in 2003 by Dr. Jose Jones and experienced another life change. He went from owning a small aquarium to swimming in the world’s aquarium and witnessing the splendor of underwater adventures. Kenneth has obtained his Open Water, Advanced Open Water and Rescue certifications in addition to professional pursuits since joining the Underwater Adventure Seekers. Ken cheerfully attributes credit in his professional endeavors to the support and confidence building acquired in his diving pursuits.
Ken has traveled outside of the United States to Barbados, Fiji, Curacao, Bonaire, Cozumel, Belize and Roatan with the UAS diving club. Additionally, travel and diving to other national and international locations would not have been possible without the training received under UAS tutelage. Now retired from his professional life, Ken’s next step will be to join Ken Stewart in Key Largo to begin the Diving With a Purpose training in June, 2016.
Kenneth B. Ellerbe earned a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Public Administration from the University of the District of Columbia. He is a graduate of the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Municipal Management where he received his certification in Public Management. He completed Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Executive Education Program at the Kennedy School of Government and the Naval Post Graduate School’s Homeland Security Program for Executive Leaders.