Meet Our Instructors


Vincent J. Capone

Vince’s maritime experience spans over 30 years of worldwide hydrographic and underwater search and survey operations.  He is an expert in side scan sonar search operations/sonar image analysis and regularly conducts training seminars for the US Navy, law enforcement, fire rescue and commercial clients.  His expertise also includes both single and multi-beam hydrographic surveys, ROV operations, as well as magnetometer and sub-bottom surveys utilizing all types of navigation systems including USBL.  He has conducted shallow water surveys from boats as small as a zodiac and deep water operations to over 14,000 fsw in larger vessels to lengths of over three hundred feet.  Vince has acted as an expert witness and technical expert on the aforementioned topics, having conducted numerous sonar and hydrographic surveys.

As a noted instructor of sonar systems operations as well as sonar image analysis and data processing & acquisition software, Vince is the author of over twenty five marine technology training videos including the Black Laser Learning® 2nd edition Not in the Manual Guide® to Sonar Image Interpretation of which over 900 copies are in circulation worldwide.  He is a special consultant to the US Navy, teaching sonar image analysis, Post Mission Analysis (PMA) and mine identification and developing several military versions of his Black Laser Learning sonar training programs on DVD for distribution to all forward units.  Vince has also been instrumental in the latest Navy online sonar training by providing sonar analysis techniques for incorporation into the computerized training program.  He has also developed a multimedia training program for the military synthetic aperture sonar as well as consulting on sonar operations utilizing UUVs (unmanned underwater vehicles).

Vince was the operations manager for the search for and recovery of Apollo rocket motors from over 14,000 fsw, supported the US Navy supervisor of salvage with debris search operations for the space shuttle Columbia and, in 2004, he located the previously undiscovered German U-Boat U-215 for National Geographic International’s “Sea Hunters” TV series.  In 1990, Vince located the Lake George Radeau, America’s oldest intact warship which is now an underwater historic park.

Vince has worked with organizations such as the FBI, EPA, DOJ, the US Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA, US Navy, Irish Navy, South Korean Navy, Montenegrin Navy, Cambodian Mine Action Centre, Golden West and the Israeli Navy as well as numerous legal and commercial entities carrying out a wide variety of underwater investigations.  He has also conducted sonar instruction for the numerous law enforcement and fire rescue organizations.

Vince brings both a depth of experience and an ability to distill difficult concepts to practical know-how.


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