Teddy has been diving on shipwrecks locally and internationally since the late 1940s. In 1957, he and Mendel L. Peterson of the Smithsonian Institution, with other staff members from the Department of Armed Forces History, developed the grid system for surveying wreck sites. For three years Teddy Tucker taught marine archaeology with Mr. Peterson as a college accredited course for the University of Maryland.
In the past Mr. Tucker has owned, supplied and successfully operated a Maritime Museum in Hamilton, Bermuda, and has acted as a consultant and an advisor of methods used in studying and identifying shipwrecks.
Mr. Tucker is a founding member of the Beebe Project in 1983. The Beebe Project is now worldwide, discovering and studying deep-sea animals using submersibles and specially designed cameras. Other founders include Mr. Emory Kristof of the National Geographic, Dr. Eugenie Clark and Dr. Joseph MacInnis of Undersea Research, Canada. Mr. Tucker discovered the six-gill shark in Bermuda waters in the 1970s.
In 1983, Mr. Tucker worked with the French and in 1987 and 1989 with the Soviets. He and his family were guests of the former Soviet Union at a Marine Symposium in 1990. In 1990 the Soviet ship RV Akademik Mystav Keldysh came to Bermuda at Mr. Tuckers suggestion to test the equipment before going to the Titanic to make the Imax film Titanica. In 1996, he worked with the National Geographic in the Marshall Islands, Pacific Ocean. In 1997, he worked with the National Geographic in New Zealand. Mr. Tucker and Mr. Steve Blasco, Geological Survey of Canada, were co-scientists on the Bermuda Sea Level Project with the Canadian Navy. The Bermuda Sea Level Project is an on going project.
Mr. Tucker has found more than one hundred shipwrecks around Bermuda including the treasure ship San Pedro containing the famous gold and emerald Tucker Cross. He is an historian, artist, lecturer, and has been featured in numerous books and magazines worldwide for over fifty years, such as Life, National Geographic, Illustrated London News, Saturday Evening Post (four part series), Paris Match, and numerous dive magazines. He has been the subject of many films and books, including a Royal Command Performance film, The Deep, by Columbia Pictures and attended by HRH Prince Charles. Mr. Peter Benchley introducing Mr. Tucker once said, Teddy has brought the world to Bermuda, and Bermuda to the world.
Mr. Tucker is a member of the Explorers Club, as well as a Charter Member of the Hellenic Institute of Marine Archaeology (Greece) and in 1991 was presented the Distinguished Service Award by the Underwater Society of America. He is a founding member of the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute. Her Majesty, the queen awarded the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Medal to Mr. Tucker, in March 1994. In 2000, the New York Explorers Club awarded Mr. Tucker with the Lowell Thomas Award for Challenging the Deep.