Dive Shop Owner / PADI IDC Staff Instructor
I was certified as an Open Water diver in Cedar City, Utah back in 1995; I was 27 years old. After about six months of diving, I realized that I wanted/needed more training so I went back to my local dive center and took my Advanced Open Water training, completing it in November of 1996. Over the years, I went on to complete my training and become an Open Water Scuba Instructor. I have had the opportunity to dive in Cabo San Lucas, the Blue Hole in Belize, and countless lakes and quarries in Utah, Arizona, and California, including Lake Tahoe. I have been to Catalina and the Channel Islands countless times.
I love to see the look on our students’ faces when they breathe underwater for the first time, or when they have been struggling with a particular skill and then finally get it. The joy they get out of going to the ocean and really getting to see the underwater realm for the first time is an incredible feeling — for them and for me. I love teaching and sharing my passion for the ocean with everyone I meet. I could not think of a better way to spend my time than teaching others how to dive and showing them how to respect and protect our underwater world.
PADI IDC Staff Instructor
If you were to talk to my parents they would say, “We could never keep him out of the water.” I have always loved ANY water—oceans, lakes, streams, rivers, pools, even a good mud puddle. I also have the soul of an explorer—always wanting to know what is over the next hill or around the next bend.
Years ago, I combined my loves of water and exploring and started SCUBA diving. Nothing compares to the incredible experience of exploring the underwater world. In my quest for more adventure and knowledge, I progressed up the ranks of diving to become a Divemaster. Later, I combined my 20+ years’ experience as an educator (middle school teacher) with diving and became a SCUBA Instructor. Teaching people to safely explore the water world is what I truly love to do—from the basic Open Water class to the most advanced technical decompression diving. Diving has changed my life! I have gone to incredible places, seen wondrous things, met great people, all while getting to teach something I love.
PADI IDC Staff Instructor
I grew up exploring the shores of the Indian Ocean and playing in the tide pools around Mombasa, Kenya. I love the ocean! Ironically for me, I went on to get a graduate degree in biology studying reptiles in the desert; pretty far from the ocean. I finally came full circle and got certified in New Mexico in a natural sink hole at 6500 feet elevation. I now love nothing more than to combine my academic career as a biologist with my professional career scuba diving instructor. I can’t believe how lucky I am to be able to teach people about scuba diving and our amazing natural world. I’m passionate about life and live for the adventure found in the diving lifestyle!