I fell in love with water at an early age and can’t remember a time when I couldn’t swim. When “Sea Hunt” made it’s debut on TV I knew that scuba diving was going to be part of my life.The nearest I came was snorkeling at Cape May along the New Jersey coast while on summer vacations .In 1990 I got a scuba course for a birthday present and once I was certified diving took over all my spare time. If I wasn’t diving I was reading about it. I wanted to share my new passion with the world so I became an instructor. Diving is an important part of my life and training good divers is the most important aspect of it.
PADI Open Water Instructor 1992/ PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer 1995/ PADI Specialty Instructor (14 Specialties)/ NASE Open Water Instructor 2010/ Medic 1st Aid Instructor 1997/ Emergency First Responder Instructor 2003/ DAN O2 Instructor 1997/ DSAT Gas Blender Instructor/ NSS-CDS, NACD Certified Full Cave Diver 1999/ Member of the Safety Review Board Homeland Security Underwater Evidence Recovery Team New Orleans/ 2500+ logged dives.
I began diving in 1993 while living in the Washington D.C. area and by 1997 had earned my first instructor certification. While living on the east coast, I not only taught scuba classes but also remained a student and earned my technical diving certifications. I also took advantage of my proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and pursued my passion for wreck diving, diving wrecks from Delaware to the Outer Banks off North Carolina.
I moved home to Louisiana in 1998 to pursue a career in commercial diving, earning my ADC certification and working for an inland dive company. All along, I continued teaching recreational scuba and diving along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
I have taught through PADI, NAUI, IANTD and TDI. I am currently a Regional Manager and Regional Training Director for the National Academy of Scuba Educators (NASE Worldwide). I still teach all levels of recreational scuba although my main focus in on instructor training. I also teach technical diving including trimix.
I earned my Open Water Certification here at Coral Reef in1996. My gear has rarely been dry, since. Over the years I have developed a passion for the world class diving that Louisiana has to offer on our oil rigs. Spending time with new divers is one thing that I enjoy. Now, As a Open Water Instructor, Hopefully, I can pass on some my enthusiasm and knowledge of the world of SCUBA.