I have always loved the water. I remember my grandfather, a Red Cross lifesaving and sailing instructor, coaxing me into deep water and teaching me swimming basics in Bay Lake at Walt Disney World when I was little. Since that moment I stopped fighting the water and learned to work with it, I loved being in and around water. Then, there was that first time I walked into a dive shop. I was only 11 when I caught my first whiff of that new neoprene smell. My eyes twinkled as I stood there, a kid mezmeried by all of the amazing gear and hardware. I was certitied on my 12th birthday, and I've been hooked ever since. Yes, compressed air is a highly addictive substance.
Diving is amazing! Breathing underwater is like no other experience. It's an adrenaline rush and pure relaxation at the same time. I love introducing people to the world that only divers know, and I love helping divers advance more into the knowledge and skills that take us there. My philosophy in teaching is for my students to not only appreciate the many facets of diving, but to be the safety conscious, smart-thinking diver that other experienced divers would be happy to have along for the trip. Let's dive!
Where's your hometown?
Plano, The Greatest State
When did you start scuba diving?
When I was a fetus.
What or who got you into diving?
My mother's stories, pictures, and video of diving in Belize and Roatan.
What's your favorite place to dive?
Key Largo, Conch Republic
What's the best thing about diving?
Escaping the world's insanity.
What's the coolest thing you've seen or experienced while diving?
Seen: A cemetery 160' down at the bottom of a lake. Experienced: An alligator crawling over me during a coastal Louisiana dive.