My initial Open Water Scuba Instructor certification was through NASDS, in 1987. Since then, I have trained divers through NAUI, IANTD, SDI, and TDI. Currently, I am an active instructor through SDI/TDI.
I have held a surface supplied commercial diving certification for both air and mixed gas since 1983, when I graduated from the Divers Academy of the Eastern Seaboard. IAND (before they became IANTD) certified me as Trimix Diver #61 in 1992. Starting in 1998, I earned my first rebreather certification for the AURA CCR2000, and have since been certified on fully closed circuit rebreather diving for the Inspiration, Evolution, Ouroboros, and Megalodon, as well as Trimix rebreather diving to 500 feet, rebreather diving in caves, and I am Full Cave certified.
I currently hold 200 Ton Masters certificates issued by both the United States Coast Guard, and la República de Panamá. I have operated numerous dive boats going as far back as 1987, when I worked with Bill Nagle on the dive vessel, Seeker.
Although I do a lot of traveling for work, my home is in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, and I regularly dive out of Pompano Beach. I still really enjoy working with students when I can, and I am going to try to teach a class a month for the rest of the year. I only teach Open Circuit diving, and I only teach the few technical classes that are really fun for me to teach. The classes are all 3 days duration, over the weekend, and we work hard to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time.
Author Malcolm Gladwell, has written that we have largely come to confuse information with understanding? I try to provide my students with the later, by sharing the practical insights derived from my diverse diving background and deep diving experiences.