My Training Background

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 technical instructor through SDI/TDI, and this year became certified as a SDI/TDI Scubability Instructor, for special needs divers.

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 CCR-2000, 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.

Training with John Chatterton

Although I do some traveling for work projects, my home is in South Florida, and I regularly dive out of Pompano  Beach. I enjoy working with students, and I teach as much as scheduling allows. I offer a handful of Open Circuit Technical classes, which are the ones that I really enjoy teaching. The organized classes are all 3 days duration, mostly Friday to Sunday, and we work hard to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time. I also train individuals and small groups who prefer working privately with me, usually wanting to prepare for specific destinations, like the Andrea Doria or  Truk Lagoon.

Author Malcolm Gladwell, has opined 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.