Today, Dave’s Scuba Connection marks the end of its first year of operation. I became a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor on January 20th, a Master Scuba Diver Trainer on July 2nd, and an IDC Staff Instructor on August 29th. I officially launched my business on Facebook on January 26th. On February 1st I was fortunate enough to be accepted as an Independent Instructor with Ocean Divers. Since becoming an instructor, I’ve attained approval to instruct 25 PADI Specialty and Distinctive Specialty courses, including Emergency First Response (EFR).
This year I recorded 305 open water dives and approximately 150 confined water dives. I’ve certified 79 divers since February 1st (42 diving certifications, 28 specialty certifications, 5 IDC staffing certifications, 3 EFR certifications, and 1 professional certification). I’ve taught students from 3 Countries, 19 States, and the District of Columbia.
I’ve met and worked with some amazing people since beginning my second career here in Key Largo and I’m looking forward to more fun times underwater. I want to express my thanks and appreciation to all of my scuba diving instructors, peers, and mentors, and to my students who make this job interesting and enjoyable.