This month marks the end of my third year as a dive professional in Florida. In April I left the Florida Keys and relocated to Juno Beach, Florida (the heart of the Gold and Treasure coast). I continue to teach scuba diving and, although I’m an independent instructor, I primarily work with Stuart Scuba and Blue Heron Bridge Scuba. I still enjoy diving and teaching, and spend most of my time underwater on the reefs and wrecks in the surrounding area.
Since becoming an open water scuba instructor in January 2013 I’ve advanced my own career by becoming a PADI Master Instructor, and I also completed a crossover credential as an SDI Scuba Instructor. Additionally, I’ve attained approval to instruct 26 PADI and/or SDI Specialty and Distinctive Specialty courses, and 4 Emergency First Response (EFR) courses. I’m pleased to report that I’ve certified one or more students in each of these specialty areas, and each class has been fun and rewarding.
This year I recorded 204 open water dives and several more confined water dives. I made my 1,000th recorded open water dive in July and I continue to learn and enjoy all that this sport has to offer. I certified 65 divers in 2015 (29 PADI certifications and 36 SDI certifications). I’ve taught students from 5 Countries and 15 States, with ages ranging from 11 to 60—proof that this is truly a sport everyone can enjoy.
2015 was once again an amazing year because of my students, peers and mentors—all whom continue to make teaching scuba diving a rewarding adventure. I look forward to 2016 as I settle into my new dive home with new friends and plenty of learning and teaching opportunities.