Discover Scuba Diving

Congratulations to Daniel King (Ludington, Michigan) who completed a pool session and two open water dives on March 6th,  leading to a PADI Discover Scuba Diving certification. We had great conditions and good visibility at Snapper Ledge and Pickles Reef, and I’m confident that Daniel will use this experience to pursue an open water certification in the near future.

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Open Water Diver certification

Congratulations to Jacob Townsend (Colorado Springs, CO) who earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification today while diving on Molasses Reef with Ocean Divers Resort and Career Development Center. I wish Jacob all the best as he begins his career in the Navy next month, and I hope he’s able to continue to dive to enhance his personal and professional career.

900 Dives

This weekend I recorded my 900th dive while instructing a young new diver in the joys of scuba. It’s a great day when I can combine two of my passions, diving and teaching. I would like to thank my students, teachers, peers, and dive buddies  for making each and every dive a memorable experience. And a special shout-out to Micki, who has been underwater with me more than any other diver – Thank You!

Open Water Diver Certification

Congratulations to Grace H (McLean, VA) who earned her PADI Open Water Diver certification today while diving in the Key Largo Undersea Park. Best wishes to Grace and her father & brother as they put this certification to use diving the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Rebreather Certification

Today I completed all requisite dives and performance requirements for a PADI Rebreather and Advanced Rebreather Certification (Poseidon Mark VI Rebreather). Thanks to Georgia Hausserman, Mischa Hausserman, Allessandra Figari, and the staff and crew at Ocean Divers. This was a both a challenging and rewarding experience and I’m grateful for having had the opportunity to dive without bubbles.

2014 – A Year in Review

This month marks the end of my second year as a dive professional in Key Largo, Florida. Although I’m an independent instructor, I primarily work with Ocean Divers, Inc., and I continue to enjoy 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 an Instructor Development Course (IDC) Staff Instructor, and I’ve attained approval to instruct 22 PADI Specialty and Distinctive Specialty courses, and 3 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 320 open water dives and approximately 150 confined water dives. I certified 92 divers (49 diving certifications, 35 specialty certifications, 6 EFR certifications, and 2 professional certifications), and acquired an additional 12 IDC staffing certifications (having volunteered in 3 IDCs). I achieved the PADI Elite Instructor Award for the 2nd consecutive year. I’ve taught students from 7 Countries and 20 States, with ages ranging from 11 to 73—proof that this is truly a sport everyone can enjoy.

My goal for 2015 is to attain my Master Instructor credential — my ultimate aspiration in scuba diving. This rating requires an instructor to teach for a minimum of two years, certify a minimum of 150 students (of which a certain number must be at a professional level), participate in continuing education seminars, and display professional conduct. I still need to introduce two new divemasters to the professional side of this incredible sport. Any takers?

2014 was an amazing year because of my students, peers and mentors—all whom continue to make teaching scuba diving a rewarding adventure.

Thank you.

Discover Scuba Diving

Congratulations to Willie Nearn (Hartford, MI) who completed a Discover Scuba Diving session on January 21st with Ocean Divers. After two great dives (Wreck of the Benwood and Sand Bottom Cave on French Reef), Willie is now hooked on this amazing sport. Best of luck Willie and I hope to see you soon for your full certification.

Advanced Open Water

Congratulations to Mary Kormash (Mt. Arlington, NJ) who earned her PADI Advanced Open Water (AOW) certification on January 19th while diving the wrecks and reefs with the staff and crew of Ocean Divers. Mary has hundreds of logged dives but thought it was time to actually receive the AOW certification. It was a pleasure diving with Mary and Mike and I wish them safe and happy diving in the future.

Self-Reliant Diver

Congratulations to PADI Divemasters Tom & Dipali MacAllister (McLean, VA) who completed the PADI Self-Reliant Diver Distinctive Specialty Certification on January 16th while diving with Ocean Divers. Both Tom and Dipali performed very well during all of the performance requirements, and I want to wish them the best for a safe and rewarding experience in all their future underwater adventures.

2013 – An Incredible and Rewarding Year

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.