What do you do for a living?
Fire Inspector for Phoenix Fire Department / Retired Army.
How did you get into diving?
I’ve always loved being in and around the water. In 2009 after my return from a deployment to Iraq with the Army, it was suggested I try SCUBA as part of my therapy for PTSD and reintegration. I immediately felt the positive effects, both physically and mentally. I signed up for certification and made a commitment to become an instructor to be able to help others learn and feel the benefits of scuba.
What is your favorite dive destination?
What is your favorite marine life to dive with?
This is a tough one. I don’t know that I can narrow it down to just one so I would say my top five are 1) Mantas 2) Sharks 3) Turtles 4) Sea Lions/Seals 5) Napoleon Wrasse.
What is your favorite part about teaching people how to scuba dive?
My favorite part of teaching people to dive is watching people build their confidence and skills in what was most likely something they feared, even when they don’t admit to it. With this comes relaxation, and for those who struggle physically, mentally/emotionally, a look or sigh of relief for being pain/stress free.
A close second is teaching people about the conservation piece that is largely missed with most hobbies around the world.In SCUBA, pollution is much more evident because you see first-hand the plastics that accumulate on the beaches and underwater, the oils from sunscreens and other products floating on the surface, debris stuck on or in our marine life, the die off and bleaching of corals and the absence of sea life.