My life has been a blur of water and underwater sports and activities. I can’t actually remember learning how to swim, as I learned at such a young age to be comfortable and self reliant in the water. At age 12, SCUBA certification was a natural progression in water activities. I got involved with people in and around dive shops and basically started helping out every spare moment of my time in the diving industry at age 13. Many summers, I was able to spend traveling to exotic dive destinations and logged up to 300 hours of underwater hours per year at times. I couldn’t get enough.
Equipment servicing and maintenance became a big part of my diving career starting when I was 14. The technical aspects of breaking down the apparatus and how all the equipment worked was always very fascinating to me, and these skills came in handy with all the diving we did. I was constantly working after school and weekends in dive shops, doing whatever needed to be done. At age 18, I received Open Water Instructor status and was working full time in the dive shop teaching, helping run the store and doing all of the equipment repair business. Now 20 years later, the one constant in my life has been the diving industry. No matter what else I do, it will always be what has molded me the most outside of God and family.
The hobbies that I enjoy most are cave diving, dirt bike riding, snow skiing and underwater hockey. My wife is also a certified diver and an accomplished equipment technician, so our son who was born in ’04 has a very good chance of being a future scuba and swim extraordinaire as well.