The first underwater experience I remember clearly was snorkeling in the Mediterranean in the mid-70’s — it was wonderful, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Several years later, I took up snorkeling again, this time in Florida, and enjoyed it even more. On a trip to the Caribbean islands in 1994, I had my first experience with scuba, a short “Introduction to SCUBA” —  it was super! In 1995, I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Cancun and Cozumel, and got my Open Water certification so I could dive there — it was spectacular! In 1996, I had the opportunity to go to Maui, where the diving was even more awesome!

I got my own gear for that trip, and have been diving enthusiastically ever since, progressing through the various specialties (Enriched Air-Nitrox, Boat Diving, Wreck Diving, Underwater Navigation, Deep Diving, Night and Limited Visibility Diving, Diver Stress and Rescue) to the professional ratings of Dive Control Specialist, Associate Open Water Instructor, Open Water Instructor, Specialty Instructor, and Advanced Open Water Instructor. I’ve been working with certification candidates in classes and in one-on-one coaching and instructional sessions since summer 1997. My experience in university teaching and in providing training in the Fortune 500 corporation from which I recently retired enhances my background and increases my skills.