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I can help you with questions about what to expect when learning how to SCUBA dive; how to select a good instructor and dive shop; and how to begin diving after you have been trained. I can help out with gear questions. I am always happy to discuss topics you learned in training but would like to know more detail. I can recommend additional training and books on SCUBA diving. I can discuss NC wreck diving also. I can also discuss what`s involved in learning becoming more involved in the sport and being a rescue diver, dive master, or instructor. NOTE!! I cannot answer medical questions because I am not a doctor.

Experience in the area

I am an SSI Master Instructor and a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. I have over 500 dives in a wide variety of diving environments and scenarios. I have been diving for 10 years. I also teach numerous specialties including Nitrox.




PADI OWSI (Open Water, Advanced OW, Rescue, Divemaster)
SSI MI (OW, Advanced OW; Night, Deep, Wreck, Boat, Nitrox, Navigation, Night, Computer, Search and Recovery, Dry Suit, Advanced Buoyancy Specialties)
Emergency First Response CPR and First Aid Instructor
DAN Diving Emergency Management Provider and Instructor
PSI Visual Tank Inspector
NACD, NSS-CDS Cavern Diver
TDI Advanced Nitrox and Decompression diver

Awards and Honors

SSI Master Instructor SSI Gold 500 Instructor SSI Gold 500 Diver SSI Century Instructor SSI Century Diver

What do you like about this subject?

What I like most is similar to motorcycle riding, flying, skydiving that I also do: you have a chance to become one with the environment that you don't normally belong in. Second, you get to participate in a part of our world that only a few humans get to enjoy. It makes you appreciate life and the earth even more.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I strive to devote more and more of my time to the diving industry. The goal would be achieved when I am spending a majority of my day outside and/or in the water working with other people who want to learn how to dive or just enjoy diving.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

What you learn in basic SCUBA training is the tip of the iceberg of what you have the potential to learn. Every dive, even the most simple, can become a personal learning experience.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Some divers, through carelessness or poor training, cause damage to the very ecosystem that they are learning how to enjoy and become a part of. Please be ultra-respectful of the underwater environment. Remember that you are only a visitor.

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2014-08-20 Vintage scubapro shotgun snorkle:

Hello Ian.  That is a good one.  For a great chat board, try if you have not already.  They have a great equipment section.  I saw where some folks were trying to buy a Shotgun back

2014-01-11 Wet suits and dive classes:

Hi Randy:  Congratulations for taking the initiative to go diving again.  You are doing the right thing by taking the tune up course and visiting a dive shop.  Even in just eight years, there have some

2013-02-15 Selecting a mask:

Hello Dov, it is good to hear you are now certified.  Congratulations.    Because of the cost of prescriptions lenses in the mask glass, I would recommend that you work directly with a dive shop who can

2012-09-11 bcd with a slow leak:

Congratulations on buying your own gear Nick.  Divers who own their gear tend to become lifelong divers.  Typically a slow leak on a BC is a result of sand or dirt being lodged in the mechanism or seals

2012-09-01 Tympanic repair and diving:

Hi Caroline.  It may be possible but since I am not a doctor I cannot give any medical advice.  One of the things you can do is to go to a dive shop and let them know your interests.  They will give you


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