I remember as a kid watching the Flipper TV series and thinking I would love to do that one day. I would pretend our couch was a boat and do a back roll onto the carpet then pretend I was scuba diving along with Sandy, Rick and of course Flipper.
It was not until 1997 at the age of 18 that I finally had the opportunity to get my PADI Open Water certification while attending Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. Attending school that close to the ocean and so many great dive spots gave me tons of opportunities to hone my skills and explore the underwater world. I would get a dive in before class and grab a lobster or too for lunch or go explore a new wreck site after class. Once I graduated I stayed in Rhode Island for a few more years working and enjoying diving.
In 2007, I left Rhode Island and headed to PA for work and have been here since! In 2008 I decided I wanted to share my love of diving with others. I enrolled into a PADI Dive Master Class, where I was able to assist the instructors as well as introduce new divers to their first breath under water during Discover Scuba Diving sessions. In the meantime, I also continued to expand my personal diving education through both recreational and technical diving adding numerous certifications to my repertoire.
Though I wanted more. I wanted to be the person that worked hand in hand with new divers and not only introduce them into diving. I wanted to teach them everything I had had learned over the years and what I continue to learn. I wanted to shape them into safe and responsible divers that enjoyed diving as much as me. That is when I decided to become a PADI Scuba instructor and share my passion for diving with others
I hope to see you in my next class!