TECHNICAL & REBREATHER INSTRUCTOR
Scott started diving in 2010 and fell in love with the sport. He became a PADI instructor at the end of 2010 and crossed over to SDI/TDI in 2011 as a technical dive instructor. He is qualified to teach all the way to Advanced Trimix with both agencies. He splits his time between Arizona and Key Largo teaching.
PADI COURSE DIRECTOR
I was first certified as a Scuba Diver in September 1973 while I was in the United States Navy, stationed in San Diego, California. In June of 1992, I moved into the professional levels of the PADI diver certifications when I was certified as a PADI Divemaster & then PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. Since 2004 I have Held the PADI instructor rating of Course Director & In 2012 PADI awarded Silver level Course Director to me in recognition of my productivity in Instructor Development. Southern California coast is one of my favorite places to dive because of the beauty of the Kelp forest.
I enjoy teaching all levels of PADI programs from entry level Discover Scuba Diving, through Instructor level continuing education. Its great to see divers develop their skills as they move through the courses.
I was born and raised right here in Arizona. I joined the Army Reserve while still in high school and served 8 years before getting out. If I had known then what I know now I would have joined the Navy to be a Navy Diver. I had always wanted to try SCUBA diving, but for some reason never did. I finally fell into it when I was referred to a shop to buy a SCUBA tank so I could fill paintball tanks out in the field. Once I walked in the door it was over. I saw all of the gear and thought, “Oh this is so me!” I booked a Discover SCUBA experience and got my first taste of what it was like to remain underwater for an extended period of time. I was hooked.
Shortly after in February of 2006 my wife and I decided to take the plunge and get fully certified. Together we completed Open Water, Advance Open Water, and Nitrox classes. For our first wedding anniversary in April 2006 we booked the trip to do our checkout dives to complete the Open Water and Advanced Open Water certifications. It was great finding something we both absolutely love and that we can do together as a couple. From 2006 to 2011 I logged roughly 30 destination dives. Not as many as I would have liked, but working on two graduate degrees tends to consume a large amount of time. I decided to go pro in Summer 2011 and that is when the dives started to rack up. I completed my EFR, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Tec 40 and 45, and Master Scuba Diver among other PADI specialties. So, when I’m not working, in school, or with family I spend my free time enjoying the sport I love and helping others get involved with experiencing the underwater world!!
I am the scuba baby of the bunch. I never thought becoming a diver was a possibility for me, so the thought didn’t cross my mind until a friend had me try a Discover Scuba. I was instantly in love with being under water. I became Open Water certified in 2014. The desire to increase my knowledge and to be more comfortable while diving lead me to complete the Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver course, as well as many other PADI specialty courses. Continuing in my education and love for diving, I am now pursuing my first professional level and becoming a Dive Master.
During dives, I’ve had the chance to see ship wrecks, sea turtles, sharks, eels, dolphins, and giant manta rays, plus a huge array of colorful fish. It simply leaves me in awe and I can’t wait for the next dive. The opportunity to dive and explore the underwater world has become such an amazing part of my life that I can’t imagine not diving.