Key diving courses
Key diving courses
Open Water Diver
Advanced Open Water Diver
Dry Suit Diver
First certified in 1994
I was first certified as an Open Water Diver in 1994 in Huntsville Alabama while I was stationed at Redstone Arsenal in the US Army. I started diving in Alabama quarries, Florida springs, and the Florida Gulf Coast. I made many moves over the years and had the opportunity to dive in many different parts of the world. I got the opportunity to do a lot of diving and completed Advanced Open Water in the warm, clear waters in The Philippines where I was also introduced to technical diving.
Another military move had me back in Florida at Eglin Air Force Base where I took full advantage of all the boat and shore ocean diving available and also drove north to the Florida springs and caves. That is also where I earned TDI Nitrox certification. Nitrox was still new back then and PADI did not offer Nitrox training as it was still considered far too dangerous for recreational divers.
I continued to dive often in warm water until I moved to Maryland. That is where I used a dry suit for the first time while taking my Rescue Diver certification. It was also the first time I dove in a lake that had ice floating on the water. To this day, Rescue is the toughest class I ever took and probably the one where I learned the most.
Classes I teach
In addition to First Aid and CPR/AED up to professional level, I am authorized to teach pediatric first aid for Pennsylvania daycare providers and issue continuing education credit for the Keystone STARS program.
I offer the following PADI training programs and certifications:
- Skin Diver
- Discover Local Diving
- SCUBA Diver / Open Water Diver
- Adventure Diver / Advanced Open Water Diver
- Rescue Diver
- Master SCUBA Diver*
* Master SCUBA Diver is not a course in itself but is a certification that recognizes Rescue Divers who have logged at least 50 dives and have certifications in at least 5 different specialties. I can design a custom Master SCUBA Diver course that will take you from your current level to the Master SCUBA Diver certification. Master SCUBA Diver differs from Divemaster in that MSD is a recreational certification and Divemaster is a professional level certification that focuses on leading certified divers and assisting instructors with training new divers. It is actually possible to be certified as a Divemaster or even Instructor and not meet the requirements to be certified as a Master SCUBA Diver. It is an elite certification held by less than 2% of divers.
- AWARE Coral Reef Conservation
- Digital Underwater Photography (This will soon be changed to Underwater Digital Imaging but I am already teaching the new materials)
- Night Diver
- Peak Performance Buoyancy
- Project Aware
- Underwater Naturalist
- Underwater Navigator
- Wreck Diver
- Search & Recovery
- Deep Diver
- Dry Suit Diver
- Enriched Air Diver
- Equipment Specialist
Where I work
PA SCUBA Supply is located in Houtzdale, PA and offers Equipment sales & service in addition to instruction for beginners through Divemaster. Rental equipment is available for students.
Low price guarantee with price match for even online stores.