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  Snorkeler to Scuba Instructor
While working in Jacksonville I drove over to Crystal River one weekend to take a manatee tour. The trips were full so I setted for snorkeling down the Rainbow River with a group of scuba divers. Although the experience was good, it was obvious that the people in scuba gear were enjoying this much more. They didn't need to surface repeatedly to get more air. manatees

On my return trip across northern Florida I repeatedly saw signs in every town offering scuba lessons. The next weekend I was enrolled in a beginner's scuba course. By the end of summer I had advanced to Master Diver, the highest non-professional certification offered to recreational divers.

After moving back to California In 1996, I began the steps toward becoming a Divemaster. The studies and skills were completed over the next nine months. The necessary experience came next during a four month working vacation in Cozemel, Mexico while working for a dive boat operation.

In 1999 I attended and passed the IDC Exams for PADI Open Water Instructor (#160635). Two years later I was licensed as a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.

Additional Instructor Credentials

•     Peak Performance Buoyancy •     Coral Reef Conservation Specialty
•     Project Aware •     Boat Diver Specialty
•     Deep Diver Specialty •     Fish Identification Specialty
•     Drift Diver Specialty •     Underwater Photographer Specialty
•     Multilevel Diver Specialty •     Underwater Naturalist Specialty
•     Night Diver Specialty •     Underwater Navigator Specialty
•     Wreck Diver Specialty •     Enriched Air Diver Specialty (NITROX)

Special Instructor Credentials

•     Medic First Aid Instructor •     EFRI (Emergency First Response Instructor)

Distinctive Instructor Specialties

•     O2 First Aid

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