What was the first dive you did and how did it influence you to start a career in the diving industry?
My first dive was a quarry in Colorado. It was cold fresh water with an old Willys jeep at 25′. You could not see anything, it was cold and not the best diving environment. But the excitement of not knowing what was ahead of you, and seeing that silhouette of an old vehicle was exciting. When I became a police officer and realized I could get paid to find vehicles in cold dark places, I was hooked.
What do you believe is the most important trait of a professional educator and why?
Listening to your student. Instructors take a lot of classes and hopefully have a wide range of experience. For some instructors that makes them the expert, and they know what they are doing. Having a skill but not being able to communicate is a detriment. This can get in the way of how the student learns, or what they are trying to accomplish. A professional educator will listen to their student, learn their strengths and weaknesses, and teach to the students’ skill and knowledge. Being able to take your experience and work with a student to enhance their knowledge makes for an excellent professional educator