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 in 1975, in the Persian Gulf around an oil rig, I loved every second of it. I had a break for 10 years and then got into it, became an instructor and the story goes on. Owning a dive shop lets me dive, teach and travel so it is great. I have been teaching for over 25 years and still love it.
What do you believe is the most important trait of a professional educator and why?
You must show your student that to succeed you need to show all, don’t hide behind the “I am your instructor” cloak, show them that you are there to help them move forward. Gain their respect by not telling them, showing them. Get them to engage in the training you are giving them. Then you have their trust and it is all good from that point.