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 the shipwreck Sweepstakes in Tobermory, Ontario. I got hooked. The Great Lakes offer some of the best (actually, the best) shipwreck diving in the world. Born and raised in Michigan—the Great Lakes are my playground. I was able to go out almost every weekend in the summer and dive the wrecks of Lake Huron. It was only natural that I would progress through the ranks and then want to share my experiences with others.
What do you believe is the most important trait of a professional educator and why?
Communication. An instructor needs a good attitude, mastery of in-water skills, public speaking ability, organization and patience. But the ability to communicate with students is paramount—through email, phone calls and face-to-face. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your students. A simple phone call telling them where to meet you the morning of the dive can make all the difference in the world.