What was the first dive you did and how did it influence you to start a career in the diving industry?
I was inspired to be a dive professional after the adventures with the Scuba Club at Virginia tech while a student at the university. It was primarily the trips to the Florida Springs for training and Florida Keys for spring/fall break that showed a guy who grew up in the mountains a whole other world. Then with the assistance of some great mentors my career path was destined for paychecks in paradise!
What do you believe is the most important trait of a professional educator and why?
Patience enables a professional educator to be professional, confident, and focused on not only safety but primarily on the process of learning. Without patience, a good experience is basically just good luck.