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PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer #184038
Emergency First Responder Instructor #184038
SCUBA for KIDS Instructor

            I remember reviewing module 5 in the open water class and skipping thru one of the questions, because it seemed like PADI propaganda.  Now I am the poster child for that question.  You know the one, the answer is go places, meet people, and do things. 

            I say that because I have moved to the Florida Keys and each day enjoy discovering my new backyard.  Some mornings as we are heading to our first dive of the day it is not unusual to see dolphins jumping in our boat wake, or a turtle getting a breath of air.  That is even before we get in the water. 

            One dive that is my favorite is the City Of Washington.  It is great for photographers, junior divers, and anyone that love’s seeing a lot of fish.  Other than a wreck that is easy to navigate, we have a friendly goliath grouper about 5 ft long and 4 feet in diameter.  If you scratch under his chin he follows you around like a puppy.

            This is where we also do the critter feed on Fridays.  The critters are nurse sharks, a grouper, barracuda, and more recently a large moray.  If you are diving with us petting the nurse shark or the grouper are most divers favorite.

            Other dives we get to visit: Of course the Spiegel Grove, The Duane, the Bibb, the Benwood, Christ of the Abyss, the elbow, Caryfort reef, molasses, and anything in between.  I have come to expect the unusual on every dive and am rarely let down.

            Recently we have a large live aboard at our dock, and I am looking forward to working as crew on that.  The trips are 3-7 days long. It is the only live aboard diving the keys.  Depending on the number of days you can even dive the Dry Tortugas, and all the great dive sites in between. So do your research and help us plan what sites we do not want to miss.

            So if you are looking for warmer waters, good visibility and an underwater adventure join me in the keys and help me discover what that next exciting dive will be….

Specialty Instructor Designations 
CPR & AED Care for Children Instructor

Coral Reef Conservation Peak Buoyancy Dry Suit
Project Aware Enriched Air Deep Diver
Naturalist Navigation Search & Recovery
Diver Propulsion Vehicles Night Diver Wreck Diver
Fish Identification Digital Photography  

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