I grew up about twenty miles from Lake Michigan in Illinois and was always near water. In high school I went to The Lake every weekend, it was the place to go.
Later I started cruising all over the Caribbean with my wife and snorkeled everywhere. Well we went to Hawaii and I fell in love with the coral you could see from snorkeling, and made my mind up that as soon as I got back to Dallas I would learn how to scuba. The day after I got back, I went to the local dive shop and signed up, and got certified. Being the type A I am I went on a trip to the flower gardens and got my advanced. It wasn’t long after that I was hauling people out of the water and got my rescue.
At that point I said may as well be a dive master and completed that course. I found out that you needed to be an AI to be a complete assistant. Moved on and became an instructor.
Outside of diving, which is my passion, I run distance races including the Boston Marathon.