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Instructor, Scuba, Male, from Guam, USA
Looking forward to being back in paradise! Flying to the Philippines on Christmas Eve :) Nov 17, 2019
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- August 22
- Guam, USA
- Scuba Instructor
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- Dive History:
- I've dived, the Caribbean, Florida, California, Japan, Mexico, and Texas. I began traveling to the Philippines in 2007 and have logged more than 400 dives there over the years. In Micronesia, I've dived Guam (where I currently live) and Chuuk.
- Certification History:
- I got my Open Water in 1982. I earned Divemaster in 2009, became an instructor in 2017, and received my MSDT rating in 2018. I'm certified to teach EFR (of course) and 18 specialties (most of the warm-water ones) including Self-Reliant.
- Certification Level:
- PADI MSDT
- # of Logged Dives:
- 1,000 - 2,499
- Dive Classification:
- Instructor / Assistant Instructor / Dive Master / Dive Con
- Years Certified:
- Ten Or More Years
I became interested in diving watching Sea Hunt re-runs after school while I was in the 5th grade. I discovered "Silent World" by Jacques Cousteau in the local library and started reading everything I could on diving.
- Dive Equipment:
I've been diving BP & Wing for years and am currently using a Dive Rite Travel Wing and AL Backplate. I dive with a Dive Rite RG3500 Hurricane 1st Stage with (2) Hurricane 2nd Stages (primary on 7ft hose and backup on necklace). The rest of my gear is the usual eclectic mix.
My primary dive computer is a Shearwater Perdix AI which is hands down the best computer I've ever used!
Camera Equipment: Nikon D500/Ikelite Housing/DS125 & DS160 strobes. For lenses I use the Tokina Fisheye 10-17 mm, Tokina Macro 35 mm, Nikkor AF-S Micro 60mm and AF-S Micro 105 mm. My backup is a Canon G16/Fantasea Housing/Inon S2000 Lighting set.
After high school I joined the US Navy spending almost 10 years working as a photographer and photo-journalist. I earned my scuba certification while stationed in Florida. After leaving the Navy I went to college, then worked another 11 years in photography in a variety of positions, including lab technician, still photography, videography, high-speed motion picture, and photo lab management.
I returned to active duty with the Navy in late 2001, retiring in 2012. After a couple years of contracting I then spent a few years as a "professional dive bum" including almost 2 years traveling around the Philippines, a country I dived for the first time in 2007 (must be a reason I keep going back ).
I moved to Guam in 2018 where I'm attending school full time at the University of Guam working on my B.S. in Biology. I have a part-time business teaching scuba and guiding. When I'm not doing any of that I'm probably working on social media, my photography, diving (recreational), planning my next dive trip, or actually on a dive trip
I manage to stay busy
Just killing time during my surface interval
Nikon D500/Nikkor/60mm and 105mm/Tokina 10-17mm/Ikelite Housing/Ikelite DS125 & DS160
Bill Stewart's Underwater Adventures
Official Philippine Paradise Divers Facebook Group