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oya
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Birthday:
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Location:
Brooklyn, NY
Occupation:
Geek out about dive safety

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oya

Rebreather Pilot, Male, 44, from Brooklyn, NY

I am not a fish. I am a human being! Feb 15, 2016

oya was last seen:
Sep 20, 2019
    1. oya
      oya
      I am not a fish. I am a human being!
    2. oya
      oya
      Not diving. And not happy about it.
    3. oya
      oya
      I am not a dive shop. I am a human being.
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Oct 13, 1975 (Age: 44)
    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    Occupation:
    Geek out about dive safety
    Gender:
    Male
    Certification Agencies:
    PADI, NAUI, SDI, TDI, IANTD, NSS-CDS, NACD
    Dive History:
    I started by doing PADI's DSD program. Twice. Then I actually got certified, doing my checkout dives in Mexico. Started diving in a crappy Virginia rock quarry. "To keep my skills up," I thought. Then I started racking up dozens upon dozens of dives in that cold-ass water.

    Went on a liveaboard to Mona Island and racked up more than 100 dives within my first year of diving.

    Got Cavern certified in North Florida before moving back to my home of New Jersey which is where the fun really started. Started strapping on doubles and deco bottles and getting some quality bottom time in. Naturally, I had to go back down to Florida to go for Full Cave, as well.

    I moved to Hawaii as a dive instructor, having decided that working to fund a dive addiction is stupid, so I quit my day job and made diving my day job. Things are better that way.

    Then I moved home and currently work as an Aquarium Dive Safety Officer. I still like to teach when I can.

    Mostly, all I want to do is cave dive.
    Certification History:
    I have lots of cards.
    Certification Level:
    Instructor for NAUI, IANTD, SDI/TDI, DAN/ CCR CAVE / CCR Trimix
    # of Logged Dives:
    1,000 - 2,499
    Dive Classification:
    Scuba Industry Professional
    Years Certified:
    Ten Or More Years
    Dive Equipment:
    Too much.

    Oh, who am I kidding. There's never too much.
    Rebreather Type:
    Megalodon
    Rebreather Experience:
    • Kiss
    • Megalodon
    Diving Rebreathers Since:
    2008
    For a long time I didn't think about diving much. It was something that people did, out there, in the ether... or, I suppose, under the water. But it wasn't something I did or was to do.

    Then I tried diving. Then I tried it again. Then I got certified.

    There is a difference between people who are certified and divers and I reckon if you're on this messageboard, you're a diver.

    So am I.

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