Training Tomorrow’s Divers

Children typically excel in the practical portions of a scuba diving course. However, they do have some challenges that must be dealt with in order to help them reach their full potential as divers. As a Merit Badge Counselor with the Boy Scouts of America, I taught scuba to many […]



TRY Diving Course of the Month Fortunately for those of us who love diving, scuba diving injuries are rare… however, because of the nature of the environment that we are in when diving, they can be very serious.  Oxygen first aid is the first response for scuba diving injuries and […]

Hatley Fire

17-08-2016 Today, I received a very complementary letter from an individual who used to bring a team of responders to me for annual training. Over the years, these guys became much more to me than customers, they were friends. I watched them grow as a team, working with very little […]

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Rescue Training

How being prepared and practiced can save lives. As a PADI Course Director and DAN Instructor Trainer, I spend a lot of time working with instructor candidates to really flush out rescue skills.  Before this, I was the head instructor for a busy dive center in Florida. In that role, it […]


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Ask an Instructor

As a course director, I get the honor of being one of the people that many in the industry turn to when they have questions about diving that no one else seems to know the answer to.  Usually, these questions are so obscure, unlikely or outlandish that they do not […]

Choosing Scuba Instructors

How do I choose the right Scuba Instructor?   Scuba instruction tends to thrive in economies such as the one we are experiencing today. When jobs are difficult to come by, people rely on skills that allow them to trade their knowledge for extra income. This means that the consumer […]


Ground Zero, New York City, N.Y. (Sept. 17, 2001) -- An aerial view shows only a small portion of the crime scene where the World Trade Center collapsed following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.  Surrounding buildings were heavily damaged by the debris and massive force of the falling twin towers.  Clean-up efforts are expected to continue for months.  U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Eric J. Tilford.  (RELEASED)

I fear for my son’s world

A need to be trained (I want to preface this by saying that I want to rant, and scream… recent events terrify me, and I have a hard time seeing a bright future for the world anymore.  We are not supposed to worry about this! I am not supposed to be […]

Testing your Gas for Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Where is CO found? CO is found in fumes produced any time you burn fuel in cars or trucks, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, or furnaces. CO can build up indoors and poison people and animals who breathe it. What are the symptoms of CO Poisoning? According […]


Sun Safety

As a diver, we expose ourselves to many hazards, and most of those are clearly explained by dive operators and scuba instructors. However, one hazard that is often overlooked is sun exposure.  The most immediate danger of too much sun exposure is sunburn.  With repeated sun damage, skin begins to […]