My NAUI Bio
I have been a NAUI Scuba Instructor since June 2010, which has been the best investment in a career I have made thus far. I took my first Scuba Diver course at the age of 18 in none other than Tempe, Arizona, my hometown, in order to prepare for a study abroad program in the Turks and Caicos, researching Marine Park Management/Marine Ecology during college. Since that first class, I have been completely obsessed with submersion and began a lifetime of underwater exploration. Diving is the most unique form of recreation and in a single dive you will encounter more species than you have in your lifetime... all at your doorstep.
I currently work as the Marine Restoration Coordinator for a local nonprofit, Orange County Coastkeeper, and am involved in the design and implementation of multiple habitat restoration projects throughout Orange County. In addition, I am a certified AAUS (American Academy of Underwater Sciences) scientific diver, which allows me to offer additional experience to divers in the field of marine ecology and awareness of local, regional, and international marine environmental issues. I encourage all of my students and divers to dive with a purpose and help carry out local marine restoration and monitoring work and participate in community events.
I have experience in many aspects of diving from basic swim and snorkel skills to underwater photography, hunting, and being the first to do something underwater.... the ocean is your blank sheet of paper! Whether you are interested in basic training, continuing education, or conquering the art of underwater martial arts, I can help you out. I am here to help you improve your dive skills and experience, organize dive travel to some of the best spots on Earth, or simply act as a local guide for the day, week, or whenever you need a buddy!
I look forward to diving with you!