People look at me like I am from outer space when I tell them that I have a scuba diving instruction and travel business in Memphis. They seem to think I must have a little water on the brain to pick such a landlocked area for a business that revolves around water, although a fabulous International Airport does seem to help the travel options!
As the least likely student to even complete my Memphis State Scuba class, the idea of becoming self employed as a scuba instructor was the furthest thing from my mind as I completed my degree in International Business. I had it all planned out (or so I thought), I would work for a big multinational corporation, have a fine selection of dress for success suits, and travel the world over making my mark. And I became a travel agent by default when I realized that we have to go SOMEWHERE else for our adventures.
Curiously enough, the universe has a fine sense of humor! I have what I call a multi-dollar company, own a fine selection of swimsuits, and wetsuits, many sets of fine luggage and I get to travel the world over with a fine group of travelers in tow. This is not exactly what I planned, but it is ten times better than what I would have ever visualized for myself. My advice for true happiness is to do what you love, and love what you do!
I began my diving adventure with Easy Divers in 2008 with a little encouragement from a friend. Although I was not a ‘natural’ at first, I loved it! With practice, Continuing Education, and lots of time spent underwater, I am happy to say that I joined the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) as an Open Water Instructor in August 2014. I love teaching every level of class from Discover Scuba all the way up to Divemaster. I love diving anywhere and everywhere I can blow bubbles, including our local lakes and quarries and of course, the ocean. As the newest instructor, I look forward to sharing my love of diving with many new people. It is especially gratifying to watch people meet their goal, achieve their skills, and come to love the sport of scuba diving. For me, this is an exciting fun-filled way to meet new people and hang out with friends who love to dive and socialize. I love teaching at Easy Divers and being a professional member of PADI, and truly believe scuba diving can transform lives! My primary job as a firefighter allows me to help people in emergencies, and now I can help people play and enjoy the magic of the underwater world as well. Sounds like a good balance to me.
Even as a young child, I have been captivated and enthralled with the splendor of the ocean. My fondest memories growing up were spending time in Florida gazing off into the horizon of the Gulf of Mexico wondering what lies beneath this stunning, yet mysterious body of water. I never imagined that one day I’d be leading groups below the surface and interacting with creatures that I once feared, but now love and respect.
I began my diving journey touring around the Caribbean with my wife, Julia, and became fascinated with Black-Tip Reef Sharks! My fascination led to an addiction that could not be cured; not only did I love diving, but I found that I enjoyed sharing my passion with other people. This convinced me to enroll in the PADI Divemaster course; this course inspired me to develop leadership qualities and a deeper passion which translated over naturally into an Instructor role.
In June of 2015, I successfully passed my Instructor Examination and have enjoyed working side by side with the other Easy Divers’ instructors, divemasters, and staff. The staff here not only exceeds the standards of excellence that PADI trains its professionals to exhibit, but we also embody the love and unity that our surrounding community desires. We would love for you to join us; our philosophy is EASY—Live, Love, Dive!
This is so cool! I say this at some point on every dive, I am not kidding.
I said it during my first Open Water Discover Diving experience in Grand Cayman. I said it over and over during a night dive in Cozumel as I watched octopi hunt on the coral head, while the bioluminescence sparkled with each fin kick and wave of my hand. I have said it in lakes and rock quarries with limited visibility when I realized that I was breathing UNDERWATER!
Divers, Especially Easy Divers, are generally a great bunch of fun people. The excitement levels are off the charts as returning divers share that they just saw “the biggest or smallest (fill in the blank)”. I love the camaraderie and the spirited stories told during surface intervals and after the diving is done for the day.
I have been an Easy Diver since 1996 and have been a Staff Divemaster for ten years. I have many wonderful friends who I met through diving. I have been lucky enough to travel on dive trips and have had incredible experiences both above and underwater. I think I am committed to this hobby and lifestyle–This is so cool!!
Pat made his plan and has been following it and now is our latest PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
I grew up outside of Savannah on Tybee Island, Ga. I always had the ‘bug’ to be in, around, or under water. It wasn’t until my kids were almost raised that I was able to move towards my goal of becoming a certified diver. I always had the passion, just not the resources. Saralynn certified me in February of 2010, in Vortex Springs, Florida and I have been an Easy Diver ever since! All my training has been with Easy Divers: Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, and Enriched Air, Nitrox.
As a PADI Instructor, I can continue to share my passion and my knowledge, and give others the ‘bug’ for diving. Every time I dive, I see and learn something new. See the guy with the flooded mask? That would be me, happens every dive when that ear to ear smile hits my face.