Specialties & Levels
Learn a little more, be a lot better...
NEW... Open Water Cross-Over:
Already certified, but feel that something was missing, didn't learn enough, or you feel that your skills need improvement? Do you think you needed more class or pool time and now want a little more than just a refresher course? I'll take you through snorkeling and skin diving exercises, swimming styles, and self-rescue techniques. Additionally, we'll practice dive buddy rescues skills, emergency swimming ascents, buddy breathing, and air sharing. Don't remember how to do dive tables or weren't taught them? Let me teach you! How about pre-dive planning, buddy checks, ascent techniques, buddy communication, or post-dive debriefing? Don't know what your SAC rate is, know how to calculate it, or what to do with it? Do you remember what an emergency buoyant ascent is? If you answered "no" to any of these, then the "Open Water Diver Cross-Over" is for you!
Perfect Buoyancy: NOW CALLED... Underwater Ironing: As you could imagine, trying to iron underwater is difficult! But, with great buoyancy skills you can learn. It's an up-and-coming new sport. Google it... There are many different types of "extreme ironing," but I'm going to focus on doing it underwater. ...and yes, I provide the ironing board, the iron, and I'll take your picture doing it AND I will even issue you a certification card at no extra charge. Staying off the bottom and not kicking up the silt is a nice for the divers behind you, anyway. Reduce the chance of injuring the marine life, reduce the amount of ballast you have to carry, decrease air consumption, greater interaction with marine life, and have longer dives. Yep! Good buoyancy can help with all that.
Limited Visibility Diver: Techniques in high silt, particulate, or turbidity which can reduce the ability to see to zero. You could say that you'll be diving by feel. Low Vis is cool! New divers often swim by all the really cool small stuff. In very low visibility, you have to go slow and this forces you to look at what's in front of you!
Boat Diver: Safety, etiquette, entries, exits, and non-shore diving opportunities. I have relationships with several boat charters in the Pacific Northwest. We do boat diving all year long and with over a thousand miles of coastline in the Puget Sound, there are diving opportunities for everyone!
Computer Diver: Increase bottom time, monitor ascent rate, manage N2 and O2, record dive profile, and do more dives. Dive computer technology has come a long way! Computers can do everything now, and dive computers are so easy to use. Many of them have alarms to tell you if you go outside of your planned dive criteria and most will allow you to grow with them. Most computers today allow you to download your dive profile so you can see all the information about your dive on your home computer, laptop, tablet, and smart phone. My dive computer allows me to dive with up to eight different gasses and do decompression diving! Wanna learn...?
Search & Recovery: Discover lost treasures, lift bag and SMB deployment, line use, search patterns, location identification, and more. I find cool stuff all the time. Would you believe that I found a block of cement with two boot in it in Lake Mead! Really! I used recovery techniques to take move it to a spot that everyone could enjoy seeing it. Las Vegas has some interesting history... I didn't find anything inside the boots, if you were wondering.
Equipment Techniques: How does my regulators work? "Woops... I disassembled it and need help putting it back together." No worries, learn how it all works and be even more confident in your scuba diving equipment. I'll teach you how to clean, assemble, maintain all your gear. Keeping your equipment in perfect condition is important, after all, it's your life support. Even if you can't service it yourself, the mechanical process is very interesting. I love servicing scuba diving equipment.
Underwater Photography: Still life composition and equipment techniques. Lighting, perspective, and preparation. I spent many years as a concert photographer, back in the old days before digital technology. But, you know what, the most important parts of photography, that is -- "painting with light" are still true today. Let me show you all techniques that help to create great photographs in and out of the water. Underwater photography equipment is affordable for any budget. Let me show you what's out there!
Waves, Tides & Currents: Atmospheric and gravitational factors that can influence diving. Risks, procedures, and conditions. You wouldn't want to start your dive and then realize that the tide is taking you further out than you expected. Struggling against tides and and currents can be exhausting and futile. The ocean doesn't get tired, but you will. Starting your dive into the oncoming tide is one of the keys to this kind of diving. You'll learn a lot more and be able to apply these skills on your first dive. If you ever been white water rafting, imagine doing it under the water. That's drift diving. It is as close to flying that you'll ever get. I've done drift diving down the Colorado River below the Hoover Dam in Nevada. Spectacular and exhilarating!
Wreck Diving: Navigation to, on, and around sunken boats, ships, planes, vehicles, and debris. Risk of overhead environments, collapse, entanglement, and entrapment. Some of the best wreck diving is right here in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. All skill levels and sites are out there. Remember, your compass will probably not work around a large steel vessel, so understanding the wreck, how to navigate it, and how to get back to the mooring line is key! I've dove around the B29 in Lake Mead and I never realized how big it was! WOW...!!! You come up onto the tail first. It has to be 20 feet tall.
Line & Reel: Lines and reels or spools are carried with me on every dive. I am cave certified and would never enter a cave without knowing the way out. Similarly, getting to a site quickly by following laid line, having line that takes you back to your entry point, and line to help with ascents and descents are invaluable. Using line isn't straight forward, though. The risk of entanglement or fouling is a possibility. If you have other divers with you, what does the line mean to them? Learn all about line and reel work and you'll never do another dive without them.