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About You and Avadon Divers...
My job function in the company:
Operations Manager, Director & PADI Master Instructor
Years in business:
About Avadon Divers:
Avadon Divers is an award-winning PADI Dive Center created to give families and individuals vacation experiences packed with adventure here in Placencia, Belize. As Trip Advisor’s # 1 Attraction in Placencia, our Dive Center provides a 5-Star quality service in scuba diving, scuba instruction and certification, snorkeling, fishing, sailing and land adventure packages. Our PADI professional dive team ensures your safety, and fills your experiences with fun and adventure.
Our priority is to ensure the safety of the whole family first, while filling your experiences with non-stop fun and unforgettable adventures, both underwater and in our rainforests.
About You, "The Professional"...
How I was introduced to the professional diving industry:
It starting with growing up by the sea and watching Jacques Cousteau on TV. Diving and certification came much later in 1994. In that same year, an old friend and dive operator asked if I wanted a career in diving, and to train as a dive instructor. It was a question I'd been waiting to hear. Needless to say, I accepted.
What I like best about my job:
Sharing the underwater world with new divers and watching them appreciate it with the same sense of wonder I do everyday.
Words of wisdom for those starting their career in the diving industry:
You have to love diving and love sharing it with people. Understand that you have a responsibility to the underwater environment, and you need to share that with your divers.
Best way to keep a competitive edge:
Continuing education, reading, talking to other divers. Keep abreast of all the new cutting edge technologies.
Biggest change I have seen in the professional diving industry since I started:
Attention to safety detail, and marine environmental awareness as our oceans and marine species become more threatened through climate change and over fishing pressures.
Peter Hughes my friend, fellow diver and former boss. When I grow up, I want to be like Peter :)
About You, "The Person"...
Something you'd find on my bucket list:
Dive Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia.
What I am most proud of:
Working to start up Avadon Divers, and seeing its achievements, and accolades the company has received for such a short time in business.
How I like to spend my free time:
A day at the cayes, on the beach, after a dive or two on the reef.
Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
Something people would be surprised to learn about me:
I got a BFA at NYU's Film School.