I started diving in 1995 and quickly fell in love with the world underwater, and the wonders there that I immediately wanted to share with as many people as I could. And the best way to do that was by becoming a Dive Master and Instructor, which I did in 1997. I moved to New York in 2004 and, after working for a couple of dive shops and a sporting goods store in the city, I had the opportunity to start my own scuba training operation in 2013.
Since I started teaching scuba, I have always found students’ joy following a dive extremely rewarding. Diving for the first time is an experience that truly gives students a sense of awe and it shows on their faces. I realized that if I could make people happy through scuba diving, then that’s what I wanted to do.
This satisfaction extends to the role scuba plays in environmental stewardship. As a diver, I’m an advocate for ocean conservation with a degree in Marine Environmental Sciences from SUNY Maritime. My career at Rey Diving, therefore, allows me to spread awareness about protecting our oceans, and about the harm being caused to reefs around the world. With this knowledge, our students will not only experience the wonders of underwater exploration, they will be part of the solution when it comes to preserving these treasures for generations to come.