Bill received his first scuba certification while earning a BBA at Texas State University in San Marcos. He has been teaching since 1984, and was awarded a position as a Faculty Professor for the university, where he spent three years certifying hundreds of divers.
Bill earned the esteemed professional certification of PADI MASTER INSTRUCTOR in 1998. He is an Emergency First Responder/AED Instructor, a TDI/SDI Instructor and an ITI Tank Inspector Instructor. He also held the ratings of Medic First Aid Instructor and NAUI Instructor Trainer.
Bill also holds Instructor certifications in:
- NITROX & TRIMIX Blender I
- Tank Visual Inspection
- Enriched Air NITROX Instructor
- Sidemount Instructor
- Underwater Hunter, Collector & Spearfishing Instructor
- Intro to Tech Instructor
- Diver Propulsion Instructor
- Dry Suit Instructor
- Search & Recovery Instructor
- Underwater Navigator instructor
- Boat & Drift Diving Instructor
- Wreck Diving Instructor
- Deep Diving Instructor
- Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor
- Night Diving Instructor
- Equipment Specialist Instructor
Bill has commercial diving experience, holds certifications as an Advanced Cave Diver, Advanced Technical Trimix Diver and as a Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver. His is a Master Equipment Technician with experience and certifications for servicing virtually all makes of scuba gear including Full Face Masks, Spearfishing gear and Compressor systems.
Some of Bill’s favorite dive experiences were being invited to dive the protected historic treasure ship wreck site of the Senora de Atocha off the Dry Tortugas in the Florida Keys, and being part of one of the first exploration divers on the USS Largto submarine wreck. WWII US submarine was lost in the Gulf of Thailand until 2013.
Some of his favorite dive destinations are Palau, Cozumel, the Gulf of Mexico, Truk Lagoon & anywhere no one has been before. Bill really enjoys teaching scuba, and leading divers on the greatest adventures of their lives. Having logged over 7000 dives around the world, he remains a student of the water and continues to learn.
He became a travel aficionado because he loves to meet people, have fun, and encounter the wonders of the underwater world. He says everyone’s nicer underwater, and it gives him an excuse to travel the globe! His goal is to turn people on to the greatest sport on earth, and to find more really cool stuff underwater!!
Bill worked in litigation support services for over eighteen years, and is now very happy to be out of the suit and tie where he is CEO of Gigglin’ Marlin Diver & Swim. He is an active member of New Hope Church in Pearland, married to a super hot retired Delta flight attendant, has two over-achieving children (who are incredible divers) and the coolest saltwater fish aquarium in the world!