Robert earned his BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University in 1984 and has been a Revenue Agent for the US Department of the Treasury for over 30 years. Robert found his true calling in life in 1999 when he earned his Open Water diver certification on a Blackbeard liveaboard in the Bahamas after completing coursework and confined water dives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Robert began his career as a PADI Pro upon achieving his Divemaster rating in 2005. He became an Open Water Scuba Instructor in 2009 and subsequently earned his Master Scuba Diver Trainer, IDC Staff Instructor and Master Instructor ratings. Robert is also an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer. During his career as a PADI Instructor, Robert has certified over 200 brand new Open Water divers and has issued over 300 dive and dive-related specialty certifications. Robert earned PADI Elite Instructor status in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Among Robert’s favorite dive destinations are the Philippines, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Thailand, Sipidan, Hawaii and the Mergui Archipelago of Burma. Closer to home are Belize, Costa Rica, Guanaja, Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, Bonaire and Puerto Rico’s Mona Island. Robert leads an annual trip to Roatan, his current favorite Caribbean destination.
Robert’s love for reading, culture, travel and teaching makes him very resourceful as an instructor in the sense that he not only gives good advice and recommendations to students on where and when to go diving, but also provides information (often firsthand) on what to expect both in the underwater world and on shore.
To Robert, any day under water is a good one and his passion is introducing others to the world of scuba diving.
All Other Certifications
PADI OW Diver
PADI Advanced Open Water
PADI Rescue Diver
EFR Instructor Trainer
DAN O2 Provider
DAN O2 Provider Instructor
DAN Nero Assessment Instructor
DAN Hazardous Marine Life Instructor
PSAI Cavern Diver
TDI Advanced Nitrox Diver
TDI Decompression Diver