- 42 years as a commercial / hard hat dive Instructor
- 6 years as a Naval Diver (Experimental Diving unit and Explosives)
- 6 years hands on experience as an U/W commercial harvester
- 10 years hands on experience as an underwater salvage and construction diver
- Specializing in the Instruction of Commercial Harvesters in the Pacific NW since the early 1990’s
Don started diving for a public safety dive team in 1990. During this time he was trained in surface supplied diving, helicopter deployment, black water recoveries and dive fatality investigations. He became a dive instructor in 1999 and moved up through the ranks of recreational, Technical and Public Safety dive instruction. He is currently an instructor trainer evaluator.
Don takes his training as a public safety diver and investigator and applies it to his curriculum. While teaching the SCUBA portion of the course he is able to apply basic dive safety principals, with examples of real life and death situations. Hoping the harvester takes diving seriously without taking safety short cuts.
During the surface supplied training Don ensures the students use checksheets and understand why they check a specific piece of equipment. Telling a student to do something, without an explanation, breeds non-compliance. The main purpose of our program is to teach students how to remain safe while using the extensive amount of equipment. Drills are put in place to test that knowledge in a controlled environment.
We want all our students to leave the training with extensive knowledge of SAFE DIVE practices.