I was certified back in 1976 over here in Victoria, BC, Canada. I have been diving continuously since 1976, and in addition to putting more than 5000 hours underwater in a wide variety of situations, both sport diving and commercial. I have also dove in a variety of locations around the world.
I hit 100 dives in 1977, my first year of diving. I worked for the local aquarium for a few years, during which I also had the opportunity to dive with the captive juvenile Orca named Miracle on two occasions with UW camera equipment. I shifted to more commercial diving, for two years working as a Geoduck diver, and sea urchin harvesting, via hookah rig, up in Clayoquot Sound, Barkley Sound, and down in Victoria around the Gulf Islands.
I have been sport diving around the world at:
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Similan Islands, Thailand
Knights Islands, New Zealand
Koronati Islands, Croatia
Marshall Islands (spent a month on a 65′ sailboat there, scuba diving every day on various atolls)
Since I retired in 2014, I have done the following dives:
Blue Hole Belize
Boca Del Torres, Panama
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Australia Great Barrier Reef
Australia (shark cage)
Philippines Coron (WW2 Japanese wrecks) see video on Youtube – Deep Deep Inside the Wrecks of Coron
Philippines El Nido & Moalboal
The Red Sea, Egypt
Komodo Islands, Indonesia – See photo slideshow (mostly underwater)
In my diving experience I have been a primary, secondary, and witness to recovery of: a dead body (my last dive of my course, we found and recovered), a stolen vehicle, and a gun that was used as evidence as a weapon in a successful prosecution of murder.