Born in Lawton Oklahoma, Mike grew up on a cattle ranch. When I was 10 years old, his dad's work moved him to Richmond, Virginia. He was working in the construction field, when he was introduced to scuba by a good friend. In 1990, he became certified, and soon after took the Advanced class.
In 2003, Mike moved from the construction field and into the public safety field. He was hired on with a local fire department as a Firefighter/Paramedic, and after 4 years was accepted to the public safety dive team.
Mike became a NAUI Instructor in 2015, and thoroughly enjoys teaching others and helping them enjoy diving. Once he retires from the Fire Department, he plans to continue instructing and spend time with wonderful wife and family. . . hopefully somewhere further south.