Kirk ( Course Directors Team )

  • Training Manager

    PADI Platinum Course Director - Scuba Diving since 2000

    • Sidemount Diver Instructor

    • Full FaceMask Instructor

    The Florida Keys are a long way from the sand of West Texas.� I have been instructing for a large portion of my adult life. I have been a swimming coach, firearms instructor, Gracie Combatives for Law Enforcement, USPA skydiving coach, performance driving, Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer, SPIN Instructor, Certified Public Manager and have a host of other ratings and certifications.� Most of my life has been in service of others. I have extensive professional training in all facets of management and leadership as well as emergency management. The study of human motivation has been a professional and personal endeavor for many years. I have also studied organizational development while in my police career.

    I have been diving professionally since 2014 and in less than four years and many thousands of dollars, I am now a PADI Course Director and the Training Manager here at Rainbow Reef.� As a PADI Course Director, I generally teach all levels of our courses, but focus deeply on our Dive Master programs, the IDC programs and all pro level training; however, I am also the Training Development Coordinator for the Ocean Reef International Training Center in North America. I can teach most every specialty, but I'm still learning new things every chance I get. I stay busy, but still make time to enjoy time away from work.

    I enjoy kayaking and paddle boarding with my wife, but sitting on the couch beside her and watching a movie is nice too. Living is the purpose of life. I see a lot of people forgetting that... don't do that.

    • Favorite Dive Site:

      Spiegel Grove

    • Favorite Specialty Class:

      Ocean Reef IDM

    • Favorite Fish:

      Atlantic Spade Fish

    • Favorite Restaurant:

      Fisheries @ Key Largo

    • Favorite Movie:

      Star Wars (duh)

    PADI Specialty Instructor Certifications:

    • Wreck Diver

    • Deep Diver

    • Enriched Air/Nitrox Diver

    • Boat Diver

    • Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver

    • Night Diver

    • Search & Recovery Diver

    • Self Reliant Diver

    • Sidemount Diver

    • Public Safety Diver

    • Gas Blender

    • Altitude Diver

    • Underwater Naturalist

    • Underwater Navigator

    • Digital Photo/Video

    • Project Aware

    • Coral Reef Conservation

    • Invasive Lionfish Tracker

    • Dive Against Debris

    • Fish Identification

    • Shark Conservation

    • Whale Shark Awareness

    • TecRec TriMix Blender

    • PADI Emergency 02 Provider

    • EFR Primary/Secondary Care

    • EFR Care for Children

    • Ocean Reef Full FaceMask (IDM)

    • Ocean Reef FFM w/Coms

    • PADI Full FaceMask

    • Spiegel Grove Diver

My Dive Gear:

  • Regulators:

    Aqua Lung Legend LX

    Legend LX image - medium If the only two things you are concerned about is safety and comfort, look no further. This third generation Legend regulator has the same great breathability as its predecessors but with a new feature. The MBS is the new easy way to adjust the breathing ...

  • BCD:

    Aqua Lung Dimension i3

    Dimension i3 image - medium The Dimension i3 is a back inflation BCD with an integrated i3 inflation/deflation system. The integrated Wrapture(tm) harness system allows you to stand up straight with comfort and control. Loaded with features, with high quality materials ...

  • Dive Computers:

    Suunto D9tx Wrist Top Dive Computer

    D9tx Wrist Top Dive Computer image - medium Want to make a statement about the diver you are? Featuring a titanium frame, the durability is unmatched. The bracelet can even be equipped with titanium! It also comes with the sapphire glass face that is almost indestructible. Gas switching between 8 g...

  • Mask:

    Atomic SubFrame

    SubFrame image - medium The Atomic Aquatics SubFrame Mask is so durable, it carries a Lifetime warranty against frame breakage. The strength comes from the internal frame (subframe) molded directly beneath the surface of the silicone rubber skirt (patent pending). This subframe ...

  • Fins:

    Aqua Lung Express ADJ

    Express ADJ image - medium The Express ADJ fin rep- represents the latest in technology and material innovation. Comfort, power and efficiency are the hallmarks of this propulsion machine. Strap a pair on and see for yourself. ...

  • Snorkel:

    Atomic SV-2 Snorkel

    SV-2 Snorkel image - medium The SV2 includes a Scupper Valve lower section with a sleek semi-dry top. The SV2 semi-dry top employs horizontal vents engineered to diffuse splashed water that would normally freely enter the snorkel top. The small gaps between the vanes of the vent res...

  • Octopus:

    Aqua Lung Legend Octo

    Legend Octo image - medium This balanced second stage is the perfect pairing for the Legend LX regulator. Its breathability is unmatched. In fact, it breathes easier than most primary regulators! Made with the same high quality parts and materials as the Legend LX, quality and dura...

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