Smokey ( Instructors Team )

  • Instructor

    PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor - Scuba Diving since 1994

    I became interested in scuba diving at a young age of 15.  I was a lifeguard and watched my lifeguard mentor using scuba while cleaning the hot springs' pool and I was intrigued.  Upon exiting the military I found myself in Virginia and found myself a PADI instuctor!  I got Open Water certified in 1994 and Advanced Open Water in 1995.  For the next 20 years I dove on vacation only while "life" was happening.  In 2015 I finally got motivated again to further my dive interests and took my Rescue Diver course in Boise, Idaho.  A few years later I found myself in a job I didn't much like anymore, got tired of winter for 8 months a year, and the final motivator was a motorcycle crash I was involved in with my wife that almost ended it all.  Then to top that off , as a result of the crash and the following CT scan, my wife was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  As we recovered from our injuries and brain surgery we realized life is just too short to be in a place we didn't love and working where we regretted it.  We put our house up for sale as soon as we recovered and I came to Rainbow Reef Dive Center to take Divemaster, Instructor Development, take the Instructor Exam, and also take Master Scuba Diver Trainer!  We now live in Key Largo and are living the dream! Where there is a will there is a way! Make your dream come true today!

    • Favorite Dive Site:

      Eagle Ray Alley

    • Favorite Specialty Class:

      Drift diver

    • Favorite Fish:

      Hammerhead shark/Trunkfish

    • Favorite Restaurant:

      Hobo's

    • Favorite Movie:

      Deadpool

    PADI Specialty Instructor Certifications:

    • Wreck Diver

    • Deep Diver

    • Enriched Air/Nitrox Diver

    • Night Diver

    • Drift Diver

    • Fish Identification

    • PADI Emergency 02 Provider

    • EFR Primary/Secondary Care

    • EFR Care for Children

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 Axiom i3

    Axiom i3 image - medium A feature-rich, ADV style, wrap-around jacket that incorporates the innovative i3 inflation / deflation system (patented). The integrated WraptureTM harness system (pat. pend.) allows you to stand up straight in total comfort while the cylinder remains pe...

  • Dive Computers:

    Suunto Vyper Air Wrist Top Dive Computer

    Vyper Air Wrist Top Dive Computer image - medium The Vyper Air can become a wireless (hoseless) dive computer with an optional transmitter. Air, Nitrox, and Gauge mode accommodates any type of diving situation. With a graphical logbook display, seeing your dive profile 'on-screen' is a great way to reco...

  • Mask:

    Atomic Frameless

    Frameless image - medium The success of this product derives from meticulous computer design and numerous optical tests. The central position of the eyes and the optimally angled window provides the widest possible viewing angle in every direction. Quick-adjusting ergonomic buckl...

  • Fins:

    Atomic Split Fins

    Split Fins image - medium All it took was watching the tail fins of fish - except that we couldn't keep up with them because our traditional fins took too much effort. Using hard kicking paddle fins can result in leg strain, fatigue and cramping. Because of the kick resistance of ...

  • 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...

Rainbow Reef Dive Center Barracuda