18 years ago Curtis took a lifeguard training course, and during the course the lifeguard instructor spoke passionately about recently completing his open water certification. The instructor encouraged his students to try it, and because Curtis knew he loved the water, he decided to give it a go – at least, until he found out the cost.
While initially disheartened, Curtis discovered another way: by accepting a job as a snorkel guide after completing his lifeguard training, Curtis found himself working at a dive shop, where he made a point of spending time around dive instructors whenever they were teaching.
After a month on the job his opportunity presented itself and he was able to try diving for the first time, a dive he still remembers vividly 16 years later.
“It was the most amazing feeling to be under water and breathing. Nothing mattered at this point. As soon as I came out of the water, I went to the manager and ask to do the certification and become a dive master. Six months later I was a dive master.”
DSD Curtis, recalling his first dive
The life of a professional diver has led Curtis to take strategic opportunities, always building on his skills as he explores his passion. He has worked as a dive instructor while also doing dive equipment repair, captaining boats, and supervising and managing shops.
Visitors can look forward to having fun when DSD Curtis takes them out. While he is a strong believer of safety and checking divers frequently while underwater is routine, he always makes sure to find the most amazing aquatic life to point out, keeping dives exiting.
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