I am originally from Salt Lake City, Utah.
(the states for our international friends)
My Mother was a scuba instructor and my dad thought she was a complete babe, so he signed up for her scuba class and lucky for me they became dive buddies ;) the rest is history.
I had a normal upbringing, my dad was in the business of installing pools so I was destined to be a water baby.
MY FIRST SCUBA DIVE:
at the age of 14 my mom got sick and was forced to miss their annual dive trip, lucky for me I got to go to a little town called Keno Bay in Mexico down the California baja, this was my first real encounter with the ocean, and was also my first time to try scuba diving, my dads old school instructor friend had modified a fire extinguisher with straps and a regulator, they put it on my back, tied a rope to my leg and drug me to the bottom kicking and screaming, within seconds I was face to face with a sea lion, I was as terrified as I was excited as I think all new divers are.
Our family has a long history with Hawaii, when I was a teenager I moved to the north shore of Oahu where I went to High School and lived with my older sister and grandmother, who also in her youth lived on Oahu and there she met my grandpa. This is where I got certified at the age of 17, I was hooked, I quickly joined my sisters college scuba club and was diving every single weekend.
After High School I moved back to Salt Lake City where I went to College for business, and soon after college opened up a bar and grill which I owned and ran for 8 years. I loved what I did, and was good at it, but something missing, something big....I knew that big something was the ocean, so after 8 years at the age of 30 I sold the business, sold my house, sold everything I owned, started taking scuba seriously as a career, went through my Instructor training and moved to Maui, Hawaii with 2 bags, no housing lined up, no job lined up and slept on the beach by the airport that night, with the thin airline blanket, my bags as pillows and a crab nipping at my feet. I remember clearly thinking.....YOUR CRAZY, you had it all, you gave up everything for THIS!
And it was the best decision I've ever made, and I've never looked back.
I got a job at dive shop the next day
Fast forward a year and half and a beautiful new girl named Jordan started at my dive shop.
We were friends instantly, dive buddies, adventure buddies and as these things go it soon became more. *GROSS*
We started making marketing videos for dive shops, traveling farther, longer, filming more and more and one day it dawned on us HEY!!! We're pretty good at this, Let's start a VLOG about what we do.
And here we are, We hope you enjoy, Thank you so much for watching our passion, I hope it has inspired you, as every time we enter the ocean thats how I feel.
I hope one day we shall meet, and go on an adventure together.
I grew up in the extremely landlocked suburbs of Kansas City, Kansas. From an early age I developed an (un)healthy fear of sharks after watching Jaws. Thanks Steven Spielberg! Being from Kansas it was pretty easy for me to avoid facing my fear of sharks since I lived about as far from the ocean as is geographically possible within the U.S. At the ripe age of 14, my family finally made the voyage to South Carolina where I reluctantly dipped my toes in the ocean for the first time. After mustering up all my courage, I began doggie paddling out into water too deep to stand in. "Wow", I thought, "I could get used to this, this isn't so bad, right?" WRONG. I got stung by jelly fish over one entire half of my body. I got peed on by my brother since we had seen on the TV show Friends that that's the appropriate first aid for jelly fish stings. Obviously this didn't help, and I ended up being hospitalized with massive welts and rashes from head to toe.
And that was my introduction to the sea. I spent the rest of my formative years riding horses, because that's what you do in Kansas. I went to college and got a degree in accounting which I never once used. After that I moved to Alaska to guide horse back riding tours, then to South Africa where I trained horses and actors for films. I took a jaunt north to Mozambique for a little getaway at a place called Tofo beach. I didn't know it before I went there, but Tofo is one of the best places in the world to see whale sharks, so I decided to give the ocean one more try and see if it could redeem itself after the whole jelly fish fiasco.
And did it ever. Swimming with a whale shark was probably one of the most important turning points of my life. I began to see how crazy, beautiful, and awesome the ocean really is. After that, I continued traveling and working around the world as I slowly started accumulating dive training, and eventually I became a Dive Master in Tioman Island, Malaysia. I bounced around for a few more years, and I became a scuba instructor in Sodwana Bay, South Africa.
With my instructor certification in hand I decided to check out some of the diving in my own country and applied online for an instructing job in Maui, Hawaii. I got the job. When I arrived in Maui I didn't have a car and was staying in a campground pretty far away from work. And as luck would have it, a cute guy named Nate starting giving me lots of rides to and from work. One day when we went diving together, two bottlenose dolphins started dancing in circles around him. I always trust a dolphin's opinion, so if they liked Nate, who was I to disagree? And the rest is history!
When I'm not diving (which isn't that often) I love horseback riding, snowboarding, reading, making videos, cuddling baby animals of any variety, dance partying, and eating popcorn!