I was excited going to the mailbox and finding an envelope from PADI today. I received my Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating, in recognition of the fact that I'm certified to teach numerous specialty courses, and have had the opportunity to certify a minimum of 25 divers.
I'd like to take the time to thank the folks that helped make it happen! Ross Neill, Chris Adams, Chance Gray and DJ Wood from Rainbow Reef - you guys rock! R. David Smith, thanks for everything you taught me and for the inspiration to get certified as an instructor, my older brother, Dennis - for taking our first certification course together in 1986, and my wife, Nicole for standing by me through this hair-brained idea I had to get into the professional side of diving.
Most importantly, though, the folks that I really need to thank are all of my students! Without you, the students, there would be no joy in being able to spread the love I have for this sport. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to work with each of you, and I look forward to diving with you all again in the near future!
Keeping the gear wet,