Bill received his certification as a cave diver in 1974
through the NACD (National Association for Cave Diving). He
is one of the first 100 cave divers certified by that
organization, which at that time was the only organization
in the U.S. that offered cave diving certification.
In 1980 he earned his scuba instructor certification
through the YMCA scuba program and crossed over to NAUI in
1983. Also in 1983 he received his certification as a cave
diving instructor through the NSS CDS(National Speleological
Society Cave Diving Section) and later through the NACD.
Currently, Bill teaches cave and technical diving courses
through IANTD and recreational scuba training through NAUI.
In 2004, Bill celebrated his 30th year of active cave
diving. During those three decades, he has conducted
literally hundreds and hundreds of safe cave dives in such
diverse places as springs, sinks, sumps, Mexican cenotes,
and Bahamian blue holes. He has participated in a number of
exploration, survey and mapping projects of springs and
sumps in Fla., Ga., Ala., and Tenn. He is an active
participant in such cave diving specialties as stage,
sidemount, extended range/decompression, and dpv diving.
Mark has been scuba diving for more than 20 years and
teaching diving for more than 10 years. In that time he has
certified all levels of divers including divemasters and
instructors. He holds instructor certifications through
NAUI, PADI, IANTD, DAN, the NSS-CDS, SDI, TDI and PSA. As a NAUI Course
Director, he can conduct Instructor Training Courses and
Instructor Trainer Workshops which produce scuba instructors
and instructor trainers, respectively. Although involved in
most every aspect of diving, Mark's particular areas of
interest include cave and cavern diving, wreck diving,
working with college SCUBA courses, and the physics of
Richard was hooked on diving when he became a certified open
water diver in 2001. As an avid dry-land caver, it was only
a matter of time until he ventured into Cavern and Cave
Diving. He also enjoys local diving, warm water reefs and
wrecks and his certifications include NAUI, NSS-CDS, NACD,
TDI, IANTD, DAN, SSI, PSI & PADI. He is a NAUI, IANTD, PSA and DAN
instructor and enjoys teaching Open Water through Normoxic
Trimix, including Cavern, through Technical Cave.
Additionally, he is on the CDS board of directors and served
on the board of the Southeastern Cave Conservancy for 10
years. Richard practices his strong belief that people
should never stop learning, striving to learn new skills and
ways to teach them to his students.