Derek began diving when he was 13 while his father was stationed with the US Navy in Guam. The clear waters and shore diving of the Pacific made him develop a love for the water that carried into his adulthood. At the age of 20 he joined the US Army and served as both a field artilleryman and a combat medic before getting out in 2017. Now a PADI Elite IDC Staff Instructor, Derek enjoys diving as much as he enjoys teaching. Derek spends most of his days outside of work diving for fossils in the Gulf and rivers, to the caverns and caves of North Florida.
“While transitioning out of the military I found diving to be a very therapeutic and life-changing experience. I have yet to find a dive that I did not enjoy. Being a PADI Instructor has given me the opportunity to go from serving my country to serving those who are after the same passion I have for the water.”