Originally from Utah, Rich began diving in 2001 while stationed in Okinawa. He continued to dive where and when he could, even on a port call in the Gulf of Oman during a combat deployment. In 2012, while stationed in Okinawa again, Rich turned his hobby into a profession and became an instructor. Rich was fortunate enough to travel to Guam, Yonaguni to dive the ruins and hammerhead migration and to Ishigaki to dive with Manta Rays. He returned to the frigid waters of San Diego for a few years before retiring from the Marine Corps and settling in Florida. Rich is a Master Instructor and teaches 22 different specialties with aspirations of one day becoming a PADI Course Director. Rich is a TEC 50 diver and loves diving Sidemount.