Chad J ( Course Directors Team )

  • Course Director

    PADI Course Director - Scuba Diving since 1987

    I became Open Water certified in the Midwest in 1987, and became a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in 1992. I started a diver center in 1999 and became a PADI Course Director in 2001 and my dive center became a 5-Star IDC as well. During that time I hosted many recreational and technical diver trips to the Florida Springs and the Florida Keys. I love to do wreck dives. I think that is my favorite type of diving. I love the history, the fish life, and nature slowly taking something back for her own. I like reef diving too! My favorite reef dives are looking under ledges for sharks and lobsters, and checking out the sand areas for rays and turtles.  I also became a Diving Medical Technician (DMT), a Certified Hyperbaric Technician (CHT), and a licensed Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). Later I also became a Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians (FCCP) in addition to doing work with several dive centers as a PADI Course Director. 

    • Favorite Dive Site:

      Spiegel Grove

    • Favorite Specialty Class:

      Enriched Air Nitrox

    • Favorite Fish:

      Stoplight Parrot Fish

    • Favorite Restaurant:

      Senor Frijoles

    • Favorite Movie:

      Aliens

    PADI Specialty Instructor Certifications:

    • Wreck Diver

    • Deep Diver

    • Enriched Air/Nitrox Diver

    • Boat Diver

    • Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver

    • Night Diver

    • Search & Recovery Diver

    • Gas Blender

    • Underwater Naturalist

    • Underwater Navigator

    • Digital Photo/Video

    • Diver Propulsion Vehicle

    • Drift Diver

    • Dry Suit Diver

    • Equipment Specialist

    • Project Aware

    • Fish Identification

    • TecRec Gas Blender

    • TecRec TriMix Blender

    • Tec Trimix Diver

    • PADI Emergency 02 Provider

    • DAN Emergency 02 Provider

    • EFR Primary/Secondary Care

    • EFR Care for Children

My Dive Gear:

  • Regulators:

    Aqua Lung Legend LX

    Legend LX image - medium If the only two things you are concerned about is safety and comfort, look no further. This third generation Legend regulator has the same great breathability as its predecessors but with a new feature. The MBS is the new easy way to adjust the breathing ...

  • BCD:

    Aqua Lung Axiom i3

    Axiom i3 image - medium A feature-rich, ADV style, wrap-around jacket that incorporates the innovative i3 inflation / deflation system (patented). The integrated WraptureTM harness system (pat. pend.) allows you to stand up straight in total comfort while the cylinder remains pe...

  • Dive Computers:

    Suunto D9tx Wrist Top Dive Computer

    D9tx Wrist Top Dive Computer image - medium Want to make a statement about the diver you are? Featuring a titanium frame, the durability is unmatched. The bracelet can even be equipped with titanium! It also comes with the sapphire glass face that is almost indestructible. Gas switching between 8 g...

  • Mask:

    Aqua Lung MicroMask

    MicroMask image - medium The Micromask is a revolution in mask design. Its innovative, patented structure makes it possible for the lenses to fit in the ocular orbit. Never before have lenses been so close to the eyes. This not only results in an amazingly wide peripheral vie...

  • Fins:

    Atomic Split Fins

    Split Fins image - medium All it took was watching the tail fins of fish - except that we couldn't keep up with them because our traditional fins took too much effort. Using hard kicking paddle fins can result in leg strain, fatigue and cramping. Because of the kick resistance of ...

  • Snorkel:

    Aqua Lung Deep See Airway Snorkel

    Deep See Airway Snorkel image - medium Simple, two-way purge makes this inexpensive snorkel a great purchase....

  • Octopus:

    Aqua Lung Legend Octo

    Legend Octo image - medium This balanced second stage is the perfect pairing for the Legend LX regulator. Its breathability is unmatched. In fact, it breathes easier than most primary regulators! Made with the same high quality parts and materials as the Legend LX, quality and dura...

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