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Dan Patterson


Born and raised in Georgia, I began diving at the age of 13 in lakes and quarries in my native state; with frequent trips to the warmer, clearer waters of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

During my service in the U.S. Military, I enjoyed the good fortune of visiting dive sites the world over; from the Gulf of Alaska, to the kelp beds of South California to the beautiful waters of the Philippines and Australia. Experiences in these differing environments would later prove quite useful in my chosen profession post-military. SCUBA instruction!

I began offering Open Water and Technical SCUBA training in 1996; in that same year I managed to make my first of four trips to the Andrea Doria, as well as a successful set of eight dives on the Monitor.

Cave diving has been a passion of mine since 1995; in 1998 I successfully completed the requirements to begin offering (full) cave diver training with the National Association for Cave Diving. In 2000 I attended an instructor institute with the National Speleological Society-Cave Diving Section, thus having the ability to offer training from cavern-Full cave, including Deep Cave, Stage, and DPV use with both U.S. cave training agencies.

In 2005, the NSS-CDS bestowed upon me the Sheck Exley Safe Cave Diving Award for having logged over 1000 cave dives.

In 2002, I became an Advanced Trimix Instructor Trainer with Technical Diving International, and an Open Water Instructor Trainer with Scuba Diving International. Later, I would complete all requirements to offer the DSAT Tec Deep Diver, as well as Tec Trimix Diver certifications.

I have been employed full-time in the SCUBA industry since 1999.

Currently, I am a member of the training committee for both the NSS-CDS and the NACD. Also, I am a Director on the BOD for Florida Speleological Researchers; guiding divers in the Diepolder cave system as frequently as my schedule allows.

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