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Expert in Recreational and Technical Diving Education, Diving Accident Investigation, Maritime Emergency

Expert ID: 727625 California, USA

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He has been employed in the diving instruction, equipment and supervision for thirty years. He has been involved with cause and effect investigation and a witness for diving accidents and maritime related events.

Diving accident Investigation, Diving accident cause and effect opinion, Diving Education policies and procedures, Diving accident prevention

Specialty Instructor certificates include:
Deep Diver
Boat Diver
Night Diver
Wreck Diver
Underwater Photography
Underwater Video
Dry Suit Diver
Nitrox Diver
Search and Recovery
Underwater Naturalist
Marine Awareness
Blue Water Shark Diver
Rescue Diver
Research Diver
Equipment Specialist
Underwater Hunter
Dolphin Re-breather
Atlantis One Re-breather
Dragger Re-breather Instructor
Inspiration Re-breather Instructor
Gas Blender
Tec Gas Blender
Technical Deep Instructor
First Aid Instructor
C.P.R. Instructor
A.E.D. Instructor
Full Face Mask Diver Instructor
Public Safety Instructor

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California - San Diego, California - Long Beach, California - Santa Ana, California - Anaheim, California - Riverside, California - Glendale, California - Huntington Beach, California - San Bernardino, California - Chula Vista, California

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1987 Degree: Subject: American Council of Education Credit (17 credits) Institution: Professional Association of Diving Instructors
Year: 1981 Degree: AA Subject: Business Institution: Marymount Palos Verdes College
Year: 1980 Degree: High School Diploma Subject: NA Institution: South Pasadena High School

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1995 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: • P.A.D.I. 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Center offering scuba diving education and equipment, sales, service, tours and excursions.
• Primary duties include the direct supervision of the following departments: Marketing, Retail, Dive training, Rental department, Repairs and Servicing of life support equipment. Dive Vessel Operations.
• Corporate responsibilities include: accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing, maintenance, payroll, accounting & staff training and education
Years: 1985 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: • Twenty-six years of charter boat operations experience on Catalina Island, CA; duties ranging from the responsibilities as Captain and Dive master of the dive boat vessel ‘King Neptune’
• As of January 2011 directly supervised 750,000 dives
• Corporate responsibilities include: accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing, maintenance, payroll, accounting & staff training, education and repair.
Years: 1984 to 1985 Employer: Catalina Island Glass Bottom Boats Title: Captain Department: Responsibilities: Operation of scenic underwater tours via glass bottom boat
Years: 1984 to 2005 Employer: Island Navigation Title: Captain & Assistant Manager Department: Responsibilities: Duties included the operation of water-taxis vessels, vessel maintenance and repair, and staff scheduling
Years: 1984 to 1994 Employer: Bay View, Edgewater, and Mac Rae Hotels Title: Manager Department: Responsibilities: • Supervised all encompassing operations of hotel management
• Duties included: building maintenance, developing annual budgets, accounts receivable & employee management
Years: 1982 to 1983 Employer: Sunset Aquatic Marina Shipyards Title: Shop Foreman Department: Responsibilities: • Duties enveloped the title of Engine shop mechanic foreman
• Responsible for the operations of the paint department
• Managed quality control of the shipyard in order to improve customer satisfaction
Years: 1981 to 1981 Employer: Corporate Yacht Title: Captain Department: Responsibilities: • Operated vessels under the ports of Long Beach, San Diego, and San Francisco
• Duties included: cosmetic maintenance, mechanical maintenance, vessel operations, provisioning and chartering
Years: 1978 to 1982 Employer: Navarro Construction Title: Department: Responsibilities: • Clean up
• Framing
• Roofing
• Drywall
Years: 1978 to 1982 Employer: Turbo Marine Engines Title: Shop Mechanic Department: Responsibilities: • Shop Mechanic
• Field Mechanic

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2004 to 2010 Agency: City of Avalon Role: Mayor Description: Execute Council meetings
Years: 2004 to 2010 Agency: Avalon Community Development Agency Role: Board Member Description: Review and allocate project approvals and financials.
Years: 2004 to 2010 Agency: Avalon Municipal Board of Trustees Role: Board Description: Board of trustees

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Scuba Schools International
Professional Association of Diving Instructors
Technical Diving Instructors
Diving Alert Network
International Association of Nitrox and Technical Diving
Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce
California Fire Fighters Association
Licenses / Certifications
45 certificates for dive related education.

Professional Education Licences and Certifications:
June 1979 Turbo Marine Engines, Long Beach, CA
Certified Detroit Diesel Technician
• Certification includes the service and repair of Detroit Diesel Engines, Mercruiser Engines and Out-drives & Onan Generators

April 1996 - present Technical Diving International, Topsham, ME
Nitrox Instructor- Advanced Nitrox Instructor- Technical Diving Instructor- Decompression Procedures Instructor- Equipment Oxygen Service Technician Instructor- Extended Range Instructor
Trimix Instructor- Semi Closed re-breather Instructor- Gas blending Instructor- Advanced gas blending Instructor- Inspiration re-breather Instructor

Feb 1996 – present Navtech U.S. Marine Surveyors Ft. Myers, FL.
• Marine Surveyor Certificate
• Power and Sail Evaluation Survey
• Power and Sail Condition and Risk Survey

May 1984 Maritime License Prep School, Newport Beach, CA Master of Motor Vessels 100 Ton Oceans - United States Coast Guard
• Currently operating vessels under 5th license issue
• Certified Radar Observer/Operator
• Certified Shipboard Fire Fighter

Nov. 1984 - present Scuba Schools International, Fort Collins, CO.
Advanced Open Water Instructor & Instructor Development Trainer
• Obtained Advanced Open Water Instructor from Argo Diving Services. The internship with Argo Diving Services included: safe diving practices development, diving educational textbook edits and review & dive accident investigation.

May 1987 - present Professional Association of Diving Inst. Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. American Council of Education credit of 17 units
Five Star Instructor Development Center Staff Instructor
• Master Scuba Diver Trainer
• Instructor Development Staff Inst.

May 1996 – present Divers Alert Network, Durham, NC
• Certified Instructor for the following trainings: First Aid and C.P.R., Oxygen Administration, R.E.M.O. Training & A.E.D. Training

April 2008 - present, Diving Science and Technology (DSAT)
• Tec Deep Instructor
• Tec Tri-mix Instructor

July 2008- present Surface Nexus Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SNUBA/SEA TREC)
• SRC Program Director of Training

Nov. 2009- present Emergency First Response Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
• Emergency and First Response Instructor for primary and secondary care of adults and children a and use of A.E.D

July 2010- present Sea Trek
• Tour and system development (SEA TREC)
• SRC Program Director of Training

January 2017 Scuba Pro Repair technician
• Basic
• Pro
• Expert
Professional Appointments
Director of Education
Board of Trustee
Board of Director
Emergency Medical Technician
Awards / Recognition
Diving merits.
Medical / Professional
Avalon Fire.

Fire training:
March 2005 - present, Reserve Firefighter, Avalon, CA
• Completed 15 hours of didactic and classroom instruction in basic Fire Department operations
• As a reserve firefighter and engineer since May of 2005 through April 12 of 2011, a total of 522.6 hours of training and 474.41 hours in page or call out service has been acknowledged with the City of Avalon’s Fire Department. In training and call out service the following subcategories activity have been logged since January 2010: 326.26 hours of fire, 118.45 hours of medical, 84.60 hours of rescue, and 257.61 hours of other activities.

April 2008 – present Reserve Firefighter Engineer Training, Avalon, CA
Reserve Engineer Engine & Truck Operations
Completed Engineer driver training
• Received a Class B driver’s license distributed by the Department of Motors Vehicle (D.M.V.)
• Received a Air Break and Water Tanker endorsement distributed by the D.M.V.
• Engineer Engine academic and skill program, exam and hands on evaluation

December 2005, Link to Life Mission Viejo, CA
Emergency Medical Technician
• Successfully completed Emergency Medical Technician coursework and skills
• Recognized and certified by the Office of the State Fire Marshal for completion of the EMT-I Basic Course Meeting U.S.D.O.T.
• Successfully passed the National Registry Emergency Medical Technicians Exam in 2007
• Issued Certification E.M.T. County of Los Angeles

March 2006 - present Emergency Management Institute, Avalon, CA
Completed the following courses administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security including:
• Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS-100)
• Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (ICS-200)
• Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents (ICS-300)
• National Incident Management System (ICS-700)

Dec. 2005- present E.M.T. C. E. Los Angeles County Fire Avalon, CA

February 2007 Fire House World, San Diego, CA
Attended annual conference and completed training in the following:
• Tactical Live Fire Exercise
• First Due Engine and Truck Operations
o Rescue / Suppression
• Truck Operations Small Department
o Fire Fighter Rescue / Roof Operations
• Company Officer Development
• The Point of No Return

March 2008 Emergency Medical Services Online C.E., Avalon, CA
Completed continuing education courses and obtained certificates in the following programs:
• Burnout
• Forcible Entry
• Rescue and Extrication
• Geriatric Trauma
• Managing Shock

December 2007 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Avalon, CA
• Certified 40-hour P.O.S.T
• 832 Peace Officer Arrest & Control course

January 2008 United States Fire Administration, Avalon, CA
Enrollment and completion in the following courses:
• Alternate Water Supply: Planning and Implementing Programs
• EMS Operations at Multi Casualty Incidents
• Water Resource Management
• Command and Control Decision at Multi Alarm Incidents
• Community Safety Educator
• Fire Service Supervision
• Testing and Evaluation of Water Supplies for Fire Protection
• Awareness of Control Decision Making At Multiple Alarm Incidents
• Fire Service Supervision
• Firefighter Training S 130 Wild Land
Watch out and LCES
Hazards and Human Factors on Fire line
Preparedness, ICS, Resources
Transportation Safety
Hand Tools
Firing Devices
• Introduction to Wild land Fire Behavior S 190
Principals of Wild Land Fire Behavior
Basic Concepts of Wild Land Fire Behavior
Monitoring Fire Behavior
• Applied Research Fire Science

March 2005-present IFTSA Academic Education Oklahoma State University (Pub)
Essential of Fire Fighting and Fire Department Operations
Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting
Marine Firefighting for Land Based Firefighters
Marine Firefighting
Wild land firefighting For Structural Firefighters
Emergency Vehicle Operations
Aerial Apparatus Driver Operator
Pumping Apparatus Driver Operator
Fire and Emergency Company Office
Fire Service Hydraulics

January 2010 Techniques of Traffic Control, Avalon, CA.
• State required and approved training
• Sheriff department Certification
• California Highway Patrol Training

Sept 2010 - present, Reserve Captain Promotion, Avalon, CA

Publications and Patents Summary

1985 Vessel Operations Procedures

1986 Safe Diving Procedures For Vessel Operations
• Incident Prevention
• Incident Pre Planning
• Incident Management

1986 Operation Procedures Manual
• Opening Closing
• Rental
• Retail
• Repair
• Education
• Accounting

1998 Self - Inspection Program
• Sub Chapter T Coast Guard Compliance
• Spot Check Element
• Marine Safety Element
• Deck General
• Structure
• Mechanical Space
• Electrical
• Communications

1998 Distinctive Specialty Teaching Outline
• Blue Water Shark Dive Specialty
• Underwater Hunter Specialty
• Boat Dive Rescue

• Statement of Fact
• Declaration of Opposition

o Statement of Fact
o Declaration of Opposition
o Cause and effect Opinion

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Professional witness:
Diving Accident cause and effect,
Accident Investigation,
Safe diving practices,
Diving procedures.

1990-present Consultant for compressed air gas system designs, builds, and repairs
1996- Maritime Consultant and Coca-Cola Commercial consultant
2000- Diving Safety Officer and Marine Operations Consultant
2001- Marine Safety Officer, Port of Los Angeles agent, and vessel operations consultant
2007- Edit and review technical dive training manuals
2008/2009- Professional witness, diving and maritime investigation consultant
2008/ present- National Security Commission consultant, Long Beach Harbor diving safety consultant
2009/ Present- Professional witness, diving and maritime investigation consultant
2011/ Present- Regulator testing, beta test, quality control consultant
2012- Discovery Channel Film Shoot consultant
2012- B.B.C. Channel Film Shoot consultant
2012- Insurance management training program- edit and review Ready Diver program
2013- Professional Witness Diving and Maritime
2016- BBC Film shoot blue planet consultant

Training / Seminars
Diving Educator 30 years
Diving Resort operator 30 years
Dive Store Retailer 30 years
Diving Equipment repair technician 30 years
Vendor Selection
Wide variety of related contacts.
Marketing Experience
He has been employed in the sport diving industry for thirty years. He has been in the forefront of the trends of the sport diving industry. He currently runs and owns a five star training and educational diving facility training first time divers through instructors. We have a technical diving department forwarding the science of diving.
Other Relevant Experience
Completed NIMS incident management curriculum;
ICS 100,200,300,700.

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