2000 PADI Open Water - Cozumel, Mexico
2002 & 2003 Worked as Divemaster
2004 Completed NAUI IDC
2005 Started actively teaching
2006 5thD-X Essentials and Technical training
01/2008 Cave diving training
08/2008 Trimix training w/ Andrew Georgitsis
12/2008 First ever UTD Crossover/IDC
2010 Trimix Instructor Training
TRAVEL / LOCATIONS
Brian frequently cave dives in the cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula, his favorite place. He's made multiple trips to dive in the Egyptian Red Sea, as well as the WWII wrecks off the coast of North Carolina, including the U-352 and Papoose, and the shipwrecks off Pompano Beach, Florida.
He's logged over 100 dives on Maui and Kauai and has dived in Cozumel and Banderas Bay, Mexico. Closer to home, he's dived in southern California, Oregon, and all along Vancouver Island and the coast of British Columbia.
Brian coaches his students to become safer, more competent and confident divers and explorers. His dedication to his students is his first and foremost priority. His teaching style is more of a mentoring - he teaches as if he's building his own team, which is often the end result, as many of his students join him in his explorations and projects. When teaching, he draws from his own extensive experience and explorations, providing the students with realistic training, helping them to develop skills they'll use in their own dives and explorations.
He's trained the Seattle Aquarium's dive staff, and has helped to integrate team diving techniques & procedures into their dive operations and program. The training has included Essentials, DPV 1 and Tech 1. By incorporating their new training into their field operations, the Aquarium's staff/field divers can now extend their operating range to deeper depths, with the added safety of helium-based bottom breathing gas and oxygen for accelerated decompression, while increasing their efficiency by including DPVs and team diving protocols. He's also trained Renton Fire Department's Water Rescue Team
EXPLORATION | PROJECTS | MEDIA | PRODUCTIONS
UTD Trimix Instructor / Technical Instructor Trainer #014
Member, UTD Training Advisory Board
NAUI Technical Instructor #42629
UTD Cave 2
>200 dives requiring stage decompression
>200 DPV (Scooter) dives
>200 cave dives
Creator & Primary Underwater Video | GoPro's Searching the Maya Underworld
Exploration Diver / Underwater Video | Olympic National Marine Sanctuary Project
Interview / Commentary | Wildlife Detectives: Mystery Sharks of Seattle
Exploration Diver / Underwater Video | Vancouver Island Exploration Project 2017
Exploration Diver / Underwater VIdeo | Shipwreck of the General
Exploration Diver / Underwater Video | Mine Exploration Project
Exploration Diver / Underwater Video | Shipwreck Exploration Project
Underwater Video | Vanilla Sky Cave Exploration Project 2017
Exploration Diver | Wreck of the Louie
A true explorer at heart, Brian has been an exploration diver and camera operator on several projects. He has a true passion for documenting exploration, as it happens. He’s won several GoPro Awards and his footage has been used in GoPro commercials and promotional / launch videos and he is currently sponsored by GoPro's Media Team.
He created and developed the concept for GoPro’s “Searching the Maya Underworld – Quest for the Earth’s Biggest Cave” and worked as the primary underwater camera operator on the 14 day project, one of GoPro’s most successful “long” projects.
He appeared in, and was interviewed in KCTS’s 2016 Edward R. Murrow Award winning documentary “Wildlife Detectives: Mystery Sharks of Seattle”.
Running/fitness/health, videography & video editing and music. From childhood, music has played an important role in his life.
Backmount - Apeks DS4/TX50
Sidemount / Cave - Apeks DST/ATX50
Deco/Stage - Apeks DST/XTX50, DST/ATX50 & DST/XTX40
Rofos/UTD RS350 / XM450
DUI FLX Extreme Expedition / MK2 (Cave)
BACKPLATES / WINGS
Backmount - Fred Tagge & HOG plates, Agir-Brokk, Dive-Rite, Golem, HOG & Halcyon wings
Sidemount (cave exploration) - Custom using UTD Z-Harness & Z-Tec Pro Wing, Agir & Sump UK hardware and DGX Butt Plate
UTD, Light Monkey & Salvo primary heads & DRIS, Light Monkey and Gulftex Scuba backups
Liquivision, DiveSoft and Suunto
Dive-Xtras CUDA 400 and Sierra X-Scooters
GoPro Hero 5 & Hero 4 cameras, Golem Housings, BigBlue VL5800P & VL15000 Pro & UTD 350W HMI and Vision 50W video lights
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