Nick Pearigen – Jun 07

My father got me interested in diving when I was 15 years old. Once certified, I quickly became hooked and eventually became an instructor.  Having been diving for over 14 years now, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel throughout the Caribbean and dive the South Eastern U.S. for some unforgettable diving.  My certifications include: Open Water Instructor, CPROX Instructor, Nitrox diver, Dolphin Rebreather diver & Limited Visibility diver.  I’ve more recently gotten into underwater photography and underwater video, with a few lucky shots to my name.  The thing that I enjoy the most about diving is the ability to escape the fastpaced world that we live in today.  Being underwater allows me to truly relax and enjoy life.  Some of the things that I have seen and experiencedunderwater have changed how I look at life.  I have looked over walls that drop over 5,000 feet; seen logger head turtles mate; swam with sharks and watched them feed; explored wrecks; hovered over reefs to watch its inhabitants play, the list goes on and on.  I have also had the honor of meeting Jean-Michel Cousteau, whose advise to me was to teach people to stay off of the reefs.  As memorable as these experiences have been for me, none would have been possible had I not taken the steps needed to become a certified open water diver.  So do your part and start your experiences today with your local dive facility.