Daniel got hooked on scuba during a vacation in the Caribbean in 1988, but it wasn’t until 1993 that he became a certified diver, in the harsh December conditions of the St-Lawrence river in Quebec. He never stopped diving since. He has now logged (yes, he still maintains a logbook!) in excess of 1,200 dives, both in cold and tropical waters.
After becoming certified, he continued his diver education, gradually becoming a Divemaster (in 1997) and an instructor in 1999. He has been an active instructor with two agencies from 1999 till 2003. But then work got in the way, and he paused on teaching scuba until 2010. In 2010, he decided that he wanted to get back into it, and added a PADI Open Water Instructor certification to his credentials, along with several other instructor specialties (Enriched Air, Boat, Deep, Drift, Dry Suit, Emergency O2 Provider, Multilevel, Night, Wreck, UW Navigator). He is also a certified Nitrox Blender.
He spent six weeks teaching scuba diving with Divers Den in 2015, and will be back at it in the summer of 2016.
His top dive destinations (in no particular order!):
• Tobermory’s Niagara II and Arabia shipwrecks.
• Diving with sea lions off the coast of the Gaspesie peninsula in Quebec.
• The spectacular marine park off the coast of Les Escoumins, Quebec.
• Diving the two sister Canadian destroyers off the coasts of Nanaimo, BC (the Saskatchewan) and San Diego, CA (the Yukon).
• Drift diving on the reefs off the coast of Cozumel, Mexico – Palancar Caves is the best!
• Experiencing the halocline (where fresh and sea water don’t mix) in the Cenotes (underground caverns) near Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
• A night dive in the Gulf Stream off the cost of Florida near Palm Beach Shores.
• Although very convenient, Tobermory’s The Tugs dive site didn’t make the cut…
On the bucket list:
• Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
• The Red Sea
• The Maldives