Dave was born in Minnesota, where he spent quite a bit of time in the water swimming, boating, water-skiing and canoeing. He always wanted to try the sport of scuba diving, but didn't get the chance until he came to the University of Colorado in 1970. There he got the opportunity to take diving as a Phyical Education course, but didn't get certified until he came to Ocean First Divers in 2002.
While working at UPS, Dave continued to dive, visiting places like Costa Rica, Maui, Bonaire, Roatan, Cozumel, Baja, and Fiji. Upon retiring from his UPS job, Dave decided to Go Pro in his second career, and became an Ocean First Divers instructor in 2011. He enjoys teaching and seeing the thrill that people, especially kids, get while breathing air underwater.
Dave lives in the mountain town of Gold Hill with his wife and favorite dive buddy, Anita. When they're not underwater they can be found camping, rafting, skiing, biking, and volunteering with the local fire department.