Charlie is our resident sidemount guru. He started diving in 2005, during his Army days, while stationed in Sinai, Egypt. The passion stuck with him and in 2010, he did his Advanced course in Airlie Beach, Australia. His mind never really came back to the surface and by the summer of 2010, he was living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on the path to getting his PADI instructor ratings. He worked for a while on Cozumel teaching and guiding certified divers until it was time to move on.
In the fall of 2011 he moved on to train as a Commercial Diver and learned how to dive in a Hard Hat while breathing on surface supplied air. Working in commercial diving was short lived as he returned to his primary skillset as an aircraft mechanic, returning to Afghanistan as a civilian to work as a maintenance lead on Afghan Airforce helicopters.
Being on that side of the world gave him the opportunity to continue his personal level of dive training and in 2013 he returned to Egypt, the place where it all began, to train in the technical side of diving.
He trained up to the Advanced Trimix level and discovered his favorite gear configuration in the water, sidemount! After his contract ended in Afghanistan, he returned to Playa Del Carmen to train as a cave diver. He is a certified equipment technician on a variety of manufacturers of dive gear.
Charlie now works locally during the week as an Aviation Maintenance Instructor.
Anyone that dives with Charlie loves his calm, focused style. We are lucky to have him on the staff of Letts Dive!! And if you haven’t tried sidemount…