Chip was the first pro shop manager at The Scuba Club back in 1979 when we had two 6 pack boats with outboard engines & everyone had long hair. That was a long time ago and what an understatement. He left The Scuba Club full time in 1982 to take another full time “real” job with the Government. Well guess what…he retired in 2012 and is giving another try at full time with The Scuba Club. Talk about full circle!
Chip grew up in America’s Heartland of Kansas & Missouri and even learned how to scuba dive. Yes even in the landlocked part of the USA there is still scuba training and diving. If you ever have some spare time to kill ask him about his dives in rock quarries in America’s Heartland. He received a Business Administration degree from Wichita State University and continued his education to include a PADI Instructor course. He knew Scuba education would always be in his future. Chip finally realized that there was warm clear water to be under on an almost daily basis in Florida, so he moved to West Palm Beach. Chip celebrated his 20th wedding anniversary in August of 2012 with his animal loving wife Kathy. They have dogs, cats, horses and various wild animals around their farm out west (I can not put a number with the animals as it always seems to be increasing).
Chip’s hobbies include jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, riding horses, and of course spending time underwater. We all love to dive but Chip may be a little more addicted than the rest of us. Most of our USCG Captains and dive masters have all taken instruction from Chip at some point in time. We are so excited to have Chip back full time that we can’t contain ourselves!