Marissa grew up in Morristown, Ohio. She has always loved the water and SCUBA diving was something she had always wanted to try, so she signed up for lessons by herself in 2012. She came out of those lessons with a bunch of new friends & dive buddies from Columbus Scuba that she has been diving with ever since. Her favorite course she has taken so far is the Cavern Course because the training required to dive safely in overhead environments has improved her diving skills and allowed her to see things she otherwise would not have. She has gone above where she ever expected to go in her diving career. She initially set out to get Open Water certified, but she followed her passion for the sport to become instructor who loves sharing her love of diving with others.