Mike grew up in Johnstown, Ohio. He and his friends decided to start SCUBA diving for the adventure in 1990. One of his favorite dives he has been on so far was on the USS Oriskany (a shipwreck in the Florida Keys). His favorite, and the most difficult, course he has taken so far was the Instructor Development Course/Instructor Exam to be certified as an Open Water SCUBA Instructor. He aspires to show others what a great adventure diving can be through teaching.