PADI OWSI – 340739
EFR Instructor – 340739,
DAN Instructor – 15600
Sherece has been diving for several years, receiving her Open Water Scuba Diver certification in the Bahamas in 2008. Since then, she has been traveling the world, exploring new dive sites in different countries each year. She has covered most of the countries in the Caribbean Sea, several throughout the Atlantic Ocean, and is now slowly making her way through the countries spread out across the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea. She has also been diving in smaller bodies of water, such as the Red Sea and the glacier water-fed fissure in Iceland called Silfra. She received her Open Water Scuba Instructor certification in the Philippines in 2018 and has been teaching with Nautilus Aquatics ever since. She has several specialty certifications received through local training and put into practice in her world travels, and she continues to want to learn how to be comfortable in various diving environments, including technical diving. She is very interested in the safety and physiological aspects of diving and is studying to become a Diver Medical Technician.
She is certified to teach the following specialties: AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialist, Deep Diver, Delayed Surface Marker Buoy Diver, AWARE Dive Against Debris Diver, Drift Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Enriched Air Diver, Night Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver, Project AWARE Specialist, and Underwater Navigator.
Favorite dive sites and/or Types of Diving: Off the coast of Dauin, located in the Philippines, which she visits annually. Her favorite marine animal is the flamboyant cuttlefish, and during cephalopod season (October to December) you will find Sherece taking pictures of these mesmerizing creatures, plus other cephalopods, throughout her entire Philippines vacation.
Fun Fact about Sherece Outside of Diving: Sherece is a naval architect working for the United States Coast Guard. Her extra-curricular activities include being an Emergency Medical Technician, practicing American Sign Language, and staying in shape through swimming and running.
Sherece’s thoughts on diving: The top three things I would advise divers to keep in mind are 1) Safety first, 2) Remember (and occasionally practice) your training, and 3) Take your time. Sometimes when a great dive takes an unsafe turn, it is due to a diver not being aware of his or her surroundings. There are so many things to see that make each dive wonderful, but it only takes one moment for an unsafe condition to ruin a dive. With this in mind, I suggest that divers take the time to practice a few of their open water skills while on a dive; there are always a few seconds available to practice. Suggestions include: taking a moment to hover over a patch of sand or grass (after making sure there are not critters beneath you), looking down at yourself to see if your equipment is dragging behind you or if you’re kicking up sand as you use your fins, testing yourself on how much air you think you have before looking at your gauge. Being self-aware will help make dives safer, and practicing skills will help prepare divers for emergencies. Lastly, slow down. At the beginning of each dive, descend slowly – I assure you that the reef will be there whether it takes you 10 seconds or 1 minute to reach it. Also, fin slowly, it’s not a race. Gliding through the water tends to be less intimidating to marine life than cutting through the water like a predator chasing prey. Slow down, look around, and enjoy the sights!