Birthdate: Sept. 30, 1976
Resides: Tampa, FL
Employment: Editor, Spearing magazine
Mike’s diving carreer started when he was young. As a competitive swimmer from age 5 to 18 he developed a love of the water early and would often go fishing and surfing with his family. He says that he started freediving in an effort to go after fish that were typically scared off by the noise of scuba divers. He also found that freediving training improved his surfing too, since he was able to hold his breath longer after a big wipeout.
“I was afraid of the dangers involved with freediving, but I wanted to get deeper and stay longer. After meeting Kirk and Mandy at DEMA in 2008 I knew Performance Freediving was the route I wanted to take,” he said.
After taking his first class in February 2010 Mike said that he got hooked on PFI’s style of diving and wanted to work on becoming an instructor. He took the advanced course in May 2010 and reached new personal bests of 5:15 in static apnea and 50 meters/ 165 feet in constant weight. Click here to watch Mike’s 165-foot dive on video!
“I was amazed at what I was able to do after only a week or so in the advanced course in Cayman. Training there was really incredible,” he said.
Mike then went on to complete the instructor course in October 2010 and has since been helping teach courses with PFI in Florida. He also founded Spearing magazine in 2007, which highlights stories on both spearfishing and freediving.