Gaylin Gates


Gaylin has been a dive instructor since 1993, specializing in freediving, dive rescue, safety and underwater photography. An avid freediver and PFI Instructor, Gaylin offers freediving and scuba courses through Deep Six Dive and Watersports in Vero Beach, Stuart, and West Palm Beach, Florida.

Besides teaching, Gaylin has worked as an instructor in the Bahamas, St. Croix, and the Philippines. Divers Alert Network has certified Gaylin as a Diving Emergency Specialist Instructor, their highest rating for instructors. He is also an Emergency First Response CPR & First Aid Instructor Trainer and offers courses from basic CPR & First Aid to CPR for Healthcare Professionals. His photographs have been featured in local newspapers and regional magazines in the southeastern U.S. and California. Gaylin graduated from West Point with a degree in Interdisciplinary Sciences (physics and electrical engineering) and is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Gaylin says, “When I became a scuba diving instructor, I kept myself up-to-date on diving topics by taking continuing education courses annually. But after 17 years of teaching scuba classes, I started to run out of continuing education courses until a chance meeting with Kirk and Mandy-Rae at a trade show. Taking the PFI Intermediate Freediver course was a complete change of paradigm for me. It’s a widely held belief among scuba instructors that freediving cannot be taught. PFI courses completely crush that idea. I was so impressed with the PFI teaching methodology and especially the safety protocol developed by PFI that I made it my personal mission to develop safer freedivers by teaching the courses myself."

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Freediving
Safe Buddy Course

Underwater Photography
Dry Suit
Underwater Videographer
Fish Identification
Tec Rec Gas Blender
Coral Reef Conservation
Deep Diver
Equipment Specialist
Underwater Naturalist
Night Diver
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Search & Recovery
Wreck Diver

Emergency First Responder (EFR):

EFR Instructor Primary and Secondary Care (CPR & First Aid)
AED & Emergency Oxygen
Care for Children w/AED Care For Children

Divers Alert Network:

Diving Emergency Management Provider
Diving Emergency Specialist
Emergency Oxygen for Scuba
Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
Neurological Assessment
CPR: Health Care Provider