Some of Nate's most vivid childhood memories are of being in the ocean, and that love of the water has influenced throughout his life. Since then, Nate has spent as much time as he can in and on the water.
He began diving in 2007 while in college, eventually leading him to obtain professional certifications with several agencies: SDI/ERDI and SSI while working part time at Coral Edge Adventures. Nate is a state certified EMT, naturally leading him to become a DAN Instructor. He turned his love of diving into a part of his Law Enforcement career, as both a diver on the Underwater Search and Recovery Team, as well as the team’s scuba instructor.
He was first introduced to structured freediving in late 2015 with Ren and Ashley Chapman. During one of his sessions, he performed a static 5:32 and fell in love with the sport. In 2016, he took the Intermediate Freediver course with Ted Harty; Nate then decided he not only wanted to teach--he also wanted to compete. He went back to Ted for additional training and, in early 2017, he went through the Advanced Freediver and Freediver Instructor program with Kirk Krack.
Nate is currently the Freediving Instructor at Coral Edge Adventures in Virginia and is working toward becoming a competitive freediver while sharing his love of the water with his wife and daughter.