A native of Venezuela, Ricardo has always had a great love for the ocean. As a kid, he spearfished and snorkeled off the islands of Venezuela, and at age 13 he received his PADI scuba license. After college in Florida, he joined the U.S. Peace Corps and went to the Kingdom of Tonga as a Fisheries Extension Officer. Over the years, his career shifted to directing strategy planning and business development efforts for major media and technology companies dealing with Latin America, but he continues his efforts to support ocean conservation while assisting his wife, University of Miami Professor Dr. Claire Paris, in her underwater research.
Ricardo is a PADI scuba and PFI Freediver Instructor teaching classes in English and Spanish in Miami.