Owner, Course Director
Brad has often said “I wish I started diving when I was a teenager”, but like many others who took up diving later in life, he is making up for lost time. He was hooked from that first moment underwater. The sense of weightlessness and peaceful quiet set the stage for the exhilaration and discovery that was to follow. The first few years as an open water diver were primarily in cold Canadian waters. Since then, it’s been a continual journey of discovery, exploration and trying new things. Brad now enjoys many types of diving, including simple recreational diving, Rebreather, OC Tec/Trimix, Cold & Warm water, Underwater Photo & Video dives and so much more. He is also an enthusiastic Ice diving Instructor Trainer. The store is a 100% AWARE facility, and has been actively advocating for the environment, especially Shark Conservation and Dive Against Debris, with Brad as an Instructor Trainer for both of these specialties. FNF has also officially adopted Gulliver’s Lake (now Sun Resorts) as their site under the ADOPT-A-DIVESITE program, and the store organizes annual clean-ups and encourages the team to always leave the site in better shape than when they found it.
In his role as a PADI Course Director, leadership training is a significant focus, but he still feels the same thrill watching a brand new diver take their first breath underwater in the pool, and is often active in entry level classes. Equally exciting is watching the excitement build for someone diving on their first shipwreck in Tobermory, participating in a new drift dive in the Niagara River, or taking their first underwater photo of some cool creature in the South Pacific.
His favourite local dive sites include the Arabia in Tobermory, the Daryaw in Brockville and The America on the US side out of Rockport. The wrecks of Bell Island, Newfoundland, are also spectacular. For warm water diving, the volcanic island of Saba in the Dutch Caribbean is one of his favourite warm water dive adventures, as the amazing diving with Sea Saba is only rivalled by the awesome topside experience. Galapagos is a regular destination, and has provided literally hundreds of breathtaking experiences with whale sharks and schooling hammerheads with incredible photos and videos.
For photography, Wakatobi in Indonesia can’t be beat.
Now actively involved in leadership training, Brad enjoys sharing his teaching and diving experience with others so they are well equipped to go out into the world and share this amazing sport with others by turning their students into competent and passionate divers!