What is your role during the Extreme 2004 expedition?
Aid the scientists as needed
Why did you choose this career, and how long have you been doing this? I was working in the tourist submarine industry and was looking for a new challenge. That was 6 and 1/2 years ago.
Tell us about the most interesting thing that has happened to you because of your work.
Probably diving in Alvin.
What do you like most about your job? Least?
Most: Making things work smoothly. Least: Sometimes not being able to give the scientists support when their equipment dies.
What do you like most about going to sea? Least?
Most: The people I meet, the places I go, and the music I'm exposed to by others. Least: Holidays at sea.
How often do you go to sea?
8 to 10 months per year I usually sail for 4 or 5 months and then take a month or so off.
Do you ever get seasick? If so, how do you handle it?
Sometimes I get a little seasick, if the weather's really bad and I've been off the boat for a while. I usually just drink a couple of ginger ales and get some sleep.
How do you fill your free time aboard ship?
Watch movies, play guitar.
What's your favorite hobbie? Favorite movie? Favorite book? Favorite food?
Hobbies: Music & Motorcycling, Movies: Open Range. Book: Ed Hertfelder's The Duct Tapes. Favorite food: Red Beans & Cornbread
Where is the most exotic place you have been?
Probably Easter Island or the Galapagos Islands
What one tip would you give to students interested in pursuing a career like yours?
Good understanding of English and math are important. If you can read and write and can understand math, you can do just about anything. I got my electronics training in the Navy and have a degree in computer science. But you don't have to have a degree to do this job (although a degree is good to have). It is important to be able to learn from experience and have the patience to work through problems.