Catalina Island Marine Institute Director
"If our program cycled through new clientele all the time, I'm not sure it would be as gratifying. But there are many group leaders that have been coming as long as I've worked there. Seeing them year after year, and having started with many of them when we started our Cherry Cove program, reinforces that what we do is substantive and makes a difference. We all do it for the kids, but when teachers say it is a big part of their life, you know you're on a good wicket."
Dave joined Guided Discoveries as an Instructor in 1989 at Cherry Cove. He enjoyed teaching biology on a remote island and being part of the unique CIMI community. He soon advanced to Assistant Program Director then to Program Director at Cherry Cove. During the 1990's Dave also worked the summer at Catalina Sea Camp as the Program Director. Dave became the Program Director for Toyon Bay and in 1999 was asked to become the CIMI Director.
As the director of the Catalina Island Marine Institute, Dave oversees the operation for CIMI at Toyon Bay, Fox Landing and Cherry Cove. He directly supervises the department directors and the financial operations of the program. Dave also works closely with the Guided Discoveries Project Director on all facility improvements and renovations. During the summer, Dave teaches scuba diving at Catalina Sea Camp along with his other management duties. Dave is a very thoughtful individual who has great insight into the overall CIMI and Guided Discoveries operations.
Dave spent his early childhood in Sacramento and spent his high school years in Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Science with honors from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, and with a Bachelors of Science in biology and wildlife management from the University of Wisconsin. While with Guided Discoveries he also earned his scuba certification and became a NAUI Scuba Diving instructor. Dave is also a USCG Licensed Captain. He lives at Toyon Bay with his wife Katie, who he met at CIMI.
Dave is an avid nature lover. He spent much of his youth hiking and fishing in the out of doors. While in Africa he sent on safari and worked as a guide in a game park after finishing the university. He has explored Catalina on land and by water. Scuba diving and boating are among his favorite past times on the island.
Contact Dave at email@example.com or 310.510.1622