Scott Sanders

Instructor Data

Units Taught:X-CCR, Defender
Instructor Level:Air & Helitrox Diluent
Location:Blacksburg, Virginia
Region:North America
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More about Scott Sanders

An active diver for 20 years, the water has become Scott’s office, playground, and sanctuary.  Based in Blacksburg, Virginia, he travels the Northeast as a regional sales manager and takes on a balanced schedule of exploration, fun, and instructional dives.  Scott has been a professional dive educator for 10 years, with a range of experience as an independent instructor, dive shop owner, and Carribbean resort manager.  He has a background in geosciences with a Master’s of Business Administration from Virginia Tech.

Scott not only brings quality equipment and training materials to Northeast dive shops, but helps them succeed by offering a complete consulting package utilizing his extensive industry and business background.  As an educator Scott focuses primarily on technical diver level training, instructor development, and technician classes.  He believes students should be trained in environments they actually dive in, and that classes should be customized to align with students’ long-term goals, learning style, and pace.  When teaching new and complicated skills he stresses three steps:  understanding the value, mastering the components, and integration into realistic problem management scenarios.  His ultimate goal is to offer a holistic experience that creates competent, safe, and comfortable divers who remain active and passionate. 

Scott’s own diving experience is as well-rounded as his teaching philosophy.  From laying line in virgin caves to CCR diving in every state of the Northeast, he has dove in a variety of underwater environments. Deep wreck, mine, sump, and shore dives are all in his log book, but his next dream dive is taking photos of historical wrecks in the St. Lawrence Seaway on his SubGravity Defender.

When Scott’s not underwater, you can find him spending time with his two daughters or working on personal cave and sump exploration projects.  For more information about upcoming training, contact Scott at the details listed.