Originally from South River, N.J., Mark Nevin decided take part in Coastal Carolina University’s acclaimed marine science program. “I fell in love with Myrtle Beach and CCU on family vacations and school visits while deciding on colleges,” he says. “I took one tour of the campus and didn’t have to look any further. This is where I wanted to be.”
Along the way, he became interested in diving and took a course at CCU under diving safety officer / scuba program instructor Steve Luff. “It coincided with marine science, and I also started work as crew member and intern at Scuba Express.” After two years, Nevin says he decided to attend the Eastern Academy of Scuba Education, or EASE, in Vero Beach, Fla., and received his instructor certification in January. “I still continue my education with EASE and will be working on my tec instructor certification.”
Tec diving is also called technical diving, but what is it? The Professional Association of Diving Instructors [PADI] describes it on its Web site: “Technical diving is scuba diving’s ‘extreme’ sport, taking experienced and qualified divers far deeper than in mainstream recreational diving. Technical diving is marked by significantly more equipment and training requirements to manage the additional hazard this type of diving entails. Technical scuba diving is defined as diving other than conventional commercial or research diving that takes divers beyond recreational scuba diving limits.”
Since he got his dive certification at CCU, Nevin had been part of the dive crew at Scuba Express, but he has stepped up his game since becoming a PADI instructor. “My scope of duties range from being the active Divemaster on our dive charters to instructing students from open water certification to Divemaster,” he says. “You can find me in the classroom, in the pool or in the boat just about every day.” And when he doesn’t have scuba students, Nevin says he is usually taking vacationers on a guided tour of Murrells Inlet on Dolphin Watch Sightseeing Cruises with Express Water Sports, the umbrella operation that includes Scuba Express [ http://www.expresswatersports.com].
“Every day is different, which is why I love it. Today I might have a student in the pool, and tomorrow I may be on one of our many reefs and wrecks off the South Carolina coast.”
Nevin asserts that Scuba Express is his only experience with a dive shop. “All of the support from my instructors and my relationship with the crew brought me to become an instructor with Scuba Express.”
It should come as no surprise that Nevin loves any activity that has to do with being on the water. “You can catch me surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding or just hanging out on some friends’ boats.” He frequents the Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet and might be spotted at Bubba’s Love Shak or hanging out watching bands at other venues there.
At 23, the world is his oyster. “I have plans to continue my scuba education and see where that takes me, traveling to remote places, meeting new and exciting people while staying in Myrtle Beach as my home.”
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