John Bechthold

In 1968 I was snorkeling off Catalina Island in southern California when I noticed some SCUBA divers below me and from that instant I knew I had to try this sport for myself. I checked out a local SCUBA shop, took the classes and became a NAUI certified diver that same year. Between 1968 and 1980 I completed hundreds of dives exclusively in the clear cold waters of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California.

My job took me away from Southern California in 1980 to Denver Colorado and then to Wisconsin in 1980, and to be honest I did not even think about diving as there was no oceans in either Colorado or Wisconsin. In 2008 a friend of mine told me about some of the wreck dives he had done off the coast of Milwaukee, It sounded like a lot of fun but it had been a long time since I had been diving so he suggested I check out: the Underwater Connection in Delafield.

My wife and I completed our PADI Open Water Diver course in 2008 and then to Advanced Open water in 2009. I decided to continue my dive education and completed Rescue Diver in 2011 and then Dive Master in 2013 along with 5 specialty courses to earn my Master SCUBA Diver rating.

I want everyone to experience the joy I have when diving, so I decided to become a PADI Open Water Instructor and help others to become certified and experience the thrill of SCUBA. Since 2008 I have enjoyed local diving and underwater photography here in Wisconsin and many other locations such as Florida and the Florida Keys, Antigua, St. Lucia, Jamaica, Cozumel, Cenotes in Cancun, and Grand Cayman Island. I can't wait to help you get certified as a PADI diver.

Favorite types of diving: Anywhere I can take photos or video
Favorite diving location: Grand Cayman