As part of André’s mentorship program with accomplished underwater photographers, he was required to have some advance dive training for some of his destinations. Andre took the opportunity to return to his diving roots on Grand Bahama to receive his training from Fred and Melinda Riger at Grand Bahama Scuba in Freeport. In addition, Grand Bahama Scuba was gracious enough to let Andre work off the associated cost of his advanced certifications by also working at the dive center during that week. Andre filled tanks, set-up gear for guests, cleaned the boat and loaded and offloaded gear in addition to his coursework.
Special thanks to Sarasota High AP, AICE and Art Chair extraordinaire, Debra Markley and to Sarasota High School Principal Jeff Hradek for giving Andre an excused absence for his continuing education outside of the SH walls.