Chris & Halie have gone home for the holidays. We’ll see you in 2019!
Chris hails from the United States of America. The son of a Navy Submariner, he spent his youth in Guam marveling over sea shells with his dad. His family moved to Florida and then to Virginia Beach, Virginia, where Chris fell in love with reptiles, especially snakes. When Chris met Halie, he was working in a reptile shop for fun. The two of them enjoyed a shared interest in reptiles, like Chris’s green tree pythons. His main job as a granite fabricator and installer paid well, but it sucked the life out of him. When Chris discovered he could become a professional dive instructor, there was no turning back.
As a PADI instructor, Chris gets the greatest joy from watching his students discover marine life while diving. Some of his favorite dives off of Koh Tao include whale sharks, sea turtles, blue spotted sting rays, eels, and banded sea snakes.
“I love seeing the smiles on my students’ faces when they accomplish something they didn’t think they could do.” Chris Burke
Halie grew up in the little town of Loveland, Ohio, in the United States. As a child, she would turn over rocks to look for salamanders beneath them and wander the woods near her home in search of turtles. As a teenager, she had a pet boa constrictor and ball python who sometimes went to school with her. When Halie met Chris, she loved seeing his collection of constrictors, especially his collections of newly laid baby boa constrictors from his breeding projects. While Halie holds a couple of university degrees, nothing brings her the satisfaction like teaching SCUBA diving and traveling the world.
As a PADI SCUBA instructor, Halie enjoys working with students to overcome real and imagined challenges. She enjoys giving the gift of diving so much that she sought out and obtained an instructor rating from the Handicapped SCUBA Association International to allow her to teach people with disabilities. She gets the greatest thrill in leading people to achieve their dreams of diving.
“Scuba diving is peaceful, and it feels good. I love the way we’re perfectly weightless in the water, just suspended in the blue among the fish, like a dream.”
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