Gary was raised in southwestern Montana where his family would spend summer weekends boating and water skiing on a nearby lake. He always had a strong desire to scuba dive; however Montana didn't offer many opportunities for discovering the sport. Gary moved to Colorado in mid-1982, and finally realized his dream of scuba diving by earning his Open Water Diver certification in late 1997. He has since earned many instructor and specialty ratings. When not teaching or diving, he enjoys boating, water skiing, snow skiing, motorcycle touring, underwater photography and taking and developing his own black & white photography using various antique cameras.
Gary has led Ocean First trips to the Alaska, Florida Keys, Bonaire, Cozumel, and North Carolina. He has traveled to many dive destinations around the world, including Akumal, Belize, Curacao, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Grand Cayman, Harbour Island Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Roatan, Utila, Saba, St. John, St. Lucia, Channel Islands, Big Island Hawaii, Kauai, Solomon Islands, Vancouver, and the Rowley Shoals off the West Coast of Australia.