Mercedes became addicted to SCUBA in 2014 when she accomplished her Open Water SCUBA Diver course. While she thought she would enjoy SCUBA, she was not prepared for how meditative and relaxing the sport can be. She moved into the Pro side of SCUBA in 2016 as a Divemaster and eventually became an Instructor in 2021. She enjoys seeing students first breaths underwater and watching their confidence grow as the course proceeds.
While she has travelled to the Caribbean multiple times to see: reef cuttlefish, sharks, majestic sea pancakes (stingrays), and octopuses (just to name a few), she does all her training at West Hawk Lake.
You can find her at the Lake during the summer teaching courses and looking for snails and crawfish in the shallows or waving to the small mouth bass. During the remainder of the year, she pops in and out of Diver City SCUBA to help out in the service department fixing torn gloves, hoods, boots, and wetsuits from the rental fleet.
Pro Since: 2016
Joined Team: 2015
Certified Location: West Hawk Lake