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I'm Chris Langehaug and diving is one of my most favorite things to do. I originally was certified in 1995 in Panama. I was a Jungle Warfare instructor at the time in the US Army and often wondered what it was like under the beautiful blue Caribbean waters we trained on. I spent most of my free time diving and I was hooked. When I returned back to the United States I ended up in Utah. A friend and I decided we'd knock out our Advanced Open Water Diver Certification. Again I journeyed back to the Caribbean and fell in love with the Yucatan Peninsula.
I decided I would continue on with my dive training. I completed my Rescue Diver Certification as well as worked my way up to the highest non-professional level, Master Scuba Diver. This rank is basically a black belt in scuba diving. Shortly after, I joined the professional ranks as a Divemaster. Once I had a taste of the pro side I knew that teaching Scuba was where I wanted to go. I completed my instructor rating and shortly after, knocked out MSDT (Master Scuba Diver Trainer) rating. I can teach over 30 unique scuba diving specialties including Sidemount Diving, Tec Sidemount Diving, all the PADI Technical Diving Programs, and the brand new PADI Rebreather Diver and PADI Advanced Rebreather Diver programs.
Occasionally as a Staff Instructor, I assist aspiring Divemasters and Assistant Instructors in becoming new Instructors. Being committed to dive safety, I have gone through the dive medical training to be qualified as a DAN DES (Diving Emergency Specialist) and a DEMP (Diving Emergency Management Provider.) I am also an Emergency First Response and Secondary Care (CPR, Basic First Aid, AED) Instructor.
I have had the privilege to train directly under Jeff Loflin and add Technical Diving to my course offerings. Technical diving allows you to reach wrecks and destinations few people on the planet will ever see. Additionally, you wear specialized equipment that allows you to conduct actual decompression diving and use enriched air up to 100% Oxygen. Additionally, the Rebreather revolution is taking the world by storm. I'm the only PADI Rebreather instructor in Utah and one of a handful world wide. Rebreathers change the game. Light weight recreational rebreathers travel easily in a carry on bag. You benefit from longer bottom times and a more enjoyable experience overall as you recycle your air keeping you warmer. If that wasn't enough reason to check one out, the aquatic life interactions are unlike any you have ever experienced.
Scuba Diving and Dive Training in Utah seems an odd combination but we have some very unique geothermic activity (warm springs) that offer training year round. Additionally, Technical Dive Training in Utah has limited offerings. I'm unique in that you won't receive the high pressure of buying equipment from a dive shop or that I'm doing you a favor by allowing you access to this "elitist club." Technical diving has it's purpose and if you are like me and enjoy deep wrecks and reefs or just want to extend your bottoms times past recreational limits, I'll be happy to provide you that training.
Choosing an instructor should be the priority over which organization they train for. I’m fair but expect my students to meet all requirements of whatever class they participate in. My students pay for training not certification. I prefer smaller groups to large "cattle car" operations. I believe we all have the responsibility of preserving our oceans and marine life for future generations. We should consider ourselves ambassadors to the ocean. Diver or not
I look forward to working with you and your friends and family. Sharing one of the most majestic and exciting environments on our planet.