|DAN Examiner #4260||Michael Steidley|
>Michael Steidley was born in Washington D.C. and moved to Southern California at the age of 6. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1981 with a master of science degree in physical organic chemistry.
>Steidley was first introduced to scuba diving in 1968 while he was participating in the Los Angeles County Junior Frogman program. He became certified in 1974 and has been an active diver since. Steidley became a PADI Instructor in 1980 and has continued to actively teach diving since then, celebrating his 34th year as a diving instructor. He is now an active SSI Instructor Trainer and Certifier. Additionally, Steidley is an active NAUI and PADI Instructor and DAN Instructor Examiner. He is also a Visual Cylinder Inspector Instructor Trainer for the Professional Scuba Inspectors Organization and a TDI Instructor Trainer for Semi-Closed Rebreathers, Decompression Procedures, and Extended Range.
>Steidley co-authored one of the first books ever written on dive computers entitled Diving with Dive Computers and has co-authored four other diving texts. In addition, Steidley has published more than 100 articles about diving and diving equipment in such magazines as Skin Diver, the Undersea Journal, NAUI News, and Discover Diving. He is also an accomplished underwater photographer, with hundreds of published photos and cover shots on magazines.
>Steidley currently lives in Winter Garden, Florida, with his wife Rachael. He served as the SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Corporate Safety Manager for 3 years. He is currently the District Manager for Head Aquatic Sports, Mares, and Scuba Schools International for Central and South Florida.