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Christopher Cirillo

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Christopher Cirillo
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PADI Master Instructor and DAN Instructor Trainer Christopher Cirillo has traveled extensively throughout the Bahamas, Caribbean and Hawaii. Certified at age 14 as a PADI open water diver, his first job was working at a PADI dive shop, and his enthusiasm exploring and sharing the joy of the underwater world with others has never waivered.

In addition to working as a dive educator, Chris is the author of the Amazon bestselling travel book Spanish Wells Bahamas, The Island, The People, The Allure. He is an accomplished news journalist and photograher and also served as an emergency medical system (EMS) administrator since 1994, earning special commendations for his leadership as EMS commander on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for his work during Hurricane Katrina, as well as many other major disasters.

Chris' community service above and below the surface of the water earned him various awards and recognition including Hometown Hero by a Mobile, Alabama TV station, Citizen of the Year by the Alabama Children's Hospital and its Poison Control Center, 100% AWARE Instructor and was designated a 2013 and 2104 PADI Elite Instuctor.

Chris can be found teaching and guiding dives at Emerald Coast Scuba in Destin, Florida. Visit to schedule a dive outing, scuba course or Project AWARE diver specialty course and visit his website at

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