North Florida Cave and Technical Diving

About Your Instructor


Here is what North Florida Cave and Technical Divers instructor Johnny Richards has to say about himself.

“Since my original certification in 1970, I have been fascinated by the underwater world. I have had the privilege of diving many different environments from Texas lakes to the Andrea Doria, and a variety of locations around the world.

“From the time of my first introduction to the world of underwater caves in 1987, I was captivated by the beauty and challenge of diving this environment. As I began to pursue scuba instruction in 1986, I realized the satisfaction of passing along my interest to others. This interest remains very much alive today and is a primary reason for my decision to make scuba instruction a full-time career.”

Johnny’s Resume


  • Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in Political Science
    University of Texas at Austin
    May, 1977
  • Juris Doctor
    Saint Mary's Law School
    San Antonio, Texas
    December, 1979


Career History

  • President of a private practice professional corporation law firm
    June, 1980- February, 2000
  • Scuba Divemaster and Instructor (Open Water to Assistant Instructor and Nitrox)
    Scuba Sphere, Fort Worth, Texas
    June, 1986- May, 1997
  • Independent Scuba Instructor (Open Water to Assistant Instructor and Nitrox)
    Fort Worth, Texas
    May, 1997- February, 2000
  • Independent Instructor (Open Water to Intro to Cave and Technical)
    High Springs, Florida
    August, 2001 to October, 2001
  • Staff Instructor, Ginnie Springs Outdoors
    High Springs, Florida
    October, 2001 to present
  • Independent Instructor (Apprentice Cave Dive, Full Cave Diver, Stage and DPV Specialties and Nitrox through Extended Range)
    High Springs, Florida
    November, 2002 to present


Dive Qualifications

  • June 25, 1970- Open Water certified through PADI, SCIP and NASDS.
  • Numerous Open water specialty courses and dives from time of certification until I began to pursue Divemaster training through Scuba Sphere, NE in June, 1986.
  • PADI Open Water Instructor, IDC Staff Instructor and Master Instructor (M25965)
    June, 1988- June, 1990.
  • Cavern, Basic Cave and Full Cave Diver through NSS-CDS, NACD (#1172) and CMAS
    September, 1987- July, 1991
  • NAUI Cave Diver
    September, 1987
  • PADI Cavern Instructor
    September, 1988
  • Basic Cave Surveyor Specialty
    December, 1991
  • (Cave) Recovery Specialty
    December, 1991
  • IANTD Nitrox, Technical Nitrox and Trimix Diver
    May, 1992- September, 1993
  • TDI/IANTD Nitrox and Advanced Nitrox Instructor
    September, 1995- April, 1996
  • NSS-CDS Cavern/Intro Instructor
    August, 2001
  • NSS-CDS Full Cave Instructor
    November, 2002
  • NACD Cavern through Full Cave Instructor
    December, 2002
  • TDI Decompression Procedures through Advanced Trimix Instructor
    April, 2003- December, 2003
  • IANTD Technical Diver and Normoxic Trimix Instructor
    April, 2003- January, 2004
  • Abe Davis and Wakulla Gold Awards
  • Henry Nicholson Cave Diving Award
  • International Safety Award
  • Co-Author, NACD Cavern/Cave Student Workbook
  • Author, NACD Double Tank Intro course, NACD Apprentice Cave Diver course and NACD Sustaining Contributor Program
  • Author, NSS-CDS Deep Cave Diver course
  • David Desautels Conservation Award
  • NACD Exemplary Service Award
  • NACD Instructor of the Year- 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • TDI Outstanding Instructor Award- 2013 and 2014


Past Positions

  • Member, Emerald Sink Advisory Panel
  • Member, Hart Springs Advisory Committee
  • NSS-CDS Training Chairman
  • NSS-CDS Board of Directors
  • Member, NACD Training Committee
  • Member, NACD Board of Directors
  • NACD Vice President
  • NACD Treasurer
  • Chairman, NACD Conservation Committee
  • Diepolder II and III Guide




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