Scuba Diving

Adam Maire + Christine West

Founders of Fins to Spurs / PADI Professionals

Biography

Travel fanatics Christine West and Adam Maire have spent more than 10 years working their way around the world with jobs that included PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, teacher, trip leader and guide. So, it only made sense they would put their knowhow to good use when they formed Fins to Spurs in 2015, a project and website that encourages travelers to use adventurous opportunities like careers in scuba diving, horseback riding, surfing and rock climbing to fund more immersive trips around the world. “The goal for this type of travel is to interact with local businesses and people, resulting in more authentic and sustainable travel experiences,” West says. Fins to Spurs shares active job opportunities and volunteer positions worldwide to inspire others to get involved while traveling. They didn’t stop there. “Due to our belief in the transformative power of scuba diving and action sports, we organized the Sea Star Foundation, a nonprofit company dedicated to veterans, PTSD sufferers and the disabled through aquatic recreational therapy activities,” Maire says.

Hometown

Kearney, Nebraska
United States

Career Highlights

  • In May 2016, Sea Star Foundation was incorporated
  • In April 2016, named PADI AmbassaDiversTM
  • In January 2016, Maire became a PADI OWSI; West and Maire began teaching in Thailand
  • In January 2016, began working with a rock climbing/ kayaking company in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
  • In December 2015, volunteered with Lanterns, a community charity in Vietnam, to make and distribute food to families in need
  • In June 2015, Maire became a United States Coast Guard captain in Alaska
  • In May 2015, launched the Fins to Spurs website
  • In January 2014, West became certified as a Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor
  • In 2014, led manta night dives with Manta Ray Advocates Hawaii
  • In January 2013, Maire was certified as a PADI Divemaster
  • From August 2010 to July 2011, Maire was deployed in Afghanistan with the US Army
  • In August 2009, West assisted Jean-Michel Cousteau on an educational snorkel with children in California
  • In December 2008, Maire joined the US Army as part of an airborne infantry unit
  • In March 2006, West became a PADI OWSI and took her first dive job on a live-aboard in the Caribbean

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