A true north Florida Native, Ryan’s extreme passion and love for the ocean started at an early age. Spearfishing & surfing before he memorized his multiplication tables, Ryan learned his way around docks and boat ramps while other kids learned their way on the neighborhood playgrounds. Ryan grew up as a 2nd generation dive instructor utilizing freediving for hunting, underwater photography & reef research. After transitioning from Ocean Rescue Lifeguard for the city to assisting his father in instructing scuba diving for students, he came to the realization that he wanted to make his passion into a career. He pursed this dream and after much hard work, his father and he seized the opportunity to open up a family dive shop, The Dive Source, located in St. Augustine, Florida. Ryan now owns/runs SAVAGE DIVING & teaches Freediving, Spearfishing & Reef Research while running Spearfishing excursions throughout Florida.
Ryan is a Master Freedive Instructor, Emergency First Responder Instructor, Dive Master, USCG Captain, United States Lifeguard Association Lifetime Member, North Florida Reef Research Team Founder/President & Commercial Spearo.
Originally from Dallas, Texas; in high school he was captain of his swim team where he went on to set multiple school records.
After joining the United States Army, Chris served as a Sniper in the Infantry for eleven years. In 2020 he made the transition from being a hunter of men to a hunter of fish. As a 2020 Operation Apnea winner, he truly began his training & found his passion as a Freedive Instructor, Commerical Spearo and Spearfishing Guide. After training with Ryan Rush, in just six months Chris successfully reached depths of 100 feet! Chris has found diving and spearing incredibly therapeutic and wishes to share this his passion with the rest of the veteran community and the world.
Chris is a Master Freediver, Assistant Instructor, Certified Combat Lifesaver, Emergency First Responder, Seasoned Spearfishing Guide & Commercial Spearo.