My name’s Austin, and I created OtterAquatics to teach hobbyists of all skill levels on how to succeed scuba diving, fishing, and building aquariums.

Austin has been curious about the oceans and waters since he was just 11 years old. He first set up a saltwater tank, and through a lot of trial, and error started to learn a lot more about the hobby. At 16 years old, Austin became scuba diving certified in Kona, Hawaii. Today, he is currently working on his dive master.

Q. What’s your favorite place you’ve ever scuba dove?

It would have to be my first liveaboard trip in the Bahamas, where I dove 19 times over 6 days, becoming a much more comfortable and confident diver.

Q. What is your favorite saltwater aquarium fish?

For me, it’s a toss up between the long nose hawkfish, or the mandarin goby.

Q. What’s your most memorable fishing experience?

Likely my time on fishing charters in Miami, Florida. While fishing in Southern Florida, there’s so many different types of fish that you never know what you’re going to catch.