Growing up he fished all the land-locked waters of Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. In these waters he caught limits on bass, trout, crappie, bluegill, catfish, etc. It is known that if Bill Dance or Roland Martin didn’t catch fish on an outing then Capt Art must have been there the day before.
At 20 years of age he joined the United States Air Force and became one of the elite Pararescuemen. Here, he trained in the field of Rescue and Recovery Operations. His favorite training was SCUBA. This started his adventures on the “high seas” that to this day continues to inspire and excite others, hence the name Arts Adventures.
In the Air Force for 30 years Capt Art has fished and dived the world over. His favorite spots are Hawaii, Okinawa and the Philippines. His memorable dive experiences were dry suit dives in Iceland and England; beautiful but just too cold. The Air Force is where Capt Art received most of his boating skills. In the 70s he was part of the 6594 Test Group, Hickam AFB, Hawaii whose primary mission was satellite recovery operations. Later, he led search and rescue teams to Africa and Spain for the Space Shuttle Transoceanic Abort Landing Sites. These contingent operations required parachuting skills that had recurring training in open ocean parachute deployments. For 30 years Capt Art maintained these skills and was the lead boat master instructor. He attended numerous USCG sanctioned schools and maintained his boating skills throughout his 30-year tenure.
Capt Art received orders to Florida, for the second time, in Aug of 93 where he has fished and dived these waters non-stop. Fish behavior and habitat has become second nature to him through all his underwater encounters. He has made hundreds of dives off the Florida coast and has discovered numerous uncharted fish and lobster havens that always bring good results. It is said that if the fish aren’t biting then Capt Art will go down, see what the problem is; and fix it!!! Capt Art retired from the AF in June of 2003. He is now doing what he enjoys the most, FISHING AND DIVING, DEEP SEA ADVENTURES ON FLORIDA’S TREASURE COAST.