Born in Eufaula, Alabama, Carlis came to us originally as a Dive Instructor and worked his way up the ranks as engineer, first mate of Aquacat, and eventually Captain of Cat Ppalu. Before joining the company he attended Auburn university. While there, he found his love of scuba diving while taking a class at the local dive shop. After Auburn, he attended Commercial Diving Academy in Jacksonville, FL where he became an instructor and commercial diver. After school, he ran environmental cleanup services, dredging and salvage operations, and underwater welding for about 3 years. He has a degree in mix gas theory and has been diving for the past 10 years. On his time off he enjoys traveling, backcountry camping, cooking, fishing, and sailing. Some of the places he has recently ventured to include South Africa, Scotland, Belgium, Italy, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and Cayman Islands. He hopes to soon start backpacking the natural wonders of the world starting with Yellowstone National Park. He loves sailing, fishing, and free diving and has fallen in love with the Exumas. Some of his best times are simply sailing around the Exumas and enjoying the scenery.