NAVFAC Marianas Coordinator enjoys water sports
At Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas, Regional Environmental Coordinator Mark Cruz’s professional investment in the environment is also personal.
During his spare time, Cruz enjoys Guam’s reefs, waters and scenery, taking part in a number of activities from surfing, canoeing, kayaking and snorkeling.
“These activities provide a great balance,” he said. “Life is too short not to get out in the environment and enjoy it.”
Though Cruz has always had the ocean close to his heart, he said after returning to Guam from college, his interests in ocean activities increased.
“When I was young and living in Guam, I did spend a lot of time with family at the beach, so I definitely missed that while in the states,” he said. “My goal when I returned was to expand the activities to include scuba diving, surfing and kayaking.”
With a busy schedule of family and work, Cruz said his hobby helps to take him away from the details of everyday life. To find time to pursue his slice of paradise, Cruz is up before the sun, partaking in the waves.
“You can get a good surf or canoe session in if you are in the water around 6 a.m.,” he said. “I enjoy surfing in Hagatna before work or paddling in Piti before work.”
Cruz isn’t a solo act, however. He shares his love for the ocean with his son, who he brings with him for all his beach activities.
“My son was in the ocean before he could walk,” he said. “By age 3, he could snorkel on his own with a lifejacket. So far, he enjoys his time out there on the kayak, canoe or surfboard. It’s also important since he will learn ocean safety at a very young age.”
Cruz said Guam’s weather and environment make for a prime location to enjoy the beach.
“Folks need to take advantage,” he said. “There is wind for sailing, waves for riding and reefs to snorkel and scuba dive. When there (is) no wind or waves, that is the best time to paddle on a canoe or kayak along the beautiful coastlines of Guam.”