Ken Golding grew up on military bases in the tropics. Learning to swim in lagoons in the Philippines sparked a true interest in the things of the ocean. Moving to Guam, brought the first opportunities for solo snorkeling along the reefs. With a move to Panama, he picked up his first spear and was introduced to the sport of spearing fish by some of the local people. As a teenager he moved to Puerto Rico, and learned to scuba dive. Most weekends were spent diving, spearing and lobstering with many of the sailors who were stationed there. Ken then joined the US Navy and met his wife Shirley, also a veteran while stationed in San Diego. They were married in 1982. Finally after serving 8 years in the US Navy, Ken and his wife Shirley were able to move to South Florida, where they live today, spending lots of time in the ocean, both free-diving and diving all while spearing and lobstering. With the ability to go to the Bahamas, Florida Keys, Gulf Coast, Blue water gulfstream and many other places very easily, Ken refers to this area as a "Very Big Playground".
When he is not playing, he writes computer software and works with Real Estate. Ken and Shirley try to split their time between Palm Beach Gardens, and Cudjoe Key, Fl, where they share the experience of the ocean with many friends and family members. One of the highlights of any great spearfishing trip is spending time have a great meal with friends enjoying the fresh catch of the day.
Ken is proud to be able to serve on the IUSA Board, and looks at it as an opportunity to help others discover the incredible world of spearfishing. His desire is to help others learn to dive safely, have fun, share experiences with great friends, all while respecting the ecology and obeying the rules and regulations. He has a great desire to help ensure that all of the blessings from the sea will be available for his and other future grandchildren to enjoy.