Volunteer Spotlight, Bill Scherer

Bill Scherer

Bill Scherer

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Growing up in New Jersey, Bill always found ways to become involved outdoors. Whether he was fishing or gardening, outside is where he wanted to be. 

In his early days, Bill spent six years in the United States Navy. Five of those years were spent in a submarine. This is where his love of being underwater began. When he was discharged from the Navy, he knew he would someday return to his love of being underwater.

After spending a career as a Field Engineer with Northrop Grumman, where he spent time with U.S. troops rebuilding electronic systems in Iraq, Bill eventually retired and moved to Florida. 

Bill’s opportunity to return to the water became a reality when he discovered he could volunteer his time helping Weeki Wachee Springs State Park as a volunteer diver. “After I retired, I was looking for something where I could contribute to my community, and get back to the outdoors,” said Bill. “When I learned Weeki Wachee Springs State Park was looking for dive volunteers, I jumped at the opportunity to get back in the water!” 

Bill and the other dive volunteers spend several days a week, cleaning the glass to the underwater theater, and resource management activities such as algae removal clean-ups from the spring. 

Bill’s favorite part of volunteering is the camaraderie he and his fellow divers have developed over time. “We’ve become a family at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. I look forward to my time at the park and making a difference.”

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