Izzy grew up in Miami Florida. He started diving and spearfishing with his father at the age of seven. He attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach Florida and received a BS in Aeronautics. He holds a commercial pilots license, with Instrument and Multi Engine Rating.
In 1982 he obtained his Open Water Certification with the PADI organization, and by 1986 he was an Open Water Instructor. Izzy took a job with Divers Paradise in 1986 in Tavernier Florida, were he was an Instructor and Store Manager.
Izzy has been active in the diving industry for more than 35 years. He is certified as a Hydrostatic Tester, Repair Technician and Scuba Tank Inspector.