An award winning author, Professional Life Coach and exciting public speaker, Larry Skahill lived his life-long dream of a career on the leading edge of the high-tech world, managing the Vandenberg AFB Weather Station operations and maintenance crews. For sport, he spearfished in the beautiful waters off the Central Coast of California. In 2002, while diving in a “no boats allowed” swim area Larry was ran over by a careless boater and “essentially cut in half” (Kenneth Waxman, MD, trauma surgeon).
Up for a promotion to further heights in the Space Flight industry, instead the accident left Larry permanently disabled. Relying on his deep faith in God and the belief that all things happen for a reason, Larry courageously fought back to build a new life. He returned to his love of the ocean where he taught over thirty others to free-dive and spearfish.
Larry studied with the American Association of Christian Counselors as well as the International Coach Federation – the oldest and highest standards organization in the emerging field of Coaching.
Larry’s coached at many levels, from individuals whose own lives have been seriously disrupted, to organizational executives and leaders of international Aerospace firms. Larry has developed Life Coaching tools for both individuals and organizations and specializes in partnering with others to discover and achieve their missions in life.
Publishing credits include: “The Upper Room,” the largest subscription Christian daily devotional magazine (4.5 million circ.). Larry is a regular contributor to “Writers Voice,” a publication of the Christian Writers Guild of Santa Barbara. “Dead Man Rising” is his first book. His second book “Propel to Hope: When Life Hurts Like Hell,” is a daily devotional for folks going through brutal times. Check out his website to find free downloads of this vital and free resource for the hurting. Larry invites visitors to his site to make suggestions for improvements to ”Propel to Hope” while sharing their own struggles. He is excited about his third book “Propel Beyond Fear: Dive into Life” (due out fall of 2013) in which he combines his love of free diving with his coaching skills using a variety of adventurous dive stories to coach readers to a life well lived.
Core Values and Beliefs:
1)God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) created all things. He alone is worthy of all praise.
2)In the greatest act of humility imaginable, Jesus Christ died for each and every one of us.
3)The defining purposes of all humankind are to love God and love others as ourselves. This is accomplished through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit enabling us to live lives of full devotion to God.
4)All human beings are made in the image of God and deserve the greatest love and respect .
5)All human beings have the creative potential of God and can lead totally fulfilling lives as they discover God’s individual purpose for their lives, find the proper motivations and put a plan into action with regular accountability.
Readers and clients leading God-honoring, values-driven, and purposeful lives.
In keeping with the primal nature of free-diving, Larry’s writing and coaching serve his PRIMAL mission:
Readers and clients to find
Motivation to overcome obstacles in order to
Achieve meaningful, impactful
Put simply: Partnering to Inspire, Motivate and Achieve with Excellence.
Publishing and Website Acknowledgments:
I have been blessed by several accomplished professionals during both the writing, editing, publishing and marketing of my award-winning book, “Dead Man Rising.” Noteworthy among these gifted, amazing folks are the following contributors:
Dead Man Rising; From a Watery Grave to an Incredible Life
Editor: Mick Silva
Cover: Kris Orr
Interior Layout: Jeff Gerke
Watermark design: Andy Mock
Author Photos: Larry Matulis
Propel Publishing Website:
Website Design: Larry Rampenthal
Widget and slider design and layouts: Larry Matulis
My thanks to these wonderful artists. I couldn’t have done this without you.