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LA's Scuba Dive Team - Staff, Instructors & Captains

   At Eco Dive Center we’re dedicated to the lifestyle of scuba diving and to the community that embraces that lifestyle of safe diving practices. Look through the bios of our team and you’ll see a recurring PADI PADItheme. For all of us, diving is our passion and teaching others to dive is what we live for.

  Our instructors and divemasters are certified to teach scuba diving through the industry's major certifying agencies. In fact, all of our instructors hold multiple training credentials and can teach virtually any course offered by any certifying agency. Our professionals hold the knowledge and experience to help make you one of California's best divers.
Whether you're trying scuba for the first time or you're going for instructor certification, we have a team member who will instruct and inspire you every step of the way. 
For all of its diversity, the underwater environment is under siege. An integral part of our mission is to help educate, protect and conserve these fragile ecosystems.
At Eco Dive Center our goal is to train divers in marine life awareness as well as how to be better underwater explorers. 

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Ron Ron, Instructor

Rank: USCG Boat Captain 100T, PADI Course Director, SDI Instructor Trainer, TDI Instructor, UICC46 LA County Instructor, Shop Staff: In-Store Teammate, Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Nitrox, Deep, Night, Search & Recovery, Wreck, Rescue, Instructor and Open Water Divers
Student Certification Count: 2800+
Bio: I grew up and started diving here in Los Angeles when I was a youngster and here I am, running a dive center for 20yrs. But after diving throughout the years I began to notice a change in the local eco-system. Less fish at our local reefs, no more Otters, no more Abalone, less Giant Sea Bass and an unbalanced Kelp-Forests due to warming waters. Fueled by my love of diving and concern for our reefs I started volunteering in the Kelp restoration projects and teaching ecological dive courses. Now Eco Dive Center is our new home, the first solar powered dive cente with the best eco-minded dive team. I've taught diving all over the world and I have never seen such a fun group of energetic, strict on safety and dedicated teammates. Here at Eco Dive you'll see a difference, we teach because we love it and we promote the same gear we personally dive with. We walk like we talk.
My Dive Gear: Atomic Regs, ScubaPro KnightHawk BCD, Atomic Cobalt computer and Hollis Bat-fins, BARE X-Mission drysuit with DUI Undergarments.

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Beth Beth, Instructor / Travel Agent

Rank: USCG Boat Captain 100T, SDI Instructor Trainer, Emergency First Response Instructor, Technical Diver, PADI Master Instructor, DAN Instructor, Technical Diving Instructor, Shop Staff: In-Store Teammate, Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Instructor for 18 different specialties, Beginners, Advanced, Rescue, Divemaster and Instructors
Student Certification Count: 1800+
Bio: There are three things I love most about diving. Teaching swimming, snorkeling and bubble making to the community's young future divers lets me share my passions with our next generation. I also enjoy traveling & diving the world, I've been to amazing reefs like Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Cancun & Cozumel, Thailands Similan Islands, Fiji, Costa Rica and the famous Galapagoes... but our SoCal Islands are still my favorite. Our waters have the some of the most biodiversity in the world & that gives me lots to teach. We opened Eco Dive Center in 2005 with an awesome mission of Exploration, Conservation and Education. Our instructors are hand picked and are considered the best, just read our reviews. Our in-store credo is to gear people up the first time, the right time. Come meet us all:)
My Dive Gear: Mares fins and mask, OMS BCD and harness, BARE Wetsuits, drysuit and boots, Apeks Regulators

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Jason Jason,

Rank: SDI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, PADI Master Instructor, Shop Staff: In-Store Teammate, Beach Clean Up Captain, Sales Manager, Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginner, Advanced, Rescue, Divemaster, Shark Conservation Diving & Research Diver Certification
Student Certification Count: 880
Bio: At the age of 10 I attended CIMI - Catalina Marine Institute and I instantly knew that I wanted to dedicate my life to all things ocean. Started out free diving and eventually moved to scuba. It has been downhill from there. I have dove all over the world my favorites being Western Australia (Wobbegong Sharks!) and the Kelp Forests here in California. I specialize in fish identification and marine life. I am particularly interested in sharks. I love diving with them and educating people on how to protect them. I have a distinctive specialty in Shark Conservation Diving. My goal is to get my students as excited about the ocean and diving as I am.
My Dive Gear: ScubaPro Knight Hawk BCD, ScubaPro regulators, Atomic Cobalt Dive Computer, ScubaPro Nova Scotia Semi Dry Suit.… I'll help you choose the right stuff.

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Dylan Dylan,

Rank: PADI Instructor Trainer, SDI Instructor Trainer, Repair Tech, Emergency First Response Instructor, PADI Master Instructor, Technical Diving Instructor, Shop Staff: In-Store Teammate, Equipment Technician, Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners, advanced, rescue divers, professionals, sidemount, technical, cavern + 30 other specialities
Student Certification Count: 888
Bio: My life begins in the water. My parents threw me in the water and I was swimming before I could walk. Growing up in Southern California, I've been in, on or around the water and the great outdoors my entire life. Boating, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Surfing and bugging my parents to let me get certified for SCUBA since I watched my first Sea Hunt episode. When I was thirteen, I became a certified diver and haven't stopped diving since. Actually, I can't remember the last time any of my dive gear was dry. I love our oceans and the amazing diverse aquatic life that dwells off the pacific coast. My love for teaching goes beyond just introducing my students to the amazing underwater world, but passing on my love for diving and the need for conservation of our oceans so future generations can enjoy them too.
My Dive Gear: Atomic T3 and M1, Zeagle Ranger LTD, Hollis SMS100D, SMS75 and Katana, Shearwater Petrel 2 & Perdix, BARE Reactive Wetsuit, Bare X-Mission Drysuit, Big Blue Dive Lights (4500PC-Slim & AL1200NP)

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Autumn Autumn,

Rank: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Shop Staff: In-Store Teammate, Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Bio: Growing up on the West Coast of Canada, water has always been a part of my life, from swimming to kayaking to wakeboarding. However, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I started scuba diving. As soon as I got certified in Belize on a special birthday trip - I was hooked and never looked back!!!! I came back to LA and got immersed in the dive community here. Mentored through Jason, Dylan, Tim and Ron I continued my PADI dive education and now look forward to spreading my diving excitement onto customers. For me diving and showing gear is more than sales and modeling, but exploring an exciting foreign world of water and the opportunity to find a calming sense of peace under the sea. The life renewing energy found in the water and passion for environmental awareness/protection are some of my favourite things to get other divers excited about.
My Dive Gear: ScubaPro Lady Hawk BCD; Atomic regulators; Zoop dive computer; variety of brands and styles of wetsuits and a ScubaPro Drysuit… Come into Eco and will find the right stuff for you!!!

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Zach Zach,

Rank: PADI Instructor Trainer, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: In-Store Teammate, Beach Clean Up Captain, Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Bio: Growing up in Southern California, I have always been in the ocean and once I discovered scuba, I fell lov. I have been coral diving in Fiji, and wreck diving in Hawaii, but I love California kelp diving above all else. Every time I step up on a dive boat, I am giddy with excitement as if it was my first time heading out. My other passion is teaching. As a fifth grade teacher, I am passionate about showing the world to my students. Being able to combine scuba and teaching together is almost too perfect!
My Dive Gear: Bare reactive 7mm suit, Atomic ST1 regulator, Zeagle Ranger BCD, Scubapro gorilla fins, Hollis mask, Mantis 2 Scubapro Computer

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Sara Sara,

Rank: PADI Divemaster, Shop Staff: In-Store Teammate, Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners
Bio: Sara’s life started in and around the water at an early age; having grown up in in North Carolina then eventually re-rooting to Virginia Beach, VA, the comfort of the coast was never too far away. Her passion for the underwater world was a bond she shared with her late father, a Captain in the Merchant Marines. In 2013 Sara moved to California and enrolled in her Open Water SCUBA diving class taught by Eco Dive Center’s Master instructor Dylan Johnson. Fast forward to several years later, Sara has completed all her certifications and training through Eco Dive Center and is currently preparing for her instructor’s examination. It is with her personal experience and positive mindset that Sara takes a special interest helping coach and encourage students who are facing challenges when working through their performance skill sets. Her goal is to help you fall in love with the underwater world like she did…Swing by Eco and let's get in the water! My Dive Gear: Zeagle Stiletto, Scubapro Titanium Reg, Cobalt 2 Computer, Bare Evoke wetsuit
My Dive Gear: Zeagle Stiletto BCD, ScubaPro Chromis Dive Computer, Oceanic and Aqua Lung Masks, Atomic Aquatics Fins, Aqua Lung Pocket Fins, Mares Flexa DS booties, Sherwood Edge Regulator and 7 mm wetsuit, respectively. Stop in and we'll find the perfect gear for you and your diving needs

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Emery Emery,

Rank: AAUS Scientific Diver, Shop Staff: Beach Clean Up Captain,
Bio: My passion for diving in and conservation of the ocean started out with taking care of freshwater aquariums! As a newly budding fish-nerd engineering student in high school, I was fascinated about how much I learned from studying my freshwater fish and wondered how we could venture and research our closest unexplored territory, the ocean, to learn more about how life is able to sustain itself in the deepest parts. After a robot filled college career, I thought what better way to design an underwater vehicle than to become one! I certified in Open Water and Advanced Open Water with ECO Dive and went on a diving spree for a couple of months to qualify to become a Citizen Scientist Diver with Reef Check. With Reef Check and ECO Dive, I developed more of an appreciation, awareness, and understanding of the health of our California Ecosystems. My life goal is to increase visibility and knowledge towards conservation, research, and exploration of the ocean and its inhabitants through education, community, and technology. I am more than honored to be Beach Clean Up Captain!
My Dive Gear: BCD-Zeagle Stiletto, ScubaPro Solo Mask + Snorkel, Atomic Fins, Computer-Cobalt 2, Reg-Atomic Z3, BackUp Reg-Scuba Pro, BARE 3mm wetsuit, 7mm Aqualung Wetsuit, Lavacore Hood Vest, Boots, Gloves

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Angie Angie,

Rank: PADI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Bio: I was born and raised in Beijing, China. When I was 13, my next door neighbor, a diver, asked if I would like to be his daughter's buddy (had no idea what that meant at the time) and learn how to scuba. We got certified through the Chinese Underwater Association that summer and my world hasn't been the same since. Before coming to Eco, I loved diving but it was more or less just a personal hobby. Because of Eco, I found my passion in helping other divers, traveled to some of the most incredible dive sites in the world and made everlasting friendships. I welcome you to Southern California's dive community and look forward to seeing you soon on a dive boat or in the water :)
My Dive Gear: Zeagle BCDs, Atomic T3 Regulator, Cobalt Computer, BARE Evoke Wetsuit and Nova Fins!

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Kendra Kendra,

Rank: PADI Certified Assistant Instructor, Shop Staff: In-Store Teammate, Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Bio: I began diving in 1989 in the dark cold waters of Whittier, Alaska and while that slowed me down temporarily, a move to California reignited my love for diving. I love to travel and one of my goals is to explore the world both above and below the water although California still ranks as my favorite dive location. The kelp forests are amazing and I can think of no better way to pass an hour than laying on the sand watching a sea-lion chase fish. My favorite dive though so far was off Aliwal Shoals, S.Africa diving the Produce wreck and listening to humpback whales singing underwater. The effect was as if the wreck was haunted. While there I took a specialty course in Shark diving that has lead me to appreciate sharks even more and try to spread the word on fact and fiction regarding them. I am very excited to be working in diving again and can't wait to share the experience with others! My Gear: Waterproof wetsuit, ScubaPro and Atomic
My Dive Gear: Atomic and Waterproof… I'll help you choose the right stuff don't worry.

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Tim Tim,

Rank: PADI Instructor Trainer, SDI Instructor Trainer, Travel Agent, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Team Captain, Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: All the core PADI classes and some additional specialties like, Nitrox and Photo. Fluent in Mandarin
Student Certification Count: 1120
Bio: Growing up on a tiny island in Southeast Asia, it is ironic that I was an aquaphobe till my early twenties. Refusing to give in to my irrational fear of the water, I decided the best course of action was to do something extreme. During summer break in 1999, I traveled to a tiny island in Malaysia, and got certified as an Open Water Diver. Since then, it has been an amazing odyssey which has brought me diving all over the world. Now I want to share my love of the underwater realm with students eager to jump into the water and explore. Few things can compare to the satisfaction of seeing a wide eyed student brimming from ear to ear after their first encounter with a playful sealion. I love all types of diving; wreck diving in Florida and in San Diego, Drift diving down the Colorado and in Cancun, muck diving in Redondo Beach and Lembeh Straits, wall diving in Roatan and in Sipadan, and of course reef diving in Catalina and in the Great Barrier Reef. But one of my favorite types of diving is swimming thru the kelp forests off our California coast. It is like a magical hike through an enchanted Redwood forest with the sun beams shining through between the trees…only underwater!
My Dive Gear: My Gear: Only the best gear for me! ScubaPro Uwatec dive computer with wireless transmitter, Scubapro Seahawk BCD, Scubapro S600 MK25 Regulator, Scubapro Nova Scotia semi dry wetsuit and Scubapro Everdry Neoprene drysuit. Also, Hollis Bat Fins. Canon G10 camera with Canon Underwater Housing and Sea&Sea YS01 strobe.

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Shannon Shannon,

Rank: PADI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners to rescue diver
Student Certification Count: 112
Bio: Growing up in Missouri, I always found the ocean fascinating. I went to college for biology, planning to pursue a career in marine ecology research. I graduated with a BA from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, getting my Open Water certification my sophomore year on a trip to Cozumel. I dove when I could during the summers while I was traveling, and moved out to LA three months later to be closer to the ocean and other divers (hard to come by those in Missouri). I plan to go to graduate school for a master's degree in marine ecology, and hope to eventually have a career in ecology research related to climate change. I have a passion for conservation and ecological awareness, which are two very important ideals for divers to learn. Come to Eco and let us teach you!

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Ashley Ashley,

Rank: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners to Pro
Bio: My first scuba experience was in Koh Phangan, Thailand, in 2007. I loved it so much I decided to get certified the next year in Cozumel, Mexico. I dove for many years in tropical locations such as Maui, Cabo and the British Virgin Islands before finally trying California diving in my Advanced class with Jason at Eco. I was hooked - you really can’t beat the beauty of California diving - and continued taking classes so that I could help others experience the joy of diving. In addition to teaching, I recently completed the Reef Check California training program, allowing me to collect data which is used to protect our local rocky reef ecosystem.
My Dive Gear: ScubaPro Ladyhawk BCD, ScubaPro MK17 and G260 regulators, Suunto D6i computer, Atomic mask, ScubaPro Seawing Nova fins

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Chris Chris,

Rank: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginner to Divemaster
Student Certification Count: 155
Bio: I grew up in So Cal and have been in the water since I can remember. My father is a Waterman and at a young age introduced me to the ocean... I remember snorkeling at the age of 4 in Hawaii and credit that trip to be the moment I knew I loved the ocean and needed to be near it the rest of my life.. I played water polo and swim in school which helped me snag a summer lifeguarding job for the city.. I took my passion for the the pool/ocean and started teaching swim lessons which I currently do in some sort of fashion still today along with martial Arts.. Scuba was something I always wanted to try and felt like a natural progression with all the activities I love doing in the ocean.. I tried scuba diving in Thailand years ago and I was hooked. I found Eco dive center through a friend and I took my open water class with them and didn't look back.. I love teaching scuba and to show people how cool this underwater world is.

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Saif Saif,

Rank: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, SDI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners to Divemasters
Student Certification Count: 178
Bio: He's back in black! Once an SDI dive instructor in the past, now a modified and ready to rock and roll PADI dive instructor.
My Dive Gear: All the best gear from Atomic and Waterproof… I'll help you choose the right stuff don't worry.

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Stephen Stephen,

Rank: PADI Instructor Trainer, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginner to Professional
Student Certification Count: 149
Bio: My first scuba experience was actually at Space Camp (yes, I'm a bit of a nerd) - simulating weightlessness in a tank in Huntsville, Alabama. Years later, I was traveling in Central America and remembering how much I'd enjoyed scuba and loved the water, decided to get certified. I fell in love with scuba, immediately moving on to my Advanced course. In early 2014 I relocated from Washington DC to sunny Los Angeles and jumped at the chance to dive every weekend, and ultimately decided to share my love of scuba and the ocean with others. I've been to Belize, Honduras, Mexico, Grand Cayman, and the Philippines; traveling and diving are two of my favorite things and I love to combine them whenever possible.
My Dive Gear: Waterproof 5mm semi-dry wetsuit, Scubapro 3mm wetsuit, Scubapro Evertec drysuit, Oceanic BUD back-up computer, Mares Avanti Quattro fins, Atomic Aquatics split fins, Akona dive travel bag. I love talking gear and keeping up with current trends, so I'll help get you suited up right.

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Skip Skip,

Rank: PADI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners to Rescue
Student Certification Count: 59
Bio: When I was a kid, one of my favorite TV shows was “Sea Hunt,” starring Lloyd Bridges who played a freelance scuba diver. That got me fascinated with the sport, so I begged my parents to let me take scuba lessons. I was first certified in 1967, and, after all these years, every time I go diving, I’m as excited as I was the first time I put on scuba gear. For the past twenty-odd years I’ve worked as a public speaker and negotiation consultant. I’ve taught negotiation seminars all over the world, and Ron and Beth finally convinced me that it was high time I combined my love of teaching for my love of all things scuba.

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Fred Fred,

Rank: PADI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Bio: Growing up in LA has afforded me the opportunity to be the biggest kid in the world. I’ve taught just about anything that has to do with the water. I’ve been a Lifeguard for LA City for about 6 years now, as well as a surf instructor for 3 years. What was simply a conversation with a few fellow lifeguards, led to back to back certifications all the way to Instructor. With such a love for all things in the water, and the ability to teach many of the skills. I decided why not do one more? If there are no waves for me to surf, I’m down below as much as I can be. I am fascinated by sharks and deep diving and am making it my goal to further my knowledge and skills in these aspects of SCUBA.

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Ian Ian,

Rank: PADI Instructor Trainer, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Bio: My dad is a retired navy diver so I was in the water at an early age; you could say diving is in my blood. My first dive was in Key West when I was 13. I started diving early 2015 and progressed through the ranks quickly to gain my Instructor status. Teaching people how to scuba is a wonderful experience that allows me to further my agenda for ocean awareness.

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Goose Goose,

Rank: PADI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor,
Qualified to Teach: Beginner to Professional
Bio: Yes! I am 6’8”… When I was 2 years old I did the unthinkable, I jumped fearlessly off the high dive, and I've got the picture to prove it! I have always been a fish, swimming endless laps in my grandparent's pool growing up. My hard work earned me a scholarship to play water polo at Cal State Long Beach and train with the US national team. My love for the water naturally transitioned into a passion for diving. What began as a awesome Christmas present, has now turned into a incredibly journey under the sea. Eco Dive Center has guided me to where I am today as a diver, and I am very fortunate to be a part of such a great team. I look forward to diving with new and old friends, and sharing the knowledge that I have gained from such great people. I'm trying to look for a good picture, but not finding anything yet

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Rachel Rachel,

Rank: PADI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginner to Professional
Bio: My first time in the water was a “Mommy and Me” class when I was three months old and I’ve been in and around the water ever since. I grew up swimming and playing water polo competitively and eventually moved to the coast to play polo at CSULB. My comfort and athleticism in the water easily translated into a love for diving when I found Eco Dive Center. I went to EDC for my OW certification and quickly moved through the certs to get where I am today, teaching with people who taught me how to dive. It has been an amazing experience and I can’t wait to pass on my love and knowledge of diving to many new divers. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll get to work with someone I once certified as an OW diver.

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Ravi Ravi,

Rank: PADI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners, advanced and rescue divers
Bio: Once known as the "Big Gahuna", Ravi took to diving like a fish to... well you know the rest. A Grip by trade, Ravi began his diving career a part of a job requirement and has since been getting wet whenever he gets the chance. He is a camera geek and is rarely seen without a gopro, his underwater housing for his nikon, or even his submersible point n click so check out his facebook and youtube pages and become his friend. If you dive with Eco, chances are he's caught an image of you!
My Dive Gear: ScubaPro and Oceanic and Waterproof… I'll help you choose the right stuff don't worry.

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Chuck Chuck,

Rank: PADI Certified Assistant Instructor, Shop Staff: Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners
Bio: Chuck was born and raised in the South Bay area of Southern California, where from an early age he spent summers swimming in his grandparents’ backyard pool. He often spent more time below the water than above it, and consequently learned to be at home in the water. He started out surfing and free diving before eventually moving to SCUBA. Chuck is also an avid rock climber and foodie, spending much of his time out of the water sharing those passions with family and friends. His goal is to share all of those passions with anyone who is interested. He is currently training to become a PADI SCUBA instructor.
My Dive Gear: OMS Backplate and wing, Suunto, Aeris, BARE

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Richie Richie,

Rank: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Shop Staff: Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners to Divemaster
Bio: I have been in and out of the water all my life. I was PADI Open Water certified when I was 13 years old. My second home was Shaw’s cove in Laguna Beach. Later, it was at Casino point over at Catalina island diving as much as the pocket book could handle. I loved diving so much I continued my education to become a Scuba Instructor and then got a job at the local dive shop. I have been on many tropical trips throughout the years but there is nothing like California diving. The Kelp, Sea Lions and the fact that it’s in my own backyard have always been most attractive to me. I loved the ocean so much that I moved down to San Diego and worked for Sea World for a number of years working with Commerson’s Dolphins, Sea Lion show, and even witnessed the birth of Takara (AKA Baby Shamu). I thought I had reached the pinnacle of my life until I came back to Los Angeles to have a few births of my own when I started my family. Although they each weighed several tons less, I loved them more than anything else. I still continue my passion for diving today. Diving is and will always be one of the best things in my life and my only hope is that I can share my joy for scuba with all of my friends and students.
My Dive Gear: SCUBAPRO all the way!!! Oceanic Proplus X Dive Computer. Bare Reactive since I prefer to be warm in a wetsuit. I will help you decide

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Michael Michael ,

Rank: PADI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor,
Student Certification Count: 69
Bio: Growing up in Southern California, I have always enjoyed living near the ocean and experienced new adventures. With having an adrenaline for discovering new hobbies I discovered scuba diving shortly after a trip from Hawaii, I was fascinated with the aquatic underworld and was curious to discover what else I could do besides snorkeling. In planning a summer vacation, I thought to myself that if I were to go Tropical for my next vacation, I should consider scuba diving, and what better way to perfect my skills in diving then to be able to practice in my own back yard of the Pacific Ocean. That is when I went to Eco Dive Center for my OW certification and quickly moved through the certs to get where I am today, teaching with people who taught me how to dive. In this journey I have been coral, night, and wreck diving in the Caribbean and in the Bahamas of course California . It has been an amazing experience and I can’t wait to pass on my passion and knowledge of diving to many new divers.
My Dive Gear: Bare reactive 7mm wetsuit, Bare reactive 3mm wetsuit, Bare Dry Suit X-mission, ScubaPro Knight Hawk BCD, Atomic Aquatics T3 Regulator, Atomic Aquatics B2 Octo, Atomic Aquatics Cobalt 2 dive Computer, ScubaPro Seawing Nova Fins.

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Claes Claes,

Rank: PADI Instructor,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners
Bio: New PADI instructor, but a long-time diver.  Citizen scientist diver with Reef Check for 5+ years, lots of dives in the Southern California kelp. I've developed a passion for the local Eco systems and preservation here in California.  Started diving in 1987 with first dives in the Baltic sea in winter time.  A vacation diver with some very awesome tropical dives in Thailand, Bali, Trinidad & Tobago, Florida Keys and Hawaii. Even a few cave dives in the Yucatan.  However, still many places to go! I teach scuba in English and Swedish.

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Dusty Dusty,

Rank: PADI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Equipment Technician, Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners, advanced and professional
Bio: I was born and raised in nowhere eastern Virginia. With no nearby bodies of water, swimming pools, etc, I didn’t even know how to swim until I decided to take up scuba diving. A co-worker kept showing me gorgeous photos of the things he’d seen diving, places he’d gone, and I knew underwater was where I wanted to be. You can float on the top if you want, and stare for miles at the rolling white caps and endless nothing, or you can choose to take the plunge and see the vast treasures that lie below. Old wood and twisted metal are my passion. Every dive is different and awesome in it’s own way, even if you’ve dove there before. Through teaching, I get to share this awesome experience with anyone who wants to break the surface with me.

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Stu Stu,

Rank: PADI Certified Assistant Instructor, Shop Staff: Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners
Bio: Stu became hooked on diving during his first Open Water certification dive off Grand Cayman in 2006. He and a juvenile sea turtle engaged in an in-depth conversation about conservation, the deadly plastic rings that hold 6-packs together, and whether Van Halen was ever actually a good band (the verdict was “not really”). Since then, Stu moved from East Coast to West, discovered his new Scuba family at Eco Dive Center, and achieved his Divemaster certification under the watchful eyes of Autumn, Dylan, Zach, and Jason. Stu is passionate about environmental and biological conservation both above and below the water and is glad to have found a way to share that love with people who haven’t yet tried Scuba. He truly believes that diving is the closest most people can come to space travel and plane-free flight. It’s a beautiful, meditative thing.
My Dive Gear: Cobolt 2 dive computer; Zeagle Stiletto BCD; SeaQuest Pro QD BCD; Henderson wetsuits, Mares split fins; Scubapro Seawing Nova fins; Akona gloves; Akona dive bag; Aqualung Legend LUX Supreme regulator, 2 aluminum & 1 steel tank!

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Dave Dave,

Rank: NAUI Instructor, PADI Instructor, SDI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, UICC46 LA County Instructor, NAUI Instructor, SSI Instructor 5000Pro, Shop Staff: Equipment Sales / Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: All Levels
Student Certification Count: Trillions
Bio: Dave Bunch certified as a basic SCUBA diver in 1962. In 1964 Dave completed the L.A. County's 13TH Underwater Instructors Certification Course (13 U.I.C.C.) and began teaching-certifying divers the very next day. That same year, the first L.A. County Advanced Diver Program started and Dave staffed the first through the 40Th as a dive master and assisted in all other ADP's to date. He has also staffed 14 U.I.C.C.'s as an instructor dive master. Awards over the years are many and include: Outstanding Service as an Instructor to the Underwater Program ( 1967), Outstanding Underwater Instructor (1972, Conrad Limbaugh Award (1993), Presidents Award (1988) and was the recipient of the California SCUBA Service Award (2006). Dave also served on the Board of Director's for the Underwater Instructors Association for many years, and participates in the 3R's Program. He leads three snorkel tours, two days a week at Catalina Island. Dive interests include teaching Basic SCUBA(open water), Intermediate and Advanced Diving Courses, diving for Jade, Spear fishing, game taking, photography, fresh water lake and river diving and Search and salvage diving. Dave worked aboard Princess Cruises (The Love Boat) for ten years teaching crew members and with Astronaut training at the Johnson Space Center's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory for three years while working at The Boeing Company. Previous to that he was in charge of diving operations for Garrett Air Research Mfg. Co. with the first space walks for the Gemini program.
My Dive Gear: ScubaPro, Xcel, Atomic and Zeagle.

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Rank: PADI Divemaster,
Bio: I grew up spending my summers in the Isthmus in Catalina on my family's boat, snorkeling, water skiing, and even SCUBA diving once or twice. My uncle also ran a dive boat out of San Pedro, and although I had these connections to our underwater world, I did not get certified until 2003. Since then I have made diving my one hobby, and have grown to enjoy introducing others to it by assisting with instruction at Eco. I travel to Hawaii once or twice a year for "business" and manage to get in as much diving as possible, in addition to diving locally as much as I can fit into my schedule.

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