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LA's Scuba Dive Team - Learn Scuba From LA's Best Dive Professionals

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 theme. 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. 


Ronald Ronald, Instructor / Co-Owner

Rank: USCG Boat Captain, PADI Course Director, SDI Instructor Trainer, TDI Instructor, DAN Instructor, UICC46 LA County Instructor, EMT 2, Shop Staff: Full-Time, Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Technical, Nitrox, Deep, Night, Search & Recovery, Wreck, Rescue and occasional beginner courses
Student Certifications: 2700+
Bio: I grew up and started diving here in Los Angeles when I was a youngster and here I am, diving every weekend. 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 courses. Now Eco Dive Center is my home, the first solar powered dive shop 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 eco-minded teammates.
My Gear: All Aqua Lung, Suunto and Apeks dive gear

Elizabeth Elizabeth, Instructor / Co-Owner / Travel Agent

Rank: USCG Boat Captain, SDI Instructor Trainer, CPR/AED/Oxygen First Aid Instructor, Technical Diver, DAN Instructor, PADI Master Instructor, Shop Staff: Full-Time, Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Instructor for 18 different specialties, Beginners, Advanced, Rescue, Dive master and Instructors
Student Certifications: 1300+
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. So, look out for my "Eco Diver Specialty Course" that I'm creating. I also love watching people change because of scuba diving. Transform another human being & change a life for the better - forever. This is why I love my jobs... co-owner of Eco, travel agent, scuba instructor and volunteer diver for organizations like Heal the Bay and AWARE. Lots of jobs... but I love it!

Zac Zac,

Rank: SDI Instructor, Repair Tech, CPR/AED/Oxygen First Aid Instructor, DAN Instructor, PADI Master Instructor, Shop Staff: Shift Manager, Full-Time, Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: All the fun courses:)
Student Certifications: 2100+
Bio: My love for the water and the great outdoors is my lifestyle. It all started with mountaineering, rock climbing, mountain biking, bungee jumping, ice climbing, and then scuba diving. I was privileged enough to grow up with a very hard working mother that helped me open my own outdoor/adventure shop after I finished college. One of my suppliers wanted to introduce scuba diving in to my shop, so I jumped in to take the course right away. I was a very strong swimmer but scared of deep water. After a dive in the pool and 4 ocean dives I conquered my fear. I immediately knew that I wanted to pursue diving up to the highest level I could go. I started my continuing education in diving and after a year I became a Divemaster. I started working for 5 star resorts and leading divers to the great wall dives of Mactan Island, Dumaguete, and Bohol in the Philippines. After 2 years working as a DM, I took my instructor course and got certified in 1996. I started organizing my own dive trips catering to Japanese, Chinese, and European photographers on liveaboard dive boats and resort-based excursions. Over the next couple years I would work 10 months in a resort teaching scuba, and than spend 2 months backpacking overseas. Today I love diving just as much as I did in the Philippines. The water might be colder, but the adventure is still there.
My Gear: Scubapro Knight Hawk, Scubapro MK 25 S600, Scubapro jet fins, Xcel Wet suits.

Corie  - Dive Mixer President Corie - Dive Mixer President,

Rank: PADI MSDT / Instructor, CPR/AED/Oxygen First Aid Instructor, Shop Staff: Full-Time, Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Everything
Student Certifications: 210
Bio: Raised by a Caribbean fanatic, I spent my childhood traveling the Caribbean seas, snorkeling, fishing and boating. My passion for the ocean was innate and I knew that I had to try diving. As an adult I traveled to the islands of Belize to take my Open Water course, I was hooked. While diving there my Dive Master told me that I absolutely had to travel to this little island in Honduras called Utila. Honduras I thought? Hmm.. sounds dangerous, Is it worth it? Well, I took the Dive Master's advice because he said it would change my life and boy was he right. I was excited and nervous, wondering if i'd made a mistake, but if there's one thing to know about me- it's that i'm always up for an adventure. With my first step off the ferry in Utila I knew I was there to stay. The island was vibrant, the sea was beautiful and the people were loud and fun. I was home. I immediately enrolled in my Advanced Open Water course and before I knew it I was training to become a Dive Master. Once that was completed it was time to head back to the US. Feeling accomplished I sadly backpacked my bags, but I had a feeling that my island life wasn't done. Upon my return to the states, I quit my job, packed up, grabbed my dog and headed back to Utila to continue my undersea adventures. Within two weeks I was back on the island and taking my Instructors course and haven't stopped diving since. I spent nearly two years on that tiny island and loved every minute. Diving has changed my life and the greatest reward I have is seeing it change the lives of my students. The smiles and stories I can give people makes being an Instructor the best job on earth. I am now back in California and more than looking forward to exploring the Pacific.
My Gear: ScubaPro and Aqualung stuff.

Leo Leo ,

Rank: SSI Instructor, PADI Instructor, SDI Instructor, Shop Staff: Part-Time, Sales/Gear Guru,
Student Certifications: 569
Bio: Coming soon....

Tim - Lead Instructor Tim - Lead Instructor ,

Rank: PADI Instructor Trainer, SDI Instructor Trainer, CPR/AED/Oxygen First Aid Instructor, Shop Staff: Team Captain, Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: All the core PADI classes and some additional specialties like, Nitrox and Photo. Fluent in Mandarin
Student Certifications: 600+
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 Gear: My Gear: Only the best gear for me! Suunto D9 computer with wireless transmitter, Scubapro Seahawk BCD, Aqua Lung Legend LX Supreme Regulator, Scubapro Nova Scotia semi dry wetsuit and Scubapro Everdry Neoprene drysuit. Also, Hollis Bat Fins and Aqua Lung Teknika Mask. Canon G10 camera with Canon Underwater Housing and Sea&Sea YS01 strobe.

Diana Diana,

Rank: PADI Instructor, SDI Instructor, CPR/AED/Oxygen First Aid Instructor, Shop Staff: Part-Time, Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners and Advanced Divers
Bio: I’ve always been curious towards what lies in the ocean. One day, while walking along the beach in Santa Monica, I came across an aquarium filled with unique animals that were right off the pier. I couldn’t help but want to learn more, so I began to volunteer for the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. A year and a half later, with the help of some of the most amazing people, I was able to meet and become a part of my new scuba family here at Eco. What started as an interest evolved into a lifestyle that I've become engulfed in, like many others. I continue on my journey to be the best diver I can be and hope to share all my knowledge with other fellow divers. I absolutely love what I do and it has become life-changing. Being in the ocean is like nothing I have ever experienced. I hope to one day teach new divers what I have been taught and help them have a similar, life-altering experience like I have.

Jo Jo,

Rank: PADI MSDT / Instructor, CPR/AED/Oxygen First Aid Instructor, Shop Staff: Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners, Advanced Open Water and Specialty Courses
Student Certifications: 25+
Bio: Jo grew up in Southern California and has always been a bit of a water baby. From swimming in the pool year round to wakeboarding off her family's boat she could be found in the water almost every weekend. It was natural that after her first experience diving in the warm waters off the coast of Cancun she was hooked on diving. Upon returning to home her and her dad got their open and advanced certifications off the California coast at Catalina and Anacapa. She dove a couple times in the following years in Hawaii and Mexico, but never really committed to it. When she was 20 she moved to Rome and on a trip to Cyprus decided to have a go at diving again. She fell in love with diving and ended up turning a 4 day trip into a 4 month stay and a divemaster internship in Paphos. After that she returned to Italy and did her AI in Malta. Eventually she took the plunge and did her IDC in Italy. She has gotten to travel to Sudan, Egypt, Malta, Scotland, and many other places for diving. Now she's enjoying being home and teaching in the clear COLD waters of California again. The sea lions and seals are her favorite animals and the whales and dolphins you see on boat crossings are awesome!
My Gear: I love my White's fusion drysuit!

Dave Dave,

Rank: NAUI Instructor, PADI Instructor, SDI Instructor, CPR/AED/Oxygen First Aid Instructor, UICC LA County Instructor Trainer, NAUI Instructor, SSI Instructor 5000Pro, Shop Staff: Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Everything!
Student Certifications: 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 Gear: ScubaPro, Xcel, Atomic and Zeagle.

Kendra Kendra,

Rank: PADI Divemaster, SDI Certified Assistant Instructor, PADI Certified Assistant Instructor, CPR/AED/Oxygen First Aid Instructor, Shop Staff: Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Discovery dives, refreshers and diver skill tune-ups
Student Certifications: Mucho
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

Bob Bob,

Rank: SDI Instructor,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners and Advanced Courses
Student Certifications: 123
Bio: Scuba diving is something that I always wanted to do. Finally got around to it mid 2005 because I was going to Hawaii and I wanted to be able to see coral reefs and sea life up close. I've been diving ever since. For me, it was one of those things that hooks you and then reels you in. Like many others, I couldn't get enough and continued training and diving. After Advanced, CPROX, Rescue, Master Scuba Diver, and some Technical Diver certs, I decided to become a Divemaster. A few years later, I completed instructor training and now I get to introduce this sport to many others. Besides diving in Hawaii, I've also dived in Cozumel, Catalina Island, many of the other Channel Islands, and many dive sites up and down the California coast. Boat dives, beach dives, drift dives, warm water, cold water; I love it all.

Mike Mike,

Rank: PADI Instructor, SDI Instructor, CPR/AED/Oxygen First Aid Instructor, Shop Staff: Sales/Gear Guru,
Student Certifications: 54
Bio: Originally from Colorado, transferred here to LA and became hooked on Scuba Diving during college. I bought my gear right away and did tons of beach dives every weekend up and down the CA coast. Eventually I became an advanced diver and then a Divemaster. I now have over 35000 dives under my belt in all sorts of diving conditions. One of the best lessons I have learned is you never stop learning. Diving in California’s Kelp forest is my favorite but warm water diving in the tropics is also very cool. Ok that’s enough about me. See ya on the boats!

Dan Dan,

Rank: HSA Instructor, PADI Instructor, SDI Instructor Trainer, Repair Tech, CPR/AED/Oxygen First Aid Instructor, DAN Instructor, Shop Staff: Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Specialty Instructor – 16 Specialties
Student Certifications: 378
Bio: I got interested in scuba diving in the early 90’s after a vacation to the Cayman Islands. Not certified yet, I spent the vacation snorkeling and wishing I could stay down longer with the marine life. By the next vacation I was certified and have been actively diving since. After many years of diving I became a Divemaster in 2001. I started a local dive club that grew to several hundred members. The dive club had one important theme, that being, continue your diving education and be a safe and active diver. The dive club enabled me to utilize my Divemaster skills by being a mentor to many new divers, and, by taking new divers and having them gain experience through active diving. On a professional level I enjoyed Divemaster duties, especially during open water classes. In 2007 before I knew it I was a PADI instructor. Since that time I focused on teaching advance courses through Divemaster. I look forward to the challenge of teaching new students at Eco Dive Center and watching these same students learn as they progress through their diving careers by continuing their education and remaining active divers.
My Gear: My gear: I have a lot of gear. All the cool s**t, just ask and I'll tell you why I dive in all the cool s**t.

Brian Brian,

Rank: PADI Instructor, SDI Instructor, CPR/AED/Oxygen First Aid Instructor, Shop Staff: Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: PADI OWSI, SDI DM, Drysuit, Wreck, UW Photo, Nitrox, and Deep Fluent Mandarin
Bio: Grew up in Taiwan, never really had an opportunity to learn how to swim, and was afraid of the water till I came over to the states. With some inspiration from my anesthesia mentor at UCLA I was braved the waters and did some discovery scuba at Australia's great barrier reef during one my conferences. Ever since, I was hooked forever to continue exploring the underwater world. I attempted to finish my open water here at California, but was turned down due to my poor ability to swim. I trained hard and got my certification! The more I dive, the more hunger I have for underwater exploration, and gain a passion to spread my addiction to all my friends! I also love photography land or under water, and would love to help you further your enthusiasm for photography as well!

Ana Ana,

Rank: NAUI Instructor, SDI Divemaster, NAUI Instructor, Shop Staff: Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Everything!
Student Certifications: 67
Bio: I am a true Southern California Girl. I grew up in Long Beach spending lots of time at the beach. I learned to swim in the ocean and learned to sail at Alamitos Bay. But I didn’t learn to dive until I was at UCLA. Then I couldn’t stop learning until I became a NAUI instructor. I have enjoyed a renewed love of the ocean since my husband took his first PADI course. I crossed over to the PADI side this past year and became a PADI Instructor. I love both California and Caribbean diving.
My Gear: ScubaPro!

Jason Jason,

Rank: SDI Divemaster, PADI Instructor, CPR/AED/Oxygen First Aid Instructor, Shop Staff: Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginner, Advanced, Rescue, Divemaster, Shark Conservation Diving
Student Certifications: 79
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 Gear: ScubaPro Knight Hawk BCD, Aqua Lung regs, Atomic Cobalt Dive Computer, ScuaPro Nova Scotia Semi Dry Suit.

Nathan Williams Nathan Williams,

Rank: PADI Instructor, CPR/AED/Oxygen First Aid Instructor, Shop Staff: Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners
Bio: I started diving in 2008 in the cold water of the central California coast and never thought I would dive California again. After moving to southern California in 2012 I started diving the "warm" waters. I did y DM with Eco and am now proud to join the team

Thomas Thomas,

Rank: PADI Instructor, CPR/AED/Oxygen First Aid Instructor,
Qualified to Teach: Creator of Special Ops
Bio: Thomas caught the diving bug on vacation in St Lucia and has since dipped his toes (and fins) in waters all around the world. As a commercial director he's been lucky enough to film underwater scenes for ads in Italy, Qatar and Honduras. Besides teaching he also started Special Ops Scuba, a company that brings military-style diving to recreational divers.

Heather Chandler Heather Chandler ,

Rank: PADI Instructor, CPR/AED/Oxygen First Aid Instructor, Shop Staff: Sales/Gear Guru,
Bio: Coming soon...



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