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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 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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Ronald Ronald, Instructor / Co-Owner

Rank: USCG Boat Captain 100T, 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: Nitrox, Deep, Night, Search & Recovery, Wreck, Rescue, Instructor and Open Water Divers
Student Certifications: 2800+
Bio: I grew up and started diving here in Los Angeles when I was a youngster and here I am, running a dive shop 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 courses. Now Eco Dive Center is our new 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 teammates. Here at Eco Dive you'll see a difference, we teach because we love it, we sell the same gear we dive with. We talk like we walk.
My Gear: Atomic Regs, Aqualung Dimension BCD, Atomic Cobalt computer and fins, ScubaPro drysuit

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Elizabeth Elizabeth, Instructor / Co-Owner / Travel Agent

Rank: USCG Boat Captain 100T, SDI Instructor Trainer, Emergency First Response Instructor, Technical Diver, DAN Instructor, PADI Master Instructor, Technical Diving Instructor, Shop Staff: Full-Time, Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Instructor for 18 different specialties, Beginners, Advanced, Rescue, Divemaster and Instructors
Student Certifications: 1600+
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 Gear: Mares fins and mask, OMS BCD and harness, BARE Wetsuits, drysuit and boots, Apeks Regulators

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Zac Zac,

Rank: SDI Instructor Trainer, Emergency First Response Instructor, PADI Master Instructor, Shop Staff: Full-Time, Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Nitrox, Deep, Night, Search & Recovery, Wreck, Rescue, Divemaster, Underwater Photography, Assistant Instructor, and Open Water Divers
Student Certifications: 3000+
Bio: Originally from the Philippines, I always had a love for the outdoors and opened my own outdoor shop to extend that passion. I was approached by Scuba vendors and was asked to carry Scuba gear in my shop – as a good shop owner, I had to know the equipment I was selling, so decided to get certified myself. I fell in love with the sport, and shortly thereafter became an instructor. In the Philippines, I had the opportunity to teach in local dive shops, resorts, as well as liveaboard dive boats. I have since moved to the US, and fell in love with the kelp forests Southern California has to offer. I have a passion for Nudibranchs and sharks and will point them out to you every chance I get. In all, I have been diving for 20 years and have been teaching for 18 of them. I love teaching and introducing new divers to the underwater world!
My Gear: ScubaPro Mark25 S600, Scubapro X-Tek backplate BCD, ScubaPro drysuit, ScubaPro Sidemount BCD, LiquidVision Lynx Dive Computer… I'll help you choose the right stuff.

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Jordan Jordan ,

Rank: PADI Divemaster, PADI Certified Assistant Instructor, Shop Staff: Full-Time, Sales/Gear Guru,
Bio: I grew up around water and began swimming at an early age in Northern California. At 14 I won a trip to Cozumel by eating a live Goldfish at a party and began my diving certification. After graduating from LMU my love for scuba diving was reinvigorated. I started working in the shop and after months of watching students come in and out excited about diving I knew that it was time to jump back into it.
My Gear: Oceanic, Apeks and BARE

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Jason Jason,

Rank: SDI Certified Assistant Instructor, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Beach Clean Up Captain, Full-Time, Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginner, Advanced, Rescue, Divemaster, Shark Conservation Diving
Student Certifications: 100+
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.… I'll help you choose the right stuff.

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Josh Josh "The Yes Man" Schoenwald,

Rank: PADI Divemaster, PADI Certified Assistant Instructor, Shop Staff: Full-Time, Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: English & Manners
Bio: I was actually born in a pond since growing up in rural Thousand Oaks didn't have any nearby medical centers. I was very attracted to that same pond growing up and used to name my goldfish buddies based on the tooth markings on their bodies that started appearing shortly after I was introduced to sushi. Fast forward a few years, I took a trip to Hawaii, absolutely fell in love with snorkeling & would make that a top priority on any vacation since. I'm fascinated with fish & was limited to snorkeling with them in amazing spots like Hawaii, Aruba, Catalina, etc. Then came my intro to scuba diving in just 2012. Addicted. Hooked. Never turning back. This will be in my life forever. My goal is to share my amazing experiences with people whether it be from my GoPro videos or by personally teaching them to dive. Dive or Die!
My Gear: Scubapro Knighthawk BCD w/Air2, Apeks XTX100 Reg, Aqua Lung ABS Octo, Waterproof SD Combat Semi-Dry Wetsuit, Suunto Vyper-Air Computer but dreaming about an Atomic Cobalt 2, Retractor Compass, Steel HP 100 Tank, Scubapro Delta Boots, Atomic Splitfins & Mares Power Plana Fins, Waterproof G1 5mm Kevlar Gloves for bug catching (legal sizes only),

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Tim - Lead Instructor Tim - Lead Instructor ,

Rank: PADI Instructor Trainer, SDI Instructor Trainer, Travel Agent, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Beach Clean Up Captain, 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: 800+
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.

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Heather Heather,

Rank: PADI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Sales/Gear Guru,
Bio: Growing up in California I've always had a love for the ocean and the life within. During a trip to Belize, while snorkeling, I noticed the divers below and thought "I want to be there . . . where the fish are!!". And of course who doesn't want to be the Little Mermaid? So I decided to take the leap and get certified and that decision has forever changed my way of life. Diving is a passion and something I want to pass onto others. And while diving in the tropics is fun and warm, it doesn't compare to the crisp blue waters off the Channel Islands in the winter months.

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Lacie Lacie,

Rank: PADI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners to Pro
Bio: I "discovered" SCUBA in 2007 and have been hooked since. I had such an awesome instructor (thanks Beth!), fun classmates, and loved the SoCal environment that I went straight to Advanced. I followed that with a few specialties (Drift, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Wreck, Enriched Air, etc., etc., etc.) and then completed my Rescue, DM, and Instructor courses. In addition to the stellar kelp forests and sea life here in SoCal I really enjoy destination diving! I love to travel and have been diving in Australia, Fiji, Thailand, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Grand Cayman, and the Sea of Cortez. Eco puts together some excellent tropical dive trips so check out the schedule and sign up!

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Jing Jing,

Rank: PADI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners to Divemaster
Bio: After years of snorkeling I finally decided that it was time to take the leap and got certified right here in California just before a trip to Tahiti to swim with the sharks! I have dove all over the world since but nothing quite beats the beautiful California kelp forest. My passion for diving has led me to be a dive volunteer at two aquariums and for surveys of the rocky reefs. Diving is my peaceful escape from daily life and I look forward to introducing you to the world beneath the waves.

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Steven Steven,

Rank: PADI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Sales/Gear Guru,
Bio: I've always loved the water, and after years of thinking about it, I finally took the plunge to do my first SCUBA open water class on a whim during a vacation in 2011, and haven't looked back since. I've been diving all over the world, but love SoCal diving, and would love to show you the benefits. I'm a total gearhead, and I welcome any questions you have about all the cool stuff we get to use on all our dives.

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George George ,

Rank: USCG Boat Captain 100T, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Repair Tech, Emergency First Response Instructor, Commercial Diver,
Qualified to Teach: Search and Recovery, Beginners and Commercial divers.
Student Certifications: 280
Bio: I’ve been a Waterman since the early 70’s as a teenager when I first learned to surf in Malibu and scuba dive in the Virgin Islands. Over the years, and since I graduated Cal Maritime Academy, as a Captain I’ve spent a lot of time all over the Pacific Ocean working , surfing and diving. And in the last 20 year as a commercial diver, I’ve worked Alaska, West Coast, and the Gulf of Mexico. Over 10years ago I meet Ron and Beth in a dive shop where Rod taught me to become a PADI Instructor and I am very happy to return to the staff of ECO Dive Center.

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Dave Dave,

Rank: NAUI Instructor, PADI Instructor, SDI Instructor, Emergency First Response 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.

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Amelia Amelia,

Rank: PADI Master Instructor,
Qualified to Teach: All of it!
Student Certifications: 1400+
Bio: Once the store manager, now an emergency room nurse, now she's back on the weekends. Teaching in Thailand, Fiji and Caribbean.

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Brian Brian,

Rank: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, SDI Instructor, Emergency First Response 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!

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Saif Saif,

Rank: PADI Instructor, SDI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners to Pro
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 Gear: All the best gear from Aqualung and ScubaPro

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Jeff Jeff ,

Rank: PADI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Sales/Gear Guru,
Bio: Having grown up around the ocean, saltwater is in my blood. Whether it was catching a wave, snorkeling, skin diving, or just hanging out at the beach, the ocean is always where I wanted to be. I first discovered Scuba while traveling in Thailand in 1996 and fell in love. But eventually, ”grown-up life” caught up with me and I found myself in an office in front of a computer screen, and then playing stay-home dad for my 2 kids. Getting to the beach got harder and harder. I finally found my way back to the ocean and into diving in March 2013 and haven’t looked back. You could say I dove in head-first: after open water certification I couldn’t wait to take the next class. When the time came to think about going back to work, I didn’t want to go back to the office so I decided to get outside and do something I truly enjoy. Naturally I chose to teach scuba and am now working towards my instructor certification. I have had a great experience learning to dive with Eco Dive Center and I hope to pass that experience on to you.
My Gear: TUSA, Scubapro… I'll help you choose the right stuff don't worry.

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Mark Mark,

Rank: PADI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners
Bio: Before I popped into this world, I inherited a full dose of my Grandfathers genes. Fishing, Hiking, Scuba Diving, Free Diving, Exploring, Adventure, Adventure, Adventure… I was born in San Diego and grew up going to La Jolla cove every week. I worked through the ranks from hole digger to Body Boarder to Surfer and then BOOM, moved to Pennsylvania (ie. landlocked) with my family. That put a dent in my seamanship development for a few years. However, after graduating college years later, I moved to Los Angeles to polish my surfing game (ie. Get a job) and pursue all sorts of wild post graduation dreams. I’m happy to say, that the scuba diving dream came true. It has turned into one of the most fascinating, adventurous and challenging passions in my life. Now, as a padi scuba instructor I have the opportunity to share this passion with friends and soon to be friends from all over the world. Its an amazing experience from start to finish. Come dive with us!
My Gear: I'm a fan of ScubaPro

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Caro Caro,

Rank: PADI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners
Bio: Work to live, live to dive.
My Gear: All the cool shit like ScubaPro and Atomic Aquatics… I'll help you choose the right stuff.

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Kendra Kendra,

Rank: PADI Certified Assistant Instructor,
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

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Drew Drew,

Rank: PADI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, Shop Staff: Sales/Gear Guru,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners
Bio: I've lived in and around the ocean my whole life. A native California, I've been snorkeling and skin diving as long as I can remember. Growing up with a father that used to be a scuba instructor himself and a mother that is a certified diver, it was only a matter of time before I joined the club. It was the summer before my 14th birthday, I had done some snorkeling while on vacation with my parents in Hawaii when my father asked if I would like to try scuba diving, up for a challenge and just curious I accepted. It wad like nothing I had ever experienced, frightening, exciting, challenging and relaxing all at the same time. I remember wishing the dive would never end, that somehow I could just stay down here. As soon as we got back to California I enrolled in an open water scuba diver course and was certified as a junior open water diver. Flash forward 10 years and though I was still a ocean baby at heart, with school, jobs family, friends and life scuba had taken a back seat. Even after achieving a BA in Digital Media and freelancing add a graphic artist and designer there seemed to be something missing. Another 4 years go by when a trip to my parents in the spring changed the direction for everything. A photograph from my childhood, blurry and out of focus as it was, my father and I in the water with the widest smile I'd seen on my face in a long time. Suddenly remembering the feeling, the weightlessness and how everything was new, scuba diving is like seeing the world through new eyes, and I wanted to capture that feeling once again. The advanced diver course at Eco Dive Center was the start of my journey back to that place, in search of that feeling. Soon affer completing my advanced course I found myself hooked. The more I dove, the more I remembered about how much I loved the sport as well as cultivating my love for the environment, both above and below sea level. I couldn't stop, and before I knew it I had gone from advanced, to rescue to Divemaster. I love the community and culture of diving, what it represents and the great people that are involved in it, and that's what I want others to experience from it as well. Coaching, helping others to explore and expand their knowledge not only of our oceans and environments, but how we as individuals interact and learn from it as well. That's what drove me to be an instructor. To open up the world and your mind.
My Gear: … I'll help you choose the right stuff.

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John John,

Rank: PADI Course Director,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners to Instructors
Bio: One California's most well know and respected scuba instructors. He'll teach you right by following all the rules. He'll also show the best time in your life.
My Gear: All ScubaPro

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Mike Mike ,

Rank: PADI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor,
Qualified to Teach: Beginners and advanced
Student Certifications: 169
Bio: Master of Kelp diving, swimming with the fishes, night diving and trying to get as close to the critters as possible are my goals. Learning never ends when your a Scuba Diver and there's always new adventures to be had.

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Kim Kim,

Rank: PADI Certified Assistant Instructor,
Bio: Kim grew up in Seattle with a love of the outdoors including hiking, kayaking, bicycling, skiing, and mountain climbing. She started diving early 2013 in Honolulu and was instantly hooked. After Hawaii, she came back to Los Angeles and went all the way to Divemaster within a year as well as completing 100 dives! Since, she has been able to travel to Kona to dive with Mantas as well as Belize to dive the Blue Hole! Diving has become a part of her life experiencing the many islands Southern California has to offer as often as possible. As a Divemaster, she enjoys helping students experience the underwater world for the first time. See you underwater!

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Jeremy Jeremy,

Rank: PADI Certified Assistant Instructor,
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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