The Instructional Staff of Adventures in Scuba…
TERRY FORSYTHCOURSE DIRECTOR / TEC INSTRUCTOR
I started diving like everyone else, for myself! It was a new experience that was going to allow me to try something different and to meet people. When I decided to take that next step to the pro level it was with the intention to do it better than I had seen previously. That is from the information being past on, but more importantly the safety aspect that will keep students safe. I have gone out and experienced many different disciplines that scuba has to offer, from Cave diving to Trimix diving and Rebreathers, to Sidemount and Scooters. And during those programs I have come away with great information that I have been able to share with students that I have taught at different levels. Now at the Course Director level it is even more important to pass on these same thought processes, so that it makes the team at Adventures in Scuba that much stronger. Even now I still want to continue my education, from how to produce better (more knowledgeable) Instructors, to becoming a Rebreather Instructor myself. There is so much still to be learnt, and you need to pay attention as the learning may come from the students that you are teaching.
JEN CARTYIDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR
I started diving in 1998. I had a fascination for water and sharks so when my parents suggested that I try scuba diving and I completed my first lesson, I was hooked! Since that first breath of air, underwater, I knew that this would be my lifelong passion. Over the years I have set goals for myself within the diving world. First it was Specialties and when I heard about the Divemaster Course I couldn't wait to reach 18 yrs of age so I could become a PADI Pro! My most recent endeavour to further my education is attaining my IDC Staff Instructor rating. As an Instructor and the Manager at Adventures in Scuba, I have had the opportunity to travel to some amazing dive locations, both abroad - Palau, Lembeh Strait in Indonesia, Belize, Roatan, Cozumel and Guadalupe to dive with the Great Whites! and closer to home in our great West Coast locations - The Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island. I am also lucky enough to have had the chance to practice one of my underwater passions, Underwater Photography in all of these stunning locations! Diving is a career that allows me to live the dream! I love my job and the people I work with have become my scuba family! Sharing my passion for diving with my students and friends is the best lifestyle. Come join me on this adventure!
GINY SMITHIDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR
My adventure in scuba started in 2007. It was a bit of a fluke as really wanted to buy a new horse but my fiance had an allergy to hay and horse sports were just not for him. We decided to try scuba diving as a sport that we could share. Jen Carty was my Open Water Scuba instructor. Her enthusiasm for diving was infectious and we were hooked! Over the intervening years, my love for this sport has grown exponentially! My desire to learn everything about this sport far exceeds the number of days in the year. So far, I have completed PADI Pro courses up to the Staff Instructor level. I try to complete at least one course a year, even if it isn't a Pro level course. Last year I completed the Full Cave Diver course with Jill Heinerth in Florida. Next up is the PADI Recreational Rebreather Course. My ultimate favourite type of diving is Night Diving but having said that, you won't find me in the water, on a fun dive, without my camera system! Underwater Photography has become a very consuming passion for me. I am fortunate to be allowed to lead trips on a regular basis and have travelled to some pretty amazing locations. Vancouver & Vancouver Island, Lembeh, Indonesia, Hopkins,Belize, Bonaire, Roatan, Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, Grand Cayman, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Oman, West Palm Beach and High Springs, Florida are all locations that I have dived....so far! People ask which location is my favourite but they all have their own special place in my memories! Happy Diving Everyone!
DEB SLAUGHTERMASTER SCUBA DIVER TRAINER
My diving addiction began in 2009 when I signed Sean and I up for diving lessons at Adventures In Scuba. My first “real” dives were at Lake Minnewanka completing my open water diver course. I signed my son up for the Seal Team in 2010 and he took to diving like a fish, then my daughter wanted to do it and I knew we were in trouble…they were both excited to become certified divers. My goal was to become a confident, competent, safe diver so that I could be able to deal with any potential issues, if they arose, when diving with my kids. As I went from Advanced to Rescue, to Master Scuba Diver, Sean and I were approached by the staff at Adventures and encouraged to take the Dive Master course, which then led to the Instructor course, which eventually led to becoming a Master Scuba Diver Trainer in 2014. My most memorable moment as a diver was the first time Sean and I took our kids diving in Roatan. To see their faces, looks of excitement, wonder, and awe when they first rolled into the water will always be one of my favourite diving memories, next to seeing their faces after diving on Christmas morning and seeing five turtles, “best Christmas present ever!” As a phys. ed. teacher in the real world, the crossover to teach scuba diving was easy and now allows me to share my love for diving with people of all ages. Diving allows you to travel, meet new friends, see amazing sights, and tell stories to family and friends that they can barely imagine. My favourite dive destinations would have to be Cozumel, Bonaire, and Roatan. All have beautiful reefs, tons of sea life, and awesome weather! I am often found teaching at Adventures in Scuba with Sean, or at Lake Chaparral certifying new divers. Come and join me in one of my courses and get addicted to diving!
SEAN SLAUGHTERMASTER SCUBA DIVER TRAINER
Take a deep breath! And exhale! Repeat! It’s that easy! My first venture into the deep blue was in 2005 and like many people, was during a discover dive at a resort. I’m not sure if it was breathing underwater for the first time or getting to see the world below the waves up close and personal that got me hooked, but I knew that I loved it right from the start! I have been a certified diver since 2009, taking nearly all of my training with Adventures In Scuba. Originally, my wife Deb and I, only wanted to be Rescue Divers and potentially Master Scuba Divers, but somehow our addiction to diving led us to become instructors in 2014. Through the extensive dive training we have received, working with some of the best professional instructors in the business at Adventures In Scuba, we have been able to share our passion for diving with hundreds of people. My real life job is a junior high school teacher. I love teaching and the transition to teaching diving was a natural fit. As an educator, lifelong learning is a passion I am entrusted to build into youth and I do my best to embody this and emulate it…I love to learn. One of the most important lessons you will learn about diving is that it changes the way you view the world and completely changes how you vacation. My family knows if there is no diving at a destination, we aren’t going! Travel is the best part of diving and having visited Jamaica, Roatan, St. Lucia, Bonaire, Cozumel, Alaska, and B.C.’s Sunshine Coast, I always look forward to the next dive destination, which currently is Bonaire, again, and a trip of a lifetime planned to Iceland in July 2017. You will often find me at Lake Chaparral or Waterton teaching diving throughout our dive season or at AIS teaching the confined course. If you want to share in my passion, sign up for a course with me…and…don’t forget to breath!
ALAN KELLERIDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR
I love scuba diving. I started diving in March 2008 at a cruise ship port-of-call in St. Maarten and fell in love with the sport. In August, I did my pool work and I was one of “those” students that left the open water dives to the last possible chance to complete them locally—in the middle of October in Lake Minnewanka in a wet suit in the snow. My first dive trip was to Cabo San Lucas a month later and since then I have been to Cozumel, Honduras, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, Indonesia, and Vancouver Island. My favourite places to dive are the West Coast, Cabo and Grand Cayman—each for wildly different reasons. I am also proud to say I have been cage diving with Great White Sharks off of Isla Guadalupe and am one of the few who have dove Antarctica! In 2012, I quit my corporate accounting job to teach diving. While the income is definitely not the same, I am fortunate enough to teach scuba diving at least 50% of my time in the winter and up to 75% of my time during the summer. I am regularly going to Lake Chaparral, then Lake Minnewanka or Two Jack Lake, and then Upper Waterton Lake all within the span of a week, teaching a variety of courses. I enjoy taking people on new adventures in our local environment and am lucky to be able to explore new experiences with them. Also, over the last year, I have started working with video and capturing my own perspective of the underwater environment. Since I believe in continually developing as a diver, I am currently working on my Master Instructor rating as well as learning about the world of technical diving with Tec45 and Tec50. Keep on expanding your dive training and use all you learn to have amazing dive experiences!
BRIAN DUNNMASTER SCUBA DIVER TRAINER
I started my scuba diving journey in the spring of 2010, fulfilling a 20 year dream. My wife and I attended a Discover Scuba class and I was completely hooked! We immediately signed up for the full pool and class sessions and I was certified as a PADI Open Water Diver that summer. The bug took hold and by the end of our first trip to warm waters, I had earned my PADI Advanced Open Water Diver rating along with 3 Specialty Diver ratings! By the end of the year I had obtained the highest recreational scuba rating, Master Scuba Diver!! I continued on my journey into the professional aspect of diving and currently hold the Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating. I can often be found at Adventures in Scuba on evenings or weekends sharing my passion for the sport with so many wonderful people. I love both warm and cold water diving (not cold like Hawaii diving but cold like Lake Minnewanka, Waterton and ice diving!). My favourite warm water diving destination so far is Grand Cayman, with a lot of large and beautiful sea life and a huge variety of colourful corals. This is followed closely by Cozumel, Mexico. For Cold water diving, my current favourite is off Vancouver Island. Another must do dive is the Bonne Terre Mine in Missouri. My favourite type of diving is wreck diving. I love diving over, around and sometimes through old vessels and wonder about the people who used to live and work aboard these magnificent and sometimes historical vessels. My future in diving will likely include some Tec Dive training and certainly lots more teaching, going places and meeting wonderful people! Maybe someday I'll meet you out there! Safe Diving!
DWAYNE DUBOISIDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR
I remember my first dive like it was yesterday…I was 8 years old and my father, who was a diver in the Navy, thought it would be a great father-son activity for us to do. The dive lasted about 3 minutes. Needless to say, I did not enjoy it. Fast forward about 30 years, a group of us on vacation decided to sign up for a Discover SCUBA experience program in St. Maarten. And while the dive only lasted 40 minutes, it had a much happier ending than my earlier experience. I was hooked from the minute I took my first – well close enough to first - breath under water. I saw things in the ocean that both amazed and inspired me. As soon as I returned home to Calgary, I made plans to complete my Open Water training. And, in October of that same year, I completed my Open Water certification in Lake Minnewanka, in minus 2 degree weather. Brrr!. I quickly learned that PADI standards are global, and I could have completed my certification in much warmer water. Not to mention a Dry Suit. Admittedly, most of my early dives were completed in warm water and my favorites include Grand Cayman and Cabo San Lucas. More recently, I have made a concerted effort to dive more locally – both in Alberta and BC – and have enjoyed numerous long weekend dive trips to Nanaimo and Comox. Diving in cold water is great, diving cold – now that’s another story. While Calgary may be “land locked” nothing beats heading to Banff for a day of diving. I enjoy the look on the tourists’ faces when they see us gearing up and heading into the water. This winter, I completed my Ice Diver certification, proving that the learning aspects of diving continue even as an instructor, and I am sure many more tourists were commenting on the “crazy Canucks” who had made holes in the ice only to go diving in the frigid water. For me, diving is contagious - I talk about it when I’m in the water, out of the water, and sometimes in my sleep. Over the past eight years, I have logged well over 400 dives; the majority of which are now in cold water; and I’ve completed numerous PADI certifications – both as a student and an instructor. The best part of being an instructor is watching my students’ eyes as they turn from bewilderment to amazement, and knowing I played a small part in their fascination with the underwater world. My only regret is that I waited so long to get started.
SALLY KALEEMMASTER INSTRUCTOR
About 100 years ago I saw a couple of people scuba diving off a boat in the Florida Keys, I was there as a new snorkeler. I was so fascinated by the equipment, and what they were doing, I asked them so many questions it was almost embarrassing. I knew then that they would be seeing so much more than I was so I followed the divers from the surface all over the reef – sort of like a shark, stalking them. As soon as I came back to Calgary I signed up for some lesson, and completed my open water training and my advanced training all in one week. While in Waterton Lakes National Park completing that advanced course I was lucky enough to observe a rescue class, and it was at that moment that I was hooked. There would be no other place in the world I could imagine myself. I wanted to be an instructor, and I wanted to simply be in the water. I became a Dive Professional is 1995 and still love every aspect of being an instructor. I currently hold 30 professional diver ratings and numerous student diver certifications. I have dove in some of the best and some of the worst environmental conditions around the world, but no matter what the conditions… any day you dive is a good day!
PHILIP LOWRIEIDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR
I had always wanted to scuba dive but never got a chance to try it until 2010 when I finally took my first course and then, within two years I was a certified PADI Divemaster! During those first couple of years I completed nine specialties certifications - including Ice Diving - and I had only dove in Alberta and BC. My first ocean dives were in Horseshoe Bay, B.C. When I came up from that first dive the boat crew commented that they did not have to ask if I enjoyed my first ocean dive, my smile was so big it said it all! Completing my Divemaster program was a big achievement for me, I didn’t think I could do it, but with the encouragement of the other instructors I made it! I was so painfully shy before completing the course, divemastering brought me out of my shell and now I am always willing to talk about scuba diving! I have been warm water diving in the Bahamas, Belize, Cozumel, Dominica and Grand Cayman but my favorite diving still remains the West Coast of Canada. My most unique specialty certification is Missile Silo Diver, a one of a kind experience, and hopefully my next adventure is the completion of my PADI Instructor course!
My diving career began in 1977 when some people at work, trying to fill up a class, asked me if I wanted to learn to scuba dive. I was new to Alberta and it seemed like a good way to fill up an Edmonton winter. I was bitten immediately and I ended up getting OW certified off the Ogden Point breakwater in Victoria the next spring (it’s still a great place to dive!). Thus began my love of BC diving. I took my first West Coast live-aboard trip the next winter aboard an old converted tugboat around Galiano, Mayne and Saturna islands. Divers slept on the (covered) back wooden deck in sleeping bags – needless to say the live-aboard industry has advanced a wee bit since then! I dove steadily for the next ten years and then stopped for the next fifteen or so. The pressures of time and career, etc., etc……… I went along as a +1 with my son, to keep him company, on a dive course in 2004 and of course I got re-bitten immediately and have been diving ever since. My focus is still on the West Coast and I have dove virtually the entire coast of Vancouver Island from Victoria to Shushartie Bay on the northern tip. I have developed a special passion for finding and cataloguing nudibranchs, dendronotids and dorids (basically sea slugs), probably the most colourful creatures on earth. I took my Divemaster course in 2009 in order to increase my diving knowledge and skill, and have been working at Adventures ever since. I especially enjoy working with new divers on Advanced and Specialty courses helping them to discover the underwater world and develop the skills which will allow them to enjoy it as much as I do. I hope you can join me on the BC coast on our next trip - we’ll hunt for slugs!
KEN RIMNEYOPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR
After many years of saying I was going to scuba dive, I finally took the plunge in 2011 and got my Open Water Diver certification. In 2012 I wanted to participate in a lake clean-up and was told I needed my Advanced…so in 2012 I got my Advanced open water diver certification. After that it seemed like I was taking a course a year - 2013 I did my Rescue Diver, in 2014 I became a Divemaster and in 2015 I completed my Instructor Development Course and passed my Instructor Exam in Key West, Florida. 2016 has me working on getting my Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating. Apart from the personal enjoyment I get from being underwater and seeing the abundance of ocean life, I also thoroughly enjoy the teaching part. It really is satisfying taking someone who is unsure and hesitant about this “scuba thing” and seeing their confidence grow and them becoming comfortable underwater. Apart from local diving, I have dove in Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, St. Maarten, Bahamas, Jamaica, West Coast of Canada and Lake Mead, Nevada. I am often asked what my favorite destination is…. and the answer is always ….the Next One!
DAN DOYLEASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR
I originally got into diving because of my parents and their drive to get certified. We took our pool and classroom training with Adventures in Scuba in 2010 and sadly, my parents soon went to Mexico to finish their certification without me. As a “starving student” I booked my certifying dives in Victoria were I was attending University. The conditions were challenging but rewarding! I went to Cozumel with my mom the following spring and experienced the crystal clear water, wrecks and fish life and I was hooked! Since then I moved back to Calgary and decided I wanted to continue with my dive training and started working at Adventures in Scuba. I became comfortable with our less than perfect visibility and the gear requirements that it takes to dive in the Alberta and BC lakes. Just as a reminder, however, of easier diving, I periodically go on trips -including Bonaire - with Adventures in Scuba and have revisited Cozumel. As soon as I was able to meet the requirements, my Mom and I enrolled in the Divemaster course during my summer off, which was hard work and tons of fun. It took me 4 months to complete and I have enjoyed teaching ever since. My next adventure is Fiji, in April 2016, with plenty more to come!
CARLY BENSONOPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR
I remember my first breaths underwater…2006, at Adventures in Scuba, my confined open water course with ScuBob (Bob Sinclair) and ‘English’ Ian (Ian Nicholas)…and thinking ‘this is absolutely awesome’. I did my open water certification dives while on a family vacation in Hawaii and I was hooked! That summer I took my Advanced course and just kept taking courses as often as I could. Soon I earned my Master Scuba Diver rating and then went onto Divemaster. Today I enjoy being a self-proclaimed ‘Scuba Sherpa’ - helping people gain confidence and skills and fall in love with this amazing sport – it’s a very rewarding experience. I am primarily a cold-water diver, loving our alpine lakes. A trip to the West Coast is, simply put, heaven…so big, so much, and ALL of the colour…brilliant! My last warm water trip was to Cozumel, Mexico in January 2016 with Adventures and it was amazing - hopefully it can be an annual trip! My goal this year is to spend as much time under the water as I can and help out where I can. My only regret is I started diving way too late in life. Guess I will just have to make up for lost time! Next on the course list is Tec 40 and Search and Recovery. Hope to see you all under the water…somewhere! Diver Down
My adventures in scuba started in 1986 in Regina, Saskatchewan when I was 18 years old. The concept of being able to breathe under water fascinated me. After completing my initial training, the open water dives were held in exotic Lake Diefenbaker and I remember not being able to see more than a few feet in front of me because of algae in the water. Regardless, I was excited about the whole experience! Being the land locked province that Saskatchewan is, it wasn't until 1991 when I really got my first taste of what diving could offer - I moved to Australia and dove at the Great Barrier Reef for a week! What an incredible experience - I was absolutely amazed at the abundant diversity of life the reef contained. When I returned to Canada my diving unfortunately was limited to only one trip to Mexico. Finally in 2011 a group of friends said they were interested in becoming certified at Adventures in Scuba and with that, I decided that it was time for me to return to the sport. Since then I have steadily increased my experience level and improved my physical skills both of which have enabled me to reach my current designation of PADI Divemaster. Outside of dives within various mountain lakes in Alberta, my diving experiences have taken me to Belize, Bonaire, Canada’s West Coast and very soon, FIJI! My goal is to continue to develop my professional skills and expand my experience with my Adventures in Scuba family.
As a kid I always had a snorkel, mask & fins - the ability to go underwater and explore this alternative universe has always been a huge attraction to me. In 1998 my wife surprised me with dive lessons as a way to get us down to warm tropical islands, and I became hooked! This initiated a lifetime love of diving and travel to all kinds of fantastic locations that I would never have visited if not for scuba diving. One thing lead to another and I eventually started cold water diving which in turn introduced me to west coast and mountain diving. Wrecks are my favourite things to see under water particularity those with historical connections. Probably the best part of diving is the people you meet. I have been very fortunate to make life long friends as a result of the sport. It’s great to share your passion for diving with other like minded dive nerds!! Always on the quest to improve my skills I decided to take on the Divemaster challenge in 2011. This has proven to be a great addition to both my diving and career. In addition to Divemaster activities I am also one of the shops service techs, certified in all major brands as well as a PSI inspector. I really enjoy being part of helping people achieve their dreams of diving. Sharing their sense of accomplishment and helping them over-come their fears is a great part of being a Divemaster. One of the best pieces of diving advice I remember receiving was that “there are no bad dives just different ones”. So no matter the conditions, as long as I am underwater, I’m happy!!
I have always loved snorkeling and just being in the water… any water! I truly believe scuba diving is in my blood (my grandfather was a diver for CN Rail). In July 2013, while vacationing in Mexico at the Akumal Beach Resort, the local dive shop was holding Discover Scuba classes in the pool and, of course, I signed up. The next day was my first ever taste of scuba diving in a pool and I remember it like it was yesterday. It was definitely a new experience - breathing under water - and I remember having zero fear while doing the required skills. My instructor was quite impressed by how easily I did the skills on the first try and she told me that it looked like it was so natural for me - at one point in the pool, she even asked me; “Are you sure you’ve never done this before?” Nope. I definitely had not! At that very moment, I knew in my heart that this would not be my last time. After the pool portion of my Discover Scuba class, I was invited to go on a discover dive that afternoon IN THE OCEAN and of course I went and loved it so much I went again the next day. In June 2014, I became a Certified Open Water Diver at Adventures In Scuba, and haven’t slowed down since. By November 2014 I had reached the level of Master Scuba Diver and set a goal for myself to become Divemaster in 2015. I reached that goal on October 14, 2015 and have picked up over a dozen specialty certifications along the way. I have been on many fabulous dive trips and travelled to places I’ve only dreamed of; this has been a fantastic journey so far, and I don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. I have met some amazing people and formed some beautiful, what are bound to be long-term, friendships. The people at Adventures In Scuba are my second family, and I could not have found a better dive shop to call home! I can’t wait to see what my future in Scuba Diving holds!
JON KRAUSHARIDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR
MATT CHINNOPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR
GLENN FINESIDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR / TEC INSTRUCTOR
Glenn earned his open water certification in 1993 in Winnipeg, MB to compliment his interest and desire of becoming a Marine Biologist. During his graduate studies on shark and ray physiology he dove regularly in the Bay of Fundy area near St. Andrews, NB. Glenn earned his Open Water Scuba Instructor certification in 2005 allowing him to combine his teaching skills with his love of Scuba Diving. His favorite dive location is the West Coast of British Columbia because of the abundance of "BIG" marine life and the rich colors. Glenn's favorite course to teach is the open water certification course because it's very rewarding and challenging.
If someone had told me years ago that I would become certified in scuba diving I would have said not in a million years, let alone become a PADI Divemaster! My journey started with my daughter and I joining a discover scuba diving class with her Girl Guide group. It was a total "WOW" moment for me - I could breathe underwater and it was much better than snorkeling! A few years later I purchased the Open Water Diver course for my family and became certified that year. The dive bug had bitten me and since then I have continued to learn. With each course, every dive trip, my obsession has grown. In 2012 I was hired by Adventures in Scuba for a retail sales position, which gave me another opportunity to expand my knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport. In the summer of 2014 my daughter and I enrolled in the Divemaster program, which proved to be a very rewarding experience and I learned a lot about my own inner strengths. The entire instructional team at Adventures in Scuba were very supportive. In 2015, after achieving my PADI Divemaster certification, I immediately put it to use by teaching snorkeling, discover scubas and refresher courses. This industry has allowed me to meet many wonderful people and make lots of new friends. I enjoy showing people why I love this sport so much. The journey has been amazing and the thought of the opportunities and adventures that are still awaiting me are very exciting. I can't wait to see what is next....
CLINT SILZER(aka "Scubaman") MASTER SCUBA DIVER TRAINER
When asked 'how has being an instructor has changed you'? Clint answered "I have developed much more self confidence in my abilities to help others. I am a lot more patient with people that may not have the same skill level as myself (not only in diving)". This quality mixed with the fact that Clint's favorite course to teach is Open Water is great for any new diver - "I enjoy the excitement that I see in the students when they learn something as fun as scuba diving." If Clint could be diving right now, anywhere, he would be in either Bonaire or Palau; maybe engaging in his next personal diving challenge - "photographing big critters!"
JAMES FONGOPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR
KEVIN CRIPPSOPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR
ALEX SMITHMASTER SCUBA DIVER TRAINER
PAUL WAGNEROPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR My first ever SCUBA experience took place here at Adventures In Scuba back in 2008. I did a Discover SCUBA diving class and from what I can remember thinking, I was just glad that I survived it! Shortly after and mostly because of my father's insistence, I signed up for the Open Water Diver certification course. It wasn't long after that gruelling weekend in the frigid waters of Emerald Bay, Waterton Lakes that my slight interest in the world of SCUBA diving quickly became an outright passion. I learnt many a new skill and also much about myself that June weekend. After the PADI Rescue course, it really kicked into gear for me. I acquired a job at the shop and continued to dive my way through the ranks. I became an Open Water Scuba Instructor in November of 2010 and it has been the most rewarding thing I've ever done with my life. The feeling you get when you help someone overcome their fears and hesitations about the sport, just the same way you had someone help over come yours, is something I could never put into words. It keeps me going both mentally and physically and as a bonus, travel can be a very large part of this sport. I've been blessed to have worked with, met, and made long term friendships with a wide array of people just from the shared interest and excitement of the underwater world. My biggest and proudest moment to date has come just recently when the very first 2 students I ever certified wrote to tell me that they had just passed their Instructor Examinations. I couldn't have been happier when I read that! SCUBA diving will always be a big part of my life, there's no changing that now. All I can do is inspire and teach and hope that one day the person reading this will feel the same way I do about the wonder and beauty that is SCUBA diving.
JOHN WINDLEIDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR
The late 1950's TV series ‘Sea Hunt’ with Lloyd Bridges is what planted the initial seed but it was not until 1988 that I actually decided to start scuba diving. My first diving trip was to Cuba and since then I have dove most of the Caribbean. My love of scuba diving has also taken me to Scapa Flow, Scotland; The Great Barrier Reef, Australia; The Galapagos Islands; Great White Shark diving in Guadalupe; and to the exotic waters of Bali. In 1997 I had the incredible opportunity to become a certified cave diver and have thus been inside some of the most beautiful caves in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Throughout all of my travels, my wonderment at the underwater world has never abated. What other opportunities has diving opened up for me…? The chance to build from scratch – with a few friends - my own PADI 5-star diving facility, that’s what! Adventures in Scuba has brought me much joy, and a few headaches, since we opened the doors in 1999. Owning a dive operation certainly isn’t for everyone, but if you are considering trying this life-altering experience of scuba diving, my advice to you is to just do it…my only regret is that I waited 20 years to get in the pool!
SHEILA FORSYTHIDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR
“You have to go try this!” a friend told me in 1988, so I did, and I became hooked! I completed my open water dives in the spring of 1989 in the Dominican Republic, long before any official dive sites had been mapped out. I then returned home to dive Lake Minnewanka and Waterton Lakes almost every weekend. Thank goodness my instructor (a lifelong friend – Bob Sinclair) introduced me to diving on the West Coast – I can’t remember how many road trips I have taken out to Sydney, Port Hardy, Nanaimo, Howe Sound… but every one of them has been an outstanding experience. In 1993 I completed my Divemaster course and my Instructor course in 1994. Then I was obviously so in love with the whole world and lifestyle that scuba diving had created for me that I (and a few friends) decided that opening a brand new dive facility in the Calgary market would be a great idea…and so in 1999 Adventures in Scuba was born! My actual in-water diving activities decreased a lot in the early 2000’s when my 2 children were born but I could still always be found at the dive sites – with 2 kids in tow – helping with gear, discussing skills, and providing encouragement to the students. Those early days at the lakes have paid off now and both my kids are certified. Today we can enjoy the underwater world together and have been to such exotic locales as Australia, Cozumel and the Maya Riviera… the only question that remains now is where to go next???
SHELDON LESKIWIDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR