Tommy Evans, Owner & Master Instructor
Pimmy Bruckner, Master Instructor
Bob West, Master Instructor
Favorite Place to Dive: I don’t really have a favorite place to dive because I like diving anywhere! If I had to narrow if down, I would say either wreck diving in North Carolina or drift diving in Cozumel.
Favorite Class to Teach: My favorite class would be IDC-Assistant Instructor. Also, assisting with IDC-OWSI classes. The students in these classes are really serious about their training and offer me challenges to help them grow as professionals. However, I enjoy working with students of all levels – from Discover Scuba students to OWSI students. It is fun to share the underwater world to people of all abilities and skill levels.
Favorite Specialty: My favorite specialty to teach is Enriched Air – Nitrox. It provides immediate value and benefit to the students.
Ken Bales, Master Instructor
Ken Bales started diving in 1984. He is an engineer by education and a retired corporate executive that now teaches diving full time as a Master Instructor at Central Coast. After decades of recreational diving, Ken started on his track as a dive professional in 2009. He is a strong supporter of continuing education and he recently earned his Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer certification and is looking forward to teaching Instructor Candidates how to teach EFR classes. While he enjoys his trips to the ocean and live-aboard dive trips, his favorites are working with students in the pool at Central Coast and training and mentoring upcoming new dive professionals. Ken’s whole family dives and are at various levels of certification. In 2013, Ken was awarded the PADI Elite Instructor award.
Favorite Place to Dive: After liveaboards, my favorite place to dive is Cozumel. I enjoy drift diving and I like the people there!
Favorite Class to Teach: I have 3 favorite classes to teach. Open Water to watch the metamorphous people go through to become divers; Divemaster to see the change in how divers approach diving; Assistant Instructor to see the light in their eyes when they get what this is all about!
Favorite Specialty: Dry Suit, as it opens more opportunities to dive in the area and not be cold. Also, Underwater Navigation as you see the added confidence a diver gets when they master underwater navigation.
Katie Stein, IDC Staff Instructor
Favorite Place to Dive: I make an effort to experience lots of different types of diving – I’ve done Deep/cold water wreck dives in the Atlantic, Wall dives in Turks & Caicos and Honduras, Drift dives in Cozumel, Quarry diving here in the midwest, Drysuit, Nitrox, boat and shore diving… I love it all! If I had to pick a place to return to, it would probably be Cozumel for the fast & furious drift dives!
Favorite Class to Teach: Rescue Diver – it’s the first class where divers learn how to assist other divers, and it’s such a fun, dynamic class where different personalities really shine! Many of my Rescue Divers say that this is one of the most rewarding classes we offer at CCDC. I’m a strong believer in Continuing Education!
Favorite Specialty: Drysuit, because it opens up so many more opportunities for diving in different locations, year-round! I was born and raised in Alaska, and someday I’d like to go back there and dive with the whales.
Bob Obermeyer, Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Favorite Place to Dive: Key Largo, because there’s a wide range of diving opportunities from shallow reefs to deep wrecks, generally great visibility and easy to get to, so I can go more often.
Favorite Class to Teach: Open Water, because I love introducing individuals who are new to diving to the sport.
Favorite specialty: Deep diving, because I enjoy the experience of being at depth, the silence, the color changes, and visiting wrecks which are generally in deeper water.
Tom Spille, Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Greg Olmsted, Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Favorite Place to Dive: I’ll dive anywhere – I’m not picky! I just enjoy diving.
Favorite Class to Teach: Emergency First Response. It was one of the first classes I became certified to teach, and it’s valuable for divers and non-divers alike.
Favorite Specialty: Equipment Specialty – there’s something satisfying about being able to fix your own gear.
Eric MP Stankewicz, Open Water Scuba Instructor
Favorite Place to Dive: My favorite place to dive would have to be in the various quarries in the Midwest. I love to see the geology of the quarries and the layers of rock from the different ages. I feel like Fred Flintstone of Scuba. Although, I do like the warmer waters found in the Caribbean!
Favorite Class to Teach: My all-time favorite class is Discover Scuba! I love to introduce scuba to people the way it was introduced to me. I tried scuba with the Boy Scouts at the National Scout Jamboree and was hooked! I was certified the following spring and was diving at Sea Base that summer. I have enjoyed the whole Discover Scuba so much that I helped write a national program for the American Heritage Girls.
Favorite Specialty: I enjoy teaching CPR, although it isn’t a diving specialty! I truly believe that EVERYONE should know CPR. It’s easy and a good thing to know. Be Prepared! It must be the Eagle Scout in me.
Shannon Bay, Open Water Scuba Instructor
Favorite Place to Dive: My favorite place to dive is St Croix. There are beautiful reefs and lots of variety of fish.
Favorite Class to Teach: My favorite class to teach is Open Water Diver. I love to watch the students figuring it all out and getting some confidence with their skills.
Favorite Specialty: Underwater photography
Mike Quinn, Open Water Scuba Instructor
Davey Hils, Open Water Scuba Instructor
Davey loves his job as an Open Water Scuba Instructor at Central Coast. He’s also on staff at the Dive Shop, and he loves to help customers find the perfect gear! Davey was recently certified as an HSA (Handicapped SCUBA Association) professional, meaning that he can now train pretty much anyone; regardless of physical or mental limitations.
Favorite Place to Dive: Cozumel, because I love the drift diving – it’s so carefree!
Favorite Class to Teach: Discover Scuba. I love to get people in the water for the first time, and see them blowing their first bubbles.
Favorite Specialty: Underwater Naturalist. My favorite fish is the Splendid Toadfish, which is only seen in Cozumel.
Vince Thomas, Open Water Scuba Instructor
Favorite Class to Teach: Open Water, because I get to share a beautiful and truly awesome new world with others and prepare them for the first leg of that journey.
Favorite Specialty: My favorite specialty to do is Underwater Photography, because I can capture the moments and save them for later when I’m land locked; it also serves as a cure for cabin fever in the winter. I use the images as a screen saver; then when I’m engulfed in throes of cabin fever, staring blankly at my computer, I’m saved when the screen saver recues my mind from the oblivion! My favorite specialty to teach is Underwater Navigation because it’s important to know where you were, where you’re going. If you can retain 10% of the course, you’ll normally get where you want to go 90% of the time!
Uwe Ascheremeier, Open Water Scuba Instructor
Eddie Horgan, Open Water Scuba Instructor
Ken Wall, Open Water Scuba Instructor
Favorite Place to Dive: Key Largo, FL. Key Largo is a great place for me because every time the dive sites are different and I see new stuff. There are also lots of great dive boats to choose from, plenty of hotels and a ton of super restaurants. You can even shore dive at Camp Pennekamp State Park. — Locally I like to dive Natural Springs (New Paris, OH near Richmond, IN), Gilboa (Findlay, OH), Twin Quarries (Circleville, OH) and many others. All of these are good for fun dives and training.
Favorite Class to Teach: Open Water. Because I enjoy seeing the thrill new divers have when they breathe under water for the first time. I’ve seen people smile so BIG, they have trouble holding a regulator in their mouth. — No worries, we can help with that.
Favorite Specialty: Wreck Diving. I’m fascinated by the history of wrecks and the sea life that makes them home. It’s just COOL.