Central Coast Dive Center Instructors

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Tommy Evans, Owner & Master Instructor

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Owner of Central Coast Dive Center, Tommy has been diving since 1983. He has dived the world over including the Cal Sal Banks, Fiji, Costa Rica and other places near and far. His favorite to date is the Galapagos. Tommy favors underwater photography and REEF id.

PADI Instructor Ratings: Master Instructor, Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Specialty Instructor Ratings: Enriched Air Instructor (Nitrox), Boat Instructor, Deep Instructor, Digital Underwater Photography Instructor, Drift Instructor, Dry Suit Instructor, Multilevel Diver Instructor, Night Diver Instructor, Search & Recovery Instructor, Underwater Navigator Instructor, Underwater Photographer Instructor, Underwater Videographer Instructor, Wreck Instructor, Aware Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor, Project Aware Instructor, Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor.

Additional Ratings: EFR Instructor

Pimmy Bruckner, Master Instructor

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Pimmy has been diving for nearly 30 years and has been around the world — Caymans, St Croix, Bonaire, Yap, Palau and Fiji! Bahamas and Cozumel are two of Pimmy’s favorites spots. Her best dives to date: Gladden Spit Belize Whale Shark Dive, Night Manta Dive in Kona, Hi, Blue Corner Palau, muck dive in Yap and Night Dive at the pier in Bonaire. Pimmy loves teaching Open Water because she can share her passion for diving with people new to diving!

PADI Instructor Ratings: Master Instructor, Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Specialty Instructor Ratings: Enriched Air Instructor (Nitrox), Boat Instructor, Deep Instructor, Digital Underwater Photography Instructor, Drift Instructor, Dry Suit Instructor, Multilevel Diver Instructor, Night Diver Instructor, Search & Recovery Instructor, Underwater Navigator Instructor, Underwater Photographer Instructor, Underwater Videographer Instructor, Wreck Instructor, Aware Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor, Project Aware Instructor, Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor.

Additional Ratings:

Bob West, Master Instructor

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Bob started diving in 2002 and quickly moved up the PADI professional ranks to Master Instructor in 2008. His dive trips range from Florida to the Bahamas to Belize to St Croix, but his favorites have been the wrecks in Key Largo and Belize. Bob likes any kind of diving as long as he can see past his fin tips, but really enjoys wreck, night, deep and search and recovery.

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.

PADI Instructor Ratings: Master Instructor, IDC Staff Instructor, Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Specialty Instructor Ratings: AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Sp Instructor, Boat Instructor, Care for Children w/AED Instructor, Deep Instructor, Digital Underwater Photography Instructor, Diver Propulsion Vehicle Instructor, Drift Instructor, Dry Suit Instructor, Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor, Enriched Air Instructor, Fish Identification Instructor, Multilevel Diver Instructor, Night Diver Instructor, Oxygen First Aid Instructor, Peak Performance, Buoyancy Instructor, Project Aware Instructor, Search & Recovery Instructor, Underwater Naturalist Instructor, Underwater Navigator Instructor, Underwater Photographer Instructor, Wreck Instructor

Additional Ratings: EFR Instructor

Ken Bales, Master Instructor

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Elite 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.

PADI Instructor Ratings: PADI Master Instructor, IDC Staff Instructor, Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Specialty Instructor Ratings: Enriched Air Instructor (Nitrox), Boat Instructor, Deep Instructor, Digital Underwater Photography Instructor, Drift Instructor, Dry Suit Instructor, Multilevel Diver Instructor, Night Diver Instructor, Search & Recovery Instructor, Underwater Navigator Instructor, Underwater Photographer Instructor, Underwater Videographer Instructor, Wreck Instructor, Aware Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor, Project Aware Instructor, Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor.

Additional Ratings: EFR Instructor, EFR Instructor Trainer

Awards: 2013 PADI Elite Instructor

Katie SteinIDC Staff Instructor

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Katie fell in love with diving, completing over 100 dives in 4 countries in her first year as a Open Water diver alone.  Hundreds of dives later, she has progressed through several levels of PADI certifications to ultimately earn her IDC Staff Instructor rating.

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.

PADI Professional Ratings: IDC Staff Instructor, Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Open Water Scuba Instructor, Divemaster

Specialty Instructor Ratings: Enriched Air Instructor (Nitrox), Boat Instructor, Deep Instructor, Digital Underwater Photography Instructor, Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV/ Underwater Scooter) Instructor, Dry Suit Instructor, Night Diver Instructor, Search & Recovery Instructor, Underwater Navigator Instructor, Underwater Videographer Instructor, Wreck Instructor, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor, Project Aware Instructor, Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor.

Additional Ratings: Emergency First Response Instructor, Care For Children with AED Instructor

Bob Obermeyer, Master Scuba Diver Trainer

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Bob received his PADI Open Water certification in 1999 and has been hooked on diving ever since. He became a PADI Open Water Instructor in 2008 and achieved his Master Scuba Diver Trainer certification in 2009. Bob loves diving anywhere and recently has been diving in the Bahamas, Cozumel, the Florida Keys and Hawaii. Bob now lives part time on the coast of North Carolina, and many of his ocean dives are on the numerous wrecks in the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”. Bob enjoys all levels of teaching, from Discover Scuba to Advanced, and beyond, but introducing individuals to diving in Open Water classes remains his favorite.

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.

PADI Instructor Ratings: Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Open Water Scuba Instructor

Specialty Instructor Ratings: Boat, Deep, Underwater Navigation, Peak Performance Buoyancy and Project Aware.

Additional Ratings: EFR Instructor

Tom Spille, Master Scuba Diver Trainer

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Tom has been a Master Scuba Diver Trainer since 2003 after starting his diving in 1984. He regularly dives in Ohio, Kentucky, Tenessee and North Carolina as well as Florida, the Bahamas and Mexico. Tom’s favorite places are Belize, Roatan, Bahamas and Key Largo with wreck, night, drift and shallow reef dives as his favorite kind. Tom enjoys teaching Rescue classes the most.

PADI Instructor Ratings: Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Open Water Scuba Instructor

Greg OlmstedMaster Scuba Diver Trainer

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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.

PADI Professional Ratings: Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Open Water Scuba Instructor

Specialty Ratings: Drysuit Specialty, EFR

Additional Ratings: EFR Instructor

Eric MP Stankewicz, Open Water Scuba Instructor

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Elite 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.

PADI Instructor Ratings: Open Water Scuba Instructor, Cutest Instructor ☺

Specialty Instructor Ratings: Dry Suit Instructor, Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor, Project Aware Instructor, Aware Coral Reef Conservation Instructor, Zombie Apocalypse Distinctive Specialty Instructor

Additional Ratings: EFR Instructor

Awards: 2013 PADI Elite Instructor

Shannon Bay, Open Water Scuba Instructor

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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

PADI Professional Ratings: Open Water Scuba Instructor, Night Diver Instructor, Enriched Air Instructor, Cavern Instructor

Specialty Ratings: Master Scuba Diver, Deep Diver, Night Diver, Underwater Photographer, Equipment Specialist, Dry Suit Diver, Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox), TDI Tec Diver (Advanced Nitrox Diver, Hliotrox Diver, Decompression Procedures Diver), IANTD Cave Diver, EFR, EFR Instructor

Additional Ratings: EFR Instructor

Mike Quinn, Open Water Scuba Instructor

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Mike has been diving since 2004 and became an OWSI in 2009. He can be usually found with a videocamera shooting marine life from Belize to Roatan to Cozumel. Mike is an active diver with trips scheduled around the year. Mike became an instructor to help introduce diving to new Open Water students.

PADI Instructor Ratings: Open Water Scuba Instructor

Specialty Instructor Ratings: TBD

Additional Ratings: TBD

Davey HilsOpen Water Scuba Instructor

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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.

PADI Professional Ratings: Open Water Scuba Instructor, Divemaster

Specialty Instructor Ratings: AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor, Project AWARE Instructor, Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor.

Additional Ratings: EFR Instructor

Vince Thomas, Open Water Scuba Instructor

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Favorite Place to Dive: St. Croix

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!

PADI Instructor Ratings: Open Water Scuba Instructor

Uwe Ascheremeier, Open Water Scuba Instructor

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Uwe has been diving since 2000 and is not only a PADI Pro, but also a Commercial Diver (Certified Under Waterwater Welding and Public Safety Diver). Other than the usual places, Uwe has been underwater in the Ohio River, the Licking River, Great Miami, and the Mississippi River. His favorite diving locale is Curacao with drift dives and wreck dives as Uwe’s favorite kinds of diving. Uwe likes working with Discover and Open Water students the most.

PADI Instructor Ratings: Open Water Scuba Instructor

Specialty Instructor Ratings: TBD

Additional Ratings: TBD

Eddie Horgan, Open Water Scuba Instructor

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Eddie Horgan became an OWSI in late 2009 along with Mike Quinn. You can find Eddie diving everywhere from the local quarries all year round to the warm waters of the Keys. Eddie enjoys teaching all aspects of diving, especially to new divers.

PADI Instructor Ratings: Open Water Scuba Instructor

Specialty Instructor Ratings: TBD

Additional Ratings: TBD

Ken Wall, Open Water Scuba Instructor

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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.

PADI Instructor Ratings: Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Specialty Instructor Ratings: Underwater Photographer Instructor, Deep Instructor, Underwater Navigator Instructor, Night Diver Instructor, Wreck Instructor, Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor, Project AWARE Instructor, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor

Additional Ratings: EFR Instructor, Care For Children Instructor

Leesa Wiesner, Open Water Scuba Instructor

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Loves to dive!

PADI Instructor Ratings: Open Water Scuba Instructor

Specialty Instructor Ratings: TBD

Additional Ratings: TBD