Shannon’s favorite class to teach at Central Coast is the Open Water Diver class. Her favorite thing about the class is watching the students figure it all out and take their first breath underwater. She enjoys watching divers learn skills and then gain confidence with their skills. Shannon’s favorite place to dive is St. Croix, for the beautiful reefs and lots of variety of tropical fish.
Central Coast Dive Center Featured Instructors
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. She is a strong proponent of continuing education, and she personally makes an effort to experience a wide variety of types of diving – 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… they all offer new experiences to divers. Katie enjoys teaching divers of all ages and experience levels, from Bubblemakers to Divemasters!
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.
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.
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.
Ken Bales started diving in 1984. He is an engineer by education and a retired corporate executive that now teaches diving full time. He started on his track as a dive professional in 2009, and most recently he earned his PADI Master Instructor rating, as well as the 2013 PADI Elite Instructor award. 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.
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!
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.