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Rich GilesFirst certified in 1971 with NAUI. His first BCD was an old life vest recycled off a PSA (Pacific Southwest Airlines) jet, complete with CO2 cartridges that corroded up after the first dive. Rich is so old, as a kid, he knew John Dalton, Jacques Charles, Robert Boyle, William Henry and the serial goat bender himself, John Haldane.

All kidding aside, in September 2008, Rich went through a modern PADI re-certification class with his daughter Candice. He hasn’t looked back, becoming a PADI Master Diver and Divemaster. Rich loves talking diving, helping anyone with gear, dive techniques and especially buoyancy which he considers his number one focus. He enjoys the easy going pace of a relaxing dive.

One of Rich’s favorite dives is touring the dive park at 25-35’ just watching the critters. Rich really likes hanging with the PCH crowd whether it’s a boat trip, a Catalina weekend or the PCH Bash when they take over Catalina. Come dive with PCH and Rich – you will have a blast – He guarantees it.

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Franc ArtesFranc started diving in 2009 while on vacation in the British Virgin Islands (BVI.) On that first dive, Franc used up his AL80 tank in about ten minutes because he swam after every one of the hundreds of fish that caught his attention.

His best friend, who is an instructor and took him on that first dive, insisted that Franc get certified so they could go wreck diving when they returned on their next holiday to the BVI in 2012. After finally getting certified in September of 2011, Franc went on to complete his Master Scuba Diver raiting, eleven speciality diver certifications, and nearly one hundred dives by mid February of 2012. Since we couldn't get him to stop, we told him to just keep going until he was an instructor. He loves diving and sharing his passion for the ocean with others. And there you have it.

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Daniel RomDaniel started diving back in 2009 as a part of his high school zoology program and he has been hooked ever since. He is a Rescue Diver and finished his Divemaster certificaiton and training in early 2012. He now plans on becoming an open water instructor with PCH. Daniel finds diving to be an incredible experience that he loves and believes is something that everyone should experience at least once in their lives. (He's also pretty sure they will want to do it again.)  

Daniel has nearly limitless energy and can be found running, literally, all over the island when we are on Catalina.  

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Terri HeinrichTerry spent a lot of time in his early years in the water as a competitive swimmer, aching to stay under the surface as long as possible. Terry finally got his wish when his wife booked his open water certification with PCH Scuba. It didn't take long for him to realize that he had been bitten by the scuba bug. And he'd been bitten bad.

Since May of 2011, Terry has been diving with PCH and continuing his underwater education on his path to becoming a Dive Master. His love for the sea and the wonders it holds are things he hopes to share with anyone curious about breathing underwater. While lately he's been spotted around Casino Point, he's branching out, thanks to the many opportunities that diving provides. He has now dived on Maui and St. Maarten, and more are still to come!

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Chris KerrHaving always wanted to learn to dive Chris finally took the plunge back in October 2011, as soon as he descended down the Buoy for the first time at Casino Point Dive Park in Catalina he was hooked, returning a few weeks later to work on his advanced certification.

Chris is now a certified rescue diver and part of the Divemaster program with PCH.  He is planning to spend a lot of time diving going forward, including dive trips to Iceland and Belize in the coming months.

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Garrett BudwineGarrett began diving with a "Discover Scuba" dive at a PADI dive shop in Acapulco, Mexico in August, 2010. After surfacing from that first 20 minute dive he knew he had to become fully certified. His quest to find the best scuba training in Southern California led him to PCH Scuba. Garrett has embraced PCH Scuba's mission to build a dive community one diver at a time. In Febuary 2012, he achieved the raiting of Master Scuba Diver and is currently working towards the professional raiting of Divemaster. Garrett's only regret is he wishes he had started this adventure twenty years earlier.

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Bryun SakayeBeing born under the sign of Aquarius, Bryun has always been in and around water his entire life. From splashing in the sink to playing in street gutters during a rainstorm, he has always felt at home in the water. It was no different when he took his first plunge into the sea with scuba gear. He instantly fell in love with scuba and wants to share that with everyone. Bryun joined PCH Scuba for the Open Water class in October 2011 and has advanced to Rescue Diver in a few short months. He is now swimming towards becoming a Divemaster with a goal of teaching scuba diving to others.

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