BJ became hooked on scuba diving in 1986 while on vacation in Hawaii where she first experienced breathing underwater on a party boat that offered a scuba diving resort course. She took to the water like a fish and received her open water certification later that year and has been diving ever since.
In 2013, she obtained her Divemaster certification so that she could assist with open water classes for the Disabled Veterans Scuba Project. BJ has logged more than 1500 dives since she was certified 1986 and is a very active diver and enjoys taking underwater photos to share with her friends and family.
Geoff grew up in the area with a strong appreciation for the ocean. In 1994 before sailing off on a bareboat charter vacation in tahiti, Geoff's wife Sue insisted they get certified to scuba dive, since they were missing half the experience by limiting themselves above the surface. After a number of years as a warm water recreational diver, Geoff began appreciating the spectacular scuba diving conditions right here in his own back yard, and as he started diving our local waters more, he eventually became a divemaster to share his love of local diving with others. Geoff has divied all over the Caribbean, Hawaii and the Pacific, but Sothern California is still his favorite area for diving. You'll find him diving off our local beaches most weekends. "There's something magical about diving in our local kelp forests; it's like wandering through an enchanted forest under the water and meeting all kinds of interesting creatures".
Diving since the age of 13 in 1968, Steve has explored the ocean in many capacities from doing security swims on Nuclear Submarines, retrieving lost anchors or fishing gear, spearfishing, underwater photography, training disabled veterans and leading tours for newer divers. One of Steve’s joys is watching newer divers experience marine life that we as experienced divers sometimes take for granted and don’t take the time to enjoy. Steve and BJ were married 30 feet deep at the Statue “Christ of the Abyss” in Key Largo. After all, those that dive together stay together.
You will find Steve on many of the trips always willing to assist or lead tours when requested. Also several times a year look for Steve at the pool reviewing basic skills or assisting others. Weather scuba or freediving, Steve believes this is a sport best when his experience is shared with others so we can all enjoy the wonders of the ocean..
I was first introduced to scuba diving as a kid while watching Sea Hunt. I knew at an early age I was going to learn to dive. That became a reality in 1975 when I was first certified and, as they say, the rest is history. 40 years later I still remember my check out dives at Santa Cruz and Ancapa islands. In as much as I enjoy traveling to exotic locations, I'll take kelp diving off of our channel islands any day of the week. Having discovered the PCH family, I'm looking forward to working with new open water students and getting them certified for an experience that will last them a life time. As much as I like to make diving fun, safety is always my top priority.
To be an astronaut in a world within a world, it only took one trip beneath the surface and my life was changed forever. Growing up in and around the waters of socal for almost my entire life, I wanted to go where most men (and women) had not gone before. To visit another kind of existence, into the sky and into the deep, two places where the human body was not designed to go. I was destined to find adventure. Escaping the everyday stresses and concerns of soceity, diving is a necessity. It brings peace, serenity, adventure and balance to my life, and I am convinced it will do the same for you!
I took my first breaths underwater on an impromptu weekend trip ti Catalina Island in 2002, a discover scuba diving program caught my eye and I had found adventure. Once certified with PCH Scuba I realized I had gained not only access to a new community, but a new family. I then quickly worked my way through the ranks earning my Master Scuba Diver rating and then Divemaster while diving whenever and wherever possible. I am now on my way to becomming an instructor so I can share my love of diving with others in hopes they might enjoy it as much as I do. 71% of the earth is covered in Water, don't you want to see more of home?.
You could say we drank the scuba kool-aid right from the start. By the end of the first pool session in the Open Water class in October 2011, we had signed up for the first of many international trips with the PCH Scuba family. And by the time we surfaced from Dive 1, we knew we had found a new passion in life. Being underwater with strange and wonderous creatures opened our eyes to a whole new world. A world we could enjoy every time we strap on that BCD.
We decided to take our passion to new levels and obtained our Advanced Open water, Rescue, Master Scuba Diver, and Divemaster certifications in late 2014. Being able to introduce others to the joy of scuba diving was exhilarating as we got to relive our first dive over again. Seeing the happy faces of those being underwater and helping them become better divers was now our second passion. We are scubd junkies through and through and can't wait to share this awesome addiction with the world.
Franc 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.
Having 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.
Garrett 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.