Christopher Shordon, Owner, PADI Instructor #163124 – Certified in July of 1993, Chris has over 2500 logged scuba dives off the California coast from Monterey to Baja, Mexico. Chris has been teaching and guiding scuba divers in the La Jolla Marine Reserve since 1998 and has certified hundreds of happy scuba divers.
Tiffany Poon, PADI Instructor #366542 – Tiffany was certified in 1995 at Pennsylvania quarry before moving to our Northeast Pacific coast and has logged over 1150 dives from Baja California to Canada. She is a scientist and avid underwater photographer.
Jack Der, PADI Divemaster #357008 – Jack was certified in 2013 and has over 1000 logged dives in Southern California, Florida, Bahamas, Australia and Mexican waters. Jack is also a TDI tec and side mount cave diver.
Melanie McComsey, PADI Instructor #417209 – Melanie learned to dive in California waters in 2016. Since, then, she has caught the diving bug and has dived in Hawaii, Florida, Mexico, and Spain. Her favorite critters are La Jolla’s resident octopuses.
Dillon Dolinar, PADI Instructor #435029 – Dillon has spent the last five years in Southern California where he attended San Diego State University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology with an emphasis in zoology. He became a scuba instructor roughly two years after discovering his passion for diving. Throughout his diving career, he worked abroad in South Africa studying Great White Shark behavior and in Honduras studying the diet of invasive Lionfish. However, most of his time in the ocean has taken place in Southern California waters ranging from Catalina Island to San Diego, which is where he feels the most at home. He also works with Reef Check, a non-profit that helps train citizen scientists in underwater data collection.
Frank Asencio, PADI Course Director #305272 – Frank Asencio was born in Mexico and based in San Diego, CA. He has over 20 years of diving experience in Baja California, the Sea of Cortez, Riviera Maya, and Southern California. As a PADI Course Director, full cave diver, and tech diver, he is certified to provide trainings for Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Dive Master, Assistant Instructors, Instructors, and more than 16 different specialties including wreck diving, deep diving, night diving, enriched air, and side-mount diving for divers and for instructors. Frank has taught over 800 students and as a diver and trainer, he is excited to continue to build upon his 5,600+ logged dives in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Baja California.
Marisa Turner, PADI Instructor #405766 – Marisa is a true San Diegan born and raised. She was certified in 2012 in Mexico, but has since logged dives in Egypt, Bali,Thailand, South Africa, California, and Scotland. In 2017 Marisa spent a summer in Sharm El Sheik Egypt with Eagle Divers completing her Divemaster certification which inspired her to later take a group of 23 university students to experience that same Red Sea magic! She became a scuba instructor a couple of years later with Crystal Divers in Bali which has allowed her to broaden her technical knowledge. She is currently studying International Relations at the University of St.Andrews in Scotland, where she is involved with her university’s sub-aqua club working as an assistant instructor and dive safety officer, organizing local dive trips around the U.K., and beyond. Marisa has over 300 logged dives from sites across the world. When she is not under the surface, you can catch her working next door at San Diego Bike and Kayak as a kayak guide, and out on the trails dirt biking and hiking.