Exotic Aquatics SCUBA & Kayaking

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Owner and Chief Dive Enthusiast

Pam Auxier

Rating and Number: Master Instructor #41262
Role at Exotic: Owner, Instructor, Master Scuba Repair Tech
Years Diving: 35+
Years Working with Exotic: 30
Number of Lifetime Dives: 6050+
Favorite Local Dive Site: Can’t choose one, but top four are Shangri-La, Blake Island, Waterman’s Wall, and China Wall
Favorite Exotic Place to Dive: Galapagos
What Got You Interested in Diving: A family friend that took me “diving” on a double hose regulator in a 4 ft pool swimming pool and of course Mike Nelson of Sea Hunt
What is Your Favorite Part About Diving: Peaceful environment and all the critters
Favorite Critter: A Giant Pacific Octopus, of course

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Shop Staff & Instructors

Drew Marlar

Rating and Number: Master Instructor #446175
Role: SCUBA Instructor
Years Diving: 9
Years Working with Exotic Aquatics: 1
Number of Lifetime Dives: 800+
Favorite Local Dive Site: Sund Rock
What Got You Interested in Diving: A good friend told me about the Wreck of the Rhône In the BVI and I was hooked!
What is Your Favorite Part About Diving: Life slows down underwater and you get a chance to breath and be with your buddies
Favorite Critter: Harbor Seals

Alex Harnick

Rating and Number: IDC Staff Instructor #275276
Role: SCUBA Instructor, SCUBA Technician, Kayak Guide, Assistant Retail Manager
Years Diving: 18
Years Working with Exotic Aquatics: 3
Number of Lifetime Dives: 1500+
Favorite Local Dive Site: Sund Rock South Wall
What Got You Interested in Diving: I grew up loving all watersports so it was just a matter of being old enough to get certified!
What is Your Favorite Part About Diving: Ultimate relaxation and underwater exploration
Favorite Critter: Puget Sound King Crab

Bronson Guy

Rating and Number: Divemaster #519942
Role: Kayak Guide, Assistant Retail Manager
Years Diving: 8
Years Working with Exotic Aquatics: 1 1/2 years
Number of Lifetime Dives: 75+
Favorite Local Dive Site: Rockaway, Bainbridge Island
What Got You Interested in Diving: The Peaceful and calming diving in Okinawa
What is Your Favorite Part About Diving: Getting to experience another part of this cool planet that we’re on.
Favorite Critter: Cuddlefish or Sea Snakes

Divemasters

Steve Hannuksela

Rating and Number: Divemaster #257961
Role: Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving Leader
Years Diving: 50+
Years Working with Exotic Aquatics: 12+
Number of Lifetime Dives:1500+
Favorite Local Dive Site: China Wall and Blake Island
Favorite Exotic Place to Dive: Port Hardy
What Got You Interested in Diving: The adventure and excitement
What is Your Favorite Part About Diving: Photography and learning the names of the critters
Favorite Critter: Mosshead warbonett

Stephen Williams

Rating and Number: Divemaster #298030
Role: Divemaster
Years Diving: 20+
Years Working with Exotic Aquatics: 4+
Number of Lifetime Dives: 400+
Favorite Local Dive Site: Shangri La
What Got You Interested in Diving: The opportunity to explore the underwater world
What is Your Favorite Part About Diving: The people that you get to meet
Favorite Critter: Frosted Nudibranch

Austin Voecks

Rating and Number:Divemaster #433703
Role:Divemaster & Discover SCUBA Diving Leader
Years Diving: 5
Years Working with Exotic Aquatics: 2
Number of Lifetime Dives: 200+
Favorite Local Dive Site: Sund Rock
What Got You Interested in Diving: The excitement of trying new things & learning
What is Your Favorite Part About Diving: Exploration and relaxation
Favorite Critter: Sandalwood Nudibranch

Bill Bergschneider

Rating and Number: Divemaster #351184
Role: Divemaster
Years Diving: 18
Years Working with Exotic Aquatics: 3
Number of Lifetime Dives: 700+
Favorite Local Dive Site: Rockaway Beach
What Got You Interested in Diving: The thought of experiencing life underwater
What is Your Favorite Part About Diving: The incredible feeling of neutral buoyancy
Favorite Critter: Sharks!!

Kelsey Coffrin

Rating and Number: Divemaster #458453
Role: Divemaster
Years Diving: 6
Years Working with Exotic Aquatics: 2
Number of Lifetime Dives: 200+
Favorite Local Dive Site: Sund Rock
What Got You Interested in Diving: I was inspired by the many cold water female divers in my family
What is Your Favorite Part About Diving: Having to be completely in the moment, soaking in the underwater world
Favorite Critter: Seals

JC Figueroa

Rating and Number: Assistant Instructor #193006
Role: Assistant Instructor, Divemaster
Years Diving: 20
Years Working with Exotic Aquatics: 18
Number of Lifetime Dives: 1000+
Favorite Local Dive Site: Shangrilla
What Got You Interested in Diving: Always been lured by water, seeing the underwater world just seems natural
What is Your Favorite Part About Diving: The calm and tranquility that comes from just breathing and being submersed, and the experience of seeing unique parts of the world
Favorite Critter: Hardly a “critter”, but I love dolphins

Meredith Everett

Rating and Number: Divemaster #442422
Role: Divemaster
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Mahonri (Mo) Gibson

Rating and Number:Divemaster #382604
Role: Divemaster
Years Diving: 12
Years Working with Exotic Aquatics: 3
Number of Lifetime Dives:300+
Favorite Local Dive Site: Rockaway Beach
What Got You Interested in Diving: Friends
What is Your Favorite Part About Diving: The feeling of flying through an alien environment
Favorite Critter: Giant Pacific Octopus