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Dive Staff

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

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: 2
  • 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

Alec Dyke

 

  • Rating and Number: Master Scuba Diver Trainer #235263
  • Role: SCUBA Instructor, Kayak Guide
  • Years Diving: 16
  • Years Working with Exotic Aquatics: 13
  • Number of Lifetime Dives: 2000+
  • Favorite Local Dive Site: Rockaway
  • What Got You Interested in Diving: The wonder of exploring the underwater world
  • What is Your Favorite Part About Diving: The feeling of weightlessness and serenity
  • Favorite Critter: Nudibranchs!

Bronson Guy

 

  • Rating and Number: Divemaster Candidate
  • 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: 4.5
  • 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: 4
  • Years Working with Exotic Aquatics: 1
  • Number of Lifetime Dives: 150+
  • 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: Seeing the underwater world and that being my only focus (cellphones don’t work down there 😉
  • Favorite Critter: Jelly’s of all types

Meredith Everett

 

  • Rating and Number: Divemaster #442422
  • Role: Divemaster
  • Years Diving:
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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

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