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Robert WalkerSnapshot_20141228_1 is the initiative behind AZ-DiveBuddies, as well its’ creator. He is a PADI MSDT who throughly enjoys the sport and its’ advancement. He has been published in several online forums including scubatoys.com, divebuddy.com, and goscubacandy.com; and a few others under the screen name RAWalker. He enjoys teaching new students and assisting them in their SCUBA journey. He has been SCUBA diving recreationally for seven years, and has been a dive professional for nearly three years. He is constantly seeking new training and is continuing his own education towards becoming  an  IDC Staff  Instructor, which will allow him to do more of what he loves; teaching SCUBA. Rob has put his professional background as an electromechanical assemblies technician to good use with his diving career as he has certified as a regulator and cylinder technician so that he can perform the required maintenance and overhauls required of our scuba gear. 

Certifications:

  • PADI – MSDT
  • Emergency First Responder Instructor
  • AUP – Open Circuit Technician
  • SDI – Visual Tank Inspector
  • PSI / PCI – Visual Tank Inspector
  • PSI / PCI – Eddy Current Technician
  • PSI / PCI – Oxygen Clean Technician
  • PSI / PCI – Valve Technician
  • DAN – Diver Emergency Management Provider
  • Altitude Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Deep Diver
  • Digital U/W Photographer
  • Diver Propulsion Vehicle
  • Dry Suit Diver
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider
  • Emergency First Responder Instructor
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Multilevel Diver
  • U/W Navigator
  • Night Diver
  • Search & Recovery Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Project Aware Diver
  • Project Aware Shark Conservation
  • Wreck Diver

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AZDOWNUNDER – – Nick Achten is PADI MSDT with AZ-DiveBuddies. Nick is heavily involved in the local SCUBA community as a member of AZ-DIveBuddies, and Casa Grande Dive Shop in Casa Grande, AZ. Nick has been diving recreationally for nine years, and has been a dive professional for 3 years. He fully enjoys the sport, and is always looking for that new dive site.

Certifications:

  • PADI MSDT
  • Altitude Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Deep Diver
  • Digital U/W Photographer
  • Diver Propulsion Vehicle
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Multilevel Diver
  • U/W Navigator
  • Night Diver
  • Search & Recovery Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Project Aware Diver
  • Wreck Diver

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 Frank Calliss PictureI began diving as a result of a snorkeling trip.  On that trip I saw lots of cool looking fish and coral but was not able to get down close enough to them.  So I got certified and went back to the same places this time as a diver, and have been diving ever since.

Date Certified: 5 July 1997

First Dive: Ocho Rios, Jamaica – December 1997

Favorite places to dive: Cozumel, Mexico, San Clemente Island, California

PADI Specialty Instructor:

  •  AED for Diver
  •  Altitude Diver
  •  AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty
  •  Boat Diver
  •  Deep Diver
  •  Digital Underwater Photographer
  •  Drift Diver
  •  Dry Suit Diver
  •  Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver
  •  Emergency First Response
  •  Equipment Specialist
  •  Night Diver
  •  Marine Life Injuries
  •  Oxygen First Aid
  •  Peak Performance Buoyancy
  •  Project Aware
  •  Safety Signing Diver
  •  Search & Recovery Diver
  •  Underwater Photographer
  •  Underwater Naturalist
  •  Underwater Navigator
  •  Wreck Diver

DAN Instructor:

  • Oxygen Provider
  • Advanced Oxygen
  • REMO2
  • Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

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Jay GarciaJay Garcia

It was in early 2010 when the thought of diving first came to me while on vacation on the island of Boracay in the Philippines. I was enjoying an ice cold beer under the shade of a coconut tree on the white sand beach when a group of divers came out of the water and walked towards me, still in their scuba gear.  Everyone was laughing and excitedly talking about all the wonderful things they had just seen during their dive. At that moment, I knew that I wanted to discover for myself what they had just experienced.  Little did I know that the seed had been planted for a new journey that would later become my own love and passion for diving. Later on that year, with a little encouragement from another diver I had met and who is now my best friend and dive buddy, I signed up for an Open Water certification class with All Wet Scuba. Seeing those divers walking up the beach changed my life, and boy did it ever!!!  Diving has given me an avenue for escape unlike any other sport or activity I’ve ever done. What other activity can you say gives you something new to see, appreciate and in ways, make you humble when you realize how awesome and beautiful your underwater surroundings can be. The thing about it is, I wish more people could experience and see what we divers have learned to appreciate, enjoy and love. Egos are checked, stresses are forgotten, beautiful and colorful aquatic life and animals are discovered, and the best part…cell phones do not work underwater. It’s just you and the underwater experiences you share with your friends.I’ve enjoyed each and every one of my dives. There is no one favorite dive spot just because of the vast differences each dive spot offers. I’ve enjoyed the ease and beauty of drift diving in Cozumel. I’ve overcome my trepidation by diving the Cenotes caves in the Yucatan. I have marveled at the majestic kelp beds in California. I’ve come to appreciate and revere the history and the sacrifice men have made in the ship wrecks at the bottom of Truk Lagoon. Most of all, I enjoy the friends I have met through diving and I look forward to making new friends. It is because of these great experiences as to why I decided to advance my dive training. I wanted to see places and experience things we mostly dream of. From Open Water, to Advanced Open Water, to Rescue, to Dive Master and Instructor; each dive and training adventure has allowed me to do more. Now, it is allowing me to pass on the love and passion of diving to others. Hopefully, our paths will soon cross, whether it is in an open water class in the pool or lake, an advanced certification or a fun dive at Lake Pleasant or in open water somewhere in the Pacific or Atlantic. Have fun, stay safe and dive often! PADI Specialty Instructor:

  • Altitude Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Deep Diver
  • Digital Underwater Photographer
  • Drift Diver
  • Dry Suit Diver
  • Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver
  • Emergency First Response
  • Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Night Diver
  • Oxygen Provider
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Search & Recovery Diver
  • Underwater Navigator
  • Wreck Diver

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Amy GonzalesAmyG A well known and highly respected member of the Arizona Scuba Community with many years of experience at the professional levels of Recreational diving. The depth of her list of certifications speaks to the passion she has for our sport but her students are the real testament.

PADI

  • IDC Staff Instructor
  • Underwater Digital Photography
  • Full-Face Mask/Underwater Communications Instructor
  • Drift
  • Multilevel
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • National Geographic
  • Altitude
  • Navigator
  • Search & Recovery
  • Boat
  • Fish ID
  • Underwater Photography
  • Wreck Diving
  • DPV (Diver Propulsion Vehicle)
  • Project AWARE
  • Drysuit
  • Kayak Diving
  • Ice Diving
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Deep
  • Equipment
  • Night
  • Underwater Hunter

EFR

  • Instructor (Emergency First Responder)
  • CFC Instructor (Care for Children)
  • Oxygen First Aid

SDI – Instructor Trainer

TDI – Nitrox Instructor

ERDI – Public Safety Diving Instructor

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Jay Prochnow PictureI started my love affair with the underwater realm in the ‘50’s in Southern California (yes, I’m that old).  I saved up my money and bought a mask, fins, snorkel, and a spear gun and went hunting under the sea. College, Navy, and subsequent careers put a hold on my participation until 1997 when I got my Open Water and Advanced Diver Certs. After that nothing could hold me back. I got my Divemaster Cert in 2007 and set about looking for a dive shop that I would like to work with as an instructor. That quest ended when I walked into All Wet Scuba one day in 2011 where I was treated as a friend immediately by Brett and the staff. I knew I had “found a home.” I finished my OWSI in March of 2012 and haven’t looked back. I have found a retirement career at last!

My favorite places to dive:  include The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Belize, Bay Islands, and Cozumel in the Caribbean, and New Britain, and Palau in the Pacific. I also really enjoy diving in Baja and in Southern California especially Catalina and the San Diego Wrecks. I have traded my speargun for a camera and love underwater photography. 

My Mantra:  “Never Stop Learning”.

Certified to teach: 

  • Open Water
  • Advanced Open Water
  • Rescue Diver
  • Divemaster
  • Emergency First Response
  • AED
  • First Aid
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider

Specialty Courses:

  • Altitude Diving
  • Boat Diving
  • Deep Diver
  • Digital Underwater Photography
  • Drift Diver
  • Dry Suit
  • Enriched Air
  • Multilevel Diver
  • Night Diving
  • Search and Recovery
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Underwater Navigator
  • Wreck Diver

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Dan Shepherd Dan ShepardI think I knew I would become a Scuba diver the day my wife came home from work and found me in the bottom of the pool with a Home Spa air  pump hooked to a hose that I was breathing from! (Don’t try this at  home!)  But somehow I got sidetracked for a while racing Motocross.  In fact, it was one of my Motocross buddies, Kevin Wallin, that eventually got me into Scuba Diving.  He was getting certified and asked if my wife and I would be interested.  It didn’t take us very long to decide.  I think the only reason I  hadn’t done it sooner was because I just didn’t know how to get started and had no idea I could be an Open Water Certified Diver in 5 days!  But of course I couldn’t stop there and the more training I got the more I wanted.  Kevin didn’t either, he became a Master Scuba Diver and my wife became a Divemaster.  I went on to become an Instructor and a Tec-Rec Deep Diver.

My favorite Dive sites: Fiji , Catalina Island and (believe it or not) Lake Pleasant .

CERTIFICATION LEVEL :     IDC Staff  Instructor # 233033

SPECIALTY INSTRUCTOR FOR:

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Project Aware
  • Aware Coral Reef Conservation
  • Altitude Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Enriched Air
  • Multilevel
  • Underwater Navigator
  • Night Diver
  • Search and Recovery
  • Self Reliant Diver
  • Wreck diver

INSTRUCTOR FOR:

  • First Response CPR and First Aid (Adult and Child)
  • AED
  • DSAT Tec Deep Instructor
  • DSAT Tri-Mix Instructor

OTHER CERTIFICATIONS:

  • DSAT Tec Deep Diver
  • DSAT Tri-Mix Diver
  • DSAT Gas Blender 

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 Jim White is a PADI Divemaster and a SDI Open Water Instructor with AZ-DiveBuddies.He is the owner of APEX Divers and supports local diving. While local diving might satisfy the itch to get “bottom time” Jim especially enjoys getting his “Bubble Therapy” in the warm tropical waters of Florida and the Caribbean. His love of the underwater world has provided him with the opportunity to dive some of the most beautiful waters on earth. Among some of these favorite destinations to dive are Costa Rica, Cozumel, Bahamas, Kona, Maui, Oahu and of course South Florida and the Florida Keys. Jim’s all-time favorite destination is Tahiti including Bora Bora. High on his bucket list is “Shooting The Gap” at Rangiroa. He is passionate about diving and passionate about teaching the sport. Jim’s a calm and patient instructor who enjoys teaching anyone but finds it especially rewarding to introduce those who may be a little unsure of themselves in the water to the sport of SCUBA.

Certifications:Jim White

  • SDI – OWSI
  • PADI – DM
  • Rescue Diver
  • DAN – On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers Provider
  • Specialty – Night Diver
  • Specialty – Nitrox
  • Specialty – Drift Diver
  • Specialty – Emergency Responder
  • Specialty – Advanced Open Water
  • Specialty – Night Diver

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Merlyn Wilsonmerlyn wilson

I began diving over thirty years ago, in the Caribbean when I lived back east in Maryland. I officially got certified as an Open Water diver by my Australian instructor buddy while living California in 1991. I have been fortunate being able to travel and dive all over the world; I enjoy every dive no matter where it is. Some of my favorite dives are wrecks, the Manta night dive in Hawaii, and the lava tubes in Hawaii or cenotes in Mexico. Interacting with the undersea creatures is always fun and exciting. I enjoy teaching new divers to discover the underwater experience for the first time. Also, it’s very satisfying is teaching a seasoned diver a new specialty, or helping them to advance their certification level. 
 
 

  • Deep Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Enriched Air Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Altitude Diver
  • Shark Aware Conservation
  • Equipment Specialist

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 Scott Cadreau 

Scott Cadreau

PADI TEC BASIC
Tec Rec Deep Instructor
Tec Rec Trimix Blender Instructor
Tec Rec Trimix Diver Instructor
TMX 45 (Min 21% O2 Max 20% He)
TMX 50 (Min 21% O2 Max 20% He)
Altitude Instructor
Boat Instructor
Deep Instructor
Digital Underwater Photography Instructor
Drift Instructor
Dry Suit Instructor
EFR Instructor
Enriched Air Instructor
Fish Identification Instructor
Multilevel Diver Instructor
Night Diver Instructor
Search & Recovery Instructor
Self-Reliant Diver Instructor
Underwater Naturalist Instructor
Underwater Navigator Instructor
Underwater Videographer Instructor
Wreck Instructor
 
SDI/TDI Instructor Ratings
Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor
Advanced Buoyancy Instructor
Altitude Diver Instructor
Boat Diving Instructor
Computer Nitrox Instructor
CPR1st Instructor
CPROX Instructor
CPROX1st AED Instructor
Deep Diving Instructor
Drift Diving Instructor
Dry Suit Diving Instructor
Marine EcoSystems Awareness Instructor
Night-Limited Visibility Diving Instructor
Search and Recovery Diving Instructor
Underwater Navigation Diving Instructor
Underwater Photography Instructor
Underwater Video Instructor
Wreck Instructor
Nitrox Gas Blending Instructor
Advanced Gas Blending Instructor
Solo Diving Instructor
Advanced Nitrox Instructor
Decompression Procedures Instructor
Extended Range Instructor
Intro To Tech Instructor