Our Instructors

Dale Stone: PADI Master Instructor

Hometown:  Livermore
Favorite food:  BBQ
Favorite local hangout:  Maui
Favorite Monterey dive site: Breakwater
Favorite Type of Diving:  Anythign with fish!
Best dive ever:  Maui Night Dives
If I could dive anywhere:  Bikini Atoll
Added Info:  Master Instructor – 25 years of diving experience; Loves to see the “Ah Ha” light go own with students when the get it!

Andy Feifarek: PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Hometown:  Hail from San Jose, calls Hawaii home
Favorite food:  Ahi Poke
Favorite local hangout:  Smuggler’s Cove – SF
Favorite Monterey dive site: Point Lobos
Favorite Type of Diving:  Wreck
Best dive ever:  Blackwater Dive – Kailua-Kona, HI
If I could dive anywhere:  Bikini Atoll
Added Info:  IDC Staff Instructor – 20 years of diving experience; Diving is a passionate adventure of a lifetime.

Austen Potter: PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Hometown: Pleasanton
Favorite Food: Burritos!
Favorite Local Hangout: Dive Shop
Favorite Dive Site: Point Lobos
Favorite Type of Diving: All diving!
Best Dive You’ve Ever Been On: Spiegel Grove Florida Keys
If You Could Dive Anywhere in the World Where Would It Be? Great Barrier Reef
Anything Else You Would Like to Add? The ocean has a lot to offer and we can see so many amazing things in it from Coral Reefs to Kelp Forests and the different creatures that live in them. Enjoy every dive you do, you can always find something special that makes your dive.  Be nice to the ocean and it will be nice to you!

Nick Lightner: PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Hometown: San Ramon
Favorite Food: Burgers
Favorite Local Hangout: Underwater
Favorite Dive Site: Any
Favorite Type of Diving: Deep
Best Dive You’ve Ever Been On: Rubicon Wall Lake Tahoe
If You Could Dive Anywhere in the World Where Would It Be? Maldives
Anything Else You Would Like to Add? I love diving!

David Turner: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Hometown: Portland Oregon
Favorite Food: Homemade Pizza
Favorite Local Hangout: Boardwalk Grill (Discovery Bay)
Favorite Dive Site: Two-Step (Place of Refuge, Ke Ala O Keawe, Hawaii)
Favorite Type of Diving: My next dive
Best Dive You’ve Ever Been On: Pelagic Magic (three miles off shore, at night in 1,500 fathoms beneath the keel)
If You Could Dive Anywhere in the World Where Would It Be? Truk lagoon
Anything Else You Would Like to Add? I love to dive!

Eric Schaad: PADI IDC Staff Instructor

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Carolyn Belak: PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Hometown: Livermore CA
Favorite Food: Vegetables, beans, burritos
Favorite Local Hangout: Sycamore Grove with my dog
Favorite Dive Site: Point Lobos, Monastary… (anything with teeny tiny creatures)
Favorite Type of Diving: Macrophotography and invertebrate searches
Best Dive You’ve Ever Been On: Andros Island, during a salp bloom!
If You Could Dive Anywhere in the World Where Would It Be?  Palmyra Atoll
Anything Else You Would Like to Add? Love to all ocean organisms, big and small 🙂