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.

Rick Seifert: PADI IDC Staff Instructor

 Hometown: Livermore, CA
 Favorite Food: Yes – Ribs
 Favorite Local Hangout: Dive N Trips
 Favorite Dive Site: Cabo Pulmo
 Favorite Type of Diving: Night Diving
 Best Dive You’ve Ever Been On: Most of them – Shark & Manta Dive Hawaii / Cabo
 If You Could Dive Anywhere in the World Where Would It Be: Shark Dive South Africa
 Rick enjoys interacting with the local sea life when he is diving. He really enjoys interacting with various seagoing   mammals. Teaching students and broadening their experiences is a close second. Rick enjoys teaching because it all about sharing experiences and increasing perspective, both for the student, and the teacher. He really enjoys assisting someone in developing their skills and cognitive thinking processes. Rick really enjoys diving in Mexico. His favorite place to dive is in and around Cabo. The sea life is plentiful, the visibility is good, the people are friendly, and the beer is reasonable. It’s also a change of pace to dive in swim trunks and a tee shirt. During Rick’s, last dive in Cabo, he had the good fortune to swim with over a 1000 plus rays that were in a school about 500 yards from the Cabo arch.
Rick would like you to remember that all of your dives are a learning experience and are something very special that cannot be replicated on land. During any dive remember to relax and leave the 8 to 5 world behind. Those who don’t dive are missing 2/3rds of what the world has to offer!
Rick started diving back in 1967 and still owns his original Clasps J regulator and Healthways backpack. Rick’s first dive was at Silver Lake which was a mountain lake on Highway 88 at about 7300 feet. This was before BCD’s and SPGs. Rick finally became certified as a PADI Open Water Diver in 1976.

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!

Nathan Seifert: PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Hometown: Livermore, California
Favorite Food: Steaks that I BBQ. Restaurants almost always get them wrong.
Favorite Local Hangout: Old First St.
Favorite Dive Site: Lover’s Point 😉
Favorite Type of Diving: Shipwreck
Best Dive You’ve Ever Been On: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – Drift diving one of the few remaining living coral reefs. Parrot fish everywhere!
If You Could Dive Anywhere in the World Where Would It Be? New Zealand
Anything Else You Would Like to Add? I make underwater movies and occasionally teach children how to use Hollywood cameras, while submerged during kids camp.

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 🙂