Dive N Trips Store Staff

Jody Ward: Travel Agent, PADI Divemaster Candidate

Hometown: Pleasanton
Favorite Food: Too many to list.
Favorite Local Hangout: Dive-N-Trips, of course!
Favorite Dive Site: Verde Island, Puerto Galera, Philippines
Favorite Type of Diving: Warm water!!!
Best Dive You’ve Ever Been On: The wrecks of Truk Lagoon.
If You Could Dive Anywhere in the World Where Would It Be? Galapagos with penguins.
Anything Else You Would Like to Add?    I love our underwater world and am dedicated to helping others experience and enjoy our oceans and its creatures.


Malcolm Mailey: Master Scuba Technician

Hometown: Born in Boston Mass.; Grew up in Oakland, CA; Now living in Concord, CA;
Favorite Food: Pizza, sea food, and a good steak
Favorite Local Hangout: Dive N Trips Store
Favorite Dive Site: Lembeh Strait near Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Favorite Type of Diving: Warm water Boat & Drift
Best Dive You’ve Ever Been On: Manta Ray dive in KONA Hawaii at night
If You Could Dive Anywhere in the World Where Would It Be? Baceaney Atoll, and Lembeh Strait North Sulawesi, Indonesia at Kungkungan Bay Resort
Anything Else You Would Like to Add? Remember your Dive Gear is your life support, so make sure it is in TOP working order before you go on your trip.

Rick Seifert: Compressor Specialist

 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.