Meet The Team

Meet Our Crew

The Owners – Lynn & Scott

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Scott and Lynn Taylor

Scott and Lynn Taylor

Years of diving: 
Lynn and Scott started diving in the late 60’s (yes, they’re old!)

Role at A-1: 
Lynn overseas the travel agency, accounting and Scott.

Scott primarily overseas the education department but dabbles in all aspects of the business.

Diving Credentials:
Lynn is a Master Instructor, Emergency First Aid Instructor and Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor.

Scott is an Instructor Trainer for PADI, DAN and the Handicapped Scuba
Association.

Personal passion:
Spending time with their kids and grandkids.

Non-Diving Activities:
They love ATVing, Motorcycling, Sporting Events and spending every moment they can with their grandkids Dominick and Trinity.

Favorite food:
Lynn is a chocoholic.
Scott is a meat and tators fan.  No “greens” allowed!

Favorite Dive Location:

Lynn’s favorites include the Galapagos Islands “because of the high-voltage diving and large number of BIG critters,” the Philippines, Solomon Islands and the South Pacific because of the “incredible colors and beauty.”

Scott can’t name just one, so here’s his top five (in order) Philippines, Truk, Galapagos, Palau and Thailand.

Philosophy:
Treasure our family and friends, thank God for all of His blessings and live life to the fullest.

Our Motto:

The grass will never grow under our feet but the sand will always remain between our toes!

 


Retail Crew

Shane Taylor

Role: General Manager, Downtown Aquarium Programs Director

Real Job: Organize, schedule and conduct Aquarium dive programs, daily business operations, sales, marketing, promotions, merchandizing and displays

Diving Credentials: PADI Master Instructor, Professional Aquarium Dive Guide, Trip/Tour Escort, Master Service Technician.

Personal passions: Ocean and Shark Conservation, Shark Awareness, Photo and Video, Music…

Favorite Non-Diving Activities: Wakeboarding, Snowboarding, Motorcycling, Kick-Boxing, breaking stuff, fixing stuff, good times with good friends, enjoying time at home with my dogs

Favorite food: Italian! Of Course!

Favorite Dive Location: Love every place I have had the privilege to visit but Galapagos is the best place to see a large variety of “big animals” so far for me.  Guadalupe diving with Great White Sharks

Bob

Role:  Operations Manager & Retail Sales. I have been with A-1 Scuba since Aug 1988.

Diving Credentials: Started diving in 1975 and went into diving full time in 1988.   I became a PADI instructor in Jan 1989

Real Job: Being a loving husband, father and grandfather

Personal Passions: Spending time with my family and close friends, and mostly spending quality time with my youngest grandson.

Non-Diving Activities: Working around the house

Favorite Food: I love a large variety of food but would have to put Mexican and Italian at the top

Favorite Dive Location: I have enjoyed many places for different reasons. Channel Islands, Indonesia, Cozumel, Truk, Dominica and Roatan are just a few.

Ryano

Role:  Retail Supervisor, Resident Break-dancer.  Wanna have a hand stand contest?

Diving Credentials: Diving since 2004, and look to finish my professional training.

Real Job:  Designated Driver

Personal Passions:  Watching the Nuggets, spending time outside and raising a new puppy-El Guapo.

Non-Diving Activities:  Playing basketball, brea-kdancing, frisbee golf, drawing, 4 wheeling, concert going, and hitting diving boards.

Favorite Food:  Chile Rellenos

Favorite Dive Location:  Anthony’s Key Resort in Roatan

Role:  Play Facilitator

Diving Credentials: PADI Master Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, SDI/TDI Open Water Scuba Instructor, with 14 Instructor Specialties

Real Job:  What – this is my real job

Personal Passions: Having Fun, and yes that is a passion, golf, biking, music, outdoors, movies, just going out and living

Non-Diving Activities:  Sleep, show me were that is not a activity

Favorite Food:  Well that’s like asking who yours favorite child but I guest it would be beer and yes it is a food

Favorite Dive Location: Again – tough for me. It’s a combination of the place and the people as my favorite, as I don’t care if it’s 39 degrees or 100 degrees water temperature. I’m there, and yes I dove in those ranges.

A-1 Scuba

Role:  To be part of a great team

Real Job: Bookkeeper

Diving Credentials: I currently am only a snorkeler, but look forward to getting certified.

Personal passion: Spending time with my husband and son

Non Diving Activities: Attending my son’s sport events, rollerblading, and swimming

Favorite food: Italian, chicken and of course chocolate

Favorite Dive Location: Maui

Meg

Role:  Retail Crew, Swim Instructor

Diving Credentials: PADI Open Water Diver, Adventure Diver, Equipment Specialist, Emergency First Responder, PADI Swim School Instructor

Real Job:  Lionfish hunter (FOOLS)

Personal Passions: My golden retriever puppy Turk, anything that has to do about with the ocean, marine conservation, lionfish eradication (ask me about my senior thesis), learning about anything and everything Scuba related

Favorite Non Diving Activities: Snowboarding, snowshoeing, soccer (KCWS 4 life!), running, being outside in CO. I absolutely love to read and watch movies (Anything Hitchcock or noir. I also love Tarantino and scary movies) When it comes to activities, I’ll try anything once.

Favorite Food:  Mexican food and gin and tonics but not at the same time

Favorite Dive Location: Hands down that is Shark Alley off of South Caicos, TCI

Ashlyn

Role: Swim Instructor and A-1 Aquatics Assistant

Diving Credentials:  PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Starfish Swim Instructor

Real Job: Lucky enough……….this is my real job!

Personal Passion: Anything that gets me outside and/or in the water

Non-Diving Activities:  Traveling, spending time with my family and hanging out with my puppy, Reef

Favorite Food:  Does coffee count?

Favorite Dive Location:  TPalancar Reef, Cozumel

Sean

Role: Sales Specialist / Divemaster

Diving Credentials: PADI Divemaster

Real Job: Helping our wonderful customers find the SCUBA goods they need to have a great time on their diving excursions!

Personal Passion: Geography, maps, databases, and spatial relationships.

Non-Diving Activities:  Bodysurfing, Snowboarding, Backpacking, Disc Golf, Krav Maga, Crossfit, Darts, Rolling Bar, Watching the 49ers and SJ Sharks, and Reading Sci-Fi Books.

Favorite Food:  Bone-in Ribeye Steak, Medium Rare!

Favorite Dive Location:  Super secret cold water dive spots in San Diego. Just kidding, if you dare to brave the cold water and marginal visibility of SD come into the shop and I will point you in the right direction!


Travel Department

Lynn

Role:  Owner, Director of Travel Agency – “Island Dreamer” and Swimming Instructor

Real Job:  Schedule, design and escort A-1 Group Trips and do whatever is necessary around the dive store, like cleaning toilets – yuk!

Diving Credentials:  PADI Master Instructor, IDC Staff Instructor, Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor, DAN Provider and Amature Photographer

Personal Passion:  Spending time with my family & friends – especially my two precious grandkids.

Non-Diving Activities:  Snow and water skiing, driving ATV’s, Horseback ridding and cruising with my husband on his motorcycle

Favorite Food:  Anything chocolate

Favorite Dive Location:  I have quite a long list.  My favorites are the Galapagos because of the exciting high-voltaage diving and the large number of BIG critters, the Philippines, Solomon Islands and anywhere in the South Pacific because of the incredible colors and beauty.  I enjoy many Caribbean destinations as well.

Katie

Role:  Travel Consultant (15 years plus) Sandals CSS agent* includes specialty travel sales to Sandals and Beaches properties in the Caribbean.

Diving Credentials:  PADI Open Water. Working as a travel agent in a quality dive store like A-1 is like a kid working in a candy store. I want to go on all the trips!

Real Job: Mother/Wife

Personal Passions:  Travel/Diving and Gardening.

Non-Diving Activities: Hiking, bike riding, shopping, driving my daughter to all her events and functions!

Favorite Food: Teriyaki Steak and Crab legs.

Favorite Dive Location:  I will find one and let you know, so far I love every place I’ve dove

Gwen

Role: Certified Travel Counselor

Real Job: Travel is my Profession/Career & I love it!

Diving Credentials: None – I have taken classes but due to a medical problem I cannot dive

Personal passion: Colorado Rockies Baseball

Non Diving Activities: Rockies Baseball – 13 yrs Season Ticket Holder – Attend 70+ games a year

Favorite food: Whatever is in front of me as long as I didn’t have to cook it!

Favorite Dive Location: Cozumel


Service Department

Ken

Role:  Run the Service Department.

Diving Credentials: Assistant Instructor and Equipment Specialty Instructor.

Real Job:   Master Service Technician

Personal Passions:  Enjoying life!  Eating.

Non-Diving Activities:  Riding my FJR, and dirt bike, water skiing, air-chairing, hiking. Most anything fun!

Favorite Food:  Lobster, Pizza, any Italian food

Favorite Dive Location: Anthony’s Key is hard to beat. Best country – Costa Rica.

Mike

Role:  Service Technician

Diving Credentials: Advanced open water, adventure diver, equipment specialist, nitrox, altitude diving, deep diving, night diving, peak performance buoyancy

Real Job:  Fixin’ life support systems

Personal Passions:  Scuba diving, the beach, soccer, shark conservation, enjoying life!

Non-Diving Activities: Coaching soccer, movies, eating, fly fishing, aquariums

Favorite Food: Steak, cookie dough ice cream

Favorite Dive Location: Socorro Island


Course Directors

Scott

Role:  Owner, obedient husband & dive-a-holic and Swimming Instructor

Real Job:  I can honestly say that I’m a diver through and through.  I most enjoy teaching instructor level courses and classes for divers with disabilities.

Diving Credentials:  Instructor Trainer for:  PADI, DAN and the Handicapped Scuba Association

Personal Passion:  Spending time with my wife, kids and grandkids

Non-Diving Activities:  Motorcycling, ATVing, playing ball with my grandson and dancing with my granddaughter.

Favorite Food:  Meat and tators.  Not a “green” fan.

Favorite Dive Location:  I can’t name just one, so here’s my top five (in order) Red Sea, Truk, Palau, Galapagos, Thailand & the Philippines.

Louise

Role:  Scuba Instructor, Instructor Harassment specialist and Swimming Instructor

Diving Credentials:  PADI Course Director, DAN Instructor Trainer, EFR Instructor, Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor, PADI Starfish Swim Instructor

Real Job:  Computer nerd for Vantage Marketing Research, Inc.  International Sales Representative for Baron Worldwide.

Personal Passions:  Teaching Diving

Non-Diving Activities:  traveling, reading, backcountry skiing

Favorite food:  Big fat juicy Steak!

Favorite Dive Location:  Indonesia


IDC Staff Instructors

Role:  Recreational & Technical Diving Instructor, Gas Blender Instructor

Real Job:  Sr. Storage Engineer, Sirius Computer Solutions and Advertising Sales Manager, Toyota Trails magazine, www.tlca.org

Diving Credentials:  PADI Master Instructor, Technical Diving International Instructor Trainer, PADI Tec Deep Instructor

Personal Passion:  Scuba diving and four-wheeling

Non-Diving Activities:  Four wheeling, part time Toyota Land Cruiser mechanic, family PC support

Favorite Food:  There isn’t much I won’t eat.

Favorite Dive Location:  Rangiroa, Tahiti and Bloody Bay Wall in Little Cayman

Carol

Role:  Instructor: Coordinate the Divers with Disabilities Program and Swimming Instructor

Diving Credentials: PADI MSDT, EFR Instructor, DAN Instructor, Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor and IDC Staff Instructor

Real Job: Recreation Therapist at Craig Hospital

Personal Passions: My canine kids and being outdoors

Non-Diving Activities: Swimming, Stained Glass, Gardening, hanging out with my dogs

Favorite Food: Tillamook Cheese

Favorite Dive Location: If not Chatfield, it would be Bonaire

Butch

Role: Professional Recreator

Diving Credentials:  PADI IDC Staff Instructor, PADI Master Instructor, EFR Instructor Trainer, DAN DEMP Instructor, A1 Scuba Dive Guide at the Denver Aquarium, Denver Aquarium Dive Academy Instructor.

Real Job: Mechanical Engineer

Personal Passions: Family & teaching scuba diving

Non-Diving Activities: Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Flying, Motorcycles, Traveling

Favorite Food: Pizza & Mexican Food

Favorite Dive Location: Anywhere it is Wet!

Heather

Diving credentials: PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor, Specialty Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor.

Personal passion: Having new experiences in new places (although my family and friends might argue it’s Frankie Valli). I’m an adrenalin junkie.

Non-Diving Activities: Time with family and friends-both two and four legged, travel, reading and photography.

Favorite Food: Nobody makes anything that tastes as good as mom does-except dad!

Favorite Dive Location: My favorite locations are always wherever I happen to be blowing bubbles at the time, most recently Lembeh Strait and Palau. Thanks to all of the great dive buddies along the way who have made diving such an incredible experience!

Wendie

Role:  Training & Aquatic Manager, Downtown Aquarium Dive Guide, A-1 group trip leader and PADI Starfish Swimming Instructor Trainer

Diving Credentials: IDC Staff Instructor, EFR Instructor, DAN DEMP Instructor, Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor and PADI Starfish Swim Instructor Trainer.

Real Job: Playing at A-1

Personal Passions:  I enjoy working with kids and experiencing different cultures around the world.

Non-Diving Activities: Volleyball, Running (I think), Skiing, camping and enjoy hanging out with good friends.

Favorite Food: Hot Wings

Favorite Dive Location:  Philippines and the Galapagos


Instructors

Andrew

Role: Instructor

Diving Credentials: PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, Handicapped Scuba Association Dive Master, PADI TecRec, DAN DEMP & DFA Pro Instructor

Real Job: Professional student

Personal Passions: Marine & aquatic studies, travel & culture, animal welfare, and cooking

Non-Diving Activities: Traveling, backcountry skiing, hiking, and hockey

Favorite Food: I love my seafood (sustainable of course)

Favorite Dive Location: Where ever I’m going next…I love Socorro Island and the big animals there

 

AnnaMaria

Role: Instructor, Swimming Instructor and Professional Recreator

Diving Credentials: PADI Instructor, Dive Guide at Denver Aquarium, Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor and DAN DEMP Instructor

Real Job: Business Owner – Embroidery by Design, Inc

Personal Passions: Family & Friends – meeting new people, going new places & trying new things……. And of course Diving!

Non-Diving Activities: Travel & outdoor activities, volunteering, music

Favorite Food: Sushi, Mexican food & Wine

Favorite Dive Location: Cozumel, Little Cayman, Bonaire & Fiji

Bill

Role:  Dive Guide at the Downtown Aquarium, Scuba Instructor at A-1 Scuba and Travel Center

Diving Credentials: Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Digital Underwater Photography Instructor, Mind Body and Spirit Diver.

Real Job: Teaching diving is real for me!!
I retired from a career as parole officer in 2005.
I must say I like this better, I haven’t had to handcuff a diving student yet!

Personal Passions:  I love to travel – and anything to do with the water.

Non-Diving Activities: My passion for the water extends to Windsurfing. I also enjoy Cycling and Skiing.

Favorite Food: Whatever the local fare happens to be!

Favorite Dive Location:  Bonaire for the easy shore diving and it’s a quick drive over to Lac Bay for some afternoon Windsurfing!

Bob

Role:  Operations Manager & Retail Sales. I have been with A-1 Scuba since Aug 1988.

Diving Credentials: Started diving in 1975 and went into diving full time in 1988.   I became a PADI instructor in Jan 1989

Real Job: Being a loving husband, father and grandfather

Personal Passions: Spending time with my family and close friends, and mostly spending quality time with my youngest grandson.

Non-Diving Activities: Working around the house

Favorite Food: I love a large variety of food but would have to put Mexican and Italian at the top

Favorite Dive Location: I have enjoyed many places for different reasons. Channel Islands, Indonesia, Cozumel, Truk, Dominica and Roatan are just a few.

Butch

Role: Professional Recreator

Diving Credentials:  PADI IDC Staff Instructor, PADI Master Instructor, EFR Instructor Trainer, DAN DEMP Instructor, A1 Scuba Dive Guide at the Denver Aquarium, Denver Aquarium Dive Academy Instructor.

Real Job: Mechanical Engineer

Personal Passions: Family & teaching scuba diving

Non-Diving Activities: Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Flying, Motorcycles, Traveling

Favorite Food: Pizza & Mexican Food

Favorite Dive Location: Anywhere it is Wet!

Carol

Role:  Instructor: Coordinate the Divers with Disabilities Program and Swimming Instructor

Diving Credentials: PADI MSDT, EFR Instructor, DAN Instructor, Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor and IDC Staff Instructor

Real Job: Recreation Therapist at Craig Hospital

Personal Passions: My canine kids and being outdoors

Non-Diving Activities: Swimming, Stained Glass, Gardening, hanging out with my dogs

Favorite Food: Tillamook Cheese

Favorite Dive Location: If not Chatfield, it would be Bonaire

Role:  Recreational & Technical Diving Instructor, Gas Blender Instructor

Real Job:  Sr. Storage Engineer, Sirius Computer Solutions and Advertising Sales Manager, Toyota Trails magazine, www.tlca.org

Diving Credentials:  PADI Master Instructor, Technical Diving International Instructor Trainer, PADI Tec Deep Instructor

Personal Passion:  Scuba diving and four-wheeling

Non-Diving Activities:  Four wheeling, part time Toyota Land Cruiser mechanic, family PC support

Favorite Food:  There isn’t much I won’t eat.

Favorite Dive Location:  Rangiroa, Tahiti and Bloody Bay Wall in Little Cayman

Cliff

Role: Instructor

Diving Credentials: I have been a PADI certified diver since 2003. I am now a Divemaster, and plan to keep learning and improving my skills.

Personal passion: Diving…of course! I love improving my diving skills and knowledge. There’s a long list of additional training I would like to do, and a lifetime of great destinations to visit!

Non-Diving Activities: I enjoy spending time outdoors; anywhere from a tropical beach to a 14’er. I hike, snowboard, sail, and fly fish, I really enjoy learning new things, and trying new activities.

Favorite Food: Anything I haven’t already tried! I love trying new foods, and rarely meet a meal I don’t enjoy. I can’t pick one favorite, but my top choices are sushi, Indian, and Cuban.

Favorite Dive Location: The British Virgin Islands. The BVI’s were great because I could combine two hobbies: sailing and scuba. There’s a great freedom in being able to rent a sailboat and go where ever I want to go. Wreck dive sounds like fun? We can sail to the Wreck of the Rhone. Afternoon snorkeling session? Set sail for The Baths on the west coast of Virgin Gorda!

Dan

Role: Instructor and Swim Instructor

Diving Credentials:  PADI Starfish Swim Instructor, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, & EFR Instructor.

Personal Passion: Traveling to places I’ve never seen before and listening to all kinds of music.

Non-Diving Activities:  Backpacking/camping or just about anything outdoors; working out (running); playing & watching sports (especially football), hanging with family & friends; and ping-pong!

Favorite Food:  Any type of rice & pizza.

Favorite Dive Location:  The Hawaiian island of Niihau.

Dave

“SUPER DAVE” – HONORABE ALL-TIME CREWMEMBER

Dave was a loyal crewmember of A-1 for many years.  He was a friend to many, loving husband, companion, highly qualified instructor, ambassador of diving and a REALLY, REALLY GOOD GUY!! 

He will be forever remembered for his unending smile, upbeat personality, friendly disposition and ability to make those around him feel special.  Those of us fortunate to know him are better as a result.

Love ya man!!

Fawn

Real Job: Lucky me, I don’t really have one!

Diving credentials: PADI MSDT, HSA, DSAT, & EFR Instructor

Personal passion: Diving!

Non-Diving Activities: Traveling, Live Music, Mountain Biking, Kayaking

Favorite Food: Grilled Salmon

Favorite Dive Location:
Wildwood Falls, Oregon

Heather

Diving credentials: PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor, Specialty Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor.

Personal passion: Having new experiences in new places (although my family and friends might argue it’s Frankie Valli). I’m an adrenalin junkie.

Non-Diving Activities: Time with family and friends-both two and four legged, travel, reading and photography.

Favorite Food: Nobody makes anything that tastes as good as mom does-except dad!

Favorite Dive Location: My favorite locations are always wherever I happen to be blowing bubbles at the time, most recently Lembeh Strait and Palau. Thanks to all of the great dive buddies along the way who have made diving such an incredible experience!

Jeff

Role:  Instructor (since 1993)

Diving Credentials:  Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Real Job: Certified General Appraiser (Commercial buildings and land)

Personal Passions: Teaching diving, underwater photography, grandkids and family

Non-Diving Activities: Bicycling, reading

Favorite Food: Tell me something I don’t like!

Favorite Dive Location: Depends. For “beauty” it’s Palau. For “wrecks” it’s Truk.  For “closest good place” it’s Cozumel.

Jenn

Role:  Instructor & Downtown Aquarium Dive Guide

Diving Credentials:  PADI OWSI Instructor and EFR Instructor

Real Job:  Owner and Director of Bliss Event Studio

Personal Passions:  I love seeing the joy when I can help people discover and accomplish something new.

Non-Diving Activities:  Swimming, Triathlons, Skiing, Volunteering, Smiling and Laughing.

Favorite Food:  I consider myself an equal opportunity eater. I love to try new things, and even if I don’t like it, I just call it “adventures in eating”.

Favorite Dive Location:  I’ve loved everywhere I’ve had the opportunity to dive so far.

Jennifer

Role: Instructor for the Arapahoe High School Program and Swimming Instructor

Real Job: Mom/Wife/Physical Education Teacher/American Red Cross Instructor

Diving Credentials: PADI Instructor; Diving for 11 years

Personal passion: Family; Everything to do with water: in, above & under it

Non Diving Activities: sports; fitness; horses

Favorite food: I don’t really like food, I like dessert.

Favorite Dive Location: I’m still looking. Suggestions?

Jim

Role: Instructor

Diving Credentials: PADI OWSI Instructor and EFR Instructor

Real Job: Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Denver

Personal Passions: My wife, Julie, my two doggies, and underwater photography

Non-Diving Activities: Riding my Harley, playing Xbox

Favorite Food: Sushi

Favorite Dive Location: Palau/Yap or the next place I’m going to

Joanne

Role:  Instructor

Diving Credentials:  PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer And Specialty Instructor; Emergency First Response Instructor; DAN Dive Emergency Specialist Instructor; Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor.

Real Job:  Retired school teacher

Personal Passions:  Diving and Traveling, of course!

Non-Diving Activities:  Riding my bicycle. Machine embroidery and quilting. Reading. Snowshoeing.

Favorite food:  Sushi and all things Italian

Favorite Dive Location:  Galapagos and Indonesia for big adventure. Cozumel for close-by and fabulous. Chatfield Cay….. for the visibility.

Judy

Role: Instructor

Real Job: Financial Planner

Diving Credentials: PADI Instructor, volunteer diver at the Downtown Aquarium and DAN DEMP Instructor

Personal passion: Spending time w/family, friends, and my chocolate Lab.

Non Diving Activities: Skiing, tennis (lefties rule!), swimming, and travel

Favorite food: Probably Italian

Favorite Dive Location: I’ve liked ’em all – but the Turks and Caicos are great.

Julie

Role: Instructor

Diving Credentials: PADI OWSI Instructor and EFR Instructor

Real Job: VP of Human Resources at Alcohol Monitoring Systems

Personal Passions: Family, my Bernese Mountain Dogs, international travel

Non-Diving Activities: Running, hanging out with my hubby

Favorite Food: Sushi and Indian food

Favorite Dive Location: Blue Corner in Palau

Kym

Role:  Instructor & Downtown Aquarium Dive Guide

Diving Credentials: PADI OWSI Instructor and Downtown Aquarium Guide

Real Job:   Devoted wife, interior design & renovations project manager (at my house.. 🙂

Personal Passions:  Blowing bubbles and saving reefs!

Non-Diving Activities:  Travel, motorcycling, yoga, cooking, gardening

Favorite Food:  Chocolate doughnuts (Complete guilty pleasure. It’s what “cheat days” were made for!)

Favorite Dive Location: Big Tunnels, West Wall, Grand Cayman, BWI

Louise

Role:  Scuba Instructor, Instructor Harassment specialist and Swimming Instructor

Diving Credentials:  PADI Course Director, DAN Instructor Trainer, EFR Instructor, Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor, PADI Starfish Swim Instructor

Real Job:  Computer nerd for Vantage Marketing Research, Inc.  International Sales Representative for Baron Worldwide.

Personal Passions:  Teaching Diving

Non-Diving Activities:  traveling, reading, backcountry skiing

Favorite food:  Big fat juicy Steak!

Favorite Dive Location:  Indonesia

Lynn

Role:  Owner, Director of Travel Agency – “Island Dreamer” and Swimming Instructor

Real Job:  Schedule, design and escort A-1 Group Trips and do whatever is necessary around the dive store, like cleaning toilets – yuk!

Diving Credentials:  PADI Master Instructor, IDC Staff Instructor, Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor, DAN Provider and Amature Photographer

Personal Passion:  Spending time with my family & friends – especially my two precious grandkids.

Non-Diving Activities:  Snow and water skiing, driving ATV’s, Horseback ridding and cruising with my husband on his motorcycle

Favorite Food:  Anything chocolate

Favorite Dive Location:  I have quite a long list.  My favorites are the Galapagos because of the exciting high-voltaage diving and the large number of BIG critters, the Philippines, Solomon Islands and anywhere in the South Pacific because of the incredible colors and beauty.  I enjoy many Caribbean destinations as well.

Mike

Role:  Scuba instructor, you may also see me running around at the May sale working on the AV equipment or in the classrooms working on the computers

Diving Credentials:  MSDT (Master Scuba Diving Instructor) EFR instructor, and DAN DEMP instructor

Real Job: I’m still looking for a real job, in the mean time I do Network and Internet Security for a firm that deals in the stock market.

Personal Passions: My Son and his well-being, and making money in the stock market

Non-Diving Activities: Anything that doesn’t have to do with computers

Favorite Food: I have to choose? – hmmm if it’s chocolate I’ll eat it

Favorite Dive Location: Where it’s wet and warm – I admit, I DON’T like the cold

Rita

Role:  Instructor

Diving Credentials:  Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor, Specialty Instructor, EFR Instructor.

Real Job: Deputy Director of Planning and Development for the City of Centennial

Personal Passions:  My husband Pete.

Non-Diving Activities:  Motorcycle riding – street and dirt (also certified to teach you how to ride a motorcycle). Snowboarding. Tae Kwon Do.

Favorite Food:  Anything hot and spicy!

Favorite Dive Location:  I like it all….from Chatfield to the Carribean and beyond, from east coast to west coast, fresh water to salt water, and early morning to night. Give me enough water to put me under and a full tank and I am “gone diving.”

Shane Taylor

Role: General Manager, Downtown Aquarium Programs Director

Real Job: Organize, schedule and conduct Aquarium dive programs, daily business operations, sales, marketing, promotions, merchandizing and displays

Diving Credentials: PADI Master Instructor, Professional Aquarium Dive Guide, Trip/Tour Escort, Master Service Technician.

Personal passions: Ocean and Shark Conservation, Shark Awareness, Photo and Video, Music…

Favorite Non-Diving Activities: Wakeboarding, Snowboarding, Motorcycling, Kick-Boxing, breaking stuff, fixing stuff, good times with good friends, enjoying time at home with my dogs

Favorite food: Italian! Of Course!

Favorite Dive Location: Love every place I have had the privilege to visit but Galapagos is the best place to see a large variety of “big animals” so far for me.  Guadalupe diving with Great White Sharks

Scott

Role:  Owner, obedient husband & dive-a-holic and Swimming Instructor

Real Job:  I can honestly say that I’m a diver through and through.  I most enjoy teaching instructor level courses and classes for divers with disabilities.

Diving Credentials:  Instructor Trainer for:  PADI, DAN and the Handicapped Scuba Association

Personal Passion:  Spending time with my wife, kids and grandkids

Non-Diving Activities:  Motorcycling, ATVing, playing ball with my grandson and dancing with my granddaughter.

Favorite Food:  Meat and tators.  Not a “green” fan.

Favorite Dive Location:  I can’t name just one, so here’s my top five (in order) Red Sea, Truk, Palau, Galapagos, Thailand & the Philippines.

Stacie

Role:  Instructor

Diving Credentials:  PADI master scuba diver trainer, Emergency First Responder instructor, Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor.

Real Job:  Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the field of mental health. I have a private psychotherapy practice and I also provide pro bono services to people who could otherwise not afford services.

Personal Passions: My work as a social worker and the privilege of helping others; spending time with my friends and family; and of course DIVING!

Non-Diving Activities:  Reading, working out.

Favorite Food:  I love all kinds of foods, but I have to say that Mexican and Indian are among my favorites.

Favorite Dive Location:  Cozumel.

Steve

Diving Credentials: DiveMaster, DAN DEMP, Advanced Diver, Instructor, Enriched Air, Rescue Certified.

Real Job: Economic Development for the City of Wheat Ridge

Personal passion: I enjoy working and teaching and getting others excited about the undersea world.

Non-Diving Activities: You mean there are other things besides diving? I’m a curious person, as you can see by the look in my picture. I love trying new things. You’ll find me, golfing, working on our 1906 home, hiking, and finding the gem of dining in Denver.

Favorite food: Chocolate anything

Favorite Dive Location: Cozumel is just so convenient and great diving, then it’s the Philippines followed by the Caribbean. Other than that, my favorite place is “the next dive trip location.”

Todd

Role:  Downtown Aquarium Dive Program Manager and A-1 Instructor

Diving Credentials:  PADI MSDT, DAN Instructor, EFR Instructor, NAUI Instructor Trainer

Real Job: Corporate Dive Safety Officer for the Downtown Aquarium and Landry’s

Personal Passions: hangin’ with my wife and dogs, travel anywhere and  sushi

Non-Diving Activities: motorcycles, golf, food and wine, hiking

Favorite Food: BBQ…Sushi…BBQ…Sushi…Martini’s

Favorite Dive Location: Roatan Honduras

Tom

Role: SCUBA Instructor

Diving Credentials:  PADI Master Instructor; DAN DEMP Instructor; Handicapped Scuba Association, HSA, Instuctor, Aquarium Guide.

Real Job: I’m actually retired. This allows time to spend on my association with A-1 Scuba. I gain great personal enjoyment, satisfaction and meaning in the process of introducing people to Scuba.

Personal Passions: Time spent with family, grandchildren and close friends.

Non-Diving Activities: I like to read, swim, ride bikes, putter in the garden and play with my dog.

Favorite Food:Anything accompanied by crusty bread and red wine

Favorite Dive Location: Keeps changing; so many places, so little time

Tony

Role: Instructor

Real Job: Sales Manager for Fay Myers Motorcycle World

Diving Credentials: PADI Instructor, Denver Downtown Aquarium Dive Guide, Aquarium Volunteer and DAN DEMP Instructor

Personal passion: Family & Friends, and doing anything my grandaughter tells me to.

Non Diving Activities: Motorcycling, hunting & fishing, playing golf, hanging out with friends, and other stuff that’s fun!

Favorite food: NOT Liver! Sushi is way up on the list, but overall I’m pretty flexible.

Favorite Dive Location: I get excited about any, and all of them. I think to date, my favorite is the Spiegel Grove wreckdive, in Key Largo Florida. If you can catch it on a moderate current day, the American flags flying on the bridge will take your breath away!

Julie

Role: Instructor

Real Job: Certified Nurse Assistant/Unit Coordinator

Diving Credentials: PADI Divemaster, Denver Downtown Aquarium, Volunteer and New Volunteer Diver Trainer

Personal passion: Family and friends, and spending time with my grandchildren.

Non-Diving Activities: Motorcycling, hunting & fishing, beginner kayaking, hanging out with friends, and other stuff that’s fun!

Favorite food: Steak, chicken tenders, fish and chips. Actually I’m a very picky eater. Nothing Spicy!

Favorite Dive Location: Roatan, Honduras. I love wreck dives, and seeing sharks and rays.


Assistant Instructors

Adam

Role: Assistant Instructor

Diving Credentials: PADI Assistant Instructor, Aquarium Volunteer, TEC50

Real Job: Market analyst

Personal passion:Learning, traveling, and the Oxford comma

Non-Diving Activities: Backcountry skiing, ice hockey, live music, remodeling our home

Favorite Food: Rib eye, sashimi, bordeaux, craft beer, anything exotic

Favorite Dive Location: Fiji, Cayman Islands, and a little slice of paradise called Kingfisher Pond

Chelsea

Diving Credentials: Assistant Instructor and Volunteer Diver at Denver Aquarium

Real Job: Entrepreneur Extraordinaire. I own a company that manages virtual sales and support teams. We believe in greater success through collaboration! Our motto is: Success requires three bones – wishbone, backbone & funnybone

Personal passion: Travel and Diving. The two go hand in hand don’t they? Love everything about travel, from the journey to the destination and especially getting outside the ordinary. And what’s more off the beaten path than jumping off the boat?

Non-Diving Activities: Hiking – I summit a new 14’er every year, aerial arts, cruiser bike rides, reading in hammocks, and cooking ambitious ethnic dishes for fun (so at least my taste buds can travel when I can’t)

Favorite food: Seafood (sustainably caught only of course). I get hungry when I dive….Shhhh, don’t tell the fish!

Favorite Dive Location: Hawaii in a heartbeat <3

Denee

Diving Credentials: Assistant Instructor, DEMP Provider

Real Job: Marine Biologist turned Environmental Attorney

Personal passion: Diving and participating in marine conservation activities.

Non-Diving Activities: Traveling, concerts, photography, road cycling, and hiking.

Favorite food: Rambutan (aka “velcro fruit” for those that know me).

Favorite Dive Location: For me, it’s not the location but the critters – so anywhere I can lose myself observing marine life (especially if it includes cowfish)!

Don

Role:  Assistant Instructor

Diving Credentials:  PADI Divemaster

Real Job: Plumbing Contractor

Personal Passions:  Spending time with family and friends, playing with my dog Tangybear, anything to do with water.

Non-Diving Activities:  Motorcycles street and dirt, Boating, water and snow skiing, camping, fishing, fixing things, making new friends thru scuba and picking on grandkids.

Favorite Food:  Steak and seafood, mexican

Favorite Dive Location:  Cozumel, looking forward to many more

Jack

Role:  Assistant Instructor

Diving Credentials: Assistant Instructor, Equipment Instructor.

Real Job:  Firefighter

Personal Passions:  Enjoying life!  Diving anywhere!!

Non-Diving Activities: Backpacking, cross-country skiing, water skiing, surfing

Favorite Food:  Lobster, T-Bone Steak, any spicy food and of course Italian food.

Favorite Dive Location: Anthony’s Key is hard to beat. La Paz for large animals (whale sharks)

Jade

Role: Assistant Instructor

Diving Credentials: PADI AI

Real Job: student and Assessment & Referral Specialist for Exempla Healthcare

Personal Passions: Diving, Freemasonry, Reading

Non-Diving Activities: Walking the dogs, Movies, Reading, Lodge activities

Favorite Food: Lobster Bisque

Favorite Dive Location: Where ever I can get to

Jeff

Role: Assistant Instructor

Diving Credentials: PADI Assistant Instructor, Denver Aquarium Dive Guide

Real Job: Wildlife researcher & graduate student

Personal Passions: exotic animal husbandry, and animal training

Non-Diving Activities: fishing, hiking, dancing, spending time with family and friends

Favorite Food: seafood, and anything spicy

Favorite Dive Location: Heron Island off the coast of Australia

Jeff

Diving Credentials: Assistant Instructor and Aquarium Guide

Real Job: I climb trees. Arborist for the City and County of Denver.

Personal passion: Travel

Non-Diving Activities: Hockey, Flyfishing, Bee keeping, Beer making

Favorite food: Vegetarians, a majority of my food only eats vegetables.

Favorite Dive Location: Suicide Cliffs, Okinawa, Japan; Lighthouse Reef, Belize

Julia

Role:  Assistant Instructor and Swim Instructor

Diving Credentials: Assistant Instructor and PADI Starfish Swim Instructor

Personal Passions: Helping animals and caring for the environment. Volunteering at an animal shelter is one of my memorable experiences.

Non-Diving Activities: Helicopters, hiking, camping, backpacking, snowboarding, wakeboarding, rock climbing, traveling, playing Australian Football for the Denver Bulldogs.

Favorite Food: Pizza and dark chocolate…the vegan version of course!

Favorite Dive Location:  I love any dive destination that includes shipwrecks. Also, since I am from St. Louis, Bonne Terre Mine holds a special place in my heart and I hope to dive all 20+ trails one day. Can I also add Great White Cage Diving? They are such beautiful and graceful creatures.

Paul

Role:  Assistant Instructor

Diving Credentials: PADI Assistant Instructor

Real Job: Product Manager for a software company here in Denver

Non-Diving Activities: As an Aussie living in Colorado I’m enjoying all the mountains have to offer (skiing, hiking etc). I also play Australian Rules football during the summer to keep fit.

Favorite Food: Vegemite on toast

Favorite Dive Location:  Hard to pick just one – each has its own special something. I’m hooked on underwater photography so Roatan and the Bahamas have given me some good shots. I love Cozumel because it’s such a blast with the dive buddies we travel with. I lived in Chicago for a while and dove some really great Lake Michigan wrecks. Being able to dive in Denver at the aquarium is definitely cool. And of course the Great Barrier Reef. Magic.

Rafal

Role: Assistant Instructor and Downtown Aquarium Guide

Real Job: Software Engineering Consultant

Diving Credentials: PADI Divemaster

Personal passion: Letting life happen and living every day to the fullest

Non Diving Activities: Hanging out with friends and family, travel, skiing, reading, playing music, decompressing in Vegas

Favorite food: Ensure

Favorite Dive Location: Playa Del Carmen Cenotes, Cozumel, Cayman Islands, Texas, Vermont… to name a few.

John

Diving Credentials: PADI Assistant Instructor.

Real Job: Rocket Scientist.  I develop software for, and design ground launch control and monitoring systems.

Personal Passions: World travel.  And of course, diving while I’m seeing the world.

Non-Diving Activities: Trail biking, road bike tours, skiing, and horseback riding.

Favorite Food: Anything but olives, brussels sprouts, and beets.

Favorite Dive Location: Indonesia.  The biodiversity is second to none.  I can’t leave out Cozumel, my home away from home.


Divemasters

Bruce

Diving Credentials:  PADI divemaster, HSA dive buddy

Real Job: Service engineer on diagnostic X-ray equipment

Personal Passions:  Grandkids, diving, cars

Non-Diving Activities:  Playing with grandkids, travel chasing my two labs

Favorite Food:  Everything

Favorite Dive Location:  Cozumel

Kevin

Diving Credentials: PADI Divemaster

Real Job: Clinical Social Worker

Personal passions: Staying present in the moment with whomever I am with, where ever I am at.

Non-Diving Activities: Road or mountain biking (though I crash more on the mountain bike), camping and hiking

Favorite food: Chinese

Favorite Dive Location: The A-1 pool, the Denver Aquarium or the Mushroom Forest at Curacao

Joe

Credentials and Role at A-1: Joe is a divemaster who really enjoys helping others learn about diving.

Years of diving: Joe has been certified since the year 2000.

Personal passion: Joe loves his wife Kathy who is an expert diver, his kids, grandkids, and dog Chester.

Non-Diving Activities: Joe is retired and does part-time teaching for Colorado Community Colleges Online. He loves long distance running and does a marathon each year. His Dog Chester is his favorite running partner and is great at the Dock Dogs “Big Air” competition. Joe is a beekeeper and plays tennis and golf.

Favorite food: Pizza and ice cream. More ice cream please!

Favorite Dive Location: Joe and Kathy go to Cozumel each year. It’s the best. But he has also dived Lake Pueblo, Vancouver Island, Hawaii, Florida, North Carolina, and many other locations. A thrill was abalone free diving at Fort Bragg, CA.

Mike

Diving Credentials: Divemaster and Volunteer Diver at Denver Aquarium

Real Job:Technical Account Manager at Hitachi Data Systems

Non-Diving Activities: Ice hockey, computer games, poker, golf

Favorite food: Meat. Meat wrapped in bacon. Salted Meat wrapped in bacon. Beer.

Favorite Dive Location: Anywhere that’s wet!

Tom

Diving Credentials: PADI Divemaster

Real Job: Retired Naval Reserves, Benefit and Training Specialist

Personal Passions: Great live music, theater, traveling, higher learning, and spending time with my kids and grandkids.

Non-diving Activities: Bicycling and playing in a pool (the other pool) league.

Food: Yes; no brussel sprouts or canned spinach-yuck

Favorite dive spot: Any place I can get wet, although Aruba and Roatan are phenomenal.


Swimming Instructors

Ashlyn

Role: Swim Instructor and A-1 Aquatics Assistant

Diving Credentials:  PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Starfish Swim Instructor

Real Job: Lucky enough……….this is my real job!

Personal Passion: Anything that gets me outside and/or in the water

Non-Diving Activities:  Traveling, spending time with my family and hanging out with my puppy, Reef

Favorite Food:  Does coffee count?

Favorite Dive Location:  TPalancar Reef, Cozumel

Dan

Role: Instructor and Swim Instructor

Diving Credentials:  PADI Starfish Swim Instructor, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, & EFR Instructor.

Personal Passion: Traveling to places I’ve never seen before and listening to all kinds of music.

Non-Diving Activities:  Backpacking/camping or just about anything outdoors; working out (running); playing & watching sports (especially football), hanging with family & friends; and ping-pong!

Favorite Food:  Any type of rice & pizza.

Favorite Dive Location:  The Hawaiian island of Niihau.

Wendie

Role:  Training & Aquatic Manager, Downtown Aquarium Dive Guide, A-1 group trip leader and PADI Starfish Swimming Instructor Trainer

Diving Credentials: IDC Staff Instructor, EFR Instructor, DAN DEMP Instructor, Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor and PADI Starfish Swim Instructor Trainer.

Real Job: Playing at A-1

Personal Passions:  I enjoy working with kids and experiencing different cultures around the world.

Non-Diving Activities: Volleyball, Running (I think), Skiing, camping and enjoy hanging out with good friends.

Favorite Food: Hot Wings

Favorite Dive Location:  Philippines and the Galapagos

Julia

Role:  Assistant Instructor and Swim Instructor

Diving Credentials: Assistant Instructor and PADI Starfish Swim Instructor

Personal Passions: Helping animals and caring for the environment. Volunteering at an animal shelter is one of my memorable experiences.

Non-Diving Activities: Helicopters, hiking, camping, backpacking, snowboarding, wakeboarding, rock climbing, traveling, playing Australian Football for the Denver Bulldogs.

Favorite Food: Pizza and dark chocolate…the vegan version of course!

Favorite Dive Location:  I love any dive destination that includes shipwrecks. Also, since I am from St. Louis, Bonne Terre Mine holds a special place in my heart and I hope to dive all 20+ trails one day. Can I also add Great White Cage Diving? They are such beautiful and graceful creatures.