Jacqui loves all things SCUBA! From ice diving to tropical diving, Jacqui prides herself on diving every month of the year, including 11 months in West Hawk Lake! Jacqui is active in all aspects of the Manitoba dive community as a board member of the Manitoba Underwater Council, and is known as the Mayor of Diver City. She has been growing as a PADI Elite Instructor since 2014, and is excited to help new PADI Professionals reach all of their goals.
Owner/ Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Wayne has been fascinated with SCUBA diving since he was a kid, reading books and watching programs about exploring the underwater world. Now as an Instructor and running Diver City, Wayne gets to spend his time doing what he loves! His next goal is to complete his cave diver certification, to continue his exploration of the underwater world.
Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Jay learned to dive in 2007 and quickly became hooked. He continued his education in a variety of specialties and certified as a PADI Instructor in 2011. Between teaching at West Hawk and being President of Regulators Dive Club, Jay can usually be found at the lake or at Diver City, with a coffee cup in hand!
Dave first developed a taste for SCUBA in Grade 8, and he has continued pursuing SCUBA to his current certification as Assistant Instructor. He now spends time underwater as one of Diver City’s AIs at pool sessions and at the lake.
Dallas first took the plunge in 2011, and was a little unsure if diving was right for him. A few years later and now with his Divemaster rating! It seems he has decided that he likes it! Watch for him assisting at pool nights during certification weekends at West Hawk, as well as making time to get diving for fun too.
Rick has been snorkeling the shores of the Whiteshell since the late 60’s, but didn’t get certified as a diver until 2008. He brings a new definition of “RecHead” to the shop. He’s crazy about diving ship wrecks and equally committed to diving well within recreational limits. Wreck diving off the UK coast and reef diving in Cuba and Mexico has provided plenty of both. Rick completed his Assistant Instructor certification in 2016 and is very excited for what comes next!
Meaghan first started diving on a trip to visit her aunt in Turks and Caicos, and instantly wanted to become a Scuba Instructor. She has traveled around the Caribbean, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Thailand and Tobago to dive. She enjoys any type of dive, even dives with low visibility and cold temperatures, as long as she is underwater. Meaghan also has a passion for working with kids and in summer 2016 she ran the first annual JAWS Scuba Camp, a week long camp that ends with a JR. Open Water Diver certification.
For Mercedes that first pool session, spent giggling through her regulator, in 2014 got her hooked on SCUBA. In the short time that she has been diving she has become a Dive Master and has visited Belize, Mexico, and ithe Bahamas to find wrecks and sharks. She enjoys the company of queen triggerfish, whale sharks, and the bass at West Hawk. If you don’t see her at West Hawk, braving the water in a wetsuit, you are guaranteed to see her at the dive shop!!
Alex has been hooked on being underwater since his first snorkeling trip in the Dominican in 2002. Since then he has traveled to many places like Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua to name a few. He took his first breaths underwater in 2013 with Diver City and hasn’t looked back, accumulating 9 specialties and becoming a Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, and became an Instructor during Diver City’s owner and Course Director’s first ever Instructor Development Course! You can find him at West Hawk Lake most summer weekends and in the pool when not exploring exotic dive destinations in the winter months.
Shaun has always been fascinated with the marine world, he was certified as an open water diver in 2010. He continues his love for the sport by diving in West Hawk Lake, Lake Superior, abandoned open pit iron mines, the Caribbean, and other fresh water lakes. Shaun completed his Divemaster certification and is excited about his journey as a PADI pro!
Kelly fell in love with diving during in his first pool session in the fall of 2010, so much so he decided to complete his open water training at West Hawk Lake with snow on the ground and an air temperature of -10 on the very last week end of November 2010. It is fitting that Kelly completed his dive master training in November 2015. Scuba diving has introduced Kelly to many extraordinary people and amazing experiences from ice diving at West Hawk Lake to fast paced drift diving in the Philippines, wreck diving in Tobermory, wall diving in Cayman Brac and Jamaica. Kelly would like encourage everyone to try scuba at least once, whether it’s the swimming pool, West Hawk Lake or some exotic location because it’s an amazing experience to breathe underwater!
Master Scuba Diver
From the first time Rick sank into the water above Barracuda Reef just outside Playa del Carmen in 2013 he knew he was hooked. He got his Open Water Certification later that year and has now made his way up to the highest level of a recreational diver, Master Scuba Diver. Rick can often be spotted in the dive shop chatting with the local divers but most of the time you will find him on our Diver City vacations. He has been diving in the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, the wrecks in Tobermory and just celebrated his 100th dive last summer!
Tiago started diving in 2010 when he did a Discover Scuba Dive, once he got out of the water he signed up for the Open Water course. Most of his dives happened in Brazil, but he has also dove in the Dominican Republic and West Hawk Lake. Tiago is passionate for all kinds of diving; whether it’s clear sea water with lots of life, darker lake with low visibility or cave dives with no life at all…. it doesn’t matter! For him, being underwater is more than enough.
Todd Rhoden has been diving for the last 13 years. As soon as he tried it on vacation he was hooked. He has spent most of his diving life out in Ontario however is a Winnipegger through and through. Todd has been lucky enough to have been diving all over the world. his favourite place being Egypt. Here in Canada, Todd is a fan of Tobermory and all the amazing wreck dives. His true passion is teaching and this is why he loves what he does!
Jess has been fascinated with the marine world as far back as memory serves, but his real draw to start diving was to be able to visit sharks! Since Winnipeg is pretty landlocked and shark-less, Jess has been traveling all over the Caribbean, Honduras and Mexico in search of them, even acquiring the nickname “the Shark Whisperer”. Jess earned an Open Water certification in 2014 and has worked up to Divemaster, picking up 14 certifications along the way. Jess enjoys all kinds of diving, but he’s truly happiest in the middle of a feeding frenzy!
Nick dove a handful of times as a kid but got hooked in January 2017 while on vacation with his family in Mexico. Once back he enrolled in an upgrade course with Diver City and hasn’t looked back. Nick completed his Instructor’s Exam in late October! While he could see himself getting into commercial diving or teaching somewhere tropical, Nick is happy to be a part of the PADI Pro family here at Diver City SCUBA.
Darron’s first dive was a PADI Discover SCUBA on Creole Rock, a turtle reef, in St. Maarten in 2014. And he was hooked. His love for SCUBA has taken him to many incredible dives in a very short time including Lake Huron where his first Deep Dive was on the picturesque Arabia. He says the most fascinating place he’s been diving are the WW2 shipwrecks of Newfoundland in the chilly North Atlantic. Now a PADI Divemaster he loves to help others get their dive on with the Diver City Team.