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 consistently been 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 Assistant Instructors 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 earning his Divemaster rating in 2017! 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. A Dive Master since 2014, then Assistant Instructor since 2016, Rick is excited for all of the new adventures in teaching now that he is an Open Water SCUBA Instructor!
Meaghan first started diving on a trip to visit her aunt in Turks and Caicos in 2011, and instantly wanted to become a Scuba Instructor. She chose to work and travel for a few years to gain diving experience before deciding to become an instructor in 2015. She has become very passionate about protecting the underwater world and being a positive ambassador for the misunderstood sharks. Meaghan is also a common face you will see at the dive shop but if you happen to see her underwater, she is one colourful fish!
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 the 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.
Shauna is generally a happy human, but happiest under the sea. Blowing her first bubbles on a backpacking trip in Thailand. Her passion for travel and diving only grew, taking her around the world, diving Mexico, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, and Anguilla. In November 2017, she decided to turn her passion into a career and ventured to Utila, Honduras where she completed her PADI Instructor Development Course along with 5 Instructor specialities. Shauna is excited to join the Diver City Scuba family and explore the local underwater world!
Dan has been interested in the underwater world since his youth. He finally decided to take the plunge after talking to other divers and got his PADI Open Water certification in 2010. You will find him mostly at West Hawk Lake where he loves to take other divers in his boat to explore the different dive sites on the lake. Dan was certified as a PADI Divemaster in 2018 and he is excited for this new adventure and looking forward to showing others this amazing world under the waves.
After her open water certification Willow was hooked. She would surface from a dive wanting to learn more about scuba, working quickly to Divemaster. Ask Willow what her favorite things about scuba are; she will describe the beauty of the Canadian Shield underwater, how loud a colorful reef is in the Caribbean. She will explain how being underwater is her happy place, where the pressures of the day magically dissolves.
In April of 2017 Greg impulsively decided to get his Open Water certification so he could cross it off his bucket list. Also, having a strong aversion for tropical, all-inclusive resorts, he wanted a fun activity to fall back on if he ever got dragged back to one again!
Fast forward to the first weekend of June of 2017. Greg did his 4 open water dives in the freezing waters of West Hawk Lake… and fell in love! He was hooked! The following week he went and purchased all his own dive gear. Two weeks later he did his advanced open water. By September he was a PADI Rescue Diver and then a few weeks later a PADI Master Scuba Diver. Not only did Greg fall in love with diving at West Hawk Lake, he fell in love with the close knit Scuba Family at Diver City Scuba and their passion for the hobby and wanted to be a part of it! By July the next year he earned his PADI Divemaster and is now assisting new students to become divers at the pool and at the lake!
Greg is a big fan of diving “off the beaten path” dive sites with fewer people and also a lover of cold water diving! He is kind, caring, crazy and his sense of humour will tickle your gills! You can find him diving cageless with sharks in South Africa, diving the Irish Sea in Northern Wales and of course West Hawk Lake… Where he will probably be cooking up a storm for the Scuba Family on a lake training weekend!
Divemaster in Training
Ashley first fell in love with the ocean while snorkeling in Hawaii, 4 years later she decided to give SCUBA a try and has no regrets. She got her Advanced certification on her very first dive trip in Cozumel and gained a deeper connection with the ocean and its creatures. She is now a Rescue diver and will continue to grow as a diver through experience and working at the shop.