Chris received his first scuba diving certification in October 1972. Because of his passion for diving, he left the corporate world in 1997 and opened his first ALOHA DIVE store. He has over 9000 dives to his credit, (and is still counting). He currently holds a worldwide certification as a Master Instructor Trainer with NASE and NAUI. In addition to these current certifications, Chris was a SSI Master Instructor Certifier, SSI Advance Nitrox Instructor, SSI Tek Instructor, TDI Advanced Nitrox Instructor, SDI Instructor, ANDI Safeair1 and 2 Instructor and has held an instructor rating with another agencies.
Chris is an equipment specialist and holds multiple factory certifications as a Master Repair technician. Chris also holds a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine 100 ton Captain’s license.
Deb Disney is our Lead Instructor, Marketing Director and Coordinator for all ALOHA DIVE trips. She started her diving career in early 2015 and it has become her passion in life. Since the time she started, she has logged over 200 dives and has achieved a Master Diver, TEK 1, Dive Master & Instructor Certification.
Deb always is smiling and brings a positive, professional and passionate attitude to the business of diving. The family and friends of ALOHA DIVE love working and diving with her. Chris is lucky to have a gal like Deb in the shop.
Paul Gunderson's love of the ocean started young in life when he discovered the Jacque Cousteau diving programs as a kid. He finally became certified in 2012 when a good friend and now also a diving partner asked if he wanted to take a discover SCUBA class. Since then, Paul has done as much diving as he can. He is currently going through his Dive Master & Assistant Instructor program so that he will be able to help teach the next generation of divers.
T. J. Jones started diving druing his 11 years in the U.S. Navy. Now, he loves collecting cetification like some some people collect shot glasses or lava lamps (which T.J. also collects).
T.J. is currently working toward his instructor certification. When not scuba diving, you can find T.J. either strumming his ukulele or helping his step-daughter at Irish dance competitions.
Many of the photos on this website were provided by T.J. who is an underwater photographer.....he also does photography on the ground as well. Oh and he's also a voice actor.
Jeff Smith is a recent transplant to So. California from Florida. Although he is not a diver (yet) he is more than comfortable around the water. As an avid body surfer and sun worshiper, Jeff brings a passion for the out of doors to the business. He is our go to guy when we need someone with a great smile and a friendly attitude to cover the store when we are teaching, running a pool session or off diving. We depend on him to give our customers the very best service when we are not here.
Lance started his life as a show dog extraordinaire. After finishing his AKC championship he then moved on to training as Deb's service dog.
Lance is one big fat mamas boy, loves Papa Duck Chris but, most important is he has become the meeter & greeter of ALOHA DIVE. He is always quick to wag his tail and meet you at the door and possibly give you a big kiss and smile (yes, he does smile), but don't be fooled, what he is really hoping for is a hand out of his favorite treat, the peanut butter pretzels that are kept in the shop.
Lance is currently not scuba certified.