MEET THE TEAM
Technical and Rebreather Instructor
I started diving in 2010 and fell in love with the sport. I became a PADI instructor at the end of 2010 and crossed over to SDI/TDI in 2011 as a technical dive instructor. I am qualified to teach all the way to Advanced Trimix with both agencies. I split my time between Arizona and Key Largo teaching.
Lead Instructor, Technical Instructor
My first dives were in Hawaii while on vacation. I knew right away from the moment I walked into a dive shop this was going to be fun. The gear, the water, the wildlife….. diving would be a big part of my life. I have since then gone from an open water diver to an instructor. I have spent countless hours working on my craft and am constantly learning. My favorite dive has been a missile silo in Washington, and my favorite sea animals are garden eels.
MSDT Instructor, Service Tech
All through my life I’ve been obsessed with the ocean. I remember watching Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter when I was in preschool. He was diving with sharks and traveling the world. Ever since then I’ve wanted to see the ocean. When I turned 21, I started my PADI Open Water scuba class.
5 years later, scuba diving has allowed me to travel the world, become a scuba instructor, and start technical and rebreather diving. I’m close to 1,000 dives now and I’ve only scratched the surface. I’m excited about all my future underwater experiences! Try it out for yourself – it will change your life!
IDC Staff Instructor
Years later as an Instructor, I am now able to bring others into this incredible world that I get to enjoy. I have had the opportunity to dive all over the world and have so many memories thanks to diving. I have also met some of my closest friends through this sport. My biggest piece of advice is “Do it!” Come see the other 70% of this earth and meet some incredible people along the way.
MSDT Instructor, DAN Instructor
I’m a Buckeye transplant in AZ. I started my diving at the request of my brother wanting to dive for Megalodon shark teeth in the shark tooth capital of the world, Venice Florida. I’m very happy that those sharks are long dead! The first couple of dives were fun, visibility was 2-3 feet. After not finding many teeth or seeing much aquatic life I decided to dive in the Florida Keys. That’s when I fell in love with diving – warm, clear water with tons of fish. It’s diving in a salt water aquarium. Certified in 2012 and my only regret is I don’t dive more often.
I love seeing new divers “get it” and start a long-term love affair with diving. My favorite spot is Truk Lagoon in Micronesia. It’s full of history and wrecks, wrecks and more wrecks. Certified on a Hollis rebreather I’m looking forward to multiple trips back to Truk. I’m always ready to share this underwater world with new and existing divers and helping them increase skills.
Divemaster, Freedive Instructor
I grew up free diving and I finally got scuba certified in Asia when I was 19 and completely fell in love with diving! I went on to get my bachelors in conservation biology & marine science. Diving has allowed me to be apart of reef transplantation projects, and study shark & fish behavior ecology in multiple places around the world.
I love diving, and I’m currently working on furthering my experience as a diver!
Retail Associate, Instructor
I started diving in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 2020 after my sister forced me to give it a try. She opened a door to a sport I never thought I’d love so much. After moving here, I found Sea 2 Sea Scuba when I went in looking for my open water certificate. I jokingly asked if they were hiring, and well now I’m a retail associate helping people get into the water as well as learning a lot on the way.
It just takes one jump to get into the water and see a whole new world! Go for it!!
E-Commerce Manager, Divemaster
I started diving about 4 years ago but only really got serious about it this year. I love that it has a little of everything – there’s the zen of it all, the science of diving, the three fish that are our friends in Lake Pleasant, and the trips to wonderful places. For me, starting a whole new sport has been a fun challenge.
Mostly though, it’s the friends I made along the way at Sea 2 Sea Scuba – my second home. Come dive with me on a Thursday night or hang out on the couch at the shop!
I was born and raised right here in Arizona. I joined the Army Reserve while still in high school and served 8 years before getting out. If I had known then what I know now I would have joined the Navy to be a Navy Diver. I had always wanted to try SCUBA diving, but for some reason never did. I finally fell into it when I was referred to a shop to buy a SCUBA tank so I could fill paintball tanks out in the field. Once I walked in the door it was over. I saw all of the gear and thought, “Oh this is so me!” I booked a Discover SCUBA experience and got my first taste of what it was like to remain underwater for an extended period of time. I was hooked.
In 2007, a friend told me I should learn to dive before going on an upcoming cruise, so I did. Fell in love with it after about the third breath in the pool. After diving three different Caribbean islands on that cruise, I decided I was going to become a divemaster and move to the tropics. I’ve always enjoyed teaching other people new skills, so why not instructor as well. 18 months later, I had moved to Utila, Honduras as a DM and shortly after became an instructor. After teaching for a few months in Utila, I moved to St. Croix where I lived just behind the dive shop for 2.5 years while leading dives teaching new and experienced divers new skills, as well as captaining one of three dive boats. I love to travel and meet new people in the sport, I even met my wife because of SCUBA! Now that I’ve moved to Phoenix, in the middle of a landlocked state, I’m very happy to have made Sea2Sea my new home.
Retail Associate, Instructor
My passion for scuba diving started on a whim – in 2014 my wife purchased OW certs for us for Christmas. Best gift ever – I’ve been in love with diving ever since! I was proud to become an instructor in 2019, but quickly became aware that I’m barely scratching the surface of where I can go and what I can learn. A former Army medic and nurse, I enjoy not only sharing with students a love for diving, but also how to care for and protect our aquatic environments. When I’m not diving, I enjoy backpacking, playing pickup basketball, and playing video games with my kids.
I’ve been scuba diving for 4 years. All three of my daughters are certified and have gone diving in La Jolla, Maui and Florida. The goal for the next few years is to travel and dive the world!
I completed my Divemaster training in 2018, helping dozens of students become divers. The best part of helping new divers with their classes is that moment when you see it click in the eyes and you know they have been bitten by the scuba bug!
Capt. Forrest Packebush
SDI/TDI Divemaster and Assistant Instructor, PADI and RAID Divemaster
I began diving in 1994 in the USAF. Back then the military’s idea of dive training was “Here take this gear, make it work and don’t kill yourselves!” Unfortunately for me that was a big turn off to diving. 22 years later my wife wanted us to get dive certified to enjoy an excursion on our honeymoon to Bora Bora. Reluctantly, I agreed. When I learned dive the correct way I was hooked. Literally went off the deep end.
In 2.5 years I have logged over 1200 dives. 200 of them being on CCR ( Closed Circuit Rebreather), totaling well over 300 hours on CCR. I worked my way up through the ranks from Open Water to Master Diver. Then I jumped into professional diving as a Divemaster and Assistant Instructor. The technical realm is where I love to spend my time whether it be in a set of doubles or full-out trimix deep on my rebreather. I love diving.
Come join us. Let me share my passion with you and teach you how to enjoy the life under the surface. Let’s go diving!!!!