Dea has turned into one of our top Divemasters we have. Exceedingly helpful & knowledgable,
Dea prob. has more dives than any of us!
Dea sometimes helps around the store some days.
He always enjoys working with new students
(and is a basic fixture now with our Linfield College scuba program with Blake & Now Jimmy Nemo).
and lending a hand in a variety of ways.
Outside of diving Dea is a business owner, and a professional singer. Dea is personality plus and a total expert diver, who has joined (and helped with) Salem Scuba on trips to Fiji, Cozumel, Honduras, Grand Cayman & more. It's been said that Dea & Blake combine to have exceeding personalities on dive trips...unmatched anywhere.
UPDATE! 12-31-17 AT 11:59pm...Dea is the new owner & Pres. of Salem Scuba!
Now Salem Scuba DEA, Inc. Contact Dea at Dea@salemscuba.com
Dea "Kayne" Thayer
"I’d planned to dive since I was a kid…
big Jacques Cousteau fan you know.
Finally, my motivator, dive buddy, and now husband convinced me
to stop putting it off and in I went.
Every dive is memorable but the dive that hooked me was
the second dive of my open water class.
I had world class conditions at the HoodCanal and
time to be still at the bottom,
view the undersea garden, and meet the residents.
Those minutes confirmed me as a lifetime diver.
Anything that awesome has to be shared so entering
the instructing levels (DM) was inevitable"
Stella has one of the most amazing personalities you could ever know. Known locally as the whitest half white girl in the world
"My mom is a very dark Greek woman" She says And what's your dad? "A fisherman" :)
Scott Martin...has over 16+ years of cold water dive experience and has been an active member of the Oregon Coast Aquarium dive team for the last 7+ years. He earned his PADI Divemaster rating in 2003 and has additional training as an IANTD certified trimix (technical) diver, SDI Solo diver and TDI Nitrox gas blender. If you see Scott running his 15.5' zodiac along the Newport coastline he's likely doing underwater photography or spearfishing.
Scott was just married in Oct. 2014 to a great lady. Congrats!
Kelly (aka The Colonel) started diving with Salem Scuba by taking his PADI Open Water in 2007.
The bug definitely hit. Kelly is PADI Open Water, Advanced, Nitrox, Rescue,
and Divemaster Certified he is also SDI/TDI Divemaster certified.
He also completed the Emergency First Responder and American Red Cross CPR & AED courses.
After over eighty cold water dives and over 20 warm water dives and countless pool sessions,
the Colonel, just likes to be in the water with students or with his dive buddies searching out GPO’s.
A long time lover of Jacques Cousteau and the marvels of the underwater world,
talking part in the adventure first hand is much more exciting that behind the television….
He holds several specialties as well: Boat Diver, Drift Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Night Diver,
Digital Underwater Photographer and Peak Performance Buoyancy.
Brandon is another one of our amazing up & coming young Divemasters. A former mixed martial arts light heavyweight champion of the world,
(who's only loss oddly enough was to our own Blake Fry),
Brandon is one of our most heads up & effective Divemasters. Always fun & good to hang around & dive with too.
Ron is one of our most loyal and dedicated DM's.
He & his wife Tina have traveled with Salem Scuba on some troical trips as well. Ron is almost always avaiable to help us DM for classes.
Outside of diving, Ron is a part owner of BC Towing Co.
Ron Duncan PADI 290750
Johanas is a long time friend and DM for/of Salem Scuba. Dedicated, loyal and always ready to lend a hand when we have been in need.
He recently became a computer tech and enjoys time in the martial arts,
and his fiance' Sarah, who is also one of our favorite dive girls. He has put all his kids thru Salem Scuba's O/W program as well.
Johanas & Sarah finally made their way on a tropical trip with Salem Scuba...
and loved it/Cozumel a lot!
And in the summer of 2015, Johanas & Sarah tied the knot. CONGRATS! :)
Shawn is one of the most decent family guys we have.
Always a great smile and ready to help. He & his wife Elaine (an accomplished/published writer)
have enjoyed some tropical trips with Salem Scuba as well...
and they enjoy their larger family in diving and other fun activities.
Shawn also maintains the windows at Salem Scuba as the owner of his own business.
Peaches is one of the most vibrant, young characters in Salem Scuba's DM arsinal.
One of the best underwater video phtographers in the N.W.
Chris is a great help in classes,
and has joined Salem Scuba on many trips to Cozumel, Palau, Truk Lagoon, Honduras & more!
Chris "Peaches" Hall
Eric is one of Salem Scuba's newest, young and very enthusiastic Divemasters. Eric had over 205 dives in just 2 years/being certified. And now is approaching 300 dives! He recently went on his 1st warm water vacation -
to the Bahamas with a fun group...and loved every min.
Always a great personality & a smile. Also a very conscienscious DM.
Eric is also our most knowledgeable DM for Tech Gear & Dry suit etc...
and is the sharpest for his age Divemaster we have ever had!
Eric Hatch Divemaster
Director of Electronic Commerce
Scrappy is one of the most fun DM's we have had. Always up for a great trip/dive!
Outside of diving Shawn enjoys his family (both girls are divers of ours :) Disneyland,
Maui, fine dining (basically same as Blake :) and is a financial professonal.
Shawn "Scrappy" Ryan PADI DM
Ron is a great and fun guy, amazing integrity
and is great to have on trips and more! Ron enjoys his wonderful wife and diver Sheila,
great restaurants, home renovations and more.
Ron "The Wrong Boat" Blacketer PADI DM
Nate (and wife Susan) is one of our most loyal & dedicated DM's & helpers ever. As well as a great DM, Nate is now running the store on Tuesdays!
Nate is also a visual inspector and dry suit repairman.
Outside of Diving Nate & Susan enjoy Disneyland, great food and more diving.
Nathanial (FBI) Taylor PADI-DM SDI-AI
T-Bird is a great & knowledgable DM. Always glad to have him around. He is a electrician expert & business owner. "I'm just a dumb electrician" A calm & collected cat...Ron is also reliable help who enjoys it a lot.
Ron Thunderbird PADI DM
Tinker Bell is an amazing help,
both in class and around the store.
Gifted with a great personality, Brad helps with sales,
organizing and is a great help with students in class.