GregGreg McCracken – Owner, Platinum PADI Course Director (Instructor Trainer)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Greg earned his PADI Instructor rating in 1992 and his PADI Course Director rating in 1997. Before settling down in Vancouver, Greg has managed dive centres on Vancouver Island, Central America and Mexico.  Over the past 20 years, Greg has issued over 1600 instructor level certifications and over 3300 certifications in all levels.  Greg continues to be enthusiastic for teaching and diving.  Every year, he makes a strong effort to learn and evolve as an instructor and as a diver.  Greg truly enjoys assisting his students meet their goals as divers and professionals and has assisted instructors around the globe find successful careers in the diving industry. 

In 2006, PADI commenced a new recognition program acknowledging active PADI Course Directors around the Globe. Greg is one of less than 50 PADI Course Directors in the world to earn the highest recognition available – Platinum!  Greg has earned Platinum status each consecutive year. 

Aside from his work at Ocean Quest, Greg works with Capilano University to conduct their Professional Scuba Dive Instructor program.  This program attracts up to 24 students every year from across Canada and around the globe. Greg has a vast array of experience from recreational diving to wreck and technical diving. Over the past year, Greg has worked closely with DSAT/PADI’s Technical Diving Division to assist them in updating their technical diving programs.

 Greg's primary qualifications include:

  • PADI Course Director (Instructor Trainer)
  • PADI Technical Instructor Trainer
  • PADI Trimix Instructor Trainer
  • PADI Sidemount Diver and Tec Sidemount Instructor Trainer
  • PADI Specialty Instructor Trainer
  • Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer


 

Deirdre_Cropped_392-492Deirdre Forbes McCracken - Owner, PADI Master Instructor  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deirdre first was inspired by the wonders of the underwater world while snorkelling in Hawaii at the age of 6.  She soon discovered her hero – Jacques Cousteau and always knew her path would lead her to the ocean.  Deirdre has been working in the diving industry since 1989 and became a PADI Instructor in 1993. Her extensive dive experience spans around the globe from Australia, Thailand, the Red Sea and the Caribbean. Despite all of her tropical experience, Deirdre’s favourite dive destinations still remain in BC. Deirdre has managed dive centres on Vancouver Island, Vancouver, Central America and Mexico.

Over the past two years, Deirdre has taken on an active role in the diving industry by joining the Board of Directors for both the Artificial Reef Society of BC (ARSBC) and the Dive Industry Association of BC (DIABC).  The British Columbia dive industry benefits from Deirdre's continued commitment and enthusiasm to diving and the industry.

Deirdre is well known for her underwater photography and her knowledge and passion for preserving the underwater environment.  At Ocean Quest, she ensures the highest level of service is provided to all of our customers and takes pride in finding special items not normally stocked whenever requested.   Deirdre has made lifelong friends through the social sport of diving and enjoys sharing this undiscovered world with everyone around her.

Deirdre’s primary qualifications include:

  • PADI Master Instructor
  • PADI IDC Staff Instructor
  • Master Scuba Diver Trainer
  • PADI Specialty Instructor
  • Emergency First Response Instructor

From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders.   He is bolted to the earth.  But man only has to sink beneath the surface, and he is free. 

Jacques Yves Cousteau

 


 

Jason Lindner - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

JasonJason first took his first leap into the ocean water back in March 2010, immediately after the Open Water course Jason headed to Australia for a backpacking excursion. While down under, Jason had the pleasure to dive one of the seven wonders of the natural world; The Great Barrier Reef!

In addition to diving with the magnificant marine life on the reef, Jason took advantage of a lifetime experience and shared the waters with Great White Sharks (in a cage of course!)

Jason has been a student of the Professional Scuba Diver Instructor (PSDI) Program since Sept 2014.

Jason's primary qualifications include:

  • PADI Divemaster
  • Emergency First Responder
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider
  • ScubaPro/Subgear Service Technician
  • Zeagle Service Technician

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