Team Members

Tessa Diack
Store Owner/Mom
What is great about owning a Scuba store, is listening to my customers stories, and hearing about vacations.
Everyone who walks into my store has a huge smile on their face and is at the peak of their excitement. My goal is to make sure they leave my door with a bigger smile, and more excitement. We pride ourselves on customer service. I started this business 18 years ago… my daughter wrote my last bio and in it she referred to the store as my baby and in a way she was right. It was my first baby and yes as she put it “like any child Underworld has given me some headaches, heartaches, but mostly smiles and proud moments.” My proudest moments now are watching Alex, Jack and Gianni who have all literally grown up in the dive store share in my passion of the underwater world. Alex is 17, Jack 14 and Gianni 11 and they are all looking forward to becoming instructors… OK Jack is more excited about all the cool servicing tools Dave gets to work with. It is a family owned business with family values. Alex my way to wise for her age daughter wrote “The line that separates customer and friend is sometimes blurred” we wouldn’t have it any other way….so come down , make a splash and join our growing underwater community of fish.
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Dave Alderson
Instructor
With a wealth of practical experience in both recreational and commercial diving,
Dave also has the answers when it comes to gear and gear maintenance, and routinely teaches the PADI Equipment Specialist course in-store. Dave is qualified at the PADI Master Instructor Level to teach just about any PADI course or specialty you care to name, and he will be happy to share his digital underwater photo collection with an audience. One of his most interesting experiences was as part of the specialized recovery team chosen to raise one of the few existing Fokker aircraft from Lake Charron, in mid-July 2006 (see the Ghost of Charron Lake story).
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George Bush
Instructor
George has, at one time or another, been an Instructor of most water sports including: canoeing, kayaking,
Red Cross Water Safety, Instructor Trainer, Royal Life Saving Society, Water Polo, Canadian Yachting Association, Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue, PADI, and ACUC SCUBA Instructor to name a few. He is currently instructing at the University of Winnipeg, as a Department of Education and Research associate with the University of Manitoba. George has dived most of the Caribbean including Aruba, Bonaire, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Mexico, as well as Cape Cod, Monterrey, Bruce Peninsula, and British Columbia. His favorite dive site was Cozumel until Hurricane Wilma (October 2005), so for now it is Browning Passage, British Columbia.
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George Cuthbertson
Divemaster
Rob Eaton
Assistant Instructor
Rob likes diving in any conditions, cold or warm water, daytime, night time, 24/7.
He got his Open Water Certification in 2003 and his first dive after that, proving that some divers are a bit hard-core, was at Cameron’s Point…. In December…. In a wet suit. In about 18 months , he became a Divemaster, going on from there to the next IDC. Rob enjoys helping to introduce new divers to the underwater world, as well as diving with the more experienced ones, and is usually up for just about anything dive related. Rob has had many memorable diving experiences, including diving with sharks and barracuda in Cozumel, finding himself face to face with an octopus near Puerto Plata, involuntarily feeding the fish near Playa del Carmen, and diving the quartz vein at Westhawk, but his most memorable diving experience probably was diving the Cenotes near Playa del Carmen. His experiences in Playa and Cozumel led Rob to decide he wanted to be a Scuba Instructor when he grew up. Rob is also looking forward to getting enough specialty certifications to get his Master Scuba Diver rating.
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Terri Fordham
Instructor
Terri was certified as a diver in 2001, then as an Instructor/Divemaster in 2004, and is also qualified as an EFR Instructor.
She enjoys Night and Wreck Diving, with British Columbia and the Cook Islands ranking high in her favorite destinations. Her plans include qualification as a commercial diver by the end of 2006, and maybe working in a warmer climate for a while. One of Terri’s most interesting experiences as a diver was jumping into the water right next to a reef shark in Cairns, Australia. She has also enjoyed the experience of being entertained for an entire dive by the singing of humpback whales.
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Philip Habacon
Instructor
Before migrating to Canada in 2009, Philip was a full-time PADI Instructor/Videographer in Thailand, the Maldives and the Philippines.
His favourite marine life include the leopard sharks, giant mantas and nudibranchs. He promotes marine life conservation with a “Look but don’t touch” policy to students. He now works as a full-time Paramedic at the Interlake-Eastern EMS and teaches diving at Underworld Scuba & Sports. To see his underwater videos, please visit youtube.com/maldivesphilip.
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Kelsey Johnson
Instructor
I fell in love with the ocean when I was nine; at fifteen I began exploring it through scuba diving.
When I’m not diving I enjoy training horses, hockey and water sports. At nineteen I moved to Mexico to become an instructor, I lived there for a year to gain diving experience. I am now a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and can teach in English, French and Spanish. This past year I obtained three specialty courses, the most exciting being the Mine Diver specialty. I am now studying at the University of Manitoba completing my Honours in Biology. I am hoping to pursue my Masters in Marine Biology. I also hope to take an Instructor course through Handicap Scuba Association and become a certified Research Diver. I am passionate about marine conservation and animal rights.
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Don Kowalski
Instructor
Don was certified as an Open Water Diver in 1989, a PADI Divemaster and Open Water Instructor in 1986/87,
as an IANTD (International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers) Nitrox Instructor in 2000 and as a PADI MSDT (Master Scuba Diver Trainer) in 2002. He is able to teach the following specialty dives: Peak Performance Buoyancy, Night, Wreck, Deep, Project Aware, Aware Coral Reef Conservation, Enriched Air, Dry Suit, Multilevel, Underwater Videographer, Ice, Medic First Aid, and has a distinctive specialty in Oxygen First Aid. Don is also a member and Instructor for the DAN (Divers’ Alert Network) Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Injuries and is a qualified First Responder. When not involved in the diving industry, Don is a high school automotive and electronics instructor with the Winnipeg School Division #1. His love of diving started when he taught teacher training workshops in Guyana and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and he found himself enjoying the coral rich waters of the Caribbean during his leisure hours. Don’s most memorable dive was on the wreck of the SS Yongala, a luxury passenger ship that sank near Townsville, Australia in 1911. He is looking forward to retirement from school teaching so that he can travel and play a more active role in dive training, both locally and in more exotic locations.
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Greg Matthew
PADI Course Director
Certified as a diver in 1982, then as a an instructor/divemaster in 1983, Greg holds the distinction of being a PADI Course Director, and is also an EFR Instructor Trainer.
He is qualified to teach the following PADI Specialties (for Consumers, and as an Instructor Trainer): Night, Navigation, Nitrox, Wreck, Drysuit, Equipment, Search and Recovery, Boat, Research, AED for Divers, O2 for Divers, Hazardous Marine Life Injuries. Greg also teaches DAN Specialties (for Consumers and as an Instructor Trainer) as follows: AED for Divers, O2 for Divers, Hazardous Marine Life Injuries, O2 for Aquatics, Advanced O2, Diving Emergency Specialist. He enjoys all types of diving, especially deep diving and wreck diving, and is working with UNDERWORLD to expand the opportunities available for divers and diving instructors to further their knowledge and capabilities. One of Greg’s most interesting experiences as a diver was as one of two divers that made a dive to the bottom of West Hawk Lake on September 2, 2001 (televised on “Planet Ocean”). At 365′ deep it is the deepest lake in Manitoba. The two year process of training and planning for this dive remains one of his most challenging and interesting diving experiences. When not diving, Greg is a Computer science teacher at St. Paul’s High School. He is married, with a daughter born in 1997.
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Tim Ness
Instructor
Tim has been scuba diving since 2006. He first fell in love with the sport in 2005 when he was on a family vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
He was snorkeling from a boat and saw scuba divers below swimming around getting a firsthand look at the beautiful ocean environment. That is when he said to his wife, I have to do that; he has been hooked ever since. Tim’s love for diving led him to become a PADI Certified Open Water Scuba Instructor. Tim is a strong believer in education and in learning something new from every dive he takes. He enjoys showing others the beauty of scuba diving whether it is in lakes or in the ocean and loves to show customers a good time while they are learning to scuba dive. Tim has taught and certified two of his three daughters and has enjoyed scuba dive trip vacations with them. Tim has scuba dived in the following locations: Manitoba; Tobermory, ON; Brainerd, MN; Epcot-Orlando/Fort Lauderdale/Pompano, Florida; Puerto Vallarta/Cabo Pulmo/CanCun, Mexico and Grand Bahama, Bahamas. When diving in Florida Tim has been known to provide fresh caught lobster for dinner, from his dive trips, for his family to enjoy.
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Jeffery Sadler
Assist. Instructor
I began my diving by earning my Open Water certification at West Hawk Lake, Manitoba, Canada in 1983.
Since that time the majority of my dives have been working with and supervising students as a Dive Master and Assistant Instructor, something I have enjoyed very much. I have had the opportunity to dive with the stingrays in Grand Cayman and on the HMS Mackenzie off Vancouver Island. I am also a Master Scuba Diver. The specialties I took for my Master Scuba Diver were Rescue Diver, Equipment, Night Diver, Deep Diver, and Ice Diver. I am also an Enriched Air Diver. I am a member of DAN, Divers Alert Network an organization I believe al certified divers should investigate and strongly consider participating in. I am highly motivated to ensure the students I work with learn as much as they can about the sport of diving and at the same time have a safe, enjoyable time. Outside of diving, Jeffrey is Inside Sales Manager with Norscan Instruments Ltd.
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Jade Shynkaruk
Instructor
I have been diving since the age of sixteen and was certified in Maui, H.I., where I returned to complete the IDC in February 2014.
Drawn to diving because of the connection to nature and the thrill of adventure. Diving fits into a healthy lifestyle that includes running, yoga and swimming. The best part of being a dive instructor is being involved in a students new experience and getting them excited about incorporating diving into their lives and vacation plans. My goals include earning certifications as both a dry suit and ice diver in the coming winter, and a month long dive and travel trip to Thailand or Australia summer 2015. My goals also include pursuing a degree in textile sciences with the dream to design swim-wear and exposure protection.
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Chuck Spooner
Instructor
I started diving in 1991 while serving on the lovely Island of Cyprus (I use the term lovely lightly).
My interest in diving took a hiatus until I met up with a few other Alberta divers that helped rekindle my love of the sport. We explored many of the lake environments of Banff and Jasper where the water is very cold and the altitude is higher. 2001 sent me packing to the east coast where I dove year round. January was sweet scallop month and Chamcook harbour was the place to be. Feeding the Wolf fish or catching a gentle drift was a favourite pass time while diving at Deer Island in the Bay of Fundy. Some of the best diving I have ever done was at Conception Bay South (CBS) in Newfoundland. There, just off the Coast of Belle Island are four iron ore carriers that were sunk by German U-Boats. These majestic vessels are standing upright as if they were still riding the waves. I started my professional career as a DM in 2002 and completed the IDC at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia shortly thereafter. My only regret while being in the Maritimes was not diving the French wrecks off Louisbourg. My diving has taken me too many places on the earth, from Eilat Israel, to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. From CBS, Newfoundland, to West Hawk Lake. 2008 was when I washed ashore at Underworld Scuba and I have been a part of this family ever since. Although I have moved back to Alberta, I am still active with the Underworld family and I am here to guide you on your next adventure if you ever come out my way.
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Terry Taylor
Instructor
I started diving in 2007 by taking a “try SCUBA” pool session in Cuba, once I took that first breath underwater I knew I was hooked.
We did an open water dive the next day and after that (to my wife’s dismay) there was no turning back! Since then I have dove all down the east coast of Florida, the Florida Keys, more of Cuba and still spend time at Westhawk year round. I did my 1st “certification” in Cuba, but didn’t feel that I gained a proper understanding of what SCUBA was about, so upon my return home I visited Underworld and learned to dive the right way, the safe way with the fantastic PADI standards. Other specialties that I have completed are Drysuit, Nitrox, and Ice Diver, and TRIMIX gas blender Certifications. I am also certified to teach the following PADI specialties: Deep, Drift, Drysuit, Ice Diver and Nitrox. My full time profession is a Systems Engineer with Cisco Systems, and I love to teach and help people get underwater!
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Peter Toth
Instructor
Peter was certified as a diver in 2001, then as an Instructor/Divemaster in 2004, and is qualified as an EFR Instructor, including EFR for Children.
He also teaches specialties for Night Diving, Search & Recovery, Navigation, Deep Diving, Dry Suit and Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver. Peter has completed the specialties for Ice Diving and Tec Diving Level Two. His plans include obtaining the qualifications to be a Tec Instructor. Strangely enough, Peter enjoys diving in deep, dark, cold water, and particularly enjoys the experience of discovering just how much life actually exists on the bottom of what appears to be a “lifeless” fresh water lake (patience and a keen eye help, he says).
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