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Graham Hufford

graham@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI Course Director
Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer
Divers Alert Network Instructor Trainer
Handicap SCUBA Association Instructor
PSI Tank Visual Inspector

Graham became a certified diver in 1987 and has been teaching diving since 1990. He has a passion for diver education that drove him to becoming a PADI Course Director. Graham has taught many instructor candidates and has a reputation for exceptional instructor development. Graham is also an instructor of the Zombie Apocalypse Survival Diver course.

Classes Taught: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Wreck Diver, Deep Diver, Digital Underwater Photography, Enriched Air, Underwater Navigator, Search and Recovery, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Night Diver, Fish Identification, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Boat Diver, Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV), Zombie Apocalypse Diver, Equipment Specialist, Kayak Diver, Underwater Naturalist, Drift Diver, Altitude Diver, Cavern Diver, Emergency First Response (CPR and First Aid), BSA SCUBA Merit Badge





















Aaron Tyznik

aaron@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI Master Instructor
Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer

Aaron is an experienced instructor who loves to teach new divers. He is also a technical divers who has a deep passion for treasure hunting and wreck diving. Aaron can be seen all over San Diego's dive sites by his distinctive bright orange gloves.

Classes Taught: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Wreck Diver, Deep Diver, Digital Underwater Photography, Enriched Air, Underwater Navigator, Search and Recovery, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Night Diver, Fish Identification, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Boat Diver, Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV), Equipment Specialist, Underwater Naturalist, Drift Diver, Emergency First Response (CPR and First Aid)
















Anirudh Ramkumar

kumar@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI Master Instructor
Emergency First Response Instructor
Handicap SCUBA Association Instructor
​PSI Tank Visual Inspector
Certified Technician Seminars: SCUBAPRO, Atomic Aquatics, Oceanic, Hollis, Aeris

Kumar, as he is known in the dive world, is a PADI Master Instructor. He came to diving for fun and ended up loving it so much, he rearranged his life around diving. As a PADI Master Instructor, Kumar teaches all levels of divers and assists with the Instructor Development Course.

Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Wreck Diver, Deep Diver, Enriched Air, Underwater Navigator, Search and Recovery, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Night Diver, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Boat Diver, Equipment Specialist, Emergency First Response (CPR and First Aid)


















Willie Banks

willie@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI IDC Staff Instructor
Emergency First Response Instructor

Willie retired from the Navy as a medic in 2007. His kids had graduated high school and out of the house and he knew it was his time to dive. He took an Open Water class a month after retirement and hasn’t stopped since. His commitment to himself to travel to exotic places has proven true with over 2,000 dives all over the world. His top 5 destinations are Grand Caymens, Roatan, Okinawa, Cozumel and Costa Rica. He enjoys sharing his passion for diving with new and experienced divers in hopes they catch the scuba bug. In addition to diving his other hobbies include off roading, triathlons, camping and just enjoying the outdoors. His number one item on his bucket list is to dive under the ice.

Classes Taught: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Wreck Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Night Diver, Boat Diver, Deep Diver, Emergency First Response (CPR and First Aid), Full Face Mask, Underwater Navigation, Delayed Surface Marker Buoy, Digital Underwater Photography, Enriched Air, Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV), Night Diver, Boat Diver, Drift Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Deep Diver, Emergency Oxygen Provider





















Seth Tufvesson

seth@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI IDC Staff Instructor
Emergency First Response Instructor
Handicap SCUBA Association Instructor

Seth began his dive journey years ago and has dove all over the world. He especially loves diving on wrecks and hopes to explore many new waters in the years to come! Known for his incredible calm under pressure and positive attitude, Seth is loved by his students.

Classes Taught: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Wreck Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Night Diver, Boat Diver, Deep Diver, Multi-Level Diver, Emergency First Response (CPR and First Aid), Dry Suit Diver, Underwater Navigator, Digital Underwater Photography, Fish Identification, Emergency Oxygen Provider

















Michael Sasso

mike@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI IDC Staff Instructor
Emergency First Response Instructor
PSI Tank Visual Inspector
Certified Technician Seminars: SCUBAPRO, Aqua Lung, Apeks

Mike started diving when he was 11 years old and has not stopped since. An avid diver who loves showing people what makes the underwater world so exceptional, Mike became an instructor to follow his passion. Mike has a deep-seated desire to learn and is constantly exploring new forms of diving and new underwater adventures!

Classes Taught: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Wreck Diver, Emergency First Response (CPR and First Aid), Wreck Diver, Deep Diver, Enriched Air, Underwater Navigator, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Night Diver, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Search and Recovery

















James Salvin

james@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Emergency First Response Instructor

James has a deep love of the water and enjoys kayaking, freediving, snorkeling, fishing, and SCUBA diving. James takes pride in ensuring his students are trained exceptionally well with a special focus on buoyancy control. James is also an environmentally conscious spear-fisherman who believes in protecting the ocean for the generations to come.

Classes Taught: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Wreck Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Emergency First Response (CPR and First Aid)














Patrick Crockett

patrick@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer
Emergency First Response Instructor

Patrick started diving in the Florida Keys in 2001. He has dove in the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Bali, Thailand, Hawaii, and California. Locally, Patrick loves diving Wreck Alley and Catalina Island.

Classes Taught: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Emergency First Response (CPR and First Aid), Wreck Diver, Deep Diver, Enriched Air, ​Night Diver, ​Dry Suit Diver













Patricia Seifert

patricia@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer
Emergency First Response Instructor
Handicap SCUBA Association Instructor

Patricia is an exceptional instructor who goes above and beyond for every student she works with. She has an incredible passion for diving and for working with new divers. She also loves underwater photography and finding new underwater critters.

Classes Taught: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Emergency First Response (CPR and First Aid), Digital Underwater Photography, Enriched Air, Night Diver, Deep Diver
















Christopher Fischer

chris@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer
Emergency First Response Instructor
PSI Tank Visual Inspector

Chris started diving when he was 13 years old with his father. Years later he joined the military and became a combatant diver with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, US Marines. After leaving the military to pursue college, Chris continued his SCUBA education and received his Divemaster Certification. Chris has since become a Trainer for the U.S. Navy's Marine Mammal Program. Chris has dived in places like Mexico, Australia, Guam, and Egypt.

Classes Taught: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Emergency First Response (CPR and First Aid)
















Patrick Martin

pmartin@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor

​Patrick's first open water dive was in the Catalina Island Kelp Forest and he instantly fell in love with the underwater world! He then moved to Thailand to begin his professional career and explore every facet of diving that he could. Since being in San Diego, he worked at SeaWorld for almost seven years as an Aquarist working with animals, including sting rays, sea turtles, and sharks. He also worked as a Dive Safety Officer for SeaWorld, overseeing the training and safety for all the divers in the park. Locally, Patrick loves diving Wreck Alley and still lists Catalina as his favorite spot he's ever been able to dive!

​Classes Taught: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Emergency First Response (CPR and First Aid)
















Jessie Edwards

jessie@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor

Jessie is an avid diver who is part of the dive team at Sea World. She loves diving for the chance to encounter amazing marine life and meet new people. Jessie earned her Divemaster and Instructor certifications so she could help share her love of the ocean's many creatures with other!

​Classes Taught: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Peak Performance Buoyancy












Stephanie Heinrich

stephanie@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI Open Water SCUBA Instrctor

Stephanie started scuba diving when she was 17 years old during a Discover Scuba Dive on the island of St. Thomas. A mermaid at heart, Stephanie has worked at SeaWorld as an educator and diver, and at Scripps Institute of Oceanography alongside world renowned scientists passionate about the ocean. Now a dive professional, she enjoys sharing her love for the ocean, and teaching others how to safely explore the underwater world. Stephanie is an avid traveler, and loves to dive internationally while learning about local culture and conservation efforts. Ask her about her favorite dive and travel locations​

​​Classes Taught: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Emergency First Response (CPR and First Aid)
















David Quinones

david@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor

David Quiñones started his water adventures as a child snorkeling in Florida and got certified as a diver in 2006. He is a Waterman, Marine Citizen Scientist, and Navy Medic. David is passionate about the Ocean and willing to share his knowledge to inspire others to love the Ocean.​










William Roach

will@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI Assistant Instructor

Will is a San Diego native and grew up in Pacific Beach. He has spent his life in, on, and under the water and has always felt at home in the ocean! Currently, Will’s favorite pastimes include SCUBA Diving, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, and Fishing. Will takes pride in being a PADI Divemaster and believes strongly in teaching the importance of safety first. He enjoys assisting new students as they gain confidence and learn to explore the underwater world! ​











Saleem

saleem@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI Assistant Instructor
Emergency First Response Instructor
PSI Tank Visual Inspector
Certified Technician Seminars: SCUBAPRO, Oceanic, Hollis, Aeris

Saleem is a passionate diver who is known for his calm underwater and incredible knowledge of SCUBA gear. Saleem loves to assist new divers as they begin their journey into the sport he loves so much.

Classes Taught: Peak Performance Buoyancy, Emergency First Response (CPR and First Aid), Equipment Specialist














Nola Schoder

nola@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI Assistant Instructor

Nola is a phenomenal photographer who loves to share her love of the ocean with everyone she meets. In addition to taking incredible photos, which can be seen at www.itsnol.com, Nola loves to teach new photographers about the fundamentals to her art.

Classes Taught: Digital Underwater Photography












Jake Hawn

jake@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI Divemaster
PADI Emergency First Response Instructor
Certified Technician Seminars: SCUBAPRO, Oceanic, Hollis, Aeris

Jake loved diving so much that he made it his life's passion. Jake spends most of the day underwater every day, working as a diver. Jake developed a reputation for toughness and a constant commitment to improving his dive skills.

Classes Taught: Emergency First Response (CPR and First Aid)














Jesse Taylor

jesse@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI Divemaster
PSI Tank Visual Inspector

Jesse is an avid SCUBA and Free Diver who loves being in the ocean. A national level collegiate swimmer, Jesse prides himself on improving his breath holds. Jesse is also a diver at Sea World where he swims with Beluga whales, dolphins, penguins, and much more!











Emily Ferrari

emily@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI Divemaster
PSI Tank Visual Inspector

Emily started out doing scientific research diving with UCLA in San Diego, the Channel Islands, and French Polynesia. Since 2015 Emily has been a commercial diver and dolphin trainer. She is an avid diver who loves seeing the variety of life that inhabits the underwater world!











Matt Dale

matt@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI Divemaster

Matt began his diving journey just over 3 years ago and has excelled quickly to become a Divemaster. He enjoys being outdoors and loves to go fishing and hunting. He is looking forward to diving in many different places and passing on his love for diving to all new divers.










Alex Gillet

alex@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI Divemaster

Alex Gillet began his water adventures as a child snorkeling in France, his native country. Back in 1998, during his time as an exchange student in San Diego, he got his first diving certification (SSI open water). He continued his scuba diving journey by obtaining his CMAS level 2 in the cold waters of the north of France.

In 2016, after completing his divemaster training (here in San Diego), he set out to travel and dive around the world for 2 years. He returned to San Diego and is excited to assist new divers as they begin their journeys of the underwater world.














Jake Orel

jorel@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI Divemaster

Jake Orel was first certified when he was 11 years old and has continued to dive ever since. He has always had a passion for teaching and has been an instructor in Snowboarding, Hydroflight, and is currently working his way to being a diving instructor. Other than diving, during the summer Jake performs in Cirque Electrique at Seaworld.










Bailey Butcher

bailey@beyondlandadventures.com
PADI Divemaster

Bailey was Open Water certified when she was eighteen years old in Grand Cayman and has had a passion for diving ever since. Her favorite thing to do is travel and find new locations to dive at. So far, she has traveled to Australia, Bermuda, Hawaii, Eleuthera, Catalina, Cozumel and more! She loves underwater videography/photography and almost always dives with a camera. Since getting certified, Bailey has been working towards her instructor certification so she can share her passion for the ocean and for scuba diving with others.

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