Midwest School of Diving
Meet our experienced diving instructors and staff
Rachel - Dive Master
Rachel is a long time Minnesota resident, graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree and currently attending the U of M Veterinary School
Aislyn - Dive Master
Aislyn, is a senior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities studying Spanish, Sustainability, and Marine Biology. As a child, Aislyn took frequent family vacations to the ocean, but wasn't able to experience Scuba diving until the age of 19 when she received her open water certification. She spent the summer diving in Minnesota and recieved her Dive Master certification in December 2015.
Dave - Dive Master
Dave is a long life resident of Minnesota and has been diving since 2001. Grew up watching Sea Hunt and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Was a lifeguard in high school ( MANY years ago ) where I watched the aquatics director host SCUBA classes and thought it was pretty cool
Mark - Owner - Instructor
Mark has been diving since the early 1980’s all over the world with his favorite locations the Red Sea and South Pacific. Mark is retired from the U.S. Army and United Parcel Service. Besides being the owner of MidWest School of Diving, Mark is also the president of Central States Safety and Medical Services and Adjunct Professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Larry - Instructor
Larry is a long life resident of Minnesota and has been diving since the early 70’s; first receiving his open water certificate at the age of 15. Since then, Larry has dived mostly in the Caribbean and just recently has begun enjoying diving in the Great Lakes. One of Larry’s most memorable dive trips was in the South Pacific where the underwater structures are big and the animal life even bigger!
JB - Instructor
Beyond the unique satisfaction of underwater exploration, JB believes that diving is a great eye opener to the diversity and fragility of the water ecosystems that are so critical to life on earth.
JB has been a diver for 19 years and an instructor for the past seven years.
Dan - Instructor
Dan is a long life resident of Minnesota and has been diving since 2012. Since then, Dan has dived mostly in the Caribbean Enjoys diving in the Great Lakes, and in his spare time volunteers at the Great Lakes Aquarium as a show diver. One of Dan's most memorable dive trips was in Belize where the underwater structures are big and the animal life even bigger and Blue Hole is awe inspiring!!
Since a young age I watched Jacque Cousteau, Eugenie Clark and many other marine biologist dive in the Ocean. I anticipated their shows on television and could not wait to see what new creatures they would show us. I dreamed I could see the animals in person one day and scuba made that a reality. I dreamed I could see the animals in person one day and scuba made that a reality.
Scott - Instructor
I grew up loving all things water; swimming, boating, skiing, and fishing. I started swimming lessons at a very young age and as a teenager, I became a life guard. At age 18 I joined the US Navy and two years later (1990), I earned my first SCUBA certification through NAUI. In 2007 I became certified through PADI as an open water diver and not long after I earned my advanced certificate and started wreck diving...
Great Dive Shop, the instructor went out of his way to explain things and he was super patient. My husband has been trying to get me Scuba certified for years and I kept putting it off, but now that I am certified, I really wish I had done it sooner. The process was a lot easier than i thought it would be, and the teacher walked us through everything in a way that was really easy to understand. after I got my certification, my husband and I decided to sign up our two kids (14, 17) and now our whole family is certified. I would say this place is family friendly and a great place to take classes and buy equipment.
- Bertha, St. Paul, MN