About Us

"We'll Change Your Life!"

Truxton & Lavonne Terkla started TL SEA in October 1996, in order to fill a specific need in the outdoor recreation market. Their philosophy of offering total customer service & care (TLC) brought about the name “TL SEA”, as they dealt with “SEA diving”. By concentrating on proper diver education, they felt they could improve the diving industry and create safer divers.

Since its inception, nothing has been truer about TL SEA. Not only have they developed close relationships with their customers, but also with vendors, enabling them to always be on the leading edge of advances within the industry.

We currently support such lines as AquaLung, Atomic, DUI, Suunto, TUSA, SeaSoft, Ikelite, Underwater Kinetics, DeepSee, Intova, Whites, Light & Motion, Pinnacle and OMS, to name just a few.

TL SEA has trained thousands of scuba divers in a variety of courses, outfitting them with high-quality equipment at reasonable prices. TL Sea Diving attributes our success to truly caring for people, giving them time to learn; we emphasize safety & thorough training to ensure our students are both confident & competent in their diving abilities.

All of us at TL Sea believe that scuba diving should be “fun” to learn, while providing everyone with the utmost care. Give yourself a chance to “Sea” what we have to offer – you will be introduced to a sport, as well as an organization of professionals who will undoubtedly ‘Change Your Life’!

Please call upon the TL SEA professionals should you have any questions regarding scuba diving, classes, equipment, boat charters or travel.

LAVONNE TERKLA – Co-Owner, PADI IDC Staff Instructor
Lavonne Terkla

Instructor #: 98647

Diving Experience: 21 Years

Instructional Experience: 18 Years

Number of Dives: 2869

Favorite Type of Dive: Wall, Deep, Boat, Wreck, Drift

Background: Began Diving in 1992, Divemaster 1996, Co-Founded TL Sea Diving 1996, Instructor 1997, Master Scuba Diver Trainer 2000, IDC Staff Instructor 2001

Specialties Taught: A.W.A.R.E. Coral Reef Conservation Specialty, DSAT Tec-Rec Tri-Mix Gas Blender, Deep, Drift, Drysuit, Enriched Air Nitrox, High-Speed Drift, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project A.W.A.R.E., Project A.W.A.R.E. Fish Identification, Search & Recovery, Wreck

Miscellaneous: Certified Dacor Repair Technician, DUI Repair Technician, PSI Certified Visual Cylinder Inspector, DSAT Tec-Rec Tri-Mix Gas Blender, Dive Center Owner / Manager

TRUX TERKLA – Co-Owner, PADI Master Instructor
Trux Terkla

Instructor #: 67825

Diving Experience: 22 Years

Instructional Experience: 21 Years

Number of Dives: 3442

Favorite Type of Dive: High-Speed Drift, Wreck, Hunting, U/W Videography
and anywhere there’s water!

Background: Began Diving in 1991, Divemaster 1993, Assistant Instructor 1994, Instructor 1994, Master Scuba Diver Trainer 1996, Founded TL Sea Diving 1996, Medic First Aid Instructor 1998, IDC Staff Instructor 1998, Master Instructor 1998, Emergency First Response Instructor 2003

Specialties Taught: A.W.A.R.E. Coral Reef Conservation Specialty, Boat, DAN O2 Provider, DSAT Tec-Rec Tri-Mix Gas Blender, Deep, Dive Propulsion Vehicle (DPV), Drift, Drysuit, Emergency First Response (AED, CPR / First Aid, CPR for Children & Infants), Drager / Dolphin Semi-Closed Rebreather, Enriched Air Nitrox, Equipment Specialist, High-Speed Drift, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project A.W.A.R.E., Project A.W.A.R.E. Fish Identification, Search & Recovery, U/W Hunter, U/W Naturalist, U/W Photography, U/W Videography, Wreck

Miscellaneous: 100 -Ton Master Skipper, Past Vice President & Board Member of the Pacific NW Scuba Retailers Association, Certified Mares / Dacor Repair Technician, PSI Certified Visual Cylinder Inspector, DSAT Tec-Rec Tri-Mix Gas Blender, DAN Dive Emergency Specialist, 2007 PADI Go Pro Video Champion, Dive Center Owner

Trux & Lavonne Terkla