Instructors

"We'll Change Your Life!"

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

Instructor #: 67825

Diving Experience: 25 Years

Instructional Experience: 24 Years

Number of Dives: 3597

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

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

Instructor #: 98647

Diving Experience: 24 Years

Instructional Experience: 21 Years

Number of Dives: 3352

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

JOHN MEYER – PADI Course Director
John Meyer

Instructor #: 35076

Diving Experience: 26 Years

Instructional Experience: 25 Years

Number of Dives: 4000+

Favorite Type of Dive: Wreck, U/W Photography, Boat Diving (Less work!) Just about
anywhere there’s water!

Background: Began diving in 1987, Divemaster 1988, Assistant Instructor 1988, Instructor 1988, Master Scuba Diver Trainer 1989, Medic First Aid Instructor 1990, IDC Staff Instructor 1990, Master Instructor 1992, Course Director 1997

Specialties Taught: A.W.A.R.E. Coral Reef Conservation Specialty, Boat, DAN / PADI O2 Provider First Aid, Deep, Drift, Drysuit, Emergency First Response, Enriched Air Nitrox, Equipment, First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries, Multi-level, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, U/W Hunter, U/W Naturalist, U/W Navigation, U/W Photography, Wreck and Instructor Trainer for all of the above

Miscellaneous: Certified Repair Technician for Mares, SeaQuest & Sherwood, PSI Certified Visual Cylinder Inspector

RUBEN DURAN – PADI IDC Staff Instructor
Ruben Duran

Instructor #: 190865

Diving Experience: 12 Years

Instructional Experience: 11 Years

Number of Dives: 1163

Favorite Type of Dive: Drift, Wreck, Night & Deep

Background: Began diving in 2003, Master Scuba Diver 2003, Divemaster 2004, Assistant Instructor 2004, Instructor 2004, Master Scuba Diver Trainer 2005, IDC Staff Instructor 2005

Specialties Taught: A.W.A.R.E. Coral Reef Conservation Specialty, Deep, Drift, Drysuit, Emergency First Response, CPR / First Aid, CPR for Children & Infants, AED, Enriched Air Nitrox, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project A.W.A.R.E., Project A.W.A.R.E. Fish Identification, U/W Navigation, U/W Photography, Wreck

Specialties Held: DSAT Tec-Rec Tri-Mix Gas Blender, Deep, Dive Propulsion Vehicle, Drift, Drysuit, Emergency First Response, Enriched Air Nitrox, Night, Project A.W.A.R.E. Fish Identification, Search & Recovery, Underwater Photographer, Wreck

Miscellaneous: Master Scuba Diver, PSI Certified Visual Cylinder Inspector, Certified Mares / Dacor Repair Technician

DAVID NANSEL – PADI IDC Staff Instructor
David Nansel
Instructor #: 262978

Diving Experience: 9+ Years

Instructional Experience: 6+ Years

Number of Dives: 2000

Favorite Type of Dive: Night, Wreck, High-Speed Drift

Background: Dive Master 2009, Emergency First Response Instructor 2011, Assistant Instructor 2011, Open Water Scuba Instructor 2011, Master Scuba Diver Trainer 2012, IDC Staff Instructor 2015

Specialties Taught: Deep, Digital Underwater Photographer, Drift, Drysuit, Enriched Air, Night, PADI Emergency 02 Provider, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE, Search & Recovery, Underwater Navigator, Wreck

Specialties Held: Deep, Digital Underwater Photographer, Dive Propulsion Vehicle, Drift, Drysuit, Enriched Air, High Speed Drift, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE, Search & Recovery, Tec-Rec Trimix Blender, Underwater Hunter, Underwater Navigator, Wreck

Miscellaneous: Master Scuba Diver 2009, PADI Elite Instructor in 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016

TIM SHERRILL – PADI Master Instructor
Tim Sherrill

Instructor #: 235186

Diving Experience: 12 Years

Instructional Experience: 8 Years

Number of Dives: 1000+

Favorite Type of Dive: I love all types of diving; Deep, Drift, Night, Cold Water, Warm Water. If I had to select one as my favorite it would have to be Wreck. Swimming down the passageways of a purpose sunk or natural wreck, imagining the things that happened in the rooms around me — what a thrill!/span>

Background: Began diving again in 2008 after a many year hiatus. At first it was just warm water diving while on vacation or business trips. Then, while diving in Thailand, I was convinced I needed to buy a drysuit and start diving more often. I bought my drysuit from TL Sea, and took a trip up to the wrecks in Nanaimo. While on that trip, I was asked if I wanted to join the Divemaster program. I took the Rescue course as a prerequisite to Divemaster, and one year to the day later I was in a PADI Instructor Examination. What a thrill ride it has been!

Specialties Taught: Deep, Drift, Dry Suit, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Enriched Air Nitrox, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Night Diver, Underwater Navigator, Wreck Diver.

Specialties Held: Deep, Digital Underwater Photographer, Diver Propulsion Vehicle, Drift, Dry Suit, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Enriched Air Nitrox, High Speed Drift, Night Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search And Recovery, Underwater Hunter, Underwater Navigator, Wreck Diver.

MYRA WISOTZKY – PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Myra Wisotzky

Instructor #: 50290

Diving Experience: 26 Years

Instructional Experience: 18 Years – 7 Years Actively Teaching

Number of Dives: 1400+

Favorite Type of Dive: Underwater! Anywhere!!

Background: 1988: Began diving. Divemaster – 1991, Instructor – 1993, Master Scuba Diver Trainer – 1995.

Specialties Taught: PADI: Enriched Air, Deep, Wreck, U/W Navigator, Peak Performance Buoyancy, U/W Digital Photography, U/W Videographer, Dry Suit, U/W Naturalist, Project AWARE, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, Multi-Level Diver, Georgia Aquarium Whale Shark, Georgia Aquarium Manta Ray, HSA Instructor (Handicapped Scuba Association)

Specialties Held: PADI: Enriched Air Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Medic First Aid, U/W Photographer, U/W Videographer, U/W Modeling, Wreck Diver, Night Diver, Deep Diver, Marine Life Identification, Boat Diver, Equipment Specialist, Dive Propulsion Vehicle (DPV), Drift Diver, Search & Recovery, HSA: HSA Buddy

Miscellaneous: Master Scuba Diver

KYLE LARSON – PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Kyle Larson

Instructor #: 155081

Diving Experience: 26 Years

Instructional Experience: 18 Years

Number of Dives: 472

Favorite Type of Dive: Drift, Deep, Shallow, Night, Wreck, Cold Water, Warm Water – Basically, any place where there’s water!

Background: Began diving in 1987, Divemaster 1996, Master Scuba Diver 1998, Assistant Instructor 1999, Instructor 1999, Master Scuba Diver Trainer 2008

Specialties Taught: A.W.A.R.E. Coral Reef Conservation Specialty, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project A.W.A.R.E., Project A.W.A.R.E. Fish Identification

Specialties Held: DAN O2 Provider, Deep, Dive Propulsion Vehicle, Drager Dolphin Semi-Closed Rebreather, Drift, Enriched Air Nitrox, Night Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search & Recovery, U/W Hunter, U/W Photographer, Wreck

Miscellaneous: Certified TUSA Repair Technician, Atomic Repair Technician, DUI Repair Technician, Handicap Scuba Association Instructor, Project A.W.A.R.E. Coordinator, Dive Around the Clock Co-Founder

DANA TISSUE – PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Dana Tissue

Instructor #: 192976

Diving Experience: 15 Years

Instructional Experience: 12 Years

Number of Dives: 530

Favorite Type of Dive: Drift, Night, Videography, Spearfishing

Background: Began diving in 2000 and was Open Water certified in Hawaii, October of 2001. Completed my Advanced one month later in Puget Sound and was hooked for life! Diving has taken me to many parts of the globe that I never would have traveled to including Hawaii on 3 islands, Mexico on both coasts, Florida, Canada, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Philippines (twice), Fiji and many parts of our home here in Puget Sound. Master Scuba Diver 2003, Divemaster 2004, Assistant Instructor 2005, OWSI 2005, MSDT 2007

Specialties Taught: Deep, Dive Propulsion Vehicle, Drift, Drysuit, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project A.W.A.R.E., Project A.W.A.R.E. Fish Identification, Project A.W.A.R.E. Coral Reef Conservation Specialty, Search & Recovery

Specialties Held: DAN O2 Provider, DAN Advanced O2, DAN REMO2, Deep, Dive Propulsion Vehicle, Drift, Drysuit, Enriched Air Nitrox, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search & Recovery, U/W Hunter, U/W Videographer, Wreck, U/W Navigation

Miscellaneous: Master Scuba Diver, PSI Certified Visual Cylinder Inspector, HuntFest Ling-King Champion 2005 & 2006

LARRY TRENDA – PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Larry Trenda

Instructor #: 195916

Diving Experience: 11 Years / 3 Months

Instructional Experience: 8 Years

Number of Dives: 977

Favorite Type of Dive: All types, especially Wreck, Naturalist & General Exploring

Background: Began diving in 2003, Master Scuba Diver 2004, Divemaster 2005, Assistant Instructor 2006, Instructor 2006, Master Scuba Diver Trainer 2007

Specialties Taught: Deep, Dive Propulsion Vehicle, Drift, Drysuit, Enriched Air Nitrox, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project A.W.A.R.E., Project A.W.A.R.E. Coral Reef Conservation, Search & Recovery, Underwater Navigator, Wreck

Specialties Held: DAN O2 Provider, DAN Advanced O2, DAN BLSPro, DAN First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries, DAN Neurological Assessment, Deep, Dive Propulsion Vehicle, Drift, Drysuit, Enriched Air Nitrox, Night, Project A.W.A.R.E. Pacific Northwest Fish Identification Course, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search & Recovery, U/W Hunter, U/W Navigator, U/W Photography, Wreck

Miscellaneous: Master Scuba Diver, Past Club TL Sea Co-President, Dive Around the Clock 501c3, Charity President

JAMES FRASER – PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
James Fraser

PADI Member #: 202948

Diving Experience: 22 Years / 9 Months

Instructional Experience: 16 Years / 11 Months

Number of Dives: 600+

Favorite Type of Dive: Night Diving

Background: Divemaster 1992, OWSI 1998, Medic First-Aid Instructor 2003, MSDT 2005

Specialties / DAN Courses Taught: Boat, Deep, Drysuit, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Navigator, Peak Performance, Project AWARE

Specialties / DAN Courses Held: Enriched Air, Underwater Hunter, Wreck, Drift, Boat, Deep, Drysuit, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Navigator, Peak Performance, Project AWARE

Miscellaneous: Diving is not just a sport, but a way of life and something a whole family can enjoy. Certifying my 13-year old son and having him join in the fun with my wife and the rest of the TL Sea family, has been fantastic gift this year. I look forward to many years of diving fun with my family and TL Sea.

JAMIE TERKLA – PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Jamie Terkla

Instructor #: 231393

Diving Experience: 16+ Years

Instructional Experience: 9+ Years

Number of Dives: 473

Favorite Type of Dive: High Speed Drift

Background: Began diving in 2000, Master Scuba Diver 2002, Divemaster 2006, Assistant Instructor 2007, Instructor 2008, Master Scuba Diver Trainer 2009

Specialties: Search & Recovery, Wreck, Night Diver, Dry Suit, Drift, Diver Propulsion Vehicle, Deep, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project Aware, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, Boat, High Speed Drift, U/W Hunter, Enriched Air Nitrox

Specialties: Search & Recovery, Wreck, Night Diver, Dry Suit, Drift, Diver Propulsion Vehicle, Deep, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project Aware, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation

Miscellaneous: Master Scuba Diver, Dive Center Sales Associate

BRENT STANGHELLE – PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Brent Stanghelle
Instructor #: 266206

Diving Experience: 7 Years

Instructional Experience: 3 Years

Number of Dives: Too many to count, but never enough!

Favorite Type of Dive: Night & Drift

Background: I have always wanted to dive and began with Discover Scuba in 2007, Divemaster 2010, Assistant Instructor 2010, Instructor 2010

Specialties: Deep, Navigation, Night

Specialties: Drysuit, Enriched Air Nitrox, Underwater Navigator

Miscellaneous: I enjoy helping people learn to dive.

PHIL JACOBSON – PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
Phil Jacobson
Instructor #: 196551

Diving Experience: 10 Years / 6 Months

Instructional Experience: 9 Years / 6 Months

Number of Dives: 501

Favorite Type of Dive: I enjoy Deep diving, Drift diving and looking for aquatic life on a wall, or at an underwater reef. Also, I enjoy exploring underwater sanctuaries like Edmonds Underwater Park. They are great places for capturing pictures and video.

Background: Began diving in 2004, Divemaster 2005, Master Scuba Diver 2008, EFR Instructor 2014, CPR / AED / First-Aid: Infant/Child/Adult 2014, Assistant Instructor 2014, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor 2014

Specialties Taught: Underwater Photography, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE Specialty, Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, Discover Scuba, Adventure Diver, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Skin Diver & Discover Snorkeling, Scuba Review & Discover Local Diving, PADI Seal Team and Bubblemaker

Specialties Held: Deep, Digital Underwater Photographer, Drift, Drysuit, Emergency First Response, Enriched Air Nitrox, Night, Search & Recovery, Underwater Hunter, Underwater Navigator, Underwater Videographer

Miscellaneous: Master Scuba Diver, 10-Year PADI Member

MICHELLE NELSON – PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
Jane Songco

Instructor #: 367033

Diving Experience: 5+ Years

Instructional Experience: 8 Months

Number of Dives: 500+

Favorite Type of Dive: Wreck, Structural, & Night

Background: I went on a discover scuba in Oahu with my little sister in my late teens and was in love. I went back and got my open water certification in 1999 in Oahu on our next trip. From that point on I spent the next 2 years diving in the beautiful waters of the Pacific Northwest. I left diving while I was figuring out that transition from childhood to adulthood. Dove a few times in the middle of the transition. Came back to it full-time in late 2014 and haven’t looked back. Divemaster 2015. Open Water Scuba Instructor 2016.

Specialties Held: Wreck, Equipment Specialist, Digital U/W Photography, Search & Recovery, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Enriched Air Diver

Miscellaneous: Emergency First Response Instructor, Emergency O2 Provider Instructor

DAN BAKER – PADI Assistant Instructor
Dan Baker
Instructor #: 278736

Diving Experience: 13 Years

Instructional Experience: 4 Years

Number of Dives: 450

Favorite Type of Dive: Tropical

Background: Began diving in 2001, Master Scuba Diver 2007, Divemaster 2010, Assistant Instructor 2012

Specialties Held: Deep, Drift, Drysuit, Emergency First Response, Enriched Air Nitrox, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project A.W.A.R.E. Fish ID, Search & Recovery, Underwater Photographer, Underwater Navigator, Underwater Videographer

Miscellaneous: Master Scuba Diver

JANET BAKER – PADI Assistant Instructor
Janet Baker
Instructor #: 295933

Diving Experience: 7 Years

Instructional Experience: 3 Years

Number of Dives: 150+

Favorite Type of Dive: Wall & anything with fish!

Background: Began diving in 2006, Master Scuba Diver 2009, Divemaster 2011, Assistant Instructor 2013

Specialties Held: Deep, Digital Underwater Photographer, Drift, Drysuit, Enriched Air Nitrox, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project A.W.A.R.E. Fish ID, Search & Recovery, Underwater Hunter, Underwater Navigator

Miscellaneous: Master Scuba Diver, PSI Visual Cylinder Inspector

JASON INGRAHAM – PADI Divemaster
Jason Ingraham
Instructor #: 315278

Diving Experience: 4 Years

Instructional Experience: 2 Years

Number of Dives: 130

Favorite Type of Dive: Night, Wreck, Drift & Exploring new places

Background: Began diving in 2009, Master Scuba Diver 2012, Divemaster 2012

Specialties Held: Deep, DPV, Drift, Drysuit, Enriched Air Nitrox, High-Speed Drift, Night, Search & Recovery, Underwater Navigator, Wreck

Miscellaneous: Master Scuba Diver

ERIC MOORE – PADI Divemaster
Eric Moore
Instructor #: 315148

Diving Experience: 11 Years

Instructional Experience: 2 Years

Number of Dives: 150

Favorite Type of Dive: Night Dive

Background: I was certified in college, but didn’t return to diving until 2008, when I was bitten by the “bug” again and I’ve never looked back! Master Scuba Diver 2012, Divemaster 2012

Specialties Held: Deep, DPV, Drift, Drysuit, Enriched Air Nitrox, Equipment Specialist, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search & Recovery, Underwater Navigator

Miscellaneous: Master Scuba Diver, PSI-PCI Visual Inspector, Atomic Repair Technician, TUSA Repair Technician, Spare Air Repair Technician

AMY YUMIKO GREEN – PADI Divemaster
Amy Yumiko Green
PADI Member #: 326380

Diving Experience: 3 Years

Number of Dives: 500

Favorite Type of Dive: Wreck and Research

Background: Divemaster 2013

Specialties Held: Search & Recovery, Deep, EFR, Enriched Air Nitrox, Underwater Navigation

Miscellaneous: Dive Center Sales Associate, Volunteer diver for the Seattle Aquarium, Research diver for the University of Washington

JAMIE SPINK – PADI Divemaster
Jamie Spink
Instructor #: 326879

Diving Experience: 3 Years

Instructional Experience: 2 Years

Number of Dives: 225

Favorite Type of Dive: Night, Drift, All types!

Background: Began diving in May, 2010 to be able to dive in Hawaii. Loved it so much, I decided this would become my “addiction” of choice. I prefer Puget Sound diving, as it continually tests my skills. That’s not to say I don’t like warm water diving, because it’s wonderful too! Divemaster 2013

Specialties Held: Deep, DPV, Drift, Drysuit

NICHOLE SCHOENLE – PADI Divemaster
Nichole Schoenle

PADI Member #: 337543

Diving Experience: 2 Years / 1 Month

Number of Dives: 195

Favorite Type of Dive: Night Diving

Specialties Held: Rescue Diver, Night Diver, Underwater Navigator, Drysuit, Enriched Air, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Drift Diver, Digital Underwater Photographer, Deep, and Search & Recovery

DEANA FRASER – PADI Divemaster
Deana Fraser
Instructor #:

Diving Experience: 12 Years

Instructional Experience: 10 Months

Number of Dives: 288

Favorite Type of Dive: Night Diving

Background: I began diving in 2004 in Arizona. After completing my open water, I signed up for a liveaboard dive trip out of Southern California. I fell in love with diving. I then started diving in the NorthWest with TLSea. I always have so much fun when I am diving on the boat and shore diving. The Vacations I have taken with TLSea to Canada to wreck dive have been incredible. When I am away from work I want to be learning and having fun and with diving I am doing this.

Specialties Held:

Miscellaneous: As a family of divers, when my husband is teaching a class or assisting with teaching a class, I will also be assisting as a dive master. This helps me to always improve my skills and have fun teaching others to do what I love. You will also see our son with us working on his skills and just spending time in the water.

RICK NAULT – PADI Divemaster Candidate
Rick Nault
Instructor #:

Diving Experience: 10 Years

Instructional Experience:

Number of Dives: 82

Favorite Type of Dive: Exploratory Diving

Background: Began diving in 1992, started again in 2005.

Specialties Held: Night Diver, Deep Diver, Search & Recovery, Enriched Air Nitrox, Drift Diver, Rescue Diver

Miscellaneous: Master Scuba Diver

STEVEN POWELL – PADI Divemaster Candidate
Steven Powell
Instructor #:

Diving Experience: 7 Years

Instructional Experience:

Number of Dives: 130

Favorite Type of Dive: Night Diving

Background: Began diving in 2010, Dive Master Candidate in 2017.

Specialties Held:

Miscellaneous: Master Scuba Diver

ROB KIRKELIE – PADI Divemaster Candidate
Rob Kirkelie
Instructor #:

Diving Experience: 6 Years

Instructional Experience:

Number of Dives: 300+

Favorite Type of Dive: Wall Diving, Night Diving, Drift Diving

Background: Began diving in 2011 in Newport, Oregon, then picked up again in Puget Sound. Going diving for crab is my passion!

Specialties Held:

Miscellaneous: Dive Master Candidate 2017

ELISA SCHRADER – PADI Divemaster Candidate
Elisa Schrader
Instructor #:

Diving Experience: 1 Year

Instructional Experience:

Number of Dives: 48

Favorite Type of Dive: All! Deep, cold, laden with GPOs

Background: Began diving in 2016, certified February.

Specialties Held: Drysuit Diver, Rescue Diver.

Miscellaneous: Dive Master Candidate 2017