Owner / PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer #357905
Scott is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and long-time Pacific Northwest resident. He trained at Ocean Enterprises in San Diego, CA and Cortez Expeditions in La Paz, Mexico. Scott was originally certified in 2006 in Tulum, Mexico and became a dive professional in 2015. Scott enjoys being in the water as much as possible and teaches Open Water through Divemaster and including multiple specialties.
Owner / PADI Master Scuba Diver
Melissa is a Seattle native. She was originally certified in 2006 in Tulum, Mexico and has since earned her Master Scuba Diver rating and has enjoyed diving all over the world.
Tour Manager and PADI Divemaster
Maddi was born and raised in Vail, Colorado. She completed her Open Water certification when she was 15 in Cozumel, Mexico and has since dived in Cambodia and Belize. She has a B.S. in Marine Biology from San Diego State University. Maddi previously worked as a volunteer, building artificial reefs in Koh Rong, Cambodia, as well as an intern for PROCETUS, studying the cetaceans in Bahia de Los Angeles. Since moving to Seattle, she volunteers at the Seattle Aquarium when she isn’t leading, prepping or coordinating all the dive tours.
Dena MT Eaton
PADI Master Instructor #233314
Dena became a PADI instructor in the year following her first Open Water certification class in Hawai’i. She wanted to share her love of the ocean, conservation, and of course neutral buoyancy with as many people as possible. She is a Master Instructor going on 11 years of teaching and has certified hundreds of students from Open Water through to Assistant Instructor. She teaches 20 specialities with her favorite being wreck! Dena is a true cold water diver who prefers winter to summer and icebergs to coral.
PADI Divemaster #381364
Klayton was born and raised in Indiana. He received his Open Water Certification when he was 10 and has been diving ever since. Klayton has a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Animal Behavior and also has a certificate in Underwater Resource Management. He has previously worked as an intern with Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego, a Divemaster in Key Largo and a Marine Species Observer in Honolulu.
PADI Divemaster #424366
Zak graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in philosophy in 2014. Soon after, he embarked on 5 years of wandering the world. Most recently he rowed down the Ganges in a wooden fishing boat. Zak was Open Water certified at 13. Since then, he has been diving in Australasia, the Aegean, and the Atlantic cape of N. Africa. Last summer Zak worked as a divemaster in Mykonos and then dove his way down the coast of the Red Sea. Outside the water Zak is a writer, currently working on his first novel, as well as a travel-related project. He enjoys reading, whipping up the perfect Greek salad, and people watching.
PADI Divemaster #419720
Nicole was born and raised in Long Beach, California. She completed her Open Water certification in Cozumel, Mexico at age 10. She moved to Seattle after graduating from Wellesley College with a degree in Environmental Studies and Spanish. More recently, Nicole spent nine months travelling the world including time in Indonesia, where she helped build an artificial reef and completed her Advanced Open Water, Rescue, and Divemaster certifications. She is excited to continue cold-water diving and learning about the sea life in the Pacific Northwest. Nicole is also multi-lingual and would love to chat in English, Polish, or Spanish!
Camilo Giorgio Macera
Camilo is from Quito, Ecuador and has lived in parts of South America, Guam and all over east coast of the U.S.. In Guam, he learned and fell in love with scuba-diving. Camilo moved to Seattle to learn commercial diving with Divers Institute of Technology where he learned diving in cold water, black out and limited visibility in pipelines and more. Camilo continued his training with Seattle Dive Tours completing with Rescue and Divemaster certifications and is hoping to travel the world utilizing his diving and multi-lingual skills.
PADI Divemaster #423699
Zoe got her open water certification in Seattle Washington and gained her Divemaster certification in Fiji. She’s been diving with hammerheads, sea turtles, batfish, octopus, tiger sharks, and many more awesome sea creatures. Zoe has a BS in Biological Oceanography from the University of Washington and has traveled to several different countries doing marine conservation work. She loves the incredible invertebrate population in the Pacific Northwest, especially nudibranchs!
Trained in the Northwest, Thomas is interested in underwater photography and learning about Pacific Northwest aquatic life.
PADI Divemaster #403244
Mimi successfully completed the PADI Divemaster course with Seattle Dive Tours in the summer of 2017, and leads guided dive tours and assists with classes when not studying Marine Biology at University of California, Davis.
Captain Chloe Bird McDougal (2003-2018)
We lost Chloe in 2018, but we think of her every day. Chloe kept an eye on things around the shop, Scott and Melissa’s home and more. She specialized in shop ambassadorship, life coaching, deep breathing exercises and enjoying all sunbeams and pillows.
Chloe remains the captain of the Seattle Dive Tours Dive Boat (that doesn’t exist yet – but don’t tell her that).
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer #270462
Founder of Seattle Dive Tours
Richard began diving in 2004 with the intention of vacationing with friends and immediately became fascinated with the sport. Richard worked as a SSI Dive Control Specialist for several years and became a PADI Instructor in 2010. Richard opened Seattle Dive Tours in 2012 and has certified hundreds of people. He relocated to Idaho in 2018 and the Seattle Dive Tours team works to maintain the customer service culture that he created.