About Kaimana Divers
Aloha from beautiful Oahu!
My name is Gabe and I’m the founder of Kaimana Divers. While working here on Oahu as a divemaster and instructor I always had a dream of someday owning my own company, doing what I love. That dream came to reality in the summer of 2006 when Kaimana Divers was born.
The name was taken to honor the ocean, which has been a source of fascination and awe since I was a boy growing up in California and Oregon. Mana is a Hawaiian word which conveys respect, power responsibility and balance while Kai refers to the ocean.
I’m a PADI Open Water Instructor and I teach top-notch programs in small group settings or private lessons. I offer a variety of services, from dive charters and courses to intro dives and refreshers, but I pride myself on safe, fun and entertaining courses that will help you get the most out of your time underwater.
I am excited that a day at the office means taking folks out to explore the power and beauty of the Pacific Ocean. Taking certified divers out is almost as rewarding as taking intro divers out. I can never forget my first experience underwater and think that yours should be equally as rewarding and otherworldly!
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. If you are planning a vacation to paradise, let me know and I may be able to help with some insider info. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your dive gear, because no matter when you visit, we have world class diving year round!
Aloha and Mahalo,
I learned how to dive in deepest winter 1994. My first dives were packaged with accommodations in sunny Hoodsport, Oregon. It was cold, dark, slightly terrifying, and incredible. I knew I would dive for the rest of my life.. But diving was just a hobby. Then in 2004 Gabe called and, one could say, set me on the path that would become my life’s true passion.
Or, one could say he monkeywrenched the heck out of my life and got me properly hooked on having adventures and living in places near the sea. Places with mangrove swamps and cobras, skull cracking coconuts, dengue, a somewhat flexible moral code, and sunshine that has actually ignited lesser redheads. Adventures that have taken me thousands of miles from friends and family. I cant believe my mother likes
Doing my Divemaster course with Gabe and Kevin in Honduras I realized that I wanted to share my love of the underwater world with people who were unfamiliar with it. After gaining some experience, I also discovered that we were really good divers. If you are really good at something, you should get paid for it.
Gabe began building Kaimana Divers and I toiled in the South China Sea. There were some amazing wrecks near my island, my boss and a Swede introduced me to tech diving. A battleship above water is an impressive sight up-close. To watch one rise towards you, a gaping torpedo hole in its side, while you descend through dark blue water, silent except for your breath, knowing that very few people will ever see what you are looking at, that is called something…but I don’t know what. I was swimming where Churchill had walked.
Now I am a technical instructor, wreck diver and PADI instructor. In 2010 I came to Hawaii…I moved to Oahu. It’s awesome…gonna help raise a baby…got a dive shop…living in the hills…playing in the ocean…
Aloha! I’m Denise and am a true local girl – born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Growing up so close to the beach meant I spent a lot of time in the ocean, but I always stayed on the surface. The amazing world beneath the water was a mystery to me until I first discovered scuba diving.
My first diving experience was in February 2012, and happened on a whim. That first Discover Scuba Diving experience was incredible! My entire perspective changed that day – I had found my true passion. Being able to swim alongside the endemic species of Hawaii, like monk seals, green sea turtles and Hawaiian reef fish found nowhere else in the world gives an incomparable feeling of awe.
As you can imagine, I am a shameless diving-addict. From my first diving experience to becoming an instructor, I have wholly embraced the joys of diving and teaching. As an instructor, it is an extraordinary experience to share the thrill that diving brings. Every day, the ocean brings new surprises and the potential for adventure and exploration is endless.
I hope that you will join me!
I’m Lindsey!! I moved out to Hawaii in 2005 as a college freshman – wanting to get out of North Dakota and see what the rest of the world had to offer! After a few months, I wanted to learn what the ocean had to offer so I signed up for the Open Water SCUBA class at the University of Hawai`i Leisure Center. I quickly fell in love with diving (just moments after putting my head underwater and still being able to breathe! The very next weekend, I was already enrolled in the Advanced Open Water Course, and on the boat every weekend after that!
The next year, I studied abroad and took my dive gear with me and was able to dive in the Bahamas, Mauritius, and Thailand. Over the years, my dive travel continued and I have now dove the main Hawaiian Islands (Big Island, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu, Kauai, and Niihau), I’ve also dove in Mexico, British Virgin Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.
I became an instructor in 2008 and have loved every moment of it! I am currently a PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer and love teaching all classes and sharing my love for diving. My favorite thing is probably sharing my love for the marine life we have here in Hawai`i – 25% of the fish here are endemic to these islands! You’ll find me narrating your dives using my Handy Dandy Magna-Doodle Slate!!
As I mentioned, before – I did come out to Hawai`i to go to school, I ended up graduating with a dual degree in Health and Physical Education in 2010 and with a Masters in Adapted PE in 2011. I am currently a physical education teacher at an elementary school on the island! I’m just not ready to stop sharing my love of the ocean with others – so you can find me diving on the weekends 🙂
Come Play with Me!!