Captain Pete Wastak, Instructor Trainer/ Course Director, is a graduate of the Maritime Marine Institute merchant marine school where he graduated from the 100 ton Masters class and is licensed as a US Coast Guard captain.
Pete became certified as a diver in 1986 and has been certifying scuba divers for the National Association of Underwater Instructors since 1991 when he completed his instructor certification in California. Additionally, he is a qualified as a Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor, holds an Instructor rating with the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (Specialty Instructor) and a technical diver rating through Technical Diving International. He holds repair certifications in all of the equipment lines the dive center carries as well being a visual cylinder inspector.
Pete has been employed as part of one of the local public safety dive teams where he served as a team member, instructor, and team coordinator. He also worked for some of the local marinas providing diving services while their docks were being constructed and has worked for Hollywood movie studios as a safety diver while movies were being filmed locally.
Pete has been certified as an Emergency Medical Technician and is currently a licensed aircraft pilot. He has held a special teaching certificate issued by the State Board of Community Colleges and has over 20 years experience as an AZ POST certified instructor. He is also on a never ending quest to finish his business degree.
Pete is the third person, since the inception of the award, to be awarded the ” Albert Pierce Medal of Heroism” from NAUI in 2007. Pete was also awarded the NAUI “Outstanding Contribution To Diving” award in 2014 for outstanding service and dedication to NAUI and sport diving.
George Wellenstein is a certified NAUI Dive Instructor, Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor, a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and holds technical diver certifications from Technical Diving International. George has been a NAUI divemaster, a position that he held since 1998, and has been an active diver since the early 1990’s. George has global dive experience and is a regular visitor to Cozumel along with Southern California dive sites.
George is certified as a equipment repair specialist for the lines of equipment that are sold through the dive center. Additionally, he is a certified as a visual cylinder inspector.
Independent Scuba Professionals Associated with Inland Water Divers
Roy Nichols has been a certified NAUI Instructor since 2007 and is an Instructor Trainer. Roy is also a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer as well as a HSA and DAN Instructor. He also holds Full Cave certification ratings from Technical Diving International. When not certifying new divers Roy can be found diving the caves and off shore areas of Mexico as well as Southern California wrecks.
Dan Selby started diving in 1973 while he was in the Marines stationed in North Carolina. After serving 3 years he returned home to Arizona, stopped diving, got married and raised a family. Celebrating his 30th wedding anniversary while snorkeling with his wife in Hawaii he decided pursue his dream of exploring the underwater world and to get certified again. Since his open water certification with Inland Water Divers he has had a desire to learn more and has progressed through the ranks to become an NAUI Instructor. He also holds several Technical Certifications with TDI and SDI. Over the last several years he has been very active diving, training and teaching. He averages over 100 (non teaching) dives per year and has been the trip leader on several of Inland Water Divers trips. He enjoys teaching and diving in all types of environments, places and conditions. You’ll see him at the lake or on many of our trips diving with his family and granddaughter Brittany.