Barry was certified in the Philippines in December of 1984. After his Open Water class he continued to improve his skills with Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, and Divemaster course. In July 1993 Barry completed the Instructor Development course (IDC) and Instructor Evaluation (IE) November 1994. His specialities include: High Altitude Diver, Underwater Hunter, Equipment Specialist, Drift Diver, Deep Diver, and PSI Visual Cylinder Inspector. Today, he is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer / Staff IDC Instructor with over 1000 logged dives in oceans and lakes around the world! Barry teaches many speciality courses, including Search & Recovery Diver, Equipment Specialist, Multilevel Diver, Underwater Navigator, Dry Suit Diver, Deep Diver, Boat Diver, and Night Diver. Through out his diving career he has had the opportunity to dive in the Philippines; Okinawa, Japan; Malaysia; Singapore; Indonesia; Australia; Florida; Oregon; and Washington. One of Barry's favorite memories continues to be the excitement he felt breathing underwater for the first time. Barry is still excited every time a new diver takes his or her first breath underwater. He says the look on their face is what makes being a SCUBA instructor the most rewarding adventure you can have!
Besides our owner Blake, Barry is Salem Scuba longest lasting Instructor in Store history. Barry is a lot of fun to be around and really is a salt of the earth kind of guy.
UPDATE: March 2017. Barry & his wife Edna are moving to her homeland / Phillipines.
We just had a great retirement party for Barry and he was rewarded with a new Aqualung Double Hose Regulator! Barry will still stay / be in contact with us...and we have a great connection in the Phillipines now.
Denise started diving in 1990 in Kona, Hawaii. Subsequent warm water diving experience has included incredible locations like the Solomons, Vanuatu, Fiji, the Great Barrier Reef, Yap, Palau, the Cocos Islands, the Galapagos Islands, Honduras & Roatan, and of course Hood Canal and the Puget Sound.
Denise finally braved the cold water of the Pacific Northwest in 2003 to join the Salem Scuba family and become a divemaster in 2004. Favorite diving memories include whale shark encounters, finding the elusive and amazing Mantis Shrimp, spending whole dives searching for pygmy sea horses, a quest to find every nudibranch in the book, and endless entertaining activities during decompression stops and between dives. When not diving or at work at Salem Hospital, Denise can be found teaching classes at the local Red Cross, serving with Marion County Search and Rescue, running, swimming, riding horses, riding bikes, spending time with good friends and good food, or generally playing outside
Curt began diving as an excuse for going to tropical destinations, other than just laying around on the beach having fruity drinks with little umbrellas in them. After his first trip he was hooked and has since gone to Bonaire, Cozumel and Florida Keys. Curt continued diving in the Northwest in order to stay in practice and increase his skills. He soon discovered the amazing variety of undersea life in the Puget Sound. While taking classes Curt realized he enjoyed helping other divers and began working on his professional ratings. Curt finds diving to be a great distraction from his full time job in community mental health. Outside of work and diving he enjoys sailing, the beach, family, friends and church. His future diving plans include more scuba related travel to the Caymans and Belize.
He is also one of our top Nitrox Class Instructors.
Curt is a very personable guy with a great sense of humor and is one of the best Instructors Salem Scuba has ever had.
Robert's diving adventures began in 1998 when his best friend talked him into joining the Open Water certification class he was attending at Salem Scuba. He spent most of the first few years diving off of the Oregon coast looking for the big one that would get away. In August of 2003 he received his advanced certification and has since moved on to DiveMaster and now instructor. Robert is a great staff memeber who works with his wife and fellow Salem Scuba Instructor, Denise Hoover and Curt. They form a great team and Rob is a total Pro. Robert loves to dive in the NW and has also now dived in many great troical locations! Outside of diving, he is a IT expert working here is Salem. He enjoys lots of things including tropical dive travel and many events with the Mrs.
"I began reading the "Living Sea" by Jacques Cousteau when I was in grade school between episodes of "Sea Hunt" and became totally consumed with diving. I completed my initial certification in 1966.
I enlisted in the Navy in 1969 and volunteered for Submarine Duty (go figure). I was stationed in Key West at the same time as some crazy dude named Mel Fischer was looking for some sunken ship called the "Atocha." I had the opportunity at DEMA this year to meet his grandson and share some of the stories about that time.
Returning to Key West and diving the Atocha is on my bucket list, along with several other dive sites around the world. I took a hiatus from diving for a number of years to focus on finishing my Masters Degree and raising three beautiful daughters (one of whom now dives with me). I sold all the toys, motorcycles, skis and yes, dive gear, and focused on family, promising to return to my passion someday.
4 years ago, after returning from my second trip to Hawaii I walked into Salem Scuba and signed up for the O/W Recertification class. I have since completed the Advanced Open Water, Nitrox, Advanced Nitrox and Decompression, Rescue Diver, Solo Diver, Divemaster...and now finally...INSTRUCTOR! :) I firmly believe that if what you are doing does not include a surface interval, then you need to re-think your priorities.
Mike's # 1 line..."Get Your Dive On!"
Mike has ended up being one of the most valuable and helpful DM's for Salem Scuba...in a number of ways! he has also joined us on many of our tropical vacations/trips as well.
Jimmy is also the former President of WEORL Diving (Later Scuba Oregon). And is a IT Tech and husband to Mrs. Jimmy Nemo.
Norm Costello PADI OWSI 164680 SDI/TDI 16238
Norm has been diving since he was 12 years old. He became a Dive Master in 1996. He enjoys showing students the exciting underwater world. In 2009 he took the plunge and became an Open Water Istructor
Norm has never met a crab he didn't like to eat. Norm is a dental teeth guy, and one of the most interesting and great to be around guys we have ever had here. Norm goes way back to the mid 9o's with Salem Scuba.