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Meet the staff

Greg Kocher
President

Greg Kocher
President

Matt Hutchison
Instructor

Matt Hutchison
Instructor

Chelsea Cameron
Manager

Chelsea Cameron
Manager

Kelly Bush

Kelly Bush
Retail Sales

Paul Quiggle
Head Instructor

Paul Quiggle
Head Instructor

Drew Beattie

Drew Beattie
Instructor

Tess Hedderich
Coordinator

Tess Hedderich
Coordinator

Tahvo Laukkanen
Instructor

Tahvo Laukkanen
Instructor

Iveta Lekesova
Marketing

Iveta Lekesova
Marketing

Cameron Rempel
Instructor

Cameron Rempel
Instructor

MEET THE STAFF

Greg Kocher

Owner and President

Greg has had 40 years of diving experience and has personally instructed thousands of diving enthusiasts. He’s operated the Vancouver Diving Locker since 1972.
Greg and the dedicated Diving Locker crew will provide you with friendly, knowledgeable equipment services, guided diving adventures and world recognized scuba certifications.

Greg has degrees in physical education and marketing, and ensures customers get top value, and excellent service when they do business with The Diving Locker.

He is presently enjoying semi-retirement and if he’s not in the shop, you can usually find him on the golf course!

Chelsea Cameron

Sales and Marketing Manager

Chelsea is a certified instructor and has been diving for almost 10 years. She has been diving all over the Caribbean, and spent quite a few months in Thailand, but her favorite place to dive is right here in British Columbia! She’s been at The Diving Locker for almost 8 years. Her favorite part of her job is helping divers choose what gear to buy! You can find her in the shop Tuesday-Saturday, where she’d be more than happy to help you with all your diving and equipment needs. She loves night diving and has a huge passion in underwater photography.

Professional Qualifications:

Open Water Instructor, Care for Children w/ AED Instructor, EFR Instructor.

Specialty Instructor Ratings:

Drysuit, Night, Digital U/W Photography, Underwater Naturalist, Nitrox, Peak Performance Buoyancy

Paul Quiggle

Head Instructor

Paul has been diving for over 10 years, and began in the chilly waters of Puget Sound (Seattle). He worked and earned his Instructor rating in Roatan, Honduras.

Paul’s passion in diving has taken him to both sides of the Pacific and many islands in between. He has also had the opportunity to dive all over Mexico and the Caribbean. He would be happy to help you add to your diving experience. You can find him in the classroom and pool in the evenings, and in the ocean most every weekend.

Professional Qualifications:
Staff Instructor, Care for Children w/ AED Instructor, EFR Instructor.

Specialty Instructor Ratings:
Drysuit, Deep, Digital U/W Photography, Nitrox, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Shark Diver, Search & Recovery, Underwater Navigation, Wreck.

Tess Hedderich

Activities Coordinator & Instructor

Tess has recently returned after being gone almost a year from the Diving Locker full of energy and enthusiasm!

Ready to get our divers out to some cool spots in and around BC. Full on passion for the cold waters of the Pacific North West she said the tropics are just too easy and is looking forward to the adventures our green waters keep for us.

Come out for a dive and share her passion in and above the water!

Professional Qualifications:
Master Scuba Diver Trainer, EFR Instructor, Care for Children w/AED Instructor

Specialty Instructor Ratings:
Night, Deep, Wreck, Equipment, Self-Reliant Diver, Nitrox,  Drysuit, O2 Provider, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project Aware, Emergency First Response

Matt Hutchinson

Instructor

“One day I’m going to travel the world and see all the animals” – Matt age 3
Matt strapped on a tank in search of more animals 8 years ago. This quest has taken him all across the world from Australia to Italy, Fiji to Thailand and everywhere in between! Lucky for us, he landed in Vancouver, and decided to stick around for a little while!

Taking a course with us? Matt will most likely be one of the many friendly faces you will find here. His patience, sense of humor, and british accent (just don’t call him an aussie!) make him a valuable part of our instructional team!

Professional Qualifications:
Master Scuba Diver Trainer, EFR Instructor, Care for Children w/AED Instructor

Specialty Instructor Ratings:
Emergency Oxygen Provider, Drysuit, Night, Wreck, Deep, Navigation, Naturalist, Peak Performance Buoyancy

Iveta Lekesova

Marketing & Design

Iveta has a Masters Degree in Economics, and has experience working as a marketing assistant with a variety of dive gear manufacturers, including BARE in the Czech Republic!

She has always had a passion for the water, and when she completed her PADI Open Water in 2012, she was hooked! Since then she has dove and traveled all around New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Currently a Divemaster in training. ?

If you’ve noticed an improvement in our website graphics and brochures, flyers, etc. it’s because of her! She’s our marketing secret weapon 🙂 You can find her working away on her computer in the store Monday-Friday.

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Kelly Bush

Retail Sales

BA

Professional Qualifications:
Divemaster

Specialty Instructor Ratings:

Drew Beattie

Instructor & Service Technician

BA

Professional Qualifications:
Open Water Scuba Instructor

Specialty Instructor Ratings: