Darrin started his Open Water course back in 1982 when his mom realized he had a passion to dive and wanted to save the sharks in Jaws. She spent every penny she had to buy him the very best of gear and his course and he has been grateful ever since to his mom. Darrin has achieved the rating of PADI Course Director, TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, TecRec Instructor Trainer, and PSI Inspector Instructor. He loves to cave dive in Florida, and explore the beautiful Pacific Ocean off Vancouver and Vancouver Island. His most accomplished dives has been on the SS Andrea Doria and the Hydro Atlantic in Florida. He has worked, managed and operated 4 dive stores in the Calgary and Airdrie area over the years, including his current shop Aqua Dive. Darrin also is a highly experienced and the most knowledgeable service technician around. Being able to service a wide range of every make and model of dive equipment makes him highly sought after. But with all this achievement he is just loves to dive and get other people diving. His passion has always been teaching diving and making the sport available to everyone.
I have always been fascinated with the underwater world and finally in September 2012, I took the plunge with achieving my open water certification. I loved being underwater so much that in 2015 I became a PADI Divemaster and started my journey on becoming a PADI pro. I am now an IDC Staff Instructor and soon to be a Master Instructor. I love taking students underwater and seeing their face when they first see a fish, crab, or even better an octopus it gives me a sense of accomplishment that I helped the students achieved their goal. In 2018 my son was diagnosed with cancer (he is cancer free now) but when at his chemo treatments so many patients wished they could try scuba diving but thought that would never happen. In order to give these patients a chance to try scuba diving I became a Disabled Divers International Instructor. I can’t wait to see you underwater blowing bubbles.
After snorkeling "The Great Barrier Reef" I couldn't wait to become a certified diver. My Open Water Diver certification opened the underwater world of the heroes I admired. Some of my favourite dives. Cozumel has been a fantastic place as well as the Titan 1 Nuclear Missile Silo was one of the most unique environments I have descended into. The breath taking beaches and stunning turquoise lagoons of Rarotonga and Aitutaki make The Cook Islands an incredible experience that I will never forget either.
After convincing a few "ICE Diving" buddies to attend a PADI Pro night, the presentation captivated us and we all signed up for this unparalleled adventure of a lifetime!!
There are a lot of Courses and Specialties I love teaching. Open Water, Advanced, Rescue, and Deep are some of my favourites, but my passion is “ICE Diving". This extreme specialty allows you to confront extreme conditions and see beauty few others ever experience. Whether I'm teaching Open Water, Night or Project Aware's Conservation of Sharks, seeing the courage, confidence and passion of my students is always rewarding and I've made some great friends from the sport. It's one of the many reasons I love being an Instructor.
Mike’s passion for diving is attributed to his first dive with his father in the late 1970’s. Mike has over 20 years of Recreational and Technical instructional experience, from Alberta to Vancouver Island. He has worked on Cruise Ships for many years which is a great passion and achievement of his, as he loved to interact and share his love of diving with his students and shipmates, and experience all the amazing Islands in the Caribbean. Mike has also lived in the diving oasis of the Philippines. His favourite local dive spots include Waterton Lakes National Park and Emerald Lake in the Crowsnest Pass.
Keri started diving while she was in Sea Cadets in 2002 and has been hooked ever since. She started working in dive stores when she was still attending school over 20 years ago and loved it so much she never looked back. She took a break off diving when her daughter Koral was born with a rare liver disease, but now that her health is better, Keri went right back into diving. Keri is the Owner of Aqua Dive along side her husband Darrin Barker since 2017. She achieved her Divemaster rating in 2018 and has been working on her PADI OWSI. Keri is also a PSI Inspector, and a NSSCDS Cave Diver. She loves diving off Vancouver and Vancouver Island, but her favorite dives are still in the caves in Florida.
I have been a shark lover and enthusiast for my whole life and it took until 2014 for me to get into the water and experience scuba diving for the first time. I was certified with my daughter solely for the purpose of being able to dive with sharks. That all changed the first time I hit our cold Alberta waters and decided that I wanted to advance and continued on to take more and more courses and eventually becoming a Divemaster in 2018. From that point on my garage has been filled with nothing but dive gear, dive paraphernalia and talking non stop about diving to anyone who will listen! In 2020 I began my IDC course to become a PADI Instructor, unfortunately COVID-19 had different plans for me for the time being.
Scuba diving has become a passion so large that it consumes a big part of my life and would like to continue encouraging others to join me on my adventures!