Shannon started diving in 2013 on a whim after finishing graduate school. What started as a simple “bucket list experience” turned into a true passion. After completing her basic Open Water certification at U.C. San Diego, she continued training and earned her Advanced certification. Shannon comes to diving with a level of maturity and professionalism that made her a natural candidate to become a PADI Professional. Bob remembers how attentive and sharp Shannon was during the divemaster training. As a PADI professional Divemaster Level, Shannon is an excellent addition to our U.C San Diego diving team.
When Shannon is not helping new divers find their passion for blowing bubbles, she loves exploring new local dive spots. Some of her favorites include La Jolla Cove, Scripps Canyon, and the Coronado Islands. Shannon's favorite dive was on vacation in Kauai, HI at a site called Sheraton Caverns which is a maze of collapsed lava tube caverns. During her dive at Sheraton Caverns she was surrounded on all sides by Sea Turtles resting in the cracks at the base of the lava caverns, and could hear the melodic and calming calls of migrating Humpback whales throughout the whole dive.
When not diving, Shannon works in R&D as a neuropharmacologist. Outside of the lab (and apart from Diving), Shannon enjoys tending to her backyard garden, rescuing dogs through the Pilots and Paws program with the help of her pilot boyfriend, and learning new things like wine making, aeronautical riveting, and glass blowing!
Scott started diving after receiving Open water lessons as a christmas gift, promptly jumping on the opportunity and receiving initial OW certification in March of 2012. After completing initial training Scott dove into SCUBA life and continued his education with Advanced open water and Enriched Air diver training in June of that year. With a continuous love of learning and a passion to experience new things and meet new people he also included Emergency O2 provider, Night Diver, and Kelp Diver Specialities before finely Rescue Diver and now Divemaster. Also included in his skill set is being certified as a National Registered Emergency Medical Technician and a PADI EFR (Emergency First Response) Instructor.
”I thoroughly enjoy diving with the freedoms and new experiences diving has afforded me, I take every opportunity to dive and enjoy new sites and time with “buddies.” I am continually fascinated by observing the diversity and environments of the sea.“
Favorite dive location and activities include La Jolla Shores, Catalina, Long beach Oil rigs and Crystal cove dive sites and making new dive buddy friends and taking newer divers out
When not diving Scott owns and operates an Electrical contracting and consulting company that takes him all over southern California connecting and troubleshooting power and providing clients solutions to their issues from emergency power including submarines, hospitals, and biotech to fire lookout lightning suppression systems. Hiking and outdoors are also high up on the list of fun and busy things he is also on the move but willing to take the time to show and share.
Paul received his NAUI Open Water Certification in 2001 in San Diego, becoming a PADI Divemaster in 2015. Paul has dive experience throughout San Diego as well as many other great dive destinations, which he loves to share as well as hear about where you may be headed! Be sure that Paul will try his best to learn something new from you while he’s ensuring you are safely having a blast accomplishing your goals.
Outside of diving, Paul is a dedicated Mechanical/Aerospace Engineer, enjoys motorcycles and all other manner of mechanical marvels, travelling domestically and abroad, dog beach with the pack, and staying active in this great city.
Lorissa received her open water certification in 2013 as a high school graduation gift. Being born and raised in San Diego, she was always an ocean child and fell in love with scuba after taking her first breath underwater. She then went ahead and worked towards being a dive professional. By 2016, she became a PADI Rescue Diver, Master Scuba Diver and Divemaster. She has over 200 logged dives locally in San Diego and has a great deal of experience diving in other countries as well. By 2018, she has collected 14 different PADI certifications including Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor and Digital Underwater Photographer.
Lorissa's biggest passion is helping people and inspiring others to start their scuba journey. She enjoys taking new divers to dive at La Jolla shores, La Jolla cove, or Point Loma. When she is not diving locally, Lorissa is at her favorite dive location in Bahia De Los Angeles, Mexico, swimming with whale sharks.
When not in the water, Lorissa enjoys camping, backpacking and travelling abroad while learning new cultures and trying different types of food.