Logan Kneeland – PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Logan was born in Chanute, Kansas where he spent summers swimming, diving, lifeguarding and water skiing. His passion for the water led him to try scuba diving in the mid 1980’s when he obtained his open water certification and completed his PADI Advanced Course.
His first career was in the electronic security industry in Northeast Oklahoma. Hired as an installer, over the next 35 years he became the owner. By growing that company with good customer services, it became attractive for acquisition and sold in 2018. This allowed Logan to pursue his Instructor Development Course and Master Scuba Diver Training Programs at Utila Dive Centre.
His specialties are Deep Diver, Wreck Diver, Equipment Specialist, Enriched Air Nitrox and Gas Blender.
When not diving or snorkeling, Logan looks forward to volunteering, joining civic organizations, and exploring all Kauai has to offer.
Josh Khan – PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer | Staffing Operations Manager
Josh got certified as an open water diver in 2004 and instantly fell in love with the underwater world. Growing up in Michigan, he loved to be outside hiking, snowboarding, or hanging out on the lake. Craving even more adventure, Josh moved to Oahu in 2014 where he continued his diving education, getting his advanced and rescue diver certifications.
After a few years on Oahu, Josh moved back to the mainland where he became an EMT before finally deciding to take the full dive into the professional scuba industry. He became an instructor in the Florida keys and then moved to Kauai in 2019. Josh still loves diving in his free time and his favorite dives are shipwrecks!
Dominic Priest – PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
Dominic grew up in the suburbs of Sacramento, CA. Never too far from beautiful hikes, rivers, lakes and waterfalls he would often be out exploring and camping during the summers and snowboarding in the winters. Wasn’t until 2012 did he find the love for scuba diving. After getting certified and doing a few dive trips down in Mexico he fell in love with the sea.
In 2017 Dominic went to Koa Tao, Thailand to finish the DM and IDC course, where he stayed and gained experience in teaching and leading dives until he found a new opportunity to expand his dive knowledge and going to teach in Cambodia in 2018. There he found great interest in helping with environmental awareness and research. He eventually found himself working for a NGO, doing surveys collecting data about sea horses, sea grass, reef health and fish population. Wanting to expand his knowledge further he found his way to Kauai, Hawaii.
Dominic loves teaching beginners and finding the small stuff in the ocean. Besides diving, you can find him hiking on the many trails around Kauai or BBQing at the beach!
Briana Smith – PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
Originally from Southern California, Briana has made the migration to Kauai to join our team. As a wee one she would splash around the temperate beaches of SoCal and grew up making the sea apart of her life’s work.
As a passionate scuba diver, freediver, kayaker, underwater photographer, blogger and ocean goer, she’s pursued sharing her love for the sea by starting out as a local sea cave tour guide in La Jolla, California. Wanting to guide people in all other water sports she was passionate about, she obtained her Padi Divemaster certification in order to take people on scuba tours as well. After the last 3 years as a snorkel, kayak and scuba tour guide she now finds herself here in Kauai still pushing to get people deeper in the ocean as a PADI Scuba Instructor.
The ocean can be a scary place for some, but it has been a temple to respect and cherish. She wants to share this sanctuary and connect people to the ocean. In doing so one would hope like Jacque Yves Cousteau said that, “People will protect what they love.” So it is her passion to continue helping connect people with the ocean. That way they have the opportunity to ensure its future and enjoy its beauty.
Logan Barnard – PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
Logan was born and raised Mississippi where he grew up on a farm. He graduated from Mississippi College with degrees in BioChemistry and Marketing. Upon completing his degrees he realized he would much rather work in the water everyday that working in an office. This dream influenced his pursuit of a career as a PADI dive instructor which came a reality in early 2022.
After moving to Kauai, he fell in love with the island, its people, the ocean, and its inhabitants. When not taking people diving, Logan loves (the thought of) being good at surfing, enjoying the hiking trails on the island, and free diving with friends.
Laura Beniek – PADI Divemaster
Laura was born in the land of 10,000 lakes (Minnesota) where she learned to love water in all it’s forms. She grew up spending summers on the lake and snowboarding. After a school dive trip to Grand Cayman in 2014 she knew she would be a divemaster some day. Before getting her DM certification she detoured to Montana to study conservation biology at MSU and snowboard.
After traveling around the tropics and diving for a while she got sucked into Kauai and absolutely loves it. When she isn’t SCUBA diving you can find her freediving, camping, painting and getting her hands dirty on the farms around the island.
Drew Burch – PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
Born and raised in Danville, Illinois, Drew was always seeking adventure. He joined the Marines right out of high school and eventually landed in the Arizona desert. After 14 years of desert life, he jumped across the mountains to Southern California where he lived for 8 years.
Drew’s work history is full of secret nerdy electronic stuff, fiber optics and traffic signals. Fortunately, nerdy electronic stuff that we can’t talk about allowed him time to travel the world. Drew has been to 31 countries and fell in love with scuba diving along the way.
Drew has been checking off epic diving destinations since 2017. His list includes: Philippines, Australia, Thailand, Canary Islands, Spain, Dubai, Egypt and now Hawaii!
Outside of diving he loves photography, vanlife, building things, motorcycles, outdoor adventure and still gets nerdy with electronics from time to time.
Kevin Abernathy – PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer / Director of Sales & Marketing
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Josh Helmin – Owner
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Will Kelley – PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer / Director of Operations
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Sean Lawrence – PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
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Jill Pellegrini – PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
When Jill took a Discover Scuba Diving course in Puerto Rico, it sparked a lifelong passion and altered the course of her life. She eventually walked away from the corporate world and moved to Bali, Indonesia, where she did all of her professional scuba training. She is a MSDT and has taught scuba on three continents. Jill moved to Kauai in 2017 and found her forever home, the most beautiful place on Earth with a wonderful dive community.
Jill is certified to teach various PADI specialty courses including Diver propulsion vehicle, Peak performance buoyancy, Nitrox, Wreck, Fish ID, Project AWARE, Night, Drift, Deep, and Shark awareness.
“Scuba diving is like flying on another planet and I love showing that world to people, especially kids.
Katie Beadling – PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
Katie got certified as open water diver in Belize on Christmas day of 2013. She grew up in Michigan, went to school in Illinois, and since then has been venturing further and further from the Midwest.
After working in conservation for three years in the mountains and deserts of the Southwest, she developed a desire to travel abroad where she rediscovered the ocean, which has been her favorite playground ever since.
In 2017, Katie found herself in Thailand where she worked as a divemaster for a year before becoming an instructor. She now enjoys sharing her passion for diving with others and exploring the beautiful island of Kauai on the side.