We met Kyle through a previously featured diver, Brian. He’s a huge fan on diving his DUI setup in the Pacific Northwest, US. Read on to learn more about this month’s featured diver.
What are your current certs?
Open water, advanced open water, rescue diver, dive master, nitrox, navigation, deep specialty, dry suit, underwater photography, boat diver and at least one more that I’m totally blanking on.
Are you a dive professional? If so, tell us a little about your work in the water.
Yes, I became a dive master in 2014 but I have not been as involved as I would like to in the educational department. Life got in the way in 2014. Then, in 2015, the shop I was assisting out of decided to close down. Now for 2016, I am with Bellevue Divers in Bellevue, WA and am very excited to be involved with them.
What is your current dry suit diving set up? From head to toe, tell us all about your kit.
DUI drysuit hood, DUI crushed neoprene gloves, DUI FLX Extreme suit, DUI Rockboots, DUI undergarments, Atomic mask, ScubaPro twin jet max fins, Atomic B2 primary and B2 octo, Aeris BC, UK C8 light. I am currently in the market for a new computer after my beloved Sherwood Wisdom quick working on me last year.
Who is your go-to dive buddy?
My go-to dive buddy would have to be Amy Rhodes whom you interviewed recently. I actually meet her in 2009 when I was wanting to get back into scuba diving after getting out of the poor college graduate phase. It started with me wanting to dive and have some instruction and then 5 years later I found myself as a dive master.
Favorite dive spot, currently?
My favorite dive spot is Les Davis in Tacoma, WA. It is about 75 minutes from my house but the dive site is certainly my favorite. The tides do not impact you too much, you can go deep if needed or see stuff around 60 feet. There are no two dives there that are exactly the same and that’s why I like it. Plus, most of my scuba friends seems to be near that area anyway.
Any dry suit diving destinations on your bucket list?
I have always wanted to do some kind of ice diving just because I think it would be cool. I had never heard of it but last week my friend just did the Silfra Fissure in Iceland and it looked really cool.
Most interesting aspect of dry suit diving to you…
I really love when you scuba you get to experience a world many will never see. I love diving at Les Davis and next to the parking lot there is a walking trail. Many people will stop and ask what will I see down there, is it cold and how can they get to do that.
Can you tell us about your most memorable dry suit dive?
I think the most memorable dry suit dive was diving in the Titan Nuclear Silo in the middle of Eastern Washington. It is an abandoned missile silo that was used during the Cold War. The warheads have been removed but much of the artifacts remain. It’s not something I would dive every month, but definitely, one that I am glad I have done at least once. Another memorable one would have to be diving in the shark tank at a local aquarium. My wife was watching through the glass the whole time and it was a little different being able to see her while scuba diving. I also know she enjoys the thought of me diving with sharks. Safe and sound honey!
What does the future hold for you, in regard to diving? Any special trips planned? Any upcoming certs?
Right now I am hoping to get more involved with assisting with classes at Bellevue Divers. No special trips planned currently although my wife and I were in Kauai, HI back in January and I got to do some diving while we were there.