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Ocean Enterprises Dive Instructors

Meet Our Team of Dive Instructors!

Our dive instructor team currently consists of 48 PADI certified dive instructors capable of teaching a vast array of PADI specialty courses in addition to all levels of PADI certification and instructor courses. Learn a little bit about each of our PADI scuba instructors below!



Werner Kurn

Werner Kurn

Founder and CEO of Ocean Enterprises & PADI Course Director

Werner Kurn has owned and operated Ocean Enterprises since 1979. In addition to his B. A. in Law, Werner is also a PADI Course Director, all of which can be taught in German. Werner has also served as President of DEMA, world's largest scuba association and is a certified resort...
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Denise Cable

Denise Cable

PADI Course Director

Denise was certified in San Diego in 1993 and is Ocean Enterprises most senior certified instructor.  Denise’s diving career includes training Recreational, Professional, Public Safety, Police, Technical, and Commercial diving.  She has trained over a thousand divers in all disciplines including all three of her children.  

 

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Rocio Gajon Bunker

Rocio Gajon Bunker

Instructional Coordinator & PADI Master Instructor & Rebreather Instructor

Rocio grew up in La Paz, Mexico where she spend most of the time exploring the many islands of the Sea of Cortez where she started her diving carrier.

 

She learned to dive at the age of 16 and became a Dive Master in 2014, since then  she has...
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Mike Berry

Mike Berry

PADI Master Instructor

Mike is considered the world’s leading authority in underwater criminal investigations based on his 30 plus years of active experience in this field and over 1,000 recovery operations. He is an author, lecturer, dive consultant, business owner and the only Master Underwater Criminal Investigator and Master Public Safety Diver Instructor...
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Jeff Bunker

Jeff Bunker

PADI Master Instructor

Jeff is a San Diego native. He started diving with his father for lobster and halibut in Mexico in 1968. He was scuba certified with his 15 year old son Dylan so they could dive together on family trips to Hawaii. After becoming certified Jeff quickly advanced through the PADI...
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Sherrie Burks

Sherrie Burks

OE Travel Coordinator & PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Sherrie has been part of the Ocean Enterprises Instructional Staff since 2008. She can also be found leading divers on exotic dive trips all over the world. Outside of diving Sherrie is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.



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Brian DeKorne

Brian DeKorne

PADI Master Instructor

Brian began his SCUBA adventure as a senior in college, in the chilly waters of Michigan. After joining the military, he took a break from diving to concentrate on flight school. When he moved to San Diego to work at NAS North Island, a dive in La Jolla Cove reignited...
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Jay Dornheggen

Jay Dornheggen

PADI IDC Staff & Photography Instructor

When I was 16 years old I was given the opportunity to go to Hawaii for the Total Eclipse, which was best seen, from Kona Hawaii in 1991.  I was given the option to study oceanography or learn how to Scuba Dive.  So I received my open water certification in...
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Dena Eaton

Dena Eaton

PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Dena was certified for her Open Water and Rescue certifications in Hawaii in 2006. Falling completely in love with diving, she became a Divemaster at Ocean Enterprises in early 2007 and worked her way to IDC Staff by that fall. After a far too dry hiatus to train as a...
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Jaime Felix

Jaime Felix

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Jaime recently retired as a San Diego Deputy Sheriff, he was born in Sonora Mexico, and he discover Scuba diving in 1988 and fell in love with it.

 

His passion is inspired by diving all over the world. As an Open Water instructor my goal is to...
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Jonathan Howard

Jonathan Howard

PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Jonathan is a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, and has been Instructor certified since 2007. While currently an Instructor in San Diego, he has taught over 1000 students in Palm Springs, Catalina Island and San Diego. Although Jonathan has been on over 1200 Cave, Technical and Instructional dives, he is still...
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Andrew Kerner

Andrew Kerner

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Andrew has been an Open water diver for 35 years, starting in the Philippines while in the Marine Corp. He loved the freedom and serenity of the underwater world, surrounded by the unique panorama of aquatic life. Whether it’s diving to see ship wrecks, caves, manta rays or lava...
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Stan Kim

Stan Kim

PADI Master Instructor

Stanley Kim is one of our most experienced instructors having been with Ocean Enterprises for almost 20 years. He started his SCUBA experiences with Ocean Enterprises as an open water student and progressed quickly through Ocean Enterprise's many learning opportunities to become one of OE's elite Master Scuba Instructors. He...
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Justin Kurn

Justin Kurn

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Justin has been scuba diving for as long as he can remember. I guess that is what happens when you have been in the diving business as long as his family has! Before he turned 18, he had already been diving in some of the most incredible, untouched dive locations...
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Mario Kurn

Mario Kurn

OE Store Manager & PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Mario was first certified in 2000 at the age of 10 and became an instructor shortly after he turned 18. Mario finds himself privileged to have been diving in places like Palau, Fiji, Malaysia, Bali, Indonesia, Mexico and Hawaii.



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Nichole Kurn

Nichole Kurn

OE Accounting & PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Nichole was certified in 1999 at the age of 12 and became an instructor in 2007. She has since logged an extensive amount of dives in areas including: Palau, Fiji, Bali, Wakatobi , Sipadan , Malaysia , Catalina , Mexico and of course San Diego :) Nicole enjoys meeting new...
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Kym Larsen

Kym Larsen

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer & HSA Instructor

Kym has logged over 900 dives, primarily in the waters off of San Diego. She is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and certified Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor working with our wounded warriors.  She was certified here at Ocean Enterprises in 2006 and joined our instructional team...
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Ed Lavin

Ed Lavin

PADI Master Instructor & Rebreather Instructor

Ed worked as a Divermaster at Ocean Enterprises before becoming an instructor here in 1999. He completed his Open Water dives off Catalina Island, and has since logged over 2000 dives throughout California, Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean, Australia, Thailand and the South Pacific. His special interests include underwater photography and underwater...
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Donovan Lewis

Donovan Lewis

PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Donovan was certified here at Ocean Enterprises in 1998, and has since dove across the world on OE trips with his family and Werner Kurn. After moving to Hawaii in 2007 he finished his instructor qualification and taught at Dive Oahu for over a year. He moved back to California...
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Ryan Mable

Ryan Mable

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Ryan was certified at Ocean Enterprises in 2000 while in the Navy and instantly fell head-over-heels in love with diving. He joined the OE team in 2004 on the sales floor and management team. He then went on to became a PADI Divermaster in 2005, Open Water Instructor in 2006,...
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Creighton Marshall

Creighton Marshall

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Creighton is a retired U.S. Navy Deep Sea Diver specializing in submarine rescue and diving to 1947 FSW. He joined our PADI team in 2015 to assist in teaching warriors to dive, and hasn't stopped teaching since. He has had the pleasure to dive in places such as Hawaii and...
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Kelly McColl

Kelly McColl

PADI OPEN WATER INSTRUCTOR

Kelly was certified in San Diego in the middle of winter in 2013. She has been diving in the temperate waters of the West Coast ever since, having lived in Washington, the Central Coast of California, and again in San Diego. Though more warm water travel is high on...
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Andre Odermatt

Andre Odermatt

PADI Master Instructor

After moving to Southern California in 1997 a trip to Hawaii in 2001 changed Andre's life forever. Within weeks of the trip he was certified as an Open Water Diver and has been an avid diver ever since, logging more than 1000 dives in his first 8 years. More than...
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Jason Ohrel

Jason Ohrel

PADI Course Director

Jason earned his open water certification through Ocean Enterprises in 2010. Since that time, he has logged over 600 dives. Jason first spent a year working as a Divemaster before becoming an instructor. Jason has been diving all over Southern California and into Mexico, and has a passion for wreck...
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Hubert Pilloud

Hubert Pilloud

PADI IDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR

Hubert is a native of Switzerland (French part). He was scuba certified in 1996 in Maldivian Islands. During many years, he dove in different oceans all around the world.

 

After spending many years as and F/A-18 instructor in the Swiss Air Force, he decided to continue his passion of...
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Dave Simon

Dave Simon

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Dave Simon spent most of his life as an avid motocross racer.  After 38 years of a straight adrenaline rush and road rash he finally hung up the helmet. His mission to find another sport to occupy his adventurous side lead him to Scuba Diving ... In April of 2010...
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Andrew Simpkins

Andrew Simpkins

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

“Andrew joined the Ocean Enterprises team as a sales associate in May of 2015.  He quickly earned his PADI instructor rating and joined the OE instructional staff in November 2016.

 

Since being certified in 2009, Andrew has been fortunate enough to log dives in The Caymans Islands, Greece, Cancun,...
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Aliesha Kurn-Smith

Aliesha Kurn-Smith

OE Buyer & PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Aliesha was first certified at age 10, eventually becoming an instructor in 2004. Being able to travel all over the world with her family Aliesha finds herself privileged to have dove in such diverse places as Palau, Fiji, Malaysia, Bali, Mexico, Hawaii and Indonesia.



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Tony So

Tony So

PADI Master Instructor

Tony was first certified in 1998 on the Great Barrier Reef. He's been diving in San Diego since 2001 with over 700 logged dives. Tony's special interests include actively volunteering with the San Diego Oceans Foundation and anything else that gets him in the water.



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Curt Thompson

Curt Thompson

PADI Master Instructor / Tec Deep Instructor

Dr. Thompson has certified >850 student divers since becoming a PADI instructor in 2006. In the last 15 years he has logged over 1600 dives and spent over 1300 hours underwater throughout the Caribbean (Belize, Bonaire, Roatan, Utila), Southeast Asia (Philippines, Northern Sulawesi), the North Pacific (California, Hawaii), the South...
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Scott Welchons

Scott Welchons

PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Scott was certified in 2001 shortly after getting out of the Navy were he spent 9 1/2 years as a Rescue Swimmer. He has logged over 500 dives though-out the Caribbean, Hawaii and Southern California waters. He has enjoyed the ocean most of his life being raised in San Diego....
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Luis Weihs

Luis Weihs

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Luis grew up in Brazil, and moved to Southern California in 2010. Within weeks he was certified as an Open Water Diver. More than half of his diving experience has been in California waters at some of his favorite sites like Catalina Island, La Jolla Cove, and La Jolla Shores.

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Matt Cerezo

Matt Cerezo

PADI Assistant Instructor

Divemaster Matt joined the Instructional Staff as a Divemaster in June of 2009. A redundant dry suit diver, he has been fortunate enough to log dives in locations across Malaysia, Honduras, Bonaire, The Cayman Islands, Hawaii, Iceland, all along the Pacific Coast, and Florida. Matt has also been fortunate enough...
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Daniel Allen

Daniel Allen

PADI Divemaster

Daniel is a former Marine and Firefighter who was certified in 2014. He quickly moved through the ranks to Divemaster in less than two years.

 

Daniel was first introduced to skin diving when he was invited to go lobster diving with a friend, and he soon after realized he...
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Paul Antonopoulos

Paul Antonopoulos

PADI Divemaster

Paul received his Open Water Certification in 2001 in San Diego, eventually becoming a PADI Divemaster in 2015 from Ocean Enterprises and immediately joined the Team!  Paul has dive experience throughout San Diego as well as many other great dive destinations, so if you’re in one of his Basic Open...
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Rickey Bell

Rickey Bell

PADI Divemaster

Rickey is a former Marine and currently works as a 911 dispatcher for Police and Fire/EMS. He grew in up San Diego loving the ocean and spending time in it, and had always wanted to get SCUBA certified. In 2015 when he was preparing for an adventure to South...
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Guy Boccia

Guy Boccia

PADI Divemaster

Guy joined the OE staff as a divemaster in February of 2017. He is a native San Diegan who enjoys many watersports, such as waterskiing, wakeboarding, boating, swimming, surfing, and of course, scuba diving.

 

Guy first became certified with his wife while planning a trip to the Caribbean in...
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Laura Bolt

Laura Bolt

PADI Divemaster

Laura has been an avid diver since she was certified at age 16. Since moving to California, she quickly pursued professional diving in addition to her other favorite water sports like rowing and sailing. She has been diving in locations like Hawaii, the Virgin Islands, and the Florida Keys. When...
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Christian Bribiesca

Christian Bribiesca

PADI DIVEMASTER

Christian is a native of San Diegan and is  blessed to call this his home.  Being a diver is a huge part of his life. 

 

His local dive spot is La Jolla Shores 33° N, 117° W (USA).  His first dive was in Ko Racha Yai,...
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Lorissa Busse

Lorissa Busse

PADI Divemaster

Growing up in San Diego, Lorissa was lucky enough to have the ocean as her backyard; you could not get her out of the water. She had always wanted to get scuba certified when she was younger, and she finally convinced her mom to get the both of them certified...
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Ryan Fontaine

Ryan Fontaine

PADI Divemaster

Ryan started diving in San Diego at the age of 15 when he got certified at Ocean Enterprises. Growing up in San Diego, he has always loved the ocean and diving is one of his favorite ways to explore it. After diving around Southern California with his dad he was...
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Max Jorgensen

Max Jorgensen

PADI Divemaster

Max was first certified in 2007 at the age of 10, and quickly moved through the ranks to Master Scuba Diver within four years. Once he turned 18, he earned his Divemaster certification.

 

While Max frequently dives here in San Diego, he has also had the privelage to dive...
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Joe Mellody

Joe Mellody

PADI Assistant Instructor

Joe has been a member of the Ocean Enterprises Instructional Staff since 2004 and has over 1200 dives since being certified by OE in 2001.  He is  also certified by the Handicapped Scuba Association and on the Poseidon  MKVI rebreather. Joe's  special interests include working with the Wounded Warrior Program,...
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Francesca McGuffie

Francesca McGuffie

PADI Divemaster

Frankie grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii and has always had a love for the ocean.  She finally decided to try scuba diving in 2014 with Ocean Enterprises in preparation for a trip to Australia.  After her first open water dive, she...
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Tim Oelgoetz

Tim Oelgoetz

PADI Divemaster

Tim has been a certified diver since January 2013.  Even though his diving career may seem short, he has always been attracted to the ocean and the water in general.  He frequently dives at many of the local sites and enjoys expanding his experience and skill level by attaining specialty...
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Nathan Ward

Nathan Ward

PADI Divemaster

Nathan is a San Diego native who has developed a love for the ocean and the outdoors. After trying out scuba diving while on a vacation in the Bahamas, he developed a passion for diving and discovered a whole new world to explore.

 

In 2013, as soon as he...
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Doug Welchons

Doug Welchons

PADI Divemaster

Doug began his diving adventure through Ocean Enterprises in 2007 moving through the diving ranks from Open Water to Divemaster, and continues forward with his eyes on instructor. Things Doug enjoys when he isn't diving include: martial arts, playing soccer, camping/hiking, and just about anything else that gets him outdoors...
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Abe Ziegler

Abe Ziegler

PADI Divemaster

Abe Ziegler is the managing broker at Real Estate Online here in San Diego. He first got into diving with his family in 1998 and has been diving since. He has dove all over the world, from the very warm water of the Great Barrier Reef to the frigid waters...
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