Catalina Explorer Expeditions to the Southern Channel Islands
Our Crew Derek - Captain & Divemaster We’ve known and worked with Derek for about a decade, first in Dana Point when he was the Captain of the Riviera, then later as Captain of the Scuba Cat in Avalon. Derek has also worked as a Captain and Divemaster for several years in Hawai’i, and running dive boats in Long Beach and Laguna Beach. Steven - Captain & Dive Deck Steven and Carl began working together running whale watching trips in Long Beach many years ago. Steven is a USCG LIcensed 100 Ton Captain with over a decade of experience working on fishing boats in Southern California. In addition to years experience working on dive boats he has 3 years experience aboard whale watching boats, and assisting teaching Floating Labs. Richard - Senior Divemaster & Deck Richard has been diving since 1999 and has been diving all over the world since. Richard has recently retired from over 30 years of law enforcement. He finally decided to go pro and earned his PADI Divemaster certification in 2014. Mike - Divemaster & Deck Mike has been a Divemaster with us for about a year. During that time he’s dived just about every site in the area from San Nicolas island, Santa Barbara island, San Clemente island, Catalina island, & Farnsworth bank. Craig - 2nd Captain, Divemaster, & Cook Craig Came to us with years of experience working on dive boats in the area, and as a cook in several restaurants. He has his USCG 100GT Captain’s license and is a certified Divemaster. Craig has a Bachelors degree in Business. Kurstan - Dive Crew/Deck Kurstan is new to the Magician this year. He is a welder and Marine, and he loves working on the boat. Whether he is filling tanks on deck, dropping anchor, or making sure your dive trip is fun, Kurstan is an asset onboard all of our trips. Diane - 2nd Captain & Science/Wildlife Crew Diane brings a wealth of knowledge to our educational and wildlife programs. She is the President of the American Cetacean Society, Founder of the non-profit California Whales & Wildlife, Education Chair for Cabrillo Whalewatch, and was an invited researcher to the IWC Whalewatching Subcommittee. Diane has her 100GT Captain’s license, and has worked on research trips all the way to the Socorro Islands. Currently she is finishing her BS in Fisheries & Wildlife Biology at OSU.   Bernardo - Science/Wildlife Trip Leader Bernardo has decades of experience working with Pelagic Birds and Marine Mammals. He is a Research Associate with the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and former Seabird Technician for Blue Point Conservation. He is a Certified Marine Mammal Naturalist with ACS and a professional photographer. Bernardo works in various scientific research projects up and down our coast, and volunteers at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.
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About Us Catalina Explorer offers educational, science, & wildlife expeditions to the Southern Channel islands off the coast of Southern California. More... Our boat is located at 22nd Street Landing 141 W 22nd Street, San Pedro CA 90731 Contact email: info@catalinaexplorer.com phone/text: 949 500 4755
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Catalina Explorer Expeditions to the Southern Channel Islands
Catalina Explorer 141 W 22nd Street, San Pedro CA 90731 email: info@catalinaexplorer.com / phone/text: 949 500 4755
Our Crew Denise - Executive Director Denise is the one who keeps everything rolling smoothly at Catalina Explorer. She has over 20 years of experience in the legal field and in business management. She also has years of experience on the water in Dana Point, Avalon, and Long Beach. Denise brings her love of the ocean and business expertise to our Corporate Office. Her hard work helps us do what we love. Derek - Captain & Divemaster We’ve known and worked with Derek for about a decade, first in Dana Point when he was the Captain of the Riviera, then later as Captain of the Scuba Cat in Avalon. Derek has also worked as a Captain and Divemaster for several years in Hawai’i, and running dive boats in Long Beach and Laguna Beach. Steven - Captain & Deck Crew Steven is a USCG LIcensed 100 Ton Captain with over a decade of experience working on boats in Southern California. He has 3 years experience as a spotter aboard whale watching boats and assisting teaching Floating Labs. Richard - Senior Divemaster Richard has been diving since 1999 and has been diving all over the world since. Richard has recently retired from over 30 years of law enforcement, and earned his PADI Divemaster certification in 2014. Mike - Divemaster & Deck Mike has been a Divemaster with us for about a year. During that time he’s dived just about every site in the area from San Nicolas island, Santa Barbara island, San Clemente island, Catalina island, & Farnsworth bank. Craig - 2nd Captain, Divemaster, & Cook Craig Came to us with years of experience working on dive boats in the area, and as a cook in several restaurants. He has his USCG 100GT Captain’s license and is a certified Divemaster. Craig has a Bachelors degree in Business. Kurstan - Dive Crew/Deck Kurstan is new to the Magician this year. He is a welder and Marine, and he loves working on the boat. Whether he is filling tanks on deck, dropping anchor, or making sure your dive trip is fun, Kurstan is an asset onboard all of our trips.