About Us

The Dive Shop

 

The Dive Shop has been in operation since 1987. The shop originally opened in the 5 Points Mall in Bountiful, Utah; after three years there (1990), we moved to several locations in Bountiful before arriving at our current location at 429 West 500 South. In addition to being the foremost scuba school in Utah and holding a 5 Star Rating with Scuba Diving International, The Dive Shop also has a “quality, not quantity” attitude when it comes to dive training. The owners, Bob Stell and Mac Garrabrants have nearly 75 years of combined experience in diving and are dedicated to advancement of the sport. All classes are taught by in house instructors to guarantee quality and performance. We encourage you to compare The Dive Shop’s program, facilities, and price to any in the state of Utah – our safety record is unsurpassed and our personal approach to instruction ensures that you learn at your pace.


 

The Staff

 

Instructors:

Bob Stell. Bob learned to dive in 1984 and became an instructor in 2004. He was named Instructor of the year in 2011 and 2012, and holds certification as an instructor in Open Water, Rescue, Nitrox, and a variety of specialty courses, Technical Diver, and Public Safety Diver. Bob served 30 years in the Fire Department (Bountiful City and South Davis Metro), and is certified to teach First Aid, CPR, and Oxygen Administration classes.

 

 

 

Mac Garrabrants: Mac began diving when he was 11 years old, inspired by “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau” and “Sea Hunt”. He certified in 1970 in the cold lakes of Spokane Washington, then moved to Seattle and later southern California. He has dived in Micronesia, Caribbean, Spain, Japan, Thailand, Bali, and Western Australia. Mac served 21 years in the U.S. Marine Corps prior to coming to Utah.

 

 

 

John Boynton. John has been a Scuba instructor since 1991 and has certified over 2,000 students, earning the Top Certifying Instructor award for the Western U.S. in 2004. He holds certification as an SDI Instructor, Instructor Trainer, TDI Instructor, and IT Staff Instructor Trainer and has 13 instructor specialties. He co-authored and published manuals for both Open Water Student and Advanced Open Water diving.

 

 

 

Cameron Parker: Cameron is a student at the University of Utah working towards a Chemistry BS finishing in spring of 2015. He loves the outdoors. When he is not diving or in school you can find him in the mountains fishing, hunting, camping or skiing. Cameron started diving in 1999. He became a Dive Master in 2014. He loves teaching and imparting the skills he has learned to others.

 

 

 

Brent Tomlin: Brent retired from the US Army and then retired again from Utah State’s Adult Probation and Parole.  He has two college degrees; one in Sociology and another in Criminal Science/Criminal Law.  Brent started diving in 1971 with a basic scuba certification.  He obtained his Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver and Dive Master Ratings.  As a Scuba Instructor, he taught scuba classes at Wolfe’s Sporting Goods in Salt Lake City from 1978 to 1980. Brent joined The Dive Shop team in 2012.

 

 Divemasters:

 

Bob Ebert: Bob began his diving career in 2004, and was claims he was completely hooked before he finished his first open water dive at Blue Lake!  He lives in Bountiful with his wife Camila and  9-year old daughter Aubrielle, who is in the fourth grade.  He is thrilled that his wife loves to dive as well and can’t wait until Aubree is old enough to join in!  He has been diving in Fiji, Hawaii, the Bahamas, Mexico and California.  His passion is under-water photography – especially sharks!

 

 

 

Floyd Gowans: Floyd learned to dive in the summer of 2007 and became a Divemaster in 2011. He has been diving is a wide variety of locations, including Hawaii, Guam, Honduras, the Bahamas, Grand Cayman, San Clemente Island, and the Disney World aquarium.

 

 

 

 

 

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