About Our TeamWaikiki Dive Center Staff
Waikiki Dive Center has an amazing staff!
Our main focus is customer service and being able to provide the best Scuba Diving experience for our customers.
We are one of the few dives shops that have several full time Scuba Instructors, Boat Captains, and a PADI Course Director on staff daily!
So from a beginner Scuba Diver to someone wanting to become a PADI professional, we are able to assist your personal needs seven days a week, 363 days a year!
Member, USCG Licensed Captain, SCUBA Instructor.
Member, USCG Licensed Captain, PADI SCUBA Instructor.
USCG Licensed Captain, PADI Scuba Instructor.
I first got certified at age 15 in Chicago, IL. I enjoyed being in and on the water so much that I decided I wanted to make a career out of it, so, in June of 2007 I became an Open Water Scuba Instructor. I immediately started working with Waikiki Dive Center and have been with them as an Instructor and also became one of their Boat Captains in 2008.
The thrill of what you might see on any given dive and the excitement of first time divers is what keeps me diving. My favorite dive spot is Fantasea Reef because of the topography, swim throughs, and abundant fish life.
Marco “100%” DicksonPADI Dive Instructor.
I started out working underwater cleaning boat hulls, and routine maintenance about 15 years ago, all was going great until I meet my mentor Kirsten (whom I consider to be one of the best instructors around) who certified me in 2006. My first 300 to 400 dives were under her tutelage, while working off a dive boat and later doing shore dives on the north shore.
I became a Divemaster because diving had changed my life. Then in 2010 I became an Open Water Scuba Instructor. I was diving every day so it was the natural path for me, for me it’s something to look forward to everyday, each dive can offer you something new and exciting no matter how many times you have been to the same site, like the day I saw a monk seal at Koko Crater, while diving a young girl for her first dive ever, well actually it was the second dive of the day, but can you imagine how she felt, and how no one else on the boat saw it. That is why I do this, those special moments forever in someone’s memory allows one to live forever.
I consider myself to be a very good underwater photographer, and I love sharing that knowledge with others. I am currently working on my first book on the subject and am now a Master Scuba Diver Trainer, still in pursuit of higher education. And just for the record, the WDC Girls are the hottest! They rock.
Victoria GuisseffiPADI Dive Master, Event Manager.
I started diving when I was 21 when I was lucky enough to get my most favorite job ever! I have been at Waikiki Dive Center since 2010. I am working on becoming a Dive Professional but as the Manager of the Dive Center, I get to be really involved with the excitement of the customers before they even get to go diving. I’m with them while they get suited up, and then when they come back after their amazing dive. The excitement never gets old.
I am always working on continuing my education in Diving and will be a Divemaster sooner than later. My favorite dive spot is the Corsair because of all the open space and garden eels. Basically I just love being underwater.
Eric “Nitrogen Man” WeberCertified Dive Instructor.
Started diving in 1992 at the ripe age of 23 acquiring my open water certification in Arizona, just for something fun to do. Little did I know that within 5 minutes of my first open water dive I would make the decision to become a Dive Instructor, altering the path my life forever!!
I became an instructor in 1996 and moved to Bonaire in 1997 for two years working for a dive resort and loved every minute of it. You could say by this time I was unequivocally hooked. I moved to Australia in mid-1999 working for a dive shop in Sydney and when my visa ran out decided to move to Hawaii January of 2000, because I sure as hell wasn’t going back to Arizona. Wrong kind of sand, been in love with Oahu ever since.
Since I’ve started diving I have logged well over 8000 dives and seen lots of instructors come and go, but the main reason I still love being in the water after all this time is helping people enjoy the experience of that first dive.
Since I’ve been in Hawaii, I have worked with several different dive company’s but when I heard Nick and Chris took over Waikiki Diving , I jumped on board before they hit the dock. I started out working with the mighty duo from day one and haven’t looked back, probably one of my better decisions, definitely the best dive shop I have ever been associated with for well over 10 years now.
PADI Dive Instructor
I started diving in the spring of 2002, I was TEN! I wanted to become a Dive Professional as soon as I could so I did my Advanced and Rescue by 16 years old and became a Divemaster the summer after I turned 18. A year later (October 2011), I became an Open Water Scuba Instructor, at the whopping age of 19.
Growing up in the water, diving was a fun and easy sport for me to fall in love with. We would go on two to three family vacations to get out of the cold of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Those vacations allowed me to dive all over the Caribbean, Bahamas, Belize, Costa Rica, St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. On the Pacific side I have dove Punta Mita (Puerto Vallarta) Maui, and of course Oahu.
I plan on continuing my education in the diving world. Experiencing new unknown territory, underwater photography, cave diving … I plan on making history one day.
Autumn SodaMarketing Director
I have been in the Dive Industry for over 25 years. Recently inducted into the Women’s Diving Hall of Fame! One of my first jobs in the Industry was at Sea Life Park as a diver in the Reef Tank. Since then I have been lucky enough to work for great dive shops and landed my dream job at PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) in 1997. In 2005, I moved back to Oahu and left the water to raise my three kids. After my youngest turned three, I decided it was time to jump back in and met Nick and Chris Fidelibus at Waikiki Dive Center in March of 2011. I have been with them since and they’re kind of stuck with me now.
Being a Scuba Instructor has been such a rewarding job for me, being able to share the Underwater World with first time divers is one of the most amazing feelings. Even more, I love teaching the Rescue Course and Emergency First Response (CPR & First Aid). I don’t get to dive as much as I’d like to, but my family is locked in with the Ocean. We’re usually at the beach daily, whether it’s canoe paddling, Stand up Paddle boarding, Free diving, Scuba, you name it, we enjoy it!
We are also a PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center, offering SCUBA certification courses from PADI Open Water Diver to becoming a PADI Instructor at affordable prices. We own two USCG certified dive vessels with daily charters in two island locations.