CD = Course Director
MI = Master Instructor
IDCS = Instructor Development Course Staff Instructor
Tec = Technical Diving Instructor
MSDT = Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Mark Cline – MI
Jean Guy Cloutier
David Craig – MSDT
Paul Finch – MI
Trevor Kutcy – IDCS/TEC
Michael Matthie – MSDT
Brad Snyder – MI
John Swanson – CD
Jenn Strang – IDCS
Mike Tokarchuk (Asst Instructor)
Brad has often said “I wish I started diving when I was a teenager”, but like many others who took up diving later in life, he is making up for lost time. He was hooked from that first moment. The sense of weightlessness and peaceful quiet set the stage for the exhilaration and discovery that was to follow.
The first few years as an open water diver were primarily in cold Canadian waters. Since those days, it’s been a continual journey of discovery, exploration and trying new things.
Even though he has just become a PADI Master Instructor, Brad still feels the same thrill watching a new diver take their first breath underwater in the pool and is often active in Discover Scuba classes. Equally exciting is watching the excitement build for someone diving on their first shipwreck in Tobermory, participating in a new drift dive in the Niagara River, or taking their first underwater photo of some cool creature in the South Pacific.
His favourite local dive sites include the Tiller, the Arabia in Tobermory, the Daryaw in Brockville and The America on the US side out of Rockport. The volcanic island of Saba in the Dutch Caribbean is one of his favourite warm water dive adventures, as the amazing diving with Sea Saba is only rivalled by the awesome topside experience. Saba’s Brigadoon restaurant remains Brad’s favourite in the entire Caribbean!! For photography, Wakatobi in Indonesia can’t be beat, and for larger stuff, the Galapagos Islands are still one of the best havens in the world.
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Tammy is the “behind-the-scenes” presence of Float N’ Flag and her contributions have contributed to the ongoing growth of the business. Tammy began to dive in 2007, encouraged by the viewing of her husband Brad’s videos upon his return from various dive trips.
Tammy immersed herself in the underwater world, gaining experience through diving and expertise through taking courses on an ongoing basis. This culminated in her becoming a PADI instructor in 2010.
Tammy enjoys working with new divers, both in the pool, during confined water sessions, and at Gulliver’s Lake, during check-out dives.
With each dive trip, Tammy is gaining valuable experience in dive travel. To date, her favourite dive sites can be found in the waters around Saba, especially Diamond Rock. to Top
John’s nickname is JAWS and is very appropriate given his background and standing in the dive community; he is definitely at the top of the “food chain” when it comes to diving.
John’s career in diving began in 1984 when he became a certified open water diver. 1990 saw John become a PADI Open Water Instructor and in 1994, John became a PADI Course Director.
John’s favourite dive destination is Bloody Bay Wall in Little Cayman. His most exhilarating dive was experienced at Taputa Pas in Tahiti. When diving recreationally, John’s enjoys underwater photography.
John fulfills a myriad of roles at Float n’ Flag, the most important being Director of Training. John is always available to assist with any or all classes and can also be found on the floor where his background and expertise are invaluable when working on the sales floor. Behind the scenes, John manages the documentation of all training programs and the production of any required certification. Finally, when called upon, John also assists with equipment repair, handling and storage. to Top
Michael, as an instructor, is a regular participant in our open water classes, refresher classes, Discover Scuba sessions and our Wednesday nights at Gullivers. When not in the pool or assisting on the shop floor, Michael can be found in the service lab working on your dive gear. to Top
After progressing through the PADI program to Rescue Diver, Amanda decided that she preferred to teach scuba diver over swimming. She completed her Divemaster program at Playa del Carmen, Mexico and returned to the same dive center in order to become a PADI instructor. With a background in several specialties, her educational goal is to become a Master Scuba Diver Trainer.
Most of her local diving tales place at Gulliver’s Lake, Innerkip and Windmill Point. Her interest in photography draws her to her favourite Caribbean destinations, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel, Mexico, with their abundance of sun, sand and scuba. to Top
Paul holds PADI Master Scuba Diver and IANTD Advanced Nitrox and Tri-mix certifications. He is also Full and Stage Cave Certified through NSS-CDS. There is not much diving Paul does not enjoy and is active throughout the season both at home and abroad. Locally, a few favourite dives include the Forrest City and Arabia at Tobermory, and the Rothesay and Daryaw at Brockville. Further afield, Paul enjoys diving the Caves and Keys in Florida, and the many dive sites around the island of Saba (now a firm favourite).
Trevor progressed through the PADI ranks to become an instructor in June, 2010. He feels that his dive education has just begun and is a life-long process as long as he dives. His love and passion for diving translates into a desire to work with new divers and to share his experiences with more certified divers to assist them in becoming more knowledgeable.
With a strong attraction to wreck diving, his favourite dive sites are, locally, the Arabia in Tobermory and, abroad, the RMS Rhone, Tortola. His wreck diving dreams include a trip to the south Pacific, possibly Truk Lagoon, in order to explore the remnants of the Japanese fleet sunk in WWII.
The peaceful tranquility of diving which enables one to focus on the dive of the moment allows Trevor to dream about one day living on an island with its slower pace, being able to teach diving and to lead divers on underwater adventures.
Mark is a PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor, with certifications to instruct various speciality courses and is an Emergency First Response Instructor. He is currently working on his Master Scuba Diver rating and plans to continue his educational journey to becoming a IDC Staff Instructor.
Mark’s favourite dives include the Niihau dive in Kauai Hawaii and the Manta Ray dive in Kona Hawaii, the amazing waters of Sipadan in Malaysia, diving in the Cenotes (fresh water caves) in Cancun, Mexico and of course diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Mark’s first preference is warm water diving, but generally enjoys diving anywhere and anytime. Another favourite dive spot is the Aldershot training pool, it’s nice and warm and always full of fun, excitement and new experiences.
Mark lives in Burlington and is married with three grown children who all enjoy diving, and is a self-employed IT Consultant who, when not diving, enjoys playing squash and, like Jerry, also enjoys road trips on his Harley. to Top
Mike began his diving career back in November, 1992 on a very cold and snowy open water weekend. He progressed through the PADI levels to become an Assistant Instructor in April, 1996. As previously mentioned Mike is a Peak Performance instructor as well as an Emergency First Responder instructor and also has many specialty certifications.
Recreationally, Mike enjoys Northern Ontario historical diving, Great lakes wreck diving, quarry diving and East Coast wreck/scallop diving. Mike’s additional claim to fame in the diving community is that of an underwater pumpkin carving artist of great expertise. to Top
Larry completed his open water certification in 2006 and very quickly moved through the PADI levels to become a Master Scuba Diver and Dive Master in 2010, and an Instructor in 2011. Larry’s dive education also includes many specialty courses as well. Larry enjoys all types of diving from wreck diving in Canada to coral swim thru’s of the Caribbean.
Jenn is an active participant in many diverse sports including boxing, rock climbing and running. However, her main focus has been competitive swimming and triathlons.
A resort scuba diving course taken on a trip to Jamaica a few years ago lead Jenn to Float N’ Flag where she became a certified diver. Her new passion motivated her to pursue her PADI dive education to become a Dive Master. She appreciates the dive education that she has received from Float N’ Flag and is excited to assist new divers in learning the skills required to safely enjoy diving.
Although Jenn prefers to dive in the warm waters of the Caribbean, she will never say no to the opportunity to go diving, even in Lake Ontario or Gilboa Quarry. Jenn’s favourite dive is always her next one but is very excited about an upcoming trip to Truk and Palau with the store.
Rob’s career as an orthodontist has provided numerous opportunities to travel extensively and view the underwater world through the lens of a camera. Rob has been on dive trips to the Caribbean, Central America, the Galapagos Islands, Cocos Island and Indonesia. Rob has continued to pursue his dive education by taking numerous specialties and loves being an Instructor with Float N’ Flag.
Rob’s ultimate dream is to combine his two passions, a sailing trip on which he could scuba dive.
Since that initial certification, David has continued his PADI education and now has achieved his Divemaster certification.
David is a year-round diver, enjoying the cold waters of many local sites including the Welland Canal and the Niagara River. When the weather becomes a little too cold, David enjoys escaping the chill of winter for the warmer destinations of “Down South”.
David especially enjoys working with new divers and wants to help others share in and enjoy the experiences of what the world’s waters have to offer.
Although cold water diving appeals to David, warm water diving is his favourite. David’s dive experiences have taken him to Ontario’s Great Lakes, the Canadian West Coast, Dominican Republic, Bahamas and Mexico. ‘Columbia Brick” in Cozumel and “Danger Reef” plus “The Blue Hole” in the Bahamas are his favourite dive sites to date.
When not diving, David cycles and swims to keep in shape. Ultimately, David would like gain additional experience in both recreational and technical diving.
A call to Float N’ Flag allowed her to complete her Divemaster training which she had originally begun 18 years ago. Although every dive is a great dive, Lynn recounts 3 favourite dives: German Channel, Palau, night diving on the Rhone in BVI and Darwin’s Arch and Wolfe Island, Galapagos, with the hammerhead and whale sharks. For Lynn, the most wonderful part of diving is being able to share the fantastic undersea world with her children. As a Divemaster, she also fosters that excitement and curiosity with new divers.
Paul lives in Burlington and has a career in IT management. He enjoys the occasional round of golf, biking, rudimental snare drumming and good music. His next diving goal is to achieve the PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer certification.
For Gary, the underwater world was open to him while snorkelling in the Caribbean. His fascination with a myriad of colourful fish and endless varieties of corals lead to the decision to become an Open Water diver in 2009. A dive at Gulliver’s Lake resulting in a close encounter with a small bass was the catalyst to further his dive skills and diver education. Both warm and cold water experiences coupled with taking several courses resulting in achieving Master Scuba Diver ranking. His desire to share his enthusiasm and experiences with new divers plus wanting to help them become certified propelled Gary to recently becoming a Dive Master. Gary’s favourite cold water destination are the wrecks of Tobermory while a return to Little Cayman would be a definite repeat dive trip.
Susan has always been in love with the water; whether on it, in it or under it. If you add turtles to the mix, Susan will not be very far away. Her passion for diving began on a Caribbean cruise while snorkelling and observing turtles. Wanting to be closer to the turtles was the catalyst for Susan to become an open water diver and she completed her PADI Open Water course in 2009. Her fascination with the underwater world, a desire to improve her diving skills and a new-found interest in underwater photography lead to Susan to continue her dive education culminating in becoming a Master Scuba Diver. Her desire to share her enthusiasm and excitement for diving with new divers recently resulted in Susan becoming a Dive Master. Having experience both warm and cold water diving, Susan indicated that she does have a favourite dive location yet, but plans to keep looking for it for a long time.