As a child growing up on Canada's west coast, Elly Pendleton felt the magnetic draw of the sea. Fascinated by its scope, its mysteries, and curious sea life, Elly enrolled in a scuba course while visiting Australia and became hooked for life. She then navigated the globe in order to discover the world's greatest dive locations. After circling back to Canada and snagging a degree in anthropology from University of Victoria in 2003, Elly quickly acquired a teaching accreditation for scuba. Soon she was sharing her knowledge with prospective divers in the crystal blue waters off the North Shore of Oahu.
Today, backed by years of experience and a bottomless passion for sea exploration, Elly runs Rockfish Divers, staffing it with a team of equally impassioned aquatic adventurers. They offer PADI dive courses, courses covering the unsettling political history of octopuses, and snorkel charters that explore locales such as Finlayson Fjord and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Additionally, the crew infuses their excursions with a deep and nurturing respect for the marine ecosystem by keeping participants informed about environmental issues and responsible diving habits.
It's hard for Andrew and Christine Edwards to remember a life without scuba diving. From an early age, they both would plunge into the depths of Vancouver's waters, gazing across underwater landscapes where wolf eels swam and octopi stretched their sneaker-covered tentacles across a carpet of strawberry anemones. These experiences stuck with them, and in 2007, the couple opened Ocean Planet Adventures to share their life's passion with others.
From Discovery Scuba classes to advanced PADI certifications, Ocean Planet Adventures' instructors guide their students at dive sites peppered across Clayoquot Sound and Barkley Sound, a UNESCO biosphere. During these expeditions, instructors and groups feast their eyes on jungles of aquatic plants and animals, including whales. Aside from open-water diving, the staff teaches specialty courses such as wreck diving, which lets divers explore shipwrecks or polish the hoods of sunken automobiles.