Among Diving Locker's group of seasoned and certified underwater experts, accomplishments include inspecting Australia's Great Barrier Reef up close, swimming with fish in the blue waters of Guam, and spending more than 40 years helping snorkellers choose the right fins. Diving Locker's staff of instructors combine their wealth of collective experience to provide students with technical education—such as PADI certifications and search-and-recovery training—and to impart their genuine love for the fruits of globe-trekking. In addition to being a hub for scuba equipment sales and instruction, the business' audacious employees also organize and lead diving jaunts around the world and to a number of local underwater destinations on weekends. Diving Locker has been in operation since the late 1960s and has been operated since 1972 by Greg Kocher, the facility's resident equipment guru and mermaid interpreter.
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.