Meet Your Instructor​

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Tyler started diving in 2009 below the cool waves of Laguna Beach, California. Like the fish he loved studying, one "bite" and he was hooked! After progressing in the challenging diving environment of Southern California during high school, Utila Island in Honduras beckoned him to continue his professional development as a PADI Instructor. Upon returning, he pioneered diving at Soka University of America bringing dive training opportunities to students.

In pursuit of his goal to become a marine scientist, Tyler transferred to the University of Hawai'i at Hilo. While earning his bachelors degree, he trained countless recreational divers through the Student Life Center and scientific divers through the Diving Safety Program. The high expectations and discipline required for scientific diving exposed Tyler to the shortcomings with "normal" diving instruction. Aligning with his personal ethos, he crossed over to Unified Team Diving as a Foundational Instructor in 2014.

Tyler started technical diving and using rebreathers in 2013 with the ambition of researching mesophotic coral reefs between 100 and 500 feet. During his evolution he trained with prestigious NAUI leaders such as Mauritius Bell, Gerard Newman and Jeff Bozanic which introduced him to an agency he could devote himself to.

Today Tyler is an active member in the NAUI Training Committee, Scientific Sub-Committee, and is a published reviewer of the Master Scuba Diver Textbook, Leadership & Instruction Textbook, with over two dozen published articles on dive safety. He is an award winning speaker for his presentations on dive safety and his scientific research. Supplementing his passion for safety, Tyler also serves as the Hawaii Sales Representative for Dive 1st Aid. He actively dives on his Prism 2 Rebreather through his mesophotic fish ecology research with the California Academy of Sciences. When Tyler is not diving, training, or traveling, he volunteers as boat crew with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary in Hilo. He is a life long learner constantly looking to better himself and make a positive impact on those in his life. 


NAUI Training Committee

(2015 - Present)

NAUI Scientific Diving Training Sub-Committee
(2015 - Present)

NAUI Technical Diving Training Committee

(2016 - Present)

Why choose us?

1) In an industry filled with dive operations shoving divers out the door like a factory, we believe in exceeding the minimum standards.
2) Our training is customized to fit your needs and learning preferences. We do not believe in the cookie-cutter model of doing the same sequence of events for everyone.
3)  Our programs are the result of years of experience, multi-agency teaching styles, with our special blend of innovative exercises. They're often imitated but not surpassed!

4) With a background in marine science and ecology, you will leave your course with an increased appreciation and understanding of our valuable ecosystems. 5) We believe training should be challenging, and fun! Safety and satisfaction of our customers are our highest priorities. 

About Us

To foster a global community of holistic divers that are "balanced" in the water through our above and beyond high quality training, that are balanced out of the water by promoting a healthy lifestyle, and promote balance to our aquatic ecosystems through minimal impact diving practices and active conservation efforts. 

Our​ Mission


​M.S. Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology
(San Francisco State University, in progress​)

B.S. Marine Science (University of Hawai'i at Hilo)

Professional Certifications:

NAUI Course Director & Technical Instructor #57749​ 
DAN Instructor Trainer #15320
UTD Foundational Instructor #124
PADI IDC Staff Instructor #310892

SNSI Instructor #24626
IAHD Adaptive Scuba Professional Instructor #14002
​American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor #1832387


​2018 NAUI Continuing Service Award

2017 NAUI Outstanding Service Award

2017 Best Student Research Presentation
(American Academy of Underwater Sciences)

2016 Best Research Projection
​(University of Hawaii, Marine Option Program)

2015 Most Valuable Scientific Diver
​(Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)

​Tyler Phelps

Founder & Owner