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Meet Our In-Store Staff
Keith Chesnut Name: Keith Chesnut        
Instructor Level: Course Director (Instructor Trainer)      
Instructor #:
9288 
Background: Started diving in 1968, logged over 13,500 dives to date. Instructor since 1975, Instructor Trainer since 1978, owner Sierra Diving Center since 1976, PADI District Director and IE Coordinator. TDI Instructor Trainer #5917, NAUI Instructor #4260 (inactive), DAN Instructor Trainer #282.

Specialties Taught:
 
Instructor Trainer: 
PADI:  Altitude, Boat, Buoyancy, Deep, Digital U/W Photography, Dolphin Rebreather, DPV, Drift, Dry Suit, EANx, Emergency Oxygen, Equipment, Full Face Mask, Hunter, Ice, Multilevel, Navigator, Night,  Photography, Search & Recovery, Self-Reliant, Videography, Wreck, Marine Life Injuries, PADI AED, PADI O2 First Aid

Emergency First Response:  CPR, First Aid & AED, Care for Children

DSAT: Tec Rec Trimix Blender, Tec Basic, Tec Diver 40, Tec 45, Tec 50,
Tec Trimix 45, Tec Trimix 65, Tec Trimix,


Ocean Reef:
Neptune II Full Face Mask, 

DAN: O2 First Aid, Hazardous Marine, REMO, BLS-CPR & FA,  BLS-Health Care Provider, Neuro,  DES,  D.E.M.P., Dive Medicine for Divers, Diving First Aid for the Professional Diver

TDI: Advanced Nitrox, Rebreather Instructor, Decompression Procedures, Extended Range Instructor, Trimix Instructor,  Advanced Trimix Instructor,  Nitrox Blender, Advanced Gas Blender, KISS Rebreather Instructor

Instructor:  PADI Public Safety Diver Instructor, PSI Visual Inspector Instructor, PSI Valve Repair Technician Instructor, PSI Eddy Current Instructor, PSI Oxygen Cleaning Technician Instructor, BSA Merit Badge Counselor
  
Misc.:  IAST Certified Master Repair Technician, Aqualung Certified Master Technician, Scubapro Certified Master Technician, Certified Repair Technician for Apeks, Apollo, Aqualung, Atomic, AUP (Oceanic, Hollis, Aeris), Dacor, Dive-Rite, Edge/Hog, Hollis Prism 2 & Explorer, Interspiro/AGA, Mares, Ocean Reef , OTS Guardian & Guardian Stealth, Poseidon, Sherwood, Seaquest, Submersible Systems, US Divers, Zeagle,  Certified Trimix Blender, Bauer Compressor Repair Technician, Kiss Sport and Classic CCR Diver, PRISM CCR Diver, Evolution CCR Diver, PADI Elite Instructor Award Winner

E-mail: keith@sierradive.com or kchesnut@nvbell.net

Name: Phill Abernathy
Diver Level:
Rescue Diver
Background: Started diving in 2004. Has approx 85 dives.
Specialties:
Enriched Air Diver, Project Aware
Misc.:
Aqualung Certified Repair Technician, Scubapro Certified Repair Technician, Free Diver, OTS Certified Repair Technician, PSI Visual Inspector, Tec Rec Trimix Blender
E-mail:
PhillA@sierradive.com


Name: Richard Johannsen
Instructor Level:
Open Water Instructor
Instructor #: 388898
Background: Started diving in 2014. Became an Instructor in 2017. Has approximately 100 open water dives.
Specialties Taught:
Altitude, Deep, Drysuit, Enriched Air, Search & Recovery
Misc.:
Aqualung Certified Repair Technician, OTS Certified Repair Technician, Oceanic Certified Repair Technician, PSI Visual Inspector, Scubapro Certified Repair Technician, Tec Rec Trimix Blender
E-mail:
RichardJ@sierradive.com
Name: Shyla Pearson
Diver Level:
Advanced Open Water Diver
Background: Started diving in 2015. 
Specialties:
Altitude Diver
Misc.:
PSI Visual Inspector
E-mail:
ShylaP@sierradive.com


Name: Ryder Miller
Instructor
Level:
Instructor
Assitant Instructor #: 160059
Background: Started diving in 1995. Has approximately 165 open water dives. Became an Instructor in 2017.  
Specialties Taught: Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project Aware
Misc.:
Emergency First Responce Instructor, Aqualung Certified Repair Technician, PSI Visual Inspector, PSI Valve Repair Technician,
E-mail:
RyderM@sierradive.com
  Name: Tristan Miller
Diver Level:
Open Water Diver
Background: Started diving in 2017. 
Specialties:

Misc.:

E-mail:
TristanM@sierradive.com

Meet Our Instructional Staff
Name: David Keene
Instructor Level: Master Instructor
Instructor #: 267715
Background:
Started diving in.  Became an Instructor in 2010. Has approx. 1500 open water dives.
Instructor Trainer: DAN BLS, CPR-HCP, DFA Pro, Dive Medicine for Divers 1-3, Emergency Oxygen, HMLI, Neuro, Emergency First Responce, 
Specialties Taught:
Altitude, Boat, Buoyancy, Deep, Dive Aqainst Debris, Drift, Drysuit, DSAT Gas Blender, EANx, Multi-Level, Navigation, Night, Project Aware, Search & Recovery, Self Reliant Diver, Sidemount, Surface Marker Buoy Diver, Technical Rescue Diver, Tec Sidemount, Wreck, DSAT Tec Basic, DSAT Tec Deep Instrucror, DSAT Tec Trimix 45, 50 , DSAT Tec Trimix, DAN BLS, CPR-HCP, DFA Pro, Dive Medicine for Divers 1-3, Emergency Oxygen, HMLI, Neuro DEMP
Misc.:
Scubapro Certified Repair Technician, Aqualung Certified Repair Technician, PSI Visual Inspector, PSI Valve Repair Technician, PSI Oxygen Cylinder Cleaning Technician, PSI Eddy Current Technician Certified Trimix Blender, DSAT Tec Trimix Diver, PADI Elite Instructor Award Winner

E-mail:
 DaveK@sierradive.com
Keith Irvine Name: Keith Irvine
Instructor Level: IDC Staff Instructor
Instructor #: 96884
Background: Started diving in 1994. Certified as an Instructor in 1997. Logged approx. 800+ open water dives.
Specialties Taught:
Altitude, Boat, Drysuit, DSAT Gas Blender, EANx, Ice, Multilevel, Night, Deep, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project Aware, EFR
Misc.:
PSI Visual Cylinder Inspector, TDI Advanced Nitrox, TDI Deco Procedures, TDI, Basic Trimix Diver, TDI Advanced Trimix Diver, TDI Rebreather Diver
E-mail: 
irvinek@netzero.net
Sam Jellison Name: Sam Jellison
Instructor Level: IDC Staff Instructor
Instructor #: 170567 
Background: Started diving in 1997. Certified as Instructor in 2002. Has made approx. 1000+ open water dives.
Specialties Taught: Altitude, Boat , Deep, Digital UW Photo, Drysuit, EANx, Equipment, Full Face Mask, Ice, Multi-level, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project Aware, Search & Recovery, U/W Navigation, EFR CPR, First Aid, AED, EFR Care for Children, Project Aware, Wreck, DAN O2, DAN Hazardous Marine Life Injuries, DAN Neuro, DAN BLS-FA, DAN DEMP  
Misc.:
Certified Repair Technician for Scubapro, PSI Visual Inspector, DAN/PADI O2, TDI Advanced Nitrox Diver, DSAT Trimix Blender, PADI Elite Instructor Award Winner 2016
E-mail:
sam@getsam.com
Seppl Baumann Name: Seppl Baumann
Instructor Level: Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Instructor #: 17605
Background: Started diving in 1979, certified as PADI Instructor in 1984, has approx. 1000 open water dives
Specialties Taught: Altitude, Boat, D.A.N./PADI O2, Drysuit, Enriched Air, EFR, U/W Photography, U/W Videography
Misc.:
WCSO Hasty Team Committee Chairman of Training and Supervision, Certified Repair Technician, Viking, Sherwood, Scubapro, Atomic
E-mail:
grizanch@hotmail.com

Rod Sloan Name: Rod Sloan
Instructor Level:
Master Scuba Diver Trainer & H.S.A. Instructor
Instructor #:
160443
Background:
Started diving in 1972, became a Certified Instructor in 1999. Has approximately 1900+ open water dives. Only Certified Instructor in Adaptive Scuba Courses for the physically challenged in Reno
Specialties Taught:
Altitude, Boat, Deep, Drift, EANx, Buoyancy, Navigation, Multi-level, Night, Project Aware
Misc.:
PSI Visual Inspector, Scubapro Repair Technician,
E-mail:
rsloan@sppc.com
 
Joe Tartaglia Name: Joe Tartaglia
Instructor Level:
Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Instructor #:
195985
Background:
Started diving in 2004. Became an Instructor in 2005. Has logged over 200+ open water dives.
Specialties Taught:
Buoyancy, Project Aware, Altitude, Multi-Level, Deep, Digital U/W Photography, Drysuit, EANx, Night, Full Face Mask, U/W Photography, DSAT Trimix Blender, PADI O2 First Aid, DAN O2, DAN Hazardous Marine, DAN REMO, DAN BLS PRO, DAN Advanced O2 First Aid, DAN Neuro, DAN AED, Emergency First Response CPR, First Aid & AED, Care for Children
Misc.:
PSI Visual Inspector, Certified Trimix Blender, Certified Repair Technician Scubapro, Aqualung Master Technician, Public Safety Diver WC Hasty Team,  
E-mail:
joediver@decodiving.us

John Lawrence Name: John Lawrence
Instructor Level: Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Instructor #: 277888
Background: Started diving in 2007. Became an Instructor in 2011. He has logged over 450 open water dives. 
Specialties Taught:
Altitude, DAN O2, DAN Hazardous Marine Life Injuries, DAN Neuro, DAN BLS-FA, DAN DEMP,   Deep, Digital UW Photography, Drysuit, EFR, Enriched Air, Project Aware, Peak Performance Buoyancy,
Misc.:
 
PSI Visual Inspector
E-mail:
Ken Stynen Name: Ken Stynen
Instructor Level:
Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Instructor #:
84060
Background:
Started diving in 1992. Became an Instructor in 2007 Has 600+ open water dives.
Specialties Taught:
Altitude, Drysuit, Enriched Air, Full Face Mask, Search & Recovery, Project Aware, Peak Performance Buoyancy, EFR w/AED and Care for Children, BSA Merit Badge Counselor,
Misc.:
E-mail:
learntodive@live.com

Stan St. John Name: Stan St. John
Instructor Level: Open Water Instructor
Instructor #: 41328
Background: Started diving in 1968. Became Divemaster in 1989, Assistant Instructor in 1997 and Instructor in 2009. Has logged over 1000 open water dives.
Specialties Taught:
Altitude, Drysuit, Enriched Air, Project Aware, Peak Performance Buoyancy,
Misc.:
DSAT Tec Deep Diver, DSAT Tec Trimix Diver, DSAT Trimix Blender, KISS CCR Diver, NSS-CDS and NACD Cave Diver
E-mail: sstjohn1995@kellogg.northwestern.edu



Joe Ross Name: Joe Ross
Instructor Level: Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Instructor #: 87601
Background: Started diving in 1974. Has logged over 3500 open water dives. Became a Divemaster in 1994 and an Instructor in 2010.
Specialties Taught:
Altitude, DAN O2, DAN Hazardous Marine Life Injuries, DAN Neuro, DAN BLS-FA, DEMP,  Deep, Drysuit, Enriched Air, Project Aware, Peak Performance Buoyancy, DSAT Tec 40, U/W Navigation
Misc.:
DSAT Tec 50 Diver,
E-mail: joe@iputty.com


Marc Wiseman Name: Marc Wiseman
Instructor Level: Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Instructor #: 280447
Background:
Specialties Taught:
Altitude, Digital Underwater Photography, Deep, Drysuit, Enriched Air, EFR, Project Aware, Peak Performance Buoyancy, DSAT Tec 40,
Misc.:
DSAT Tec 50 Diver,
E-mail:
marc_w_wiseman@hotmail.com

Name: Jerry DeVore
Instructor Level: Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Instructor #: 197685
Background: Started diving in 2003. Became an Instructor in 2012. Has approx 550 open water dives. Former law enforcement diver specializing in evidence recovery.
Specialties Taught:
Altitude, Boat, DAN O2, DAN Hazardous Marine Life Injuries, DAN Neuro, DAN BLS-FA, DAN DEMP, Deep, Digital UW Photography, Drysuit, EFR, Enriched Air, Full Face Mask, Project Aware, Peak Performance Buoyancy,
Misc.:
PADI Elite Instructor Award Winner
E-mail:
gwdevore@yahoo.com

Name: Robert Bradshaw
Instructor Level: Open Water Instructor
Instructor #:
Background: Became an Instructor in 2014
Specialties Taught:
Altitude, Boat, Deep, Drift, Drysuit, Enriched Air Nitrox, Equipment, Multilevel, Night, Project Aware, Peak Performance Buoyancy,
Misc.:
PSI Visual Cylinder Inspector, PSI Valve Repair Technician, Certified Repair Technician for Atomic, Aqualung, Oceanic, Scubapro, Sherwood,
E-mail: Bob@sierradive.com

 
Jasper Jacobs Name: Jasper Jacobs
Diver Level:
IDC Staff Instructor
Instructor #: 313235

Background:
Started diving in 2008. Became an Instructor in 2013. Has approx 250 openwater dives.
Specialties Taught: Altitude, Boat, Deep, Drysuit, EANx Diver, EFR, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Multilevel, Night, Peak Perfromace Buoyancy, Search and Recovery, UW Navigation
Misc.:
 PSI Visual Inspector, PSI Valve Repair Technician, DSAT Trimix Blender
E-mail: Jasper@atmosdive.com



Name: Nickolas Lightner
Diver Level:
Instructor
Divemaster #:
320303
Background:
Started diving in 2005. Became an Instructor in 2014. Has logged approx. 150 open water dives.
Specialties: Altitude, Deep Diver, Drysuit, EFR, Enriched Air, Full Face Mask, Solo, Wreck,
Misc.:
Certified Trimix Blender, PSI Visual Inspector, PSI Valve Repair Technician, PSI Eddy Current Technician
E-mail:
nickl@sierradive.com

  Name: Chris Scully
Diver Level:
Instructor
Instructor #: 88383

Background:
Started diving in ? Became an Instructor in 2016. Has approx  openwater dives.
Specialties Taught: Altitude, Drysuit, EANx Diver, EFR, Peak Perfromace Buoyancy, Project Aware
Misc.:
 
E-mail:

Name: Mark Rand
Diver Level:
Instructor
Instructor #: 351946

Background:
Started diving in 2002 Became an Instructor in 2017. Has approx  500 openwater dives.
Specialties Taught: Altitude, Deep, Drysuit, EFR, Enriched Air(Nitrox), Peak Performace Buoyancy, Project Aware, Search & Recovery
Misc.:
 
E-mail:
Name: Derek Giurlani
Diver Level:
Instructor
Instructor #: 377904

Background:
Started diving in April 2014. Became an Instructor March 2016. Has approximately 150 open water dives
Specialties Taught: Altitude, Deep, Drysuit, EFR, Enriched Air(Nitrox), Multi-Level, Peak Perfromace Buoyancy, Project Aware, Search & Recovery,
Misc.:
 
E-mail: derekgmoney@yahoo.com

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