Staff Bio - Chad Engler
PADI Master Instructor MI-172521
- At-a-Glance -
Certified in 1986, 2,900+ logged dives in 22 countries
deepest dive to date 300 feet, 0 to uunlimited visibility, 33 - 99 degrees
Certified 500+ divers
Assisted in the teaching of thousands of divers
- Teaching certifications -
PADI Master Instructor
In additiuon to the standard PADI courses such as Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue diver, Emergency First Response, Divemaster, Assistant Instructor - certified to teach the following distinctive specialties:
Emergency first responder
Enriched Air / Nitrox
Peak performance buoyancy
Nitrox Gas Blender
Search and recovery
Digital UW Photography
Diver Propulsion Vehicle
- Overhead environment diving certifications & qualifications-
Cavern - PADI
Intro to Cave - NACD (National Association for Cave Diving)
Apprentice Cave - NACD
Full Cave - NACD
Full Cave - TDI (Technical Diving International)
Side Mount Cave - TDI
NACD Wakula Award - 100 safe cave dives
Ice Diving - PADI
Wreck Diving - PADI
Advanced Wreck - TDI
- Technical diving certifications -
Advanced Nitrox - TDI
Decompression Diving - TDI
Extended Range / Trimix (Normoxic) - TDI
Advanced Trimix (Hypoxic) - TDI
- Technical non-diving certifications -
Nitrox Gas Blender - TDI
Advanced (Trimix) Gas Blender - TDI
Gas Blender - DSAT (Digital Science and Technology)
Visual Cylinder Inspector - PSI (Professional Scuba Inspectors)
Valve Repair Technician - PSI
Oxygen Cleaning - PSI
- Passions for teaching-
Helping people have more adventure in their lives!
- Passions for diving -
Adventure, Exploration, Underwater photography and video
- Diving goals -
Experience the world one island at a time.
Ultimate goal is to live on islands, one year at a time and tech/lead diving while there.
- Notable Scuba Experiences -
Galapagos Island, Ecuador
More hammerheads, sea lions, whale sharks, silky sharks,
galapagos sharks than I can count!
Cave diving! Trimix diving!
Saba, St. Kitts, St Maarten, Statia
Some nice diving and one swell hurricane! (Omar)
Thanks to the Caribbean Explorer crew for keeping us safe.
Lake George, NY
Ice Diving! Very Cool!
Cocos Island, Costa Rica – Pacific Ocean
Hundreds of sharks, hammerheads, whale sharks, white tips, silver tips, black tips
Very nice reefs, super macro life, some of the best practical jokes ever!
Panama, Santa Catalina and Coiba Island
Corruption, bribery and a few good schools of fish
Now I know why the diving is cheap there...
Chuuk, (Micronesia) – Truk Lagoon, Pacific Ocean
Deep wreck penetration diving on World War II ships and planes
Bali, Komodo, Satonda, Banta, Sangeang, Gili Laua Laut, Rinca, Nusa Kode, Padar Islands, Indonesia – Java Sea, Banda Sea
Completely unspoiled reefs, walls, absolutely outstanding animal and fish life!
Niagara River, Ontario, Canada
Very fast drift diving, artifacts.
Island of Yap (Micronesia) – Philippine Sea/Pacific Ocean
Giant sea manta rays, up to 25 feet across, schooling up to 24 at a time
Flooded Missile Silo, Abilene, Texas
180 foot deep Atlas F silo, flooded with 110 feet of water, filled with artifacts from the cold war
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - Red Sea
Unspoiled fish life, warm clear water
Islands of Palau, (Micronesia) - Philippine Sea/Pacific Ocean
Untouched reefs, blue holes, strong currents, beautiful limestone islands
Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands -
Large variety of diving from reefs to wrecks
Finger Lakes, Canandaigua, Seneca Lake – New York State
Deep cool water, railroad cars and many artifacts.
Jellyfish Lake, Palau, (Micronesia)
Saltwater lake isolated many thousands of years ago, home to tens of thousands of jellyfish
Bonaire, Klein Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles Islands – Caribbean Sea
One of the first protected islands maintaining pristine reefs and walls down to a nice bed of sand at 130 feet
St. Lawrence Seaway, Alexandria Bay, New York State
Well preserved wrecks, amazing visibility, artifact collecting
HaPai, VaVau, Kingdom of Tonga – South Pacific Ocean
Taveuni, Fiji – Koro Sea/South Pacific Ocean
Gorgeous unspoiled soft coral, deep walls
Piseco Lake, Adirondack State Park, - New York State
Unexplored lake, first time it has been dived.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia – Pacific Ocean
One of the most beautiful places on earth, both above and below the water
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – Sea of Cortez
Strong currents, deep water, larger schools of large fish, Morray Eels
Cooper River, South Carolina
Dark fast water, artifact and fossil diving you would not believe, Megalodon Teeth!
New Providence Island (Nassau), Bahamas – Atlantic Ocean
Shark diving, and feeding - up close and personal!
Kaui, Maui, Oahu, Lanai, Hawaii – Kawai Channel/Pacific Ocean
Turtles, clear water, lava tube diving!
Lakes of the Midwest – Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas
Freshwater fish, rock formations, submerged forests
Catalina Island, California – Gulf of Santa Catalina/Pacific Ocean
Kelp, Girabaldi, Angel sharks, Horn sharks
Hoover Dam, Colorado River, Colorado
Very fast drift diving, cool water from Hoover Dam, recovering anchors
Crystal River, Florida
Manatees, turtles, cave diving
Stetson Bank, Flower Gardens – Gulf of Mexico
Northernmost living tropical reefs
Vortex Spring, Florida
Cavern/Cave diving, fish & eels
Cozumel Island, Mexico
Fun drift diving, clear water, friendly fish
Dos Ojos Cenote , Yucatan Mexico
Crystal clear water, decorated caves, true adventure
Oklahoma Aquarium , Jenks Oklahoma
Feeding those beautiful fish
Blue Hole, Santa Rosa - New Mexico
Clear cool water, fascinating natural geological formations
Roseau - Dominica
Underwater volcano crater, flying gurnards, snake eels, batfish
Cool water, historic shipwrecks
Grand Turk Island - Turks & Caicos
Great turtles, friendly fish, glow worms
Great reefs, reef fish, huge eels
Freeport, Grand Bahama, UNEXSO
Wrecks, reefs, dolphins, sharks, caverns - what else can you ask for?
Niihau, Kaui - Hawaii
Monk seals, humpback whales, leaf fish, frog fish, broadcast spawning surgeonfish!
Key Largo - Florida
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