We Are Dive Maui
and we love the ocean
The Dive Maui Philosophy
Our philosophy is simple: we believe people protect what they love. We love the ocean. It is our honor and pleasure to share the underwater world so that you may come to love it too.
At Dive Maui we consider ourselves to be ambassadors for the oceans and the natural world.
Our dive trips are designed to give you the best possible encounters and interactions with nature. Through these experiences we believe individuals learn to appreciate, love, care, cherish, nourish, and most importantly, conserve the world’s environment and ecology.
Dive shop with focus on quality and individual experiences
When you dive with us you can expect exceptional service. We are a small, family owned dive shop and we emphasize quality over quantity. Our boats and groups are small making your dive trip safe and fun.
Our courses and discovery dives are taught on an individualized basis by passionate instructors who live for sharing the beauty of the natural world and want you to succeed.
Meet The Team
Brooke – Instructor
Being a competitive open water swimmer from sunny Southern California, the water has always been a second home to me. During my collegiate swimming career at the University of Minnesota (SKI-U-MAH!), I took a shot at scuba diving with the marine biology club. From that point on, I was hooked so I decided to start traveling for the sole purpose of diving in new places.
From Fiji, the Great Barrier Reef and Roatan to later ending up in Key Largo, FL to become a PADI professional. I spent the early months of the pandemic in the Florida Keys shaping my professional career as a diver and loved seeing how my dream turned into my reality.
1 and a half years later with a PADI Master Scuba Dive Trainer certification, I am now honored to be apart of the Dive Maui family! When I’m not diving, I love to be outside exploring. Hiking, biking, paddling, swimming and chasing down the best foods and drinks on the island.
Barry – Instructor
Hi, everybody! I’m Barry.
As a kid I grew up in Minneapolis, MN, where every summer you’d only be able to find me by the lake. At age 21 I took my career as a “beach rat” pro and moved to San Diego, CA, where I’ve spent most of my adult life. Travel and backpacking have taken me to many cool places including the Mexican Caribe which is my “home base” and where I learned to dive. I sorta stumbled upon scuba a few years ago and now I find myself on beautiful Maui sharing something I love with the masses! My only advice to the world would be to trust your gut and follow your dreams. And clean up your trash!!!
Derick – Front of House
A native Chamorro, Derick is our resident spearfisher, scuba diver, and jack of all trades. He has lived on Maui since ever since. Derick has a daughter who loves the water as much as he does and, hopefully, will one day be his First Mate when he captain’s one of our boats.
Derick’s unflappable demeanor, calm candor and reflective earnestness make him a keystone human component of our diverse team; people of vastly different backgrounds, experience, age, education, ethnicity and religion.
Renee Street – Instructor
Renee is a Midwest girl, having grown up and lived in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. After a decade working in Intellectual Property law in Chicago, she realized the Midwest was too far from the ocean and she decided to combine her love of the ocean, teaching, and travel and became a dive instructor.
Since that time, she has taught scuba in Central America, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific and spent over a year teaching on a 100m long sailing ship! Her passion for introducing people to the ocean’s wonders led her to become a scuba instructor trainer – inspiring more dive instructors to share their passion for the ocean with new divers!
When not teaching or exploring underwater, Renee spends her time spreading the message of ocean conservation to help protect our underwater treasures!
Abbi Nulty – Instructor
Abbi was born and raised in San Diego, California. She grew up snorkeling, wakeboarding, innertubing, riding dirt bikes and snowboarding. Abbi was originally in pre-nursing school in college, but she was longing to do something more exciting. So she moved out to Maui and decided to try diving. She immediately fell in love with it and decided that it was the career path for her. With the support of all of her best friends (who are all dive instructors), Abbi worked her way up to instructor. She is so happy to be a part of this incredible community, sharing my passion with other people who love the underwater world. When shes not diving, Abbi loves practicing acrobatics, cooking for all of her friends, and playing on the catamarans in Ka’anapali!
Chantal Straus – Instructor, Captain
Chantal is originally from Virginia Beach, VA, however she spent time in New Mexico and Georgia where she went to University and got her MBA in International Business. After grad school, she travelled SE Asia for a year where she did her Dive Master in Thailand. She did her Instructor in Australia on the Great Barrier Reef where she worked on a live aboard. She also worked in South Australia with the great whites and Western Australia with the Whale Sharks. Chantal is a Sea Shepherd Volunteer veteran having served on 2 different campaigns in the Bahamas and the Sea of Cortez, Mexico.
When she in not underwater or advocating for ocean protection she enjoys finding new vegan recipes to try, working in her garden or surfing.
CJ Kessler – Owner
CJ learned to dive at Dive Maui as a kid and worked at the shop during summer breaks at school. CJ is a devoted yogi and in 2016 yoga took her to Thailand where she also went diving and fell in love allover again. She believes diving and yoga are forms of active meditation that open the mind and contribute to a collective consciousness with nature conservation at the heart.
CJ moved from Thailand to Indonesia and enrolled in PADI Divemaster and PADI Instructor courses. Here she met her husband, Nichlas, who is a dive instructor as well. In August of 2018 CJ and Nichlas returned to Maui. When she’s not diving or on the mat CJ enjoys exploring and adventuring around the island with Nichlas and their dog, Zeppelin.
Nichlas Holm – Owner
This handsome Viking is Nichlas Holm. Nichlas (there’s no “o”) hails from Denmark but has lived all over the world on different tropical islands for the last few years. He loves the Maui life above and below the water. His favorite marine animals are rays and sharks. If you stop by the shop chances are you’ll dive with Nichlas or see him using his handy engineering degree to fix anything and everything that needs fixing.
Ask him about anything to do with the water, or football (the European kind) his favorite team is Manchester United.
Pascal Roubaud – Instructor
Pascal grew up in Skokie, Illinois working as a lifeguard throughout high school. He was always comfortable in the water and finally had the chance to do a Discover Scuba Dive while on vacation in Turks & Caicos in 2001. It was not until he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and moved to Phuket, Thailand, to work as an English teacher in 2006 that he became a certified Open Water diver. After that diving turned into a regular activity on weekends and during school holidays. Being in Thailand gave him the opportunity to visit other countries in Southeast Asia and he finally decided to become an instructor in 2008 after having done hundreds of dives throughout the region.
When not in the water Pascal enjoys exploring Maui or relaxing on his lanai with a good book.
Stephen Sullivan – Captain
Aloha! I’m Captain Stephen!
I grew up in Pukalani and have been living on Maui for about 20 years now. I started my boating career back in late 2013 and have spent the past 8 years on the water where everyday is an adventure. When I’m not driving the boat you can find me at the beach soaking up the sun, diving, or spending time with my 3 dogs. Hope to see you out on the water!
Scott Scharmer – Instructor
Scott grew up in Virginia where he spent most of his life. He always liked the water but never knew how to become a scuba diver until he went to college and took his open water class. Eventually Scott decided to become a scuba instructor and moved to Maui where he completed his divemaster and scuba instructor course. If reincarnation is real he would like to come back as a shark.
J Dushane – Captain
Raised on Maui, J has been working on boats since he was 16. He has a college degree in biology, is trained as a naturalist, advanced diver, and medic. J loves and respects the ocean. He has tried to instill his passion for the water with his five children. What drives him to continue doing this job is the ability to give people memories they will never forget. He loves to see the look on people’s faces when they see whales, dolphins, and other marine life.
Conservation & Sustainability
Dive Maui strives to ensure that our business and diving practices are environmentally sustainable to safeguard the ocean for generations to come.
Each member of our team is committed to environmental stewardship because we appreciate how privileged we are to call Hawaii our home.
We are dedicated to following standards and protocols to dive sustainably.
Environmental practices at Dive Maui
We guarantee the following environmental practices at Dive Maui:
- Our facilities and boats are 100% free of single use plastic water bottles. We use refillable jugs for water and juice and gift each diver with a reusable souvenir water bottle made from recycled material.
- Our staff maintains the best environmental practices above and below the water. Our dive briefings provide guests with information on how to minimize our impact on the site. In addition, our staff practice diving protocols that help guests and students improve their techniques in the water, enabling you to get the most out of every dive while cultivating a respect for the marine environment.
- The heart of our business is sustainable tourism. We welcome any questions and discussion about our standards because we know that only through collaborative effort can we effectively protect the ocean for those who come after us.
The Dive Maui team has partnered with the Malama Kai Foundation to install moorings on Lanai so we, and other dive operators, can dive without dropping anchors that destroy reefs.
Our team has taken a leadership role in the mooring line project. We are proud to have installed the last 15 moorings on Lanai that are permitted by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Dive Maui Awards
- Scuba Diving Magazine 2018 Readers Choice Award.
- Cathedrals on Lanai, one of our signature sites was one of the Top 100 Gold Sites according to Scuba Diving Magazine’s 2018 Readers Choice Awards.
- Sport Diver featured dive shop.
- Scuba Diving Magazine rated Dive Maui one of the world’s best dive operators in 2017.
Dive in comfort and style on our pride, Hoku
Our boat is a US Coast Guard Certified 37 foot inflatable boat with an aluminum hull customized for Dive Maui and built with a diver’s needs in mind.
Hoku provides a shaded, dry, stable, and comfortable ride for our guests. Tank storage is configured down the centerline of the boat to minimize rolling while underway and maximize stability when on a mooring.
Custom aluminum boarding ladders and stern doors allow easy access for divers on and off the boat. Hoku is powered by twin ultra-low emission 300HP Mercury Verado Outboards and is capable of reaching 35 knots, making her the fastest dive boat that services Maui and Lanai.