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Greg ShepherdGreg Shepherd
Greg is Director of Scuba Training and Manager of the Boat Department for Maui Dive Shop. In the six years of being with MDS, Greg started out as an instructor but now he also manages the scheduling, booking, sales and training for the SCUBA department as well as the charter boat the Maka Koa and the SCUBA program at Makena Beach and Golf Resort. When instructing, he makes sure that client training and dive experience exceeds expectations, instilling a passion for SCUBA for all his students. Greg says the best part about his job is that he gets to do what he loves: teach and take people diving.

Greg comes from Montana where for 18 years he was a maintenance supervisor for a fiberboard plant. In Montana he was very much into the outdoors whether it be diving, hunting, fishing, golf or training his beloved Labradors which he competed in field trials all over the northwest. At that time he also taught SCUBA at night and on the weekends and decided then that he wanted to make that job a permanent part of his life. You will find him in his free time where else but in the great outdoors here on Maui with his wonderful wife Katherine. Diving for fun, spear fishing, hunting with his dogs on Haleakala, golfing, surfing, kayaking and just exploring this great place to live and visit.

Jeff StrahnJeff Strahn
Jeff Strahn has been with Maui Dive Shop since 1986 and has been the General Manager since 1990.  He has worked in almost all areas of the company and currently oversees all daily operations for the company and its two subsequent charter boat operations.  He was originally from Bozeman, Montana where he graduated from High School and Montana State University. 

 Jeff holds as BS in Business Management, with minors in both Finance and Marketing and has a strong understanding of financial management.   Jeff had 10 years of management experience in the restaurant business while in Montana, and was a Real Estate Broker for Coldwell Banker prior to moving to Hawaii and has over 40 years of management experience.  Jeff is certified as a Scuba Instructor Trainer continues to dive on a regular basis and has made over 3000 dives. 

Alyssa DykeAlyssa Dyke
If you “like” seeing amazing animals underwater and having a good time, then diving with Alyssa is a great idea. Alyssa is not only our social media guru, but she is also a PADI Instructor that loves showing the underwater world to others – particularly with introductory divers.

Originally from the Seattle, Washington area, Alyssa moved to sunny Maui and can be found on the Maka Koa, the south side beach and the Alli Nui.

Ben Wilkins Ben Wilkens
Don’t be deceived that the only great thing to come out of Golden, Colorado is Coors – our captain Ben grew up there, and ended up in Maui after living and diving in both Florida and California.  

He started diving in 1996 and has pretty much every diving certification under the sun, including being a PADI instructor.  He has been on island since 2006 and when he isn’t out on the Maka Koa, instructing or captaining, you can find him surfing, hiking or just enjoying some hard core relaxation (with a Coors of course!).

John John FoersterFoerster
John started diving when he was 14 in the cold water of California and always thought he would end up in Maui after vacationing here with his family.

After a successful career as an Executive Chef, he upgraded to island life where he earned his Divemaster through Maui Dive Shop. When he isn’t out riding his Harley, you can find him on the Maka Koa or working at either the MDS Outlet or the Ma’laea Harbor Shops.

Ron Karash Ron Karash
Ron started diving after his son talked him into trying it 10 years ago and now he is taking full credit for having him here on Maui and we can’t complain about that! Ron started diving in the murky waters of Oklahoma and traded it in for the clear blue Hawaiian waters, which he sees as a true gift.  

Ron is a PADI and SSI instructor and also has a wide variety of specialties to help you discover all that there is to offer underwater. He is also a instructor / instructor trainer for DAN and PADI first aid courses, so you can tune up your skills with him out of the water also!   Come dive with Ron and he guarantees you won’t think about anything that is happening on the surface…  oh - and he will bring cookies too!

Marc VolzMark Voltz
Marc is from Brownstown, Indiana but he has also lived in Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, and his now home in Maui. He moved here on a whim in 2002 and after being on island a few weeks he started working at Maui Dive Shop – and now he is one of the best captains on the island, taking folks out on the Maka Koa.  

Not only is Marc one of our captains, he is also a duel rated instructor for both PADI and SSI. He earned his USC 100 ton Captains license in 2008 and has been on the water ever since and loves to find the rare things that Maui has to offer.

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