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James Hollis (note the similarities in hairstyles with the dolphin!)

James has been diving since 1973. Having always been facinated by the underwater world, he completed a BSc in Marine Biology at the University of British Columbia and went on to create the UBC Aqua Society Shop in 1981, Marine Drive's Capilano Divers Supply (formerly Great Pacific Diving North Vancouver) in 1985 and our flagship Surrey store in 1987.

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Mike McKinley

Mike has been the store manager since 2006. He started diving in 1985, became an Instructor in 1989, and a Master Instructor in 1993. Mike also became a commercial diver in 1996, and started teaching commercial courses in 1997. His sport diving experience is truly global, having worked for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, taught in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Fiji, the exotic waters of Northern British Columbia, and of course, all that Howe Sound and the lower coast offers!

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  Robert (Robin) Hastings Barker Esq

In addition to being GPD's in-house Course Director, Robin has every certification card and qualification in the known (and ethereal) universe. When he is not molding the minds of new instructor candidates Robin is running the technical services department. Clients from across Canada rely on Robin's expertise and incredible skill! Even Jacques Cousteau, during an Expo '86 visit, recognized Robin as an industry contributor!

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