Ron Ault

Ron Ault started filling tanks in a propane and espresso stand in Potlatch and then moved to the old shop north of Hoodsport. He later moved to the present dive shop in 2008. He brings with him years of experience underwater, first diving mud holes in central Texas as a kid. He grew up and moved on to salvage diving in the navy and joined the prestigious Navy Experimental Diving Unit in its early days. He was the first person to dive below 1000 feet in the open ocean. What's it look like down there? Much like the concrete floor of the dive shop, he says, but with a real soft bottom.

After leaving the navy, Ron took some underwater jobs in construction and salvage and did an exciting stint in the sewers of New York City. He came to Washington state in 1975 and started a long career in commercial harvesting of geoducks, urchins and sea cucumbers. He figures he's walked the entire bottom of the state's inland waters down to about 70 feet and much of the open coast as well.

In 1995 Ron returned to his roots of scuba diving at Hoodsport 'N Dive. He's even started wearing a BC, and is using fins again. He hasn't slowed down on telling sea tales and he's usually ready to tell you one anytime the shop's not too busy.

 

Don Kinney

Don Kinney is the owner and lead instructor for Hoodsport 'N Dive and Cylinder Training Services (CTS). Don began recreational diving in 1985 in Colorado and took his first warm water vacation in Akumal Mexico. He moved from Advanced Nitrox to Trimix and took any class he could find to gain knowledge in this area. After completing his Advanced Trimix classes he decided to take the leap into the recreational / technical professional levels. He started off as a recreational dive instructor and over time became a Trimix instructor trainer.

In 2001, while working in Hoodsport, Washington on the Hood Canal, Don started teaching commercial harvest divers in open water diving and then teamed up with Ron Ault and began a full service instruction program of Surface Supplied Air diving (SSA). The training program expanded and went from the hood canal area to the broader area of western Washington. Hoodsport’N dive has the privilege of training members of many Northwest tribes including: Skokomish, Tulalip, Swinomish, Lummi, Puyallup, Port Gamble,  Jamestown and Squaxin (to name but a few of our many native American tribes). Most recently Don has expanded the SSA training to not only include commercial harvesters, but to other people and teams using surface supplied equipment.

 

Darnell Foskett (Commercial accounts): It is my responsibility to find students to train to become commercial harvesters and to arrange REFRESH classes to ensure safe practices for Surface Supplied Air diving.  I arrange Mobile Sales to bring our products to the harvesters to keep them safe and equipped for the job. With my team I can arrange to repair or replace equipment as needed using our technicians at our store’s 2 locations.

I can be seen at our stores assisting as needed, present at SSA classes serving as

Surface support and out checking in with our valued commercial clients.

 

 

Isabella Timmons, also known as Bella, has been working in the Tumwater shop in Olympia. A native Olympian, she enjoys studying marine biology and aquatic ecology. She keeps busy by working on dry suit repairs and other scuba gear maintenance in the workshop. She also, operates the online eBay platform and helps out with the media outlets, such as Facebook and Instagram.  Check us out online and see what the latest divers are up to!

 

 

Phillip Berg was a happy child until the tragic untimely deaths of his father and mother Thomas and Martha on a night out to the theater... Oh wait that was Batman!

Phil is a Paramedic in the local community and lives in Shelton with his wife and daughter.

Phil learned to dive in 2013  when he was a member of the American Ambulance Rescue team in Fresno California. Phil spent many years responding to 911 calls for rescue and training new members. In 2009 Phil moved back to Washington to be closer to family and continued to dive for fun. Phil joined the team at Hoodsport'n'Dive in the summer of 2015 and has progressed to the level of Divemaster. He assists Instructors with teaching classes as well as leading guided dives and helping divers with skill enhancement.

 

Sarah Redden joined the Hoodsport'N Dive team to try and make everyone's life less complicated! She primarily spends her days in Tumwater issuing dive certs, keeping cylinders and valves clean and safe, keeping everyone's suits leak-free, and working to ensure that what people need is there when they need it. Sarah is also a part of the Cylinder Training Services team, answering questions, processing orders and assisting in the coordination of Visual Inspection Procedure Classes. Interested in one? Give her a ring! She loves a solenoid valve coil with the correct voltage and hates the color blue.

 

Elizabeth Daniel:   Friend. Diver. Purchasing Wizard. Elizabeth spends most of her time on the phone and looking through product catalogs. Her job is to get you whatever you need in a timely matter.  You'll likely find her hiding in the office at our Hoodsport location. In her free time she likes to go diving with her coworkers and play with her chickens! 

 

The rest of our Team (who are shy and don't want to share pictures or stories):

Avrey Cushman- Tumwater - Sales and repairs

 

 

Delia Berg (Phil's Spawn)

I am 13 years old, my hobbies include drawing, reading, stitching, playing video games, creating stuff, and writing stories. I’m the janitor when I choose to show up and my dad makes me do the things he doesn’t want to. At Hoodsport ‘n Dive I am usually found walking around the shop, in the backroom, behind the counter, or hiding from my responsibilities (you will never find me when I am). My favorite color is green/blue, I have no soul thanks to my father. I love to listen to music (i usually listen to it to further ignore my responsibilities). I will be certified soon and look forward to seeing you in the water. 

 

For all your Canal and south Sound diving needs.
TUMWATER opened weekdays
Hoodsport Location
Our Address:
PO Box 1445
24080 North Hwy 101
Hoodsport, WA 98548
(360) 877-6818
Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday - 10am to 4pm
Wednesday - Closed ( visit our TUMWATER location)
Friday - 10am to 6pm
Saturday – 9am to 5pm
Sunday – 9am to 3pm

 

Easy I-5 and Hwy 101 access – for all your Puget Sound diving needs.
Visit the HOODSPORT Store for equipment and service on weekends. 
Tumwater (Olympia) Location
Our Address:
3409 Capitol Blvd SE Tumwater, WA 98501
(360) 866-3684
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday - 10am to 7pm
SaturdayClosed for Diving (Hoodsport OPEN)
Sunday –   Closed for Diving (Hoodsport OPEN)
 
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