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 and Squaxin. Most recently Don has expanded the SSA training to not only include commercial harvesters, but to other people and teams using surface supplied equipment.


The rest of our team:
Travis McGhee
Mike Hoisington

Darnell Foskett
Jamie Welsh
Marilyn Sutton
Anita Floyd
Dale Huitt



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 – 8am to 6pm
Sunday – 8am to 4pm


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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