At Barracuda Divers our students become our friends!
Our certification agency is IDEA, www.idea-scubadiving.com. International Diving Educator's Association. IDEA is one of the largest certification agencies in the world, and was one of the founding members of the RSTC (Recreational Scuba Training Council) All members of the RSTC recognize each other's certifications. What does this mean to you? It means that you can come to us with an Openwater Certification from another agency, and we can upgrade that certification to Advanced, Divemaster, or even all the way to the Instructor level. Or if you receive your Openwater or Advanced Certification through IDEA, you can continue your dive education through another agency should you so choose.
|Instructor Phil Hutchens with John Shaffer on a dive boat somewhere in the Caribbean.||There are always lots of laughs in our classes,even from the instructor!|
Phil Hutchens is our IDEA Instructor Trainer. Phil has been a SCUBA diver since 1974, and has since logged over 2000 dives. Phil has been the SCUBA Instructor at Wallace State College in Hanceville, Alabama since the year of 2000. Phil has Specialty Instructor Certifications for Advanced Certification, Rescue Diver, Basic Search and Recovery , Advanced Search and Recovery, Nitrox, Boat, Deep Diver, Night, Wreck Diver, and is Alabama's only IDEA Shark Specialty Instructor! Being an Instructor Trainer, Phil can take a diver through the Divemaster program, all the way through to Instructor Certification.
Phil served as Divemaster for the Cullman County Rescue Squad, and continues to work with this agency. Because of his background as a Public Safety Diver, he loves to work with Rescue Squad, Sheriff's Department, and Fire Department Dive Teams.
|Phil with his favorite dive buddy, his daughter Ashlee. Ashlee joins us on many of our group trips and is our Barracuda Diver's underwater photographer.|
Terry served four years in the U.S. Navy on board a Nuclear Submarine Service as a Sonar Tech. His first dive was at Andros Island in the Bahamas in the summer of 1976. Terry is a volunteer instructor with the Cullman American Red Cross where he teaches: CPR, AED, First Aid, Oxygen Provider, and Water Safety.
Terry is currently working in maintenance at ULA in Decatur, AL where he builds Delta II and Delta IV Rockets. Terry has a B.S. in Electrical Tech. and three Assoc. Degrees in science. Terry is certified as a Basic EMT, Firefighter, Hazmat Technician, and Hazmat Specialist.
|Terry during one of our checkout dives in Vortex Springs, Fl||Instructor Terry Briscoe is always available with a helping hand, or that little bit of advice that makes the dive go smoother.|
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IDEA Recognizes and Congratulates Our Barracuda Divers Instructors!