Five Star Wailea Instructors

Greg ShepherdGreg Shepherd - Director of Diving
Greg has been on Maui for 10 years and he and his team are here to make sure that the training and dive experiences exceed expatiations, making this a lifelong sport. The best part is he gets to do what he loves, teach and take people diving.

Greg comes from Montana where he was a Maintenance Supervisor for a Fiberboard Plant. In Montana Greg was very much into the outdoors diving, hunting, fishing, golf and training his beloved Labradors which he competed in field trials all over the northwest. You will find Greg in his free time where else but in the great outdoors here on Maui with his wonderful wife Katherine; Diving for fun, hunting with his dog, golfing and just exploring this great place to live and visit.

Ron KarashRon Karash - Instructor
As a kid in Cleveland, Ohio (back in the day)  I only heard of or saw someone in Scuba gear ONCE. Then, a dozen years ago, I became a certified diver and continued taking courses to become a PADI Instructor. I have been working on Maui as a Scuba instructor only for half the time each year.

The best explanation of why I am a Scuba instructor is this description of three of my students: the success of a 72-year old who tried Scuba five decades earlier and had a "Certified Diver" on his bucket list; the joy and excitement of a mother & daughter who completed certification as a Mothers Day present; and an eight year old Bubblemaker who wrote me this note underwater "Can we refill the tank?".

Michael PearsonMichael Pearson - Instructor
Originally from North Providence, Rhode Island and a graduate in culinary arts and pastry arts from Johnson and Wales University. College opened up a world to seek adventure in travel and a culinary career by working on a Mississippi steamboat, a luxury train, and high-end hotels and restaurants in places like Maine, Boston, Aspen, and Vail. My sense of adventure took me from Maine all the way to Antarctica and around the world exploring, leading tours, and eventually learning to scuba dive in Hawaii and Thailand. Settling on Hawaii's Big Island for three years, Hawaii always called me back to visit and eventually led me to settle on Maui for the last year. Scuba diving is a thrill seekers sport that seemed to fit into my natural flow and offers a new world of wonderful creatures to explore.

Kathrine Lindeman Kathrine "Kat" Lindeman - Instructor
Kathrine "Kat" Lindeman was raised on the coast of Northern California. She works as both a Licensed Massage Therapist and Open Water Scuba Instructor. She began her dive career in the cold waters of Monterey, CA and has dove off the shores of various countries around the world. Kat has been working on dive charter boats since moving to Maui in 2006, and has been working with her new family at 5 Star Scuba since January 2015. When she isn't underwater or massaging you can find her running, hiking, surfing or paddling in the ocean with her dog Keko.

Everett Dahlmeier Everett Dahlmeier  - Instructor
Everett was born and raised in Chico Ca. and was certified at an early age in Monterey CA.  He enjoys sports and all out doors activity. Everett grew up competitively water skiing and snow skiing, typically in the Tahoe area.  He graduated from Chico State in 2011 with an environmental science major applied ecology and a minor in biology.  Shortly after graduating he moved to Maui where he as been in the dive industry for the past three years.  He grew up with reef aquariums the majority of his life which sparked his interest in tropical marine life and now enjoys all water activities whenever he has time to.  He currently has a PADI dive master rating and would hope to become an instructor one day.  If Everett is not working you will most likely find him surfing, spearfishing or continuing his favorite hobby, underwater photography.

Drew ElwoodDrew Elwood - Instructor
Drew swam competitively for 12 years before discovering the underwater world of diving.  He became hooked immediately to the joy of diving with turtles, rays, octopus and all the small critters one can find up close with the reef.  After getting certified in Honduras he decided to teach scuba around the world.  Drew has spent the last 10 years teaching in Thailand, Mexico, Honduras, Australia and now has made his home on Maui. "Even after all this time I still love working with beginners the most.  It's so rewarding to help people acclimate to being underwater, whether they are a natural water baby or it's the first time they have been in the ocean.  To see the joy on a beginners face when they swim with their first turtle or see their first eagle ray is why I love this job!"

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