Tom Lemke
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Tom Lemke


Tell us your origin story!
My best childhood memory is being with my dad on a boat. It just couldn’t have been any better. Life happens, time passes. In 1993, at age 47, I finally learned to dive. Now I think the best thing to do with a boat is go for a dive.

What caused you to make the leap from amateur to dive professional?
Once certified, I couldn’t wait for the next chance to dive so filled the gap taking additional scuba classes in Denver. This lead to certifying as a Divemaster in 2000, then Instructor in 2002 and the process continues. I am still excited about boats and diving. It can’t get any better.

Favorite class to teach?
My favorite class has always been the Basic Open Water Diver program. People often come to this class with great excitement about a new adventure. Others come with mixed feelings; but, with hopes of achieving a personal challenge. In either case, I get vicarious pleasure being part of the process.

Favorite dive destination?
So many dive sites, so little time. My favorite: the ocean. Most of my diving has been in the Caribbean; largely because it is most accessible destination for me. Think Cozumel, Roatan, Bonaire, BVIs, Turks, St. Kitts, Florida Keys. I always find something new to enjoy. I’ve also made trips to Costa Rica, to Baja, to Monterey CA, Vancouver BC, Hawaii, and Fiji. Each with such unique environments it is difficult to compare.

What is your most beloved critter to spot under the waves?
There is a lot to see in the deep blue sea. My favorite, an octopus. When I am lucky enough to find one.

What is your “must have” piece of dive equipment?
If I could travel the world but only carry one piece of equipment it would be my computer. Makes diving easier, safer, and more fun. . . and gives me the information I need to extend dive times.

Favorite non-diving activity?
I like going to the Gym, reading, sitting on my deck and watching the birds, just hanging with my friends. I’m really an exciting guy.

Favorite post-dive treat or beverage?
Cold beer. It refreshes and prepares one for wine at dinner.

Any advice you’d like to offer divers new and old?
Look for opportunities to go slow and be quiet. The less we disturb a place, the more likely we are to see it in its natural state. I enjoy diving with people who really know the environment. If you have the chance to attend a seminar and join a guided dive with one of its presenters; even at a location you have experienced many times, do it. Diving isn’t a been there done it kind of thing. It can always surprise.