Reef Seekers Dive Co. has been taking people diving since April of 1988. We like to
think that we've earned a pretty good reputation in that time (at least,
that's what our customers and other stores tell us) but we couldn't do it
without the leadership, dedication, vision, wisdom, skill, and hard work of
ALL the people who make up the Reef Seekers team. They represent instructors,
divemasters, assistants, and staff of varied background and experiences, whose
main goal is to help you enjoy the wonders of our underwater world without
hassle or stress. We thought you might like to see who they are.
Ken Kurtis was kicked out of swim
class twice by the time he was six. (He didn't like putting his face
in the water.) Hardly an auspicious start to a diving career. But
Ken always loved being around the water, loved looking at fish, and
in 1978 while running a radio station in Richmond, VA, was offered a
chance to get certified and took advantage of it. Ken then became a
NAUI Instructor (Top Candidate at his 1980 ITC) and has taught thousands of people over the years.
He still actively teaches everything from entry-level on
up, and confesses his favorite class to teach is Fish Identification.
Ken's logged over 5,000 dives all over the world in
such varied places as the Maldives, Indonesia, Yap, Tahiti, Bonaire,
Cocos, Alaska, Easter Island and, of course, his beloved waters of
Southern California. As the owner of Reef Seekers Dive Co., he
speaks frequently to dive clubs about diving and especially safety
issues. Ken's been chairman of Chamber Day/Eve since the early 90s,
served as a member of the Statewide Interests Group for the MLPA (Marine
Life Protection Act), and is a volunteer Dive Team Leader at the
Aquarium of the Pacific. Ken's an accomplished photographer and his
photos and stories can be found in the pages of the California
Diving News, Sport Diver, Skin Diver, Undercurrent
scuba publications, along with the monthly Reef Seekers newsletter.
Since 2003, Ken has been a Forensic Consultant to the L.A. County
Coroner for scuba fatalities, doing equipment testing and accident
analysis. With all that he still finds time to maintain an acting
career and leads most of the local and foreign trips for Reef
Seekers. He's a very good cook, avid Scrabble & Boggle player,
chases total solar eclipses, ran five L.A. Marathons, and is kind to
animals and small children. Be sure to ask him his
mantra about divers. He also claims to hold
the Reef Seekers deep diving record of 3500' . . . but we have to add the
caveat that he did it in the Alvin submersible for a PBS special so
that might be cheating.