Drew Nageleisen


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What got you started in diving?

My dad was a diver, starting in the mid-1960s. I saw the photos and heard his stories as a kid when we watched Jacques Cousteau’s The Silent World. I learned to snorkel at our family cottage and dreamed of seeing what was at the bottom of the lake.

As an adult, I snorkeled with turtles in Akumal Beach in Mexico and wanted to do MORE. I started diving. I received my Open Water Certification in January of 2012 and became a PADI Divemaster by October 2012.


I prefer to call it passion…

What keeps you exited about diving?


I love the meditative quality of a comfortable recreational dive, the challenge of diving a new site for the first time, taking courses and the look on student’s faces the first time they “get it.” Under the water is a great place to be!

What is your favorite type of diving?

Any diving! Wrecks, shark diving, a comfortable drift dive and hanging on the back of a boat with other divers. There is something about diving that transcends language and almost everything else. You meet some interesting people while diving.

What are your certifications?

  • Master Scuba Diver
  • Dive Master
  • Assistant Instructor
  • Open Water Scuba Instructor
  • Specialty Instructor
  • Master Scuba Diver Trainer
  • Instructor Development Course Staff Instructor
  • EFR Instructor
  • Zeagle Service Technician
  • Sherwood Service Technician
  • AUP Service Technician