Born and raised in Oregon, Dan Semrad II has always had a passion for the water. As a biologist and an educator by training and profession; freediving and spearfishing are more than just sport. With a deep respect for the ocean and an appreciation for every experience it provides, Dan loves sharing his experience and training divers to experience the wonder of our aquatic environments and the thrill of diving! Dan holds professional level certifications with PFI, NAUI, and SSI. Dan also was the first ever NAUI freediver instructor through the collaboration between NAUI and PFI.
Ian is based out of Astoria, Oregon. A former FII instructor Ian taught mainly in the Northern LA – Santa Barbara area and Portland. Ian has 20+ years experience in the ocean diving, surfing, sailing, and fishing. He has traveled extensively throughout Baja and the world in search of good surf and spearfishing spots and can set up custom guided trips and classes.
Josh grew up on remote Ahe atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago, in the middle of the Pacific. It was here that his life long love affair with the ocean began. Later, as an adult, he started a black pearl farm with his father on Ahe atoll and together they pioneered sustainable pearl farming. Freediving for work was always fun no matter how grueling it could get. Since his youth, spearfishing has been an integral part of Josh’s life whether that be in the tropics or the dark, cold waters of the Pacific North West.
In the first modern day PNW spearfishing tournament held at Boiler Bay in 2012, Josh swept the field with wins in total aggregate, biggest lingcod, biggest perch, biggest greenling and china rockfish.