Our Team

 

Daniel Semrad II

Owner, Advanced Instructor Trainer, Safety, Athlete, Coach

Owner, founder and lead instructor 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 for Daniel. 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 is a 4X CMAS US National Record holding freediver, an Advanced Instructor Trainer, Competition Safety, and Coach.

 


Daniel Flood

Freediver Instructor

Want to get in the water with a Flood? Meet Daniel Flood, one of the freediver instructors with the Oregon Freediving Company. Earning his instructor certification through Performance Freediving International (PFI) in the beginning of 2018, Daniel has been helping people find new ways to enjoy their time in the water. Daniel’s values originate from a respect of the sea that was instilled at a young age by his father who was an aviation officer in the United States Coast Gard. Most memorably while spending three years living in Alaska on Kodiak Island, cold water survival training was part of the elementary school curriculum. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest the ocean has played a large role in Daniels life. Going through several scuba certifications in 2016 he was introduced to freediving and was instantly drawn the sport. Wanting to be as informed as one could, he started by taking the freediving course offered by the Oregon Freediving Company, the same course that Daniel now teaches. At the end of 2018 Daniel has started working on the intermediate instructor certification. Daniel has begun teaching his daughter the same values and respect for the water, when permitted in between tea parties and trips to the park.


Aaron Smith

Safety Supervisor

Aaron Smith, a water enthusiast to say the least. Following his career in the Marine Corps, he became an underwater welding Technician and a scuba instructor which led to a two year position as a divemaster and spearfishing guide with Dan Lindley of Offshore dive charters out of Jacksonville Florida. Following this Aaron became a XPT Water pro coach to train athletes in water and increase water confidence. In 2020 Aaron Started his path to becoming a freedive instructor under Dan Semrad II and is currently a Safety/Supervisor for Dive operations at OFC. 

 

 

TEAM DIVERS


Jeff Garwood

Advanced Freediver, Team Diver

Kurt Grote

Advanced Freediver, Team Diver

Ian Elstrom

Team Diver

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.