Meet our staff
A dive store is only as good as it's staff, and we've got the best!
ROBYN FYFE - Owner, Instructor
I have always wanted to learn to dive as long as I can remember and diving in Galapagos was a childhood dream. When I moved to Victoria in 1980 the first thing I did was get certified, then I found a great diving community and trained up to PADI Divemaster. During my 10 years in Victoria, I regularly dived local sites and discovered the incredible, critter rich waters of Port Hardy, including breathtaking Browning Passage and the exhilarating Nakwakto Rapids. Fast forward to 2012 my husband, Scot, encouraged me to become a PADI Instructor and to this day I enjoy introducing new divers to the wonders of our ocean. Scot and I fulfilled my dream of diving in Galapagos in 2013 and we also visited Bonaire, Curacao and Thailand for some spectacular diving. Of our 6 kids, 5 are certified and we hope to have the 6th certified after she finishes giving us beautiful grandchildren who are already hooked on the idea of becoming divers. I love owning Pacific Pro Dive because it is a perfect way to build community and promote conservation. I hope to see all of you out diving soon!
What is it about diving you love? The best part of diving is the community. I love meeting new divers and experienced divers alike and sharing our wondrous underwater world with them. It is never boring seeing the same creatures over and over but so exhilarating finding new ones and the same goes for dive buddies.
What is your favourite dive site? My favourite dive site is Seven Tree Island in Browning Passage, near Port Hardy. Every dive there is sensory overload because there is so much life to see. I am truly spoiled to live where the best diving in the world is at my fingertips.
What advice can you give to new divers? Don’t stop at Open Water. Keep diving, keep learning and keep exploring the wonders of our ocean.
SCOT FYFE - Owner
I believe that our responsibility as people is to be good stewards of our planet, the animals on it and the environment in which we live. As a dive center we are in a unique position to teach people just how delicate and diverse our underwater world is. Seeing the excitement in the eyes of a new diver makes it all worthwhile. The world is an amazing place, and diving around the world has opened my eyes to how beautiful the oceans and the life in it are. It’s a reminder to never take what we have for granted.
What is it about diving you love? I love the uniqueness of underwater life and the diversity from one side of the island to the other. It is important that we educate each other on how to respect and conserve the life.
What is your favourite dive site? My favourite dive site is in Galapagos because there is so much big life.
What advice can you give to new divers? Never be afraid to ask as many questions as you can before you make your first gear purchase.
TRAVIS FYFE - Courtenay, Sales
I have been with Pacific Pro Dive for nearly a year now, and I thoroughly enjoy spending time with all things diving! When I am not at the dive store, I am busy completing my business administration diploma through online learning, exploring the island, and of course dry suit diving!
What is your favourite dive site? I think I would go with Tyee Cove! I consider it the “standard” dive site, and it’s typically one of the easier shore dive sites to recommend for new divers to jump into. I like the fact you can choose either of the two walls to dive, and they always have something new to see! I also prefer this dive site as it has an onsite bathroom as well as plenty of space to setup and take down your equipment with a larger size group.
What is your favourite piece of dive gear? I am blown away by any new products I get the opportunity to learn about at Pacific Pro Dive. One of my most favourite pieces of dive gear would have to be dive masks. After selling countless masks at the store, I’ve really come to realize how important selecting a high quality, comfortable fitting mask is. Whether you scuba dive, freedive, or just enjoy snorkeling, a mask connects you directly with the underwater world. A good or bad mask can completely make or break your experience in the water.
What is it about Vancouver Island diving you enjoy so much? Vancouver Island diving offers such a diverse number of dive sites compared to other areas in the world. Are you a newer diver wanting to start your first dives in a calm, easily accessible spot? You got it. Are you an experienced diver looking to go past 100 feet? Done. Do you not dive at all but want to experience the salmon runs in Campbell River? You can do that too. The dive community here on Vancouver Island are incredibly welcoming. Nowhere else will you meet such a vibrant community that is eager to share their stories and set you up for your own successes in the water. It is how I got started diving, and it is how you can start too!
Guy Dewolf - Divemaster
Guy took up scuba diving in 2017 after retiring and moving to the Comox Valley. Guy is now a Dive Master, leading local dives, and also works in Pacific Pro Dive's Courtenay dive centre. As a military veteran Guy is also a member of CFB Comox's 19 Wing Pacific Divers Scuba Club with whom he teaches Discover Scuba Diving courses, assists with Open Water courses and serves on the club's technical committee. When not scuba diving Guy is frequently riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle year round with his fellow veteran biker friends around Vancouver Island and beyond.
What is your favourite dive site? Of the numerous amazing dive sites around Vancouver Island Guy is most fond of China Creek located just south of the town of Port Alberni. The wreck and the wall at China Creek are wonderful dives for both beginners and more advanced divers.
What is your favourite piece of dive gear? Guy's favourite piece of equipment is his underwater light, which he uses for indicating underwater points of interest for other divers and illumination for photography.
What is it about Vancouver Island diving you enjoy so much? Guy was born and raised on Vancouver Island and has a strong connection to the land and waters here. The marine life is abundant and captivatingly beautiful. With the mild winter climate, diving the waters around Vancouver Island is a year round activity. Emerging from the sea after a winter dive to see the snow capped mountains of the Central Vancouver Island Mountain Range and the Coast Mountains is to experience some of the most unparalleled natural beauty of Vancouver Island.
Sylvain Dalanson - Instructor
It’s a dream come true to finally be able to dive in the British Columbia Emerald Sea. As an aficionado of cold water, I had the chance to start my diving journey in the water of Brittany, the French West coast in 2017 and I dove in the freezing water of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec for almost a year before having the chance to come on the Island. It’s been, since then, a wonder to dive with wolf eels, rockfishes, nudibranchs and octopuses. As a former P.E. teacher and scuba diving Instructor since 2019, it’s an honour to welcome new people underwater and a privilege to share with them the complexity and the wealth of marine life!
What is your favourite dive site?
My favourite out of many sites and probably also one of the most challenging is St. Rose du Nord in the Fjord of St. Lawrence River, where salt and freshwater meet. I had the chance to dive the site just before the freezing point of the fresh water under snowy conditions.
On top, a 5m deep layer of murky reddish fresh water and below, crystal clear salt water at 2°C, full of bioluminescent marine life, best done as a night dive! (no light going through the layer of fresh water). We were lucky, going back up to the surface between ice cubes forming, to reach the surface with the snow slowly falling down on us in the dawn of a late winter afternoon. That’s a picture that’s never gonna be challenged!
What is your favourite piece of gear?
I grew very fond of Poseidon regulators and that was my choice for my first set of regulators. I had the chance to bring mine into very challenging conditions without any failure! Reliability, sturdiness, an amazing propensity to give you air whatever the cold or the depth and it has a dashing look! The set of old generation Jet Stream I bought from the director of the French Cave Diver Association – it has never failed me and took me through all of my professional certifications with PADI!
What advice can you give to new divers?
Don’t be afraid to go discover new places underwater with your buddies and never believe old divers who love to tell you fairytales (it’s alright to listen to the stories though, if they have a good homemade rum punch).