Our Mission

To become the dive and snorkeling resource for the Bemidji area and Northwwest Minnesota offering honesty, integrity and the best in Scuba and Snorkeling education, equipment, experiences and travel opportunities.


Our Staff

-Assistant Instructor
-Master Scuba Diver
-PSI Cylinder Inspector

I was initiated into the wonderful world of diving by my husband Dan in Ely, Minnesota (my hometown) and took my first PADI course, in November of 1999. My thought then was, if I want to see Dan at all, I better get certified to dive. Since that initial certification I have become a PADI Assistant Instructor and Owner of The Dive Depot. I work mostly full time at the store where you will find me doing advertising, marketing, sales and even schlepping tanks. I became a PSI cylinder inspector years ago and do visual inspections on breathing air tank cylinders.

I’m here to encourage all women to try to scuba dive! Learn it and love it!

My favorite place to travel to, to dive is still defiantly Roatan Honduras at Cocoview Resort AND I can never forget Burntside Lake in my hometown of Ely Minnesota.

-IDC Staff Instructor

I started diving in Hawaii while stationed at Pearl Harbor in the US Navy Submarine Fleet in 1991. I really enjoyed diving the west end of Oahu, especially at night when we would “hunt bugs.” I also got the opportunity to dive in Guam while in the Navy. After completing my service, I came home to Minnesota and started working at A & W Diving in Ely, MN. Here I fell in love with my wife Michelle and diving freshwater lakes. After completing my Instructor course in May 2000, I worked in Ely for two more summers while going to college at Bemidji State University (BSU). In 2001, Michelle and I decided to open The Dive Depot here in Bemidji. In November 2005, we opened our new location at 1615 Fern St NW in Bemidji. I am also a part-time instructor at BSU in the science department while I continue to work towards my Master’s Degree in Science Education.


-Discover Scuba Diving Leader

I was certified by Dan as an Open Water diver in June of 2002 and worked my way through the ranks to become a Divemaster/Discover Scuba Diving Leader in October of 2004. I have worked as a divemaster for the Dive Depot since that time. My logbook has 250 logged open water dives and I'm certified in Ice Diving, Dry Suit Diving and Emergency First Response CPR/AED/First Aid. I also carry a Wilderness First Aid certification. As a divemaster, I'm able to conduct tours for certified divers and conduct Discover Scuba programs for future divers interested in a Scuba experience as well as Scuba Review programs for divers who feel they need a "refresher" course in diving skills. If you are interested in any of these programs and would like to have a Divemaster at your service, please give the Dive Depot a call and they will put you on the schedule.


Since becoming open water certified in October of 2002 I’ve been hooked on diving.  I have continued my diving education by becoming a Divemaster in October of 2006.  I hope to continue on and become an Instructor. My certifications include, Drysuit, Equipment Specialist and Dive Rescue 1 Specialist.  I volunteer as a public safety diver with the Lakes Area Dive Team.  I am also a volunteer firefighter and First Responder.  Since I enjoy diving with new divers and veterans alike, I look forward to meeting and diving with you.

-Discover Scuba Diving Leader
-Master Scuba Diver

I have always been interested in diving but never took action until after I went snorkeling and rode in a submarine in the Grand Cayman’s. It was after these experiences that I told myself “I have to see more.”  I was certified as an Open Water diver in May of 2004 and completed my Divemaster course in July 2007.

I have dove in Roatan Honduras, St Thomas USVI, Lake Superior and numerous lakes in northern MN. I have logged close to 200 dives. I am certified as a boat diver, peak performance buoyancy, ice diver, dry suit and equipment specialist and I am eligible for Master Scuba Diver. I live in Holt, MN with my wife Carol.  I work for Arctic Cat as a senior technician. My weekends, in the summer, are spent in Bemidji enjoying the lakes.

My goal is to help people enjoy diving as much as I do.

10am-3pm Tuesday
10am-5pm Wednesday-Saturday
CLOSED Sunday-Monday