Welcome Jim!

Photo Credit: Danelle Gunderson

Scuba Educators International is delighted to welcome Mr. Jim Gunderson to our family as the Vice President of Training and Program Development. We are excited to have Jim’s decades of training, safety, and program development experience on the Scuba Educators team.

Jim hails from a very unlikely place for divers, Casper, Wyoming.   He has been diving since 1986.   He holds certifications from PADI, NAUI, SEI and is an inactive AAUS 100’ scientific diver.   He is also a PSI/PCI cylinder inspector, valve and oxygen cleaning technician.  Jim has almost 5000 dives spread amongst training, recreational, teaching and scientific diving.  He has dived in the high altitude lakes of Wyoming and Montana, Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest, Florida, the Carolinas, and the Caribbean.  He first entered the professional diving arena in 2002 as a research diver with the University of Hawaii at Hilo. In 2011 he became a member of NAUI and in 2016 was their Training Manager.  In 2019 he moved to North Carolina where he started as the Assistant Director of Training for Divers Alert Network and in 2020 became their Director of Training.  Jim has been a contributing author for several core and specialty scuba text books, designed and implemented the DAN V3.0 First Aid courses, and wrote the chapter on Water Emergencies for the Outdoor Emergency Care textbook for the National Ski Patrol. He has also authored several articles for Sources and Alert Diver magazines.  Jim holds degrees from the University of Wyoming and the University of Hawaii at Hilo. 

Amongst Jim’s favorite places to dive – the Pacific Northwest, Florida Keys, any wreck he can find and Tortola.   He wants to dive in Antarctica and is working towards some additional technical diving certifications.

Jim is married to Danelle and has 4 grown daughters and 2 granddaughters.  When not diving, Jim is an avid downhill skier and softball player, loves to ride motorcycles, and enjoys woodworking. 

Photo Credit: Larry Basch