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Colin Zylka

I first became interested in diving when visiting a friend in Florida back in 1992. After I got home from that trip I started shopping around for scuba lessons and I had the good fortune to find The Underwater Connection, and as we like to say, I’m “home grown”. I got certified as an Open Water Diver and then went right into my Advanced Open Water course the next weekend. I was hooked! Since then, I have traveled to many locations throughout the world, including Bonaire, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Bahamas, Cozumel, Indonesia, Roatan, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Saba, St. Eustatius, Truk Lagoon, Palau, Fiji, Belize, Catalina Island, Florida Keys, Philippines. Since 1994 when I became an Instructor I have had the pleasure of certifying over 1000 people to varying levels, and now as the only active PADI Course Director in the state, I can conduct the PADI Instructor Development Course, which prepares candidates for becoming a PADI Instructor. I am also a Field Research Coordinator for Diver’s Alert Network’s Project Dive Exploration. During this ongoing project I collect dive data from recreational divers to assist DAN in better understanding how and when divers get injured.


Certified since 1992
Highest Certification Level: PADI Course Director/DAN Instructor Trainer
Instructor Since: 1994

Michael Haynes

In 1986, the Underwater Connection offered a Discover Scuba Experience at North Middle School in Menomonee Falls and I took them up on that offer. Those few minutes in the pool had me hooked. I didn’t know how, or when, or in what capacity scuba diving would be a part of my life, but I knew it would be a BIG part of my life. Since then I have had the great privilege to train over 1000 divers, travel to wonderful exotic locations, explore some incredible shipwrecks, and make some great friends along the way. As a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, and a TDI Trimix Instructor, I get the opportunity to train divers in a wide range of courses, but nothing compares with introducing someone to the underwater world for the first time with the Discover Scuba Experience. It certainly had a big impact on me!


Certified since: 1994
Highest Certification Level: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer/ TDI Trimix Instructor
Instructor Since: 1996


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