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Divers Taking Care of Divers

Larry Millwood

PADI Course Director/Instructor Trainer #33616
Larry became a PADI Divemaster and Instructor in 1988 while diving and discovering the underwater wonders of Hawaii. He then designed, owned, and operated several successful dive shops in Hawaii as well as the first and only dive shop on historic Midway Atoll.
In 1993, Larry became a PADI Course Director/Instructor Trainer and has taught several Instructor level courses in Hawaii, Okinawa, and right here in Las Vegas.
Larry moved to the Las Vegas Valley in 1997 and has worked in the specialized, dive entertainment industry...
*HOD (Head of Aquatics) @ O" Show, Bellagio
*DSO (Dive Safety Officer) @ Dolphin Habitat, Mirage Resort
*Senior FX operator and diver @ Le Reve, Wynn Resort

Larry is the man to talk to if you have any thoughts or dreams of working in the entertainment industry!
Larry has also worked as a commercial diver, contracted by the Dept. of Defense, US Navy, and is also a certified USCG 100-ton boat captain.




Marcus Mitchell

PADI Master Instructor #240168

Marcus Mitchell was born in Roseburg, Oregon, and raised in Florence, Montana. He later returned to Oregon where he attended Southern Oregon University and earned a Bachelors's Degree in Business Management and Health and Fitness. He comes from a 25-year background in customer service, education, and finance.  His experience is unique and that he has worked in the insurance and mortgage industries as well as a scuba diving trainer for Le Reve on the Las Vegas strip.

Marcus has been a certified PADI diver for 25 years. He has been a PADI Instructor for 12 years and a Master Instructor for the last 10 of those 12 years.  He has most recently started teaching a scuba course for the Physical Education department of UNLV. Marcus Mitchell is married and lives in Las Vegas, NV with his wife, Kathleen, and two daughters; Khloe and Mila. He spends his free time teaching scuba diving, weightlifting, kayaking, golfing, traveling, and camping with this family.




Andre Pichette

PADI OWSI #359310

Andre started his diving career in June of 1991, he loved it so much he hopped right into his advanced certification and 6 specialties, Wreck, Deep, Cave, Ice diver, Navigation, and Night Diver. In September of 1994, Andre became a Master Scuba Diver.

In 2015 his vision for becoming a pro came to light by becoming a DiveMaster. Andre Received his Instructor in November 2020 and is working towards his Master Scuba Diver Instructor Rating to teach different Specialties.


Joel Wells 

PADI OWSI  #448990

Joel is a Las Vegas native and while he has lived his entire life in Las Vegas, he began his dive career on the island of Maui. After his first underwater experience with an amazing PADI Instructor in 2017, he realized that being an Instructor was a way for him to be able to share that same amazing experience with others.

While he frequently travels back and forth to Maui, Joel loves to teach and guide others in the world of scuba in both fresh water as well as the ocean world, and is now working toward his Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating.


Taysia Bleu

PADI DM #455589

Taysia became a PADI Divemaster in 2020. Her love of the ocean and all things "bleu" bring an element of eco-friendly ideas to the way 3rd Reef Divers operates. Taysia is a mother of 2 little monster boys and knows just how much peace and tranquility, diving can offer. Her passion is for everyone to experience the freedom and whole-ness that the underwater world can provide. You can usually find her at the shop with a smile on her face, ready to make all of your diving dreams come to life.

Taysia is currently working on her Instructor and can't wait to travel and dive the world with her 3rd Reef Crew.


Rachel Ehler

PADI DM #508455

Rachel became a PADI Divemaster in 2021! She has been diving for about 14 years.  It started as a summer hobby with her father but quickly became her passion.  She went to school for Environmental Science and Biology because she wanted to save the reefs.  Although she is land locked now, she loves to share her passion and knowledge of the underwater world. When Rachel is not underwater, you'll catch her playing with her 3 fur-babies, and going on adventures with her husband and friends. 


Jamie Risner

PADI DM #454906

Jamie received his open water certification in 2018, advanced open water and rescue certifications in 2019. He used his Covid-19 down days to study and become a PADI Divemaster in 2020. Jamie is very comfortable cold water diving, having dove the shipwrecks of the Great Lakes, quarries of the Northeast, and diving into an old mine in Bonne Terre MO. He also enjoys the tropical life of the Caribbean’s U.S. Virgin Islands and reefs in Key Largo as well. Jamie enjoys helping others develop their Scuba skills and furthering his skills and education in adaptive diving.






Mitchell Claffey

PADI DM #349373

Mitch started his diving career in 2012 while in the Mediterranean. He loved it so much he completed 6 PADI certifications in two months. When he came home, he realized he really enjoyed teaching people to dive so he became a Dive Master and is currently working towards becoming an instructor.

Mitch’s day job is in the U.S. Air Force. He has been in the military for 18 years and is looking forward to retiring, so he can do more diving. He has been deployed 5 times to include Iraq and Afghanistan, which is why his diving career slowed down a bit. He is originally from Columbus, Ohio and loves The Ohio State University, Buckeyes!

Mitch is a highly motivated Dive master and is always ready to help fellow divers and instructors.





KENNETH HALSTEAD

PADI DM #520194 & Lead Repair Tech

Kenny learned to dive in 2020. It’s been a burning passion ever since. He currently has 20 PADI certifications and is working toward becoming an instructor soon, so you’ll frequently see him observing in classes and dive sessions. He is also the Lead Repair Tech at our very own Repair Bar and earning more certifications for repair all the time. Kenny loves educating and talking to people, especially about the latest gear (and the greatest gear). He is a “Jack of all trades” and is willing to help anyone! Stop by the Repair Bar and say “Hi” he’ll have a joke and a smile ready for you! When Kenny isn’t diving/fixing/learning he is home with his love, Kayla, and their home “zoo”.





Mary Taitano

PADI DM #174916

OW in 1998.  DM in 2000.  OWSI in 2002.  Have a thousand-plus dives mostly in Guam and Palau, some in Saipan and Mexico (Cabo, Cozumel, and Playa Del Carmen).  Mary has done a handful of colder, fresh water lake dives in Indiana and Nevada and have vowed to stay out of such bodies of water as much as possible (since you should only get brain freeze from eating ice cream too fast and not from scuba diving).


When she's not diving, she's  running, doing triathlons, traveling back home for warm-water diving, working to save the planet, keeping her dog alive, partying with friends, or sleeping.



BlakeMarie Martinez

PADI FreeDive Instructor & DM #455571

Blake was an active mermaid at the Silverton Hotel and Casino when she joined our team.  After obtaining her PADI Divemaster and Freediving Instructor rating, she moved back to Hawaii where she continues to do what she loves most in the diving industry.  Our plan is to introduce freedivers to the sport in Las Vegas and continue their education and experiences with Blake and our 3rd Reef Divers affiliate in Hawaii.