Our Staff
Mike Kucharski

Michael Kucharski

Michael is a retired member of the US Army who came to Costa Rica to try diving. After diving the area, Mike decided to stay and start a dive business. When diving with Mike you will notice the permanent smile that is on his face. Mike has learned to dive incredibly well in the past year, becoming a Divemaster in the process.

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Nere Aguero

Nere has always had interest in the underwater world and studied Marine Biology in University in San Jose at the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica. Nere is here by mistake. The University stopped offering a course she needed to graduate for a semester. In that semester Nere started diving and loved it. On her way to becoming a divemaster, Nere met Mike. The rest is history!

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Scott Jackson

After retiring as Clinical Director of an Orthotic Practice in the states, I searched the world to find a place to open a dive operation. Once I experienced the professionalism, quality of gear, the dedication to customer service and the awesome boat, I realized that I could not provide anything better. I asked Mike and Nere to join their family, and they graciously accepted me with the nick name “Old Man”.

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Mykol

Mykol is also widely known as the Cookie Monster. Mykol joined us after working at Los Almendros for years. Mykol is also a local tico and helps out with all of the land based aspects of the dive shop.

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Hannah

With more than 15 years teaching as a Padi instructor (13 in Costa Rica) Hannah has been referred to as a legend in local Guanacaste dive circles. Known for her love of getting beginner divers to experience their first breaths underwater, but also for her love of the nudibranch populations. The rest of her time is spent with her 6 yr old son who sometimes joins her onboard as a special guest.

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Michal Ilkanich

Born and raised in Slovakia he arrived to Rocket Frog as an Advanced Diver with the goal to become a Divemaster. He was marvelled by the wonders and variety of the oceans in Costa Rica and turned a passionate Specialty instructor. As the days went by he gained the trust of the crew now he gets to boss around the rest of the instructors.

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Luis Carlos Huertas

After expending 12 years as an MD, AHA instructor and medical coordinator of prehospital rescue services, He was reborn in Rocket Frog as an specialty instructor. Hyperactive individual, underwater photography enthusiast; he found with us the love to observe, study and teach the passion of the ocean and its creatures.

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Max

Maxim Kassimov changed his life after 18 years experience in IT. All his life he admired films of Jacques Yves Cousteau and now decided to devote his life to diving. Max is also fluent in Russian.

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Marine

Fascinated by the ocean since she was young, she went diving for the first time in Australia and realized at that point her need to be connected to the ocean. She did more diving and training in Thailand, then went on to complete her divemaster in Greece & got directly involved in marine conservation. Passionate and optimistic, she fell in love with the Pacific Ocean and believes that the community of divers can make the difference.
As a dive professional and an ocean ambassador she wants to share the beauty of the underwater world and teach people how to respect, understand and protect it.

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Dave

Dave grew up in the Mojave Desert in California but, inspired by The Undersea World of Jaques Cousteau, was always fascinated by the sea. While serving in the military, he traveled to many parts of the world exploring the ocean from the surface. It wasn’t until he retired to Costa Rica in 2017 when he could realize his passion for SCUBA diving and earned his PADI Open Water Certification.Excited by the undersea world, Dave continued his diving education and became a Divemaster in August of 2018 and earned his Instructor rating in December of that year.

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Alex

Ex-Midwesterner/Texan brought to Costa Rica with no intentions of diving at all, we see where that went. Fond of revolutionary ideas, mantas, geography, and architecture.