Author: Trace Malinowski
Trace Malinowski has enjoyed an almost unparalleled 35-year career in the diving industry. At age 13, he walked into a dive shop hoping to buy new snorkeling gear and walked out enrolled in a scuba class. That dive shop wasn't just an ordinary shop, it was the retail and training facility for PDIC International, a respected certification agency that had a rigorous US Navy style diving program at the time.
Since then, he has amassed over 100 scuba and lifeguard certifications, made over 7500 dives, 1000 cave dives, and trained over 650 students in 9 countries with a perfect safety record. He has received the SSI Platinum Pro 5000 Diver Award, the Hal Watts Elite Cave Diving Award, the Abe Davis International Safety Award, and the PADI Aquanaut Recognition for living on the sea floor in an underwater habitat.
He has served as the training director for two of the most respected certification agencies and served on the board of directors for several diving organizations, including the RSTC and WRSTC, where he championed for higher training standards. Trace has written three training manuals and he became the first instructor in the industry certified to teach solo cave diving.
The "Scuba Coach Trace" story begins with the failure of recreational certification agencies to meet the demand of today's diver. Since hazards and accidents in diving diminish proportionately as the knowledge and training of divers increases, Trace believes that we need to train well above the level that we will be diving. He hopes that his classes and coaching sessions will offer a more relaxed, positive and fun experience compared to most other instructors and better ease the transition from non-diver to diver or from one level to the next.
Authors: Gary Taylor
& Trace Malinowski
Diving industry insider with 35+ years of experience specializing in freediver, sport diver, technical diver and cave diver education, team building and unification, professional career training and leadership development, talent acquisition and retention, program development, writing, publishing, public speaking, international cross-border policies, ANSI, OSHA, ISO, NPFA, WRSTC, RSTC, IDSSC standards, regulatory compliance, strategic marketing, and technical emergency analysis and management. He is certified as an instructor trainer evaluator for all open-circuit scuba programs offered through the Professional Scuba Association International (PSAI), an ISO 9001 certified limited liability company.