Diving industry insider with 38 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.
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Trace Malinowski has enjoyed an almost unparalleled 38 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 achieving "aquanaut" status by living on the sea floor for over 24 continuous hours in a semi-autonomous underwater habitat.
He has served as the training director for two of the most respected certification agencies, PDIC and PSAI, 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 diving manuals, and he became the first instructor in the industry certified to teach solo cave diving. He currently is a consultant with the International Diving Safety Standards Commission (IDSSC) and the president and co-founder of the National Association of Solo and Team Divers (NASTD).
The "Scuba Coach Trace" story begins with the failure of certification agencies to meet the demand of today's diver. Shorter traditional class times have resulted in greater stress and diminished performance. He hopes that his classes and coaching sessions will offer a more relaxed, positive, and fun experience, putting quality first, and better ease the transition from non-diver to diver, or from one certification level to the next.