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Inside Under's Story


Inside Under: The Story

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Inside Under's Story


Inside Under: The Story

 
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My name is Alex Lichtblau and I first learned to dive while visiting the Galápagos in 2011, and was at once hooked. That first experience in the rich, churning waters of the Pacific captivated me, and I returned to spend the next year diving and gaining experience in some of the most difficult and diverse diving conditions on the planet.

In the Galápagos, I worked as a field ecology instructor and field research assistant. Aside from new diving abilities, I acquired scientific research experience, backcountry skills and a wilderness first response certification. After completing 70+ dives and my PADI Rescue Diver course, I returned fluent in Spanish, to the United States in 2013. I spent nearly 2 years in the states working and completing my Divemaster course off the coast of California, around Catalina and the Channel Islands.

Upon becoming a Divemaster in 2014, dive-industry work immediately called to me from the warm and vibrant Caribbean. I moved to Roatán, Honduras, where I became an instructor and worked at a top-rated independent valet dive shop. 2 years, 100+ certifications, and 750+ dives later, I returned to the United States a seasoned and eager dive instructor ready to explore new opportunities.

During my time out of the water, I began building Inside Under by exploring opportunities in dive travel planning, private dive instruction, photo-editing / printing, social media marketing and website construction and maintenance.

At the start of 2017 I travelled Southeast Asia, focusing on the diving around western and central Indonesia. As a freelance instructor and guide, I quickly took to my surroundings and gained invaluable experience in a wide range of work environments and cultures. Bringing my lifetime count to 1300+ dives with nearly 200 hours of dive time in Indonesian waters, the trip opened my eyes to a new world of diving possibilities.

Now my mission is to grow my business by helping more people discover the ocean through concierge dive trips and private dive instruction. I am always looking forward to sharing an inside look at life underwater.

I was born and raised in the Arizona desert, which may be why I am so drawn to the water. I studied ecology and evolutionary biology, as well as Spanish, at the University of Arizona in Tucson. See my CV/resume, click here.

Photography courtesy of Alex St. Jean.

 
 
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Dive Travel and Dive CourseTestimonials


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Dive Travel and Dive CourseTestimonials


See what people are saying...

I can't imagine having learned how to dive with anyone else. Alex helped me fall in love with scuba diving.

-Brittney


I would recommend Alex to EVERYONE doing ANY [diving] course. He is the best instructor I can remember for any new activity/sport.

-Raj


TALKING WITH OTHERS, I REALIZED HOW LUCKY I WAS IN THAT ALEX IS AN EXCEPTIONAL INSTRUCTOR. HE OBVIOUSLY HAS A LOVE FOR DIVING AND PASSED ON THAT PASSION TO US...IN FACT, I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE HIM CERTIFY MY KIDS IN THE FUTURE.

-TERRI


HE IS PROFESSIONAL, YET MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE MORE THAN JUST A CLIENT. YOU CAN TELL THAT HE REALLY LOVES HIS JOB AND THAT HE'S IN HIS ELEMENT.

-MALIKEE


LIFE MIGHT BE GOOD ENOUGH WITH US SO WE CAN DIVE TOGETHER AGAIN...AHHHHHHHH (ANGELIC VOICES SINGING)!!!

-MAUDE

 

 One of Alex's happy dive certification students enjoys his new-found skills on a dive vacaction in Roatan, Honduras.

One of Alex's happy dive certification students enjoys his new-found skills on a dive vacaction in Roatan, Honduras.


 A photographer friend, Alex St. Jean, captures Alex diving into the warm water of the Caribbean during some playtime at sea.

A photographer friend, Alex St. Jean, captures Alex diving into the warm water of the Caribbean during some playtime at sea.

His skill and competence made our trip to Roatan a success! Would definitely recommend Alex to anyone looking to learn Scuba and have a great vacation. I can't say enough positive things about my experience in his class.

-ALice


THE INSTRUCTOR DID AN AMAZING JOB OF CREATING A RELAXED ENVIRONMENT THAT MADE DIVING COMFORTABLE AND ENJOYABLE WHILE STAYING FOCUSED ON SAFETY.

-LOU


I really felt comfortable entrusting him with my safety. He answered all of my questions and took my concerns seriously. Additionally, his enthusiasm and outgoing attitude was infectious.

-Evan


Alex is super helpful and well versed in his profession. 10/10 instructive af...

-Drew


I felt so comfortable in this class. I am a perfectionist and have to feel that I am doing things correctly and safely. Alex gave me the time to do this.

-TERRY


Alex was the perfect instructor for me...genuine, friendly, safety driven and comprehensive.

-MIchael


I was quite nervous when we started but having Alex as our instructor instantly made me feel very comfortable, and I always felt safe every time we did a dive with him.

-Laura


I WOULD NOT HESITATE FOR ANY OF MY CHILDREN OR FRIENDS TO UNDERTAKE INSTRUCTION WITH ALEX. HIS INSTRUCTION WAS TOP NOTCH.

-TOM


Alex was the most patient and collected instructor I have trained with.

-Lucas

 A razorfish, partially submerged in sand, hides from dive students and newly certified divers as they hover over the sand with neutral buoyancy.

A razorfish, partially submerged in sand, hides from dive students and newly certified divers as they hover over the sand with neutral buoyancy.


 Alex awaits his open water dive student during the confined water portion of the course, while Scratchy the dog supervises Alex.

Alex awaits his open water dive student during the confined water portion of the course, while Scratchy the dog supervises Alex.

Alex was great, he Made me feel very comfortable in the open water, which was a hurdle for me getting over some childhood fears of the water.

-Eric


Alex was the perfect fit to instruct me for this course. I would highly recommend him to anybody wanting to become a diver. I hope to get together someday and dive with him AGain...5 out of 5 stars for Alex.

-Gragg


Our instructor Alex has inspired my enthusiasm in diving and more importantly given me confidence.

-Rob


He is the best. If you can dive with him it's a gift.

-Darryl


Alex was very outgoing and thorough in his teaching ways. He made safety of his students the #1 priority, which I really valued.

-Jeremy


Professional, competent, calm, funny, attentive to detail, friendly, thorough...

-Gabriel