Jan + Kevin Breckman
Many identify Jan and Kevin by their friendly smiles and passion for diving in the Pacific Northwest. As owners and operators of Sea Dragon Charters they have been showing scuba divers the beauty of Howe Sound since 1999.
From the beginning Sea Dragon has been committed to providing a personalized and high quality level of service, next to none. Surpassing guests’ expectations every time, Sea Dragon is dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable experience from the minute you’re welcomed onboard.
Located in Horseshoe Bay, Sea Dragon is one of the few companies that can boat dive in Howe Sound. Walls, pinnacles, canyons, drifts, unique sponge bio herms, artificial reefs, seals, and stunning ocean and mountain scenery; you can explore it all with Sea Dragon’s Charters!
Sea Dragon’s staff are knowledgeable and certified Divemasters, Dive Instructors, and Captains; meaning they are dedicated to ensuring your time above and below water is nothing short of remarkable. Whether you are a first time snorkeler or a technical diving professional, you will be in capable hands.
Kevin, Owner + Captain
Kevin wears many hats as co-founder of Sea Dragon, acting as the primary captain and a dive instructor. Kevin started teaching diving in 1978 through NASDS. He became a SSI and NAUI Instructor in 1982 and has certified several thousand students in his career. One of these students was the love of his life, Jan, whom he met in 1980. Together they became a teaching duo and flocked to Florida where they worked in the dive industry for 13 years before heading back to Canada. When in Florida, Kevin became a Captain. Kevin held the 50 tonne Masters US and 200 tonne limited captain’s licences in Florida. Currently he operates under a CTC 60 tonne Masters license. We asked Kevin what the favourite part of his career has been. In keen reflection he replied “My favourite part has really been all of it, every aspect. However, I do have a soft spot for new divers. I love to see the excitement as they first start diving and then watch how they develop and move on to enjoy the sport with confidence.”
Jan, Owner + Instructor
Jan has been a long time diver. She first started diving in 1980, then became involved in the diving industry almost immediately. Jan was certified as an instructor in her hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1982. She proceeded to work in the scuba industry and teach diving in Manitoba and British Columbia for a few years, then moved to sunny Florida. Kevin and Jan spent 13 wonderful years in Florida as charter boat owners/operators, dive store owners, and also working as instructors. Eventually returning to BC with their three children, Jan and Kevin brought their love of diving home… and we’re lucky they did! Jan is a board member of the Dive Industry Association of British Columbia and is active in the BC diving community.
Gavin, Instructor + Divemaster
Started diving in 2008, during a vacation to Cuba. In 2012 decided to continue his diving in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in his own back yard, and loved it so much that he progressed to becoming a PADI instructor in 2015, and now teaches Drysuit diving, Nitrox, Wreck, Deep, Night, etc. Gavin was born in England but moved to Canada as a child. He comes by his love of the water naturally, as his father was a BSAC leader (British Sub Aqua Club), as well as being a police diver.
Instructor + Divemaster
Quraish got his Open Water certification in Florida waters in 2014, and quickly made up for lost time! In 2017, Quraish moved to Vancouver and started cold water diving and teaching and still going strong, except for his love-hate relationship with Whytecliff. And he hasn’t seen a Wolf eel…yet.
When he’s not busy teaching, he spends time with his family, and cruising around on his motorcycle.
Victor, Instructor & Retail
The ocean is my passion! I've loved the sea since I was a child and realized that if I needed to face the environmental challenges that surround us there, I had to study the science behind it. After open water diving for few years i started technical diving in 2016. I worked in the construction field for a decade until I decided to follow my passion and to take the professional path in the diving industry, last year i completed my PADI instructorship and got certified as a hypoxic trimix diver.
As an adventure enthusiast and a life-long learner i look forward to enhance my skills in diving, boating, and motorcycling.
Brian, Captain + Divemaster
I was a late starter and only began diving in 2011, earning my Dive Master certification a year later.
Diving became my passion and aligned perfectly with my views on conversation and the protection of our oceans. I was fortunate to be selected as one of the volunteer divers for the Vancouver Aquarium and over the past seven years have gained invaluable information from their biologists.
My previous career was in the Airline industry and that provided me with the opportunity to travel and dive in many of the more exotic locations throughout the world.
Charis, Retail & Divemaster in Training
Charis’ passion for the underwater world was sparked at a young age when her family moved to Hawaii. During the four years spent there, the weekends alternated between hiking, and snorkeling with attempts at freediving.
Charis started scuba diving in 2016 certifying on a cold September day in Lac Beauvert, Jasper. She has worked in the diving industry at Shearwater Research and at the Vancouver Aquarium diving as the ‘Scuba Bunny’ for Easter. She is a sidemount and technical diver and is currently working on her divemaster course. In the future, Charis would like to be an instructor and do more scientific diving.