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.
Bob, Captain + Divemaster
Being both an avid Diver and long time Customer of Sea Dragon charters. Bob joined the team as a Dive Master in 2015 and has since gone on to obtained his Transport Canada 60 Ton Masters Certification.
He now acts in a dual capacity and as needed can either be Captaining the Topline or fulfilling the Role of Divemaster on the charters. Bob is also a Transport Canada Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. And after 36 years in Aviation and having being away more often then not he decided to step away from the industry and follow his other passion which is pretty much anything to do with being in or on the water.
Lives in Abbotsford
Home town Westbank BC
Tess, Store Manager + Head Instructor
Tess came all the way from Germany to travel and dive the world just to find her paradise and settle down in British Columbia. Even though it took her about a year before splashing in our beautiful waters, you barely get her properly dried out these days. In the meantime she worked her way up to Padi Master Scuba Diver Trainer and with just over 500 certified students she sure puts her passion exactly where it belongs.
Specialty Instructor Ratings include Night, Wreck, Deep, Oxygen Provider, Equipment, Dry Suit, Nitrox, Self Reliant Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy and one of her favourite Project Aware Instructor. We are sure that there will be more coming along the list as she is a dive enthusiast and always excited to learn. (PS – you can also take your dive classes in German with Tess!)
Jude, Admin + Divemaster
Brian, Captain + Divemaster
Jay, Instructor + Divemaster
Mathias, Instructor + Divemaster
As a youth growing up at the ocean’s edge in Capetown, South Africa, Marco’s answer to “what are you going to be when you grow up?” was enthusiastic! “A Diver or a Frogman!”. He followed through on that dream, getting his initial certification in 1982 and many more to follow. Upon moving to BC, owning and operating a cruising and sailing school became a 12 year distraction that kept him on the water, exploring BC’s incredible coastline. Today Marco is a full-time paramedic, a PADI Divemaster with numerous Specialities, a Sail Canada Sailing Instructor and Instructor Evaluator, and a member of both the Marine Life Sanctuary Society and the Underwater Council of BC. Combining his diving interests with paramedicine, he is also a certified Hyperbaric Chamber Operator and Hyperbaric Technician. When he’s not in or on the water, he expresses his creativity as only a true waterbaby would – creating paintings of diving in water-colour.
Jude was Open Water certified in 2014 in local BC waters, but has always been fascinated with the ocean for as long as she could remember, and now making up for lost dive time! She loves both cold water and tropical diving, and passionate about conservation and protecting our oceans. Jude volunteers at local trade shows and marine conservation groups.
When not diving, Jude will be planning dive trips, both local and exotic destinations. Having a background in the travel industry certainly helps with planning logistics! She plans to venture into tec diving and exploring some deeper wrecks in the future. Other interests include photography, boating, social media marketing, and baking treats to share with her dive buddies.
Who is this?
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.
After retiring in early 2018, I was looking for another challenge so I obtained my Transport Canada, 60 Ton Master Certification.
I also volunteer for the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue station based in Horseshoe Bay.
Jay started diving in 2009 while he was studying marine biology in Sicily.
Since then he dived five continents, became a SSI and PADI scuba instructor in Thailand in 2017 and worked aboard a liveaboard charter in Australia - Great Barrier Reef.
After coming home he kept himself busy teaching in Swiss altitude lakes.
His Specialty ratings are Drysuit, Wreck, Nitrox and Deep.
Take a class in French, English, Italian, German or Spanish from this motivated young man!
Mathias is the newest addition to the Dragon Team, he comes to us with a wealth of experience with his diving and boating career.
He is a PADI instructor who has taught in both warm and cold water situations (Australia – liveaboard, BC – instructor), holds his Emergency First Response First Aid instructor, is a GUE Fundamentals diver, a Scubapro regulator technician, has worked at BARE Sports in equipment design and testing, and has completed his Marine Emergency Duties course.
Mathias also holds his Master of Science from the University of Western Ontario. He has experience on commercial fishing vessels off the BC coast.
We are excited to welcome him to the team!