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About Us

What Makes Us Different

At Team Sea Riders, we pride ourselves on what makes us different from other companies.  Kauai Sea Riders has been providing specialized small-group Zodiac eco-tours on Kauai since 2005.  As marine ecology focused staff, we always focus on providing eco-tours to our guests – focusing on education while at the same time having a great time.  All of our staff are professionally trained and share the same passion and reverence for this amazing ocean environment we get to play in everyday!

We choose snorkel locations that aren’t overcrowded or common, and you will have a divemaster guiding your snorkel adventure, ensuring you have an exceptional snorkeling experience. At the end of the day, our goal is to have our customers feel that they have been expertly cared for, had an experience of a lifetime, and have learned something new about the ocean and its incredible inhabitants.


Captains

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Tara Leota Captain

Captain Tara has been sharing her knowledge of and passion for Hawaiian Reef ecology for over 35 years as both a Captain and Dive Master. As a Marine Biologist and Educator, Captain Tara has developed ongoing programs, from student whale watches to reef walks sanctioned by the DOE that have not only provided the enjoyment of the sea for students and people with special needs, but also promoted safety and environmental awareness through this education. Captain Tara has superior local knowledge of Hawaiian culture, piloting Hawaii’s coastlines’, assessing weather and water conditions, Hawaiian reef ecology and taxonomy.

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Adam King Captain

Adam was born on the mainland but raised on Kaua`i. He is an accomplished kayak fisherman who was featured on the Discovery Channel: Pacific Warriors. He has an incredible love for the ocean and vast knowledge of Hawaiian history and legends. Our guests also really enjoy his sense of humor!

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Nick Aasand Captain

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Robert Silva Captain

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Crew & Staff

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Elijah Crew

Born and raised on Kaua`i, Elijah took a marine biology class in High School that changed his life. I started mentoring Elijah as a dive master and certified him in SCUBA when he turned 18. He has also trained as a free diver and has won several competitions. Smart and respectful, I can always count on Elijah to share his knowledge of the ocean with our guests.

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Sonene Donnelly Crew

Sonene is a 22 year old artist, teacher, and travel enthusiast with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art Education. Growing up in the mountainous desert of Utah, she always envisioned a life next to the ocean.

She got her first PADI certification at age 18, so that she could explore the beauty of the world both above and below the sea. She has now been to 25 countries, and hopes to visit them all one day.

After spending over a year backpacking Asia with countless hours spent playing in the ocean, she decided to move into the dive industry professionally making Kauai her new home.

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Jared Brewer Crew

Sonene is a 22 year old artist, teacher, and travel enthusiast with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art Education. Growing up in the mountainous desert of Utah, she always envisioned a life next to the ocea

Jared was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a child, he had a fear of deep water, but grew to understand and appreciate the mystery of life it held within. He became an open water diver at the age of 21, and instantly fell in love with diving.

He is passionate about volunteering, conservationism, animals, and especially teaching. He loves meeting other travelers from around the world, and learning about different cultures and ways of life.

As a certified Divemaster, he has recently had the amazing opportunity to explore the underwater oasis of Thailand, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives before deciding to come to the paradise of Kauai.

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She got her first PADI certification at age 18, so that she could explore the beauty of the world both above and below the sea. She has now been to 25 countries, and hopes to visit them all one day.

After spending over a year backpacking Asia with countless hours spent playing in the ocean, she decided to move into the dive industry professionally making Kauai her new home.

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Josh Khan Crew

Josh got certified as an open water diver in 2004 and instantly fell in love with the underwater world. Growing up in Michigan, he loved to be outside hiking, snowboarding, or hanging out on the lake. Craving even more adventure, Josh moved to Oahu in 2014 where he continued his diving education, getting his advanced and rescue diver certifications.

After a few years on Oahu, Josh moved back to the mainland where he became an EMT before deciding to take the full dive into the professional scuba industry. He moved to the Florida keys where he attended Halls Diving Career Institute. He became an instructor for NAUI and TDI, and he later crossed over to be an instructor for PADI as well.
Although Josh learned a lot from his time and experience in Florida, Kauai has always been one of his favorite places in the world, and he is excited to call it his home.

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Briana Smith Crew

Originally from Southern California, Briana has made the migration to Kauai to join our team. As a wee one she would splash around the temperate beaches of SoCal and grew up making the sea apart of her life’s work.

As a passionate scuba diver, freediver, kayaker, underwater photographer, blogger and ocean goer, she’s pursued sharing her love for the sea by starting out as a local sea cave tour guide in La Jolla, California. Wanting to guide people in all other water sports she was passionate about, she obtained her Padi Divemaster certification in order to take people on scuba tours as well. After the last 3 years as a snorkel, kayak and scuba tour guide she now finds herself here in Kauai still pushing to get people deeper in the ocean as a PADI Scuba Instructor.

The ocean can be a scary place for some, but it has been a temple to respect and cherish. She wants to share this sanctuary and connect people to the ocean. In doing so one would hope like Jacque Yves Cousteau said that, “People will protect what they love.” So it is her passion to continue helping connect people with the ocean. That way they have the opportunity to ensure its future and enjoy its beauty.

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Logan Kneeland Crew

Logan was born in Chanute, Kansas where he spent summers swimming, diving, lifeguarding and water skiing. His passion for the water led him to try scuba diving in the mid 1980’s when he obtained his open water certification and completed his PADI Advanced Course.

His first career was in the electronic security industry in Northeast Oklahoma. Hired as an installer, over the next 35 years he became the owner. By growing that company with good customer services, it became attractive for acquisition and sold in 2018. This allowed Logan to pursue his Instructor Development Course and Master Scuba Diver Training Programs at Utila Dive Centre.

His specialties are Deep Diver, Wreck Diver, Equipment Specialist, Enriched Air Nitrox and Gas Blender.

When not diving or snorkeling, Logan looks forward to volunteering, joining civic organizations, and exploring all Kauai has to offer.

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Dominic Priest Crew

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Chris Smith Crew

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Christina King Crew

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Will Kelley Operations Manager

Will first tried diving when he was 14. After living in the mountains of Colorado until he was 23, he decided to get back in the water and moved to Mexico where he became a Divemaster.

After earning his Instructor certification, Will taught courses in the lakes and hot springs around the Rocky Mountains, as well as in Utah and New Mexico. He is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying backpacking, camping, rafting and pretty much any activity that gets you into nature.

He spent a year traveling the world to 18 different countries, diving in both Thailand and Indonesia. Upon returning to the States, he completed his MSDT. His specialties include deep, navigation, night, wreck and boat diving. He enjoys free diving as well. He relocated to Kauai to pursue a career in scuba diving and explore the beautiful island on the side.

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