PJ's ISLAND and SUBSEA RETREAT - Snorkel and Scuba Diver Training and Tours

PJ’s Island and Subsea Retreat Dive Leaders have trained 9000+ divers over the past 35 years and in that time, we have an unparalleled record of excellence in teaching scuba diving.  Sub Sea Experience owner and Instructor Certifier, Jack Madro is an SSI Platinum Pro-rated Instructor and he introduced the weekend Scuba Immersion Program in Edmonton over 30 years ago.  Some of our divers have gone on to prestigious positions as dive medical experts, leaders in marine conservation, resort owners/operators and dive leaders world-wide.

PJ’s Island and Subsea Retreat Dive Team Leaders have minimum 5 – 40+ years of instructing and diving experience.  Our leaders are constantly training to provide the best possible programs. Jack Madro is a certified professional educator and promotes educationally-sound learn to scuba programs based on the most current learning strategies.

Jack Madro – Instructor Certifier
Burny Schnellback
– Instructor Trainer
Michael Lindsay – Advanced Open Water Instructor

Bill Chestnutt –
Dive Control Specialist
Gordon Marsh
– Dive Control Specialist

Matt Beckett – Dive Control Specialist Assistant Instructor
Mark Singer – Open Water Dive Instructor
Sid Bennet –   Dive Control Specialist Instructor

Todd Albus – Open Water Instructor

Roy Eyford – Open Water Instructor

Martin Blackwell – Open Water Instructor


Educational Background

Graduated with Honours in the Senior Matric Program from Bonnyville Centralized High School (BCHS) in 1973.

Graduated from the University of Alberta, Bachelor of Education (1978). Specialties include all Sciences and Physical Education.

Employed with the Edmonton Public School Board as Secondary High School Teacher, from 1979 – 1986.  Taught Math, Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physical Education and Outdoor Education.

Student – Teacher Evaluator 1982 – 1986, Employed by the U of A, Faculty of Education Teacher Evaluator Program (in conjunction with the E.P.S.B.).

Scuba Diver Trainer and Scuba Instructor Trainer/Evaluator with a number of certification agencies.

Agencies & Affiliations

Red Cross

Learn to Swim Programs

Have completed and taught all levels up to and including Water Safety Instructor / Examiner.

Red Cross Small Craft Safety Instructor / Examiner.

Red Cross First Aid Instructor.

Wilderness First Aid Instructor/Evaluator.

Royal Life Saving Society 

Have attained all proficiency awards up to and including the “Award of Merit”.

Registered as an Instructor Course Conductor and Examiner for R.L.S.S.

National Lifeguard Service

Program Instructor and Examiner.

Alberta Conservation

Instructor/Evaluator for Conservation & Hunter Training Programs.

Scuba Certifications

Underwater Scuba Instructor/ Instructor Trainer/ Instructor Evaluator.  Over 40 +

years of experience and have certified over 4000 students and introduced more than 12,000 people to the sport of diving through discover scuba programs.

Professional Agencies:

Scuba Schools International  (SSI) IT# 135-IE#135 IC#1941) Instructor Certifier

International Association of Nitrox & Technical Divers (IANTD 2085)

International Association Of Nitrox & Technical Divers (Gas Blender)

National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI 4741)

Professional Association of Diving Instructors (# 8923)

Association of Canadian Underwater Councils (ACUC #070-BA)

Confederation Mondiale des Activities Subaquatics (CMAS M2 213)

International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists (IADRS 1027882)

Alberta Workers Health, Safety & Compensation / Underwater Explosives Technician Permit # 15602.

Alberta Private Vocational Schools:  Instructor # 1197 A.

Specialize in Underwater cutting, welding, demolition, inspection, extrication, and rescue.


Award winning underwater photographer with national awards.

The internationally published writer in the field of water rescue and ice rescue.

Search and Rescue Team Leader:  1982 – 1999 + with over 90 missions on record. (RCMP, City Police, Fire Department, Alberta Environment and numerous private contracts.)

Registered “Expert Witness” for Aquatic Accident Investigations.

Guest Lecturer at CFB “Search & Rescue Technicians” SAR-Techs training schools.

Past president of the Alberta Scuba Divers Council.

Guest Lecturer at the University of Alberta, University of Lethbridge, Blue Lake Outdoor Centre and numerous private institutions.

Director and primary shareholder of Dive Rescue & Consulting (DRAC) Canada Ltd. (39 years).

Director and primary owner of Sub Sea Experience (42 years).

Director and primary shareholder of “Sea Quest DSV Adventures Ltd. (6 years).

Own and operate three boats for dive charters and commercial use.

Have conducted group tours to exotic locations such as the Red Sea, Galapagos Islands, Caribbean, Arctic, Mexico, Micronesia, Hawaii, and Alaska.  Also, coordinate dive and whale watching charters to the west coast (Vancouver Island) on a monthly basis.

Established successful Whale Watching and Charter Dive Service out of Port Sidney, in Sidney, B.C. (1994)

Established the Ogden Point Dive Centre in Victoria, B.C. (1996 – 1997)


Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 5.00 pm

By Appointment Only

The Dive Shop is closed on all Civic and State Holidays.

707 Downey Road, Deep Cove, N. Saanich Vancouver Island, B.C., V8L 5P8