Scuba Dick Smith - PADI Master Instructor

Richard Smith

aka "Scuba Dick"


PADI Master Instructor #8913

A scuba shop has always been the dream of Dick Smith, affectionately known as "Scuba Dick", since he made his first dive in a northern Minnesota lake in 1956. After finishing the Special Forces Underwater Operations Course his dream came to fruition when Scuba Dick, along with his wife Noreen, added a Scuba shop in the basement of WildCountry. 


Diving Timeline

  • 1956 - First dive - hooked!
  • 1978 - PADI Divemaster
  • 1981 - PADI Instructor


Favorite Dive Destination

Palau, and anywhere MDS is going next!


Fun Facts

  • BS in Forestry - University of Illinois (OK, that didn't help a dive career much)
  • Ardent Packers fan
  • Author of several PADI Distinctive Specialties only available at MDS:
    • Golf Ball Diver
    • Fresh Water Jellyfish Diver
    • Underwater Metal Detector Diver
    • Spoonbill Diver
    • Gourmet Diver