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Tina from Phoenix AZ | Scuba Diver

My home base is Phoenix, AZ, where I dive at Lake Pleasant as often as I’m able.

I have 160 logged dives, including dives in Maui, Belize, the Gulf Coast, Mexico, San Diego, the Florida Keys, and Fiji, and am very used to diving lakes with poor viz.

Just began beginning tech classes through TDI, looking forward to learning how to dive doubles!


eyeson - 8/01/2015 10:20 AM
I hope the diving this year has been good.
tinahawkins - 5/28/2015 10:29 PM
Created my first ever YouTube video with iMovie! This is from my trip to the Keys last August, with my pal, Tonia. I love diving the Vandenberg, it’s such an amazingly accessible an interactive recreational wreck. I have tons more video but started small. Forgive the shaky camera, I’m a newbie with the GoPro! T&T on the Vandenberg
tinahawkins - 2/16/2015 7:47 PM
New DUI drysuit arrives next Monday, just in time for my March 13 weekend liveaboard trip to San Clemente! No more lost dives due to cold water and cold air and general wussiness on my part! Will be my first liveaboard, first ocean dives dry, and first kelp forests. Excited to dive with Horizon Charters out of San Diego, too!
BillParker - 2/20/2015 3:46 PM
Sweet. I didn’t even know there was a liveaboard out there.
tinahawkins - 2/28/2015 3:04 AM
There is one! And I think it’s a bit more reliable than the one that takes you to the Flower Gardens, weather-wise. But my dry suit is delayed so I will have almost no practice with it and that makes me nervous...first stop is Cortez Banks and I hear it can be rough seas. Should be interesting!
tinahawkins - 12/25/2014 10:48 PM
T-minus five days till I will be enjoying sunsets in San Carlos at Soggy Pesos and scuba diving with sea lions. All good things start with the letter S! We will also be scoping out some abandoned fishing nets, hoping to do a little clean up, as well. Eager to practice with lift bags and extra tanks and hopefully do some good. Merry Christmas, dive buddies!
tinahawkins - 10/22/2014 4:12 PM
So I’ve ditched a dive knife and scissors in favor of this bad boy which fits snug on my harness webbing and sliced through a basic anchor rope like it was nothing. It’s low profile, small, sharp, safe around your bcd or wing and hoses, and it’s only around $25, so if you lose it, no biggie. I keep it on my waist strap upside down so I have to pull it down to take it out. Great dive tool!
tinahawkins - 10/22/2014 4:13 PM
BillParker - 10/22/2014 7:33 PM
Nice. Post some anchor pix. I met someone recently that has been diving Possum Kingdom since the 90s and claims 100 anchor recoveries.
tinahawkins - 10/22/2014 11:05 PM
Hey, Bill! I just have the one pic already in my photos. It’s my only anchor recovery. Only recovery period, really! :). I have a few tech diving pals, though, and they introduced me to this tool. Couldn’t believe how it sliced through that rope!
bluedestiny - 12/14/2014 1:10 AM
cool find
tinahawkins - 10/05/2014 10:24 AM
Just signed up for my dive master program, yesterday! Materials arrive, soon. Ready for a new adventure and stoked to do anything that allows me to share my enthusiasm for this sport.
Smithsgold - 10/05/2014 12:47 PM
Good luck !!!
BillParker - 10/06/2014 12:12 PM
That will keep you busy for awhile.
tinahawkins - 10/06/2014 10:15 PM
Busy and out of trouble, hopefully! ;)
planodiver - 10/08/2014 10:38 AM
You will make a good one. BAK finished his and I certainly admire what a great diver and teacher he is. I can’t make up my mind about DM right now.
tinahawkins - 10/08/2014 1:03 PM
Thanks! Yes, Barry was telling me about that! It’s all about timing...and desire. Don’t need to be a DM to have a blast diving! :) I just wanted a new challenge and things finally settled enough for me to start.
Hawkeye54 - 10/14/2014 12:53 PM
Congrats, Tina!!!!!! :)
DakotaSky62 - 10/15/2014 7:35 AM
You GO Girl Get ’er Done!!!!!
eyeson - 8/21/2014 9:17 AM
Tina were you out at Lake Pleasant last Sunday when I was out doing my certificate dives with Tony?
tinahawkins - 8/23/2014 11:38 AM
I was not...I was traveling to Dallas for work. I do most of the social media posts on Facebook and Instagram for El Mar, though, so I’ve gotten to know many of their instructors very well. If I’m in town, I try to make the fun dive days on the Diver Down at Lake Pleasant and Tony is usually Captaining the boat. I saw you were at Vista Point for your cert dives! Fun dive spot, some folks have put out some items to search for out there, a geocache box, an old grandfather clock, and some other items. Makes for a fun day! The Diver Down takes you to some other sites you can’t get to from shore, too, it’s always good times! Did Tony take you to Wild Horse for burgers and beers after your cert dives??? That’s an El Mar tradition!
eyeson - 8/23/2014 11:57 AM
So yes we down to Vista Point. We dove down and saw the railroad tracks, table & chairs, the large door at around 76 Feet and a box of trinkets on part of the tracks. Oh and yes we did go eat some great burgers both days at Wild Horse! I’ll be going to diver down tomorrow.
eyeson - 8/23/2014 12:02 PM
I meant we went down to Vista Point.
tinahawkins - 8/23/2014 2:18 PM
Wow, he took you deep for your first dives! That’s great! The DD is going out tomorrow, huh? Maybe I will join if I can get my house in some semblance of order today. Too much traveling!
eyeson - 8/23/2014 3:23 PM
Same here. I need to clean up my place as well. I hope to be out there.
tinahawkins - 8/19/2014 7:31 PM
Great article about the oldest and most famous free diving club out of San Diego. After 72 years they held their final meeting in 2005. It’s not recent news but the history is fun and the photos are awesome, too. These men were pioneers!
Paddy24 - 7/31/2014 12:37 PM
I dove Marathon in 2008 and used Tilden’s Dive Center...Liked them very much. If you have any questions let me know.
tinahawkins - 8/01/2014 4:14 PM
Thanks for the recommend! We’ll have a boat our pal is captaining himself while on Marathon, not sure I’ll be using a local dive outfit but will keep this in mind!
Paddy24 - 8/01/2014 7:36 PM
You are welcome...didn’t know you had your own stuff. My boys and I stayed at Captain Pips Marina and Hideaway. The food at the marina tavern was great...that 2008. Many great spots around there...have fun!
Hawkeye54 - 7/30/2014 8:30 PM
In Marathon, Capt. Hook’s is my preferred operator (spearfishing friendly), or jot a mile or two north and hit Dive Duck Key who will also take you to the wreck of the Thunderbolt with great service. :)