Anita and Ralph Bender were frequent ECD customers in the ’80s and ’90s. They passed on their love of diving to their grandson, Dan. He’s been diving since 1999 in tropical waters but after getting his wife certified through ECD and seeing her skills, he started investing in courses with Nick and Alex and got hooked. He’s been exploring the local New England waters the past few years. Dan is working on documenting the diverse New England shore diving offerings through video and multimedia resources on this site. Dan has supported the ECD team as a Training, Operations, and Dive Shop Manager, and is the website and marketing manager in 2020-21. He’s also co-owner of the Cape Ann Diver II out of Gloucester. In any season you’ll regularly encounter Dan shore diving off Cape Ann on a weekday morning.
Calabas Reef in Bonaire where Grandfather Ralph is memorialized and Rafe's Chasm in Gloucester!
Dan favors reef builders; corals and oysters!
Dan's mission is to advance reef preservation and restoration efforts and channel local funding and service-oriented volunteers to locations in need. As an instructor, helping divers achieve the skills and confidence to gain self-sufficiency and control drives his agenda. Check out volunteer opportunities in the FL Keys, Bonaire, and Australia: Reef Renewal Foundation International