Our Team

Owners/Managing Partners

Alex DulavitzManaging Partner, Director of Service and Technical Diving

Alex is a joint owner of East Coast Divers and began diving at the age of 13. He is the lead service technician, director of technical education, and part of the Redbull Cliff Diving U.S. safety team. Alex has been teaching technical diving since 2006. His technical diving career started in the Florida Keys. Most

Nick FazahManaging Partner, Director of Sales and Marketing, Director of Freediving and Professional Training Programs

Nick is the joint owner of East Coast Divers and began diving at the age of 13. He is the director of Freediving education as well as all of our SSI courses. He is also the leader of the Redbull Cliff Diving U.S. safety team. Nick began freediving in the Florida Keys around 2004. While


Warren CohenRepair Technician

Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Warren has always had a passion for the water; be it swimming, skating, or snowboarding. Following a study abroad program in Australia, Warren moved to Boston to search for ways to supplement this passion. He found this through a position as a technical intern in the fall of 2016. Soon thereafter,

Kim MalkoskiDirector of Professional Training Programs & Director of Special Projects

Kim’s experience with the ocean began early with trips to the beach and aquariums, boat trips with her family, and getting scuba certified at the age of 13.  She was named the 2008 Boston Sea Rover Frank Scalli Intern, and currently resides as the Vice President of the Boston Sea Rovers. She received her BS

Kim MurrayRecreational Training Director, Travel Director, Kids & Family Program Director

Kim came to ECD in 2010 as an already experienced diver intent on becoming a dive professional. After achieving her Divemaster and Dive Control Specialist ratings and leading shore dives and teaching in the pool for a few years, Kim moved to Cozumel, Mexico for a stint working in the dive industry there. Kim returned

Dive Center Staff

Jordan BakerStore Staff

Hey there! I just moved from Hawaii to attend grad school at Northeastern. I am passionate about scuba diving, surfing, and skiing. Ultimately, I try to spend as much time as I can outside!

Paul LeonardStore Manager

Paul started diving at Roger Williams in 1999, when he got his NAUI OW cert with Vinny Malkoski! His diving career took off when he started working at the aquarium back in 2002 where he logged thousands of closed system dives in the facilities aquariums. He’s explored the waters off Cuba, Bimini, Kaui, the Azores,

Jenna SchroedelStore Staff

A midwestern gal who somehow found herself working at a cool dive shop in Boston. I studied international relations and public policy at Ohio State and now specialize in doing stuff that has nothing to do with my degree. I love traveling to new places, meeting new people, and trying new things – which is

Nell SolomonStore Staff

Nell started at ECD as an intern in 2019 and after a short-term job in Florida working with a lab that specializes in research on fisheries ecology and management, she is back working in the shop. She’s currently finishing up her degree in Environmental Studies with a Marine Studies concentration at Northeastern University and working

Fritz McGirrStore Staff

Divemaster Fritz is enrolled at Northeastern University’s Three Seas Program. When he’s in town he continues to help out at the shop and volunteers with the Giant Ocean Tank team at the New England Aquarium while trying to be in the ocean at every other possible opportunity. Always up for chatting about diving, food, and

Dive Professionals

Dan BenderWebsite and Marketing Manager, Divemaster Instructor

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

Kate CialdeaDivemaster

After many months of debating a Christmas gift for her husband, Kate signed herself and her husband (hi James!) up for open water certification classes at East Coast Divers in 2015. They’ve been part of the crew ever since. Over the last few years she has enjoyed many trips abroad with ECD and has worked

Barrett FranklinOpen Water Instructor (OWI)

Barrett has been diving with East Coast Divers since he first started diving in 2010. Logging nearly 100 dives in his first year as a certified diver. Barrett quickly climbed through the ranks, adding specialties and additional instruction as he worked towards his instructor certification. His attention to detail and systematic through process have allowed

Mitch GainesAssistant Instructor

Mitch was born and raised in Texas along the Gulf Coast to parents that had an affinity for sailing. At 11 years old, Mitch was certified to dive after his parents really wanted to start going on dive trips again. Once Mitch moved up to Massachusetts to study Robotics Engineering at WPI, he started interning

Tom GaitleyDivemaster Instructor (DMI)

Tom began diving at age 8 when he unwisely connected a garden hose to his hobby air brush compressor so he could lay on the bottom of his family pool and sleep. Surviving that dangerous little bit of stupidity, he received his official open water diver certification in 1985 and became an Instructor for ECD

Lisa HollisOpen Water Instructor (OWI)

Lisa grew up in land-locked Colorado but always had an admiration for and fascination with the ocean. She began diving in 2006 while living in Bermuda, eventually earning her Open Water Instructor certification with the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC). Lisa moved to the Boston area in 2013 and had to learn how to dive

Max KonigInstructor Trainer (IT) & XR Instructor

I have been teaching since 2012 and used to work at ECD running the professional development programs as well as technical classes. I have led several trips. I currently work as a dive instructor on the liveaboard Juliet Sailing and Diving and Captain on the Cape Ann Diver II.

Mike LydonDive Guide

Born and raised in Brighton I have been diving since 2015 and I also serve as a Boston Firefighter.

David MatthewsOpen Water Instructor (OWI)

I’ve been diving since 2011, and an instructor since 2016. All that time underwater helped drive my passion for marine life, and helped guide me to my day job as a grad student studying how fish swim.

Raziel Perez

Raziel Perez (he/him/his) is an undergraduate senior at Boston University, majoring in Marine Science. Originally from Miami, Fl. He relocated to Boston in 2016, where he volunteered at the New England Aquarium as an Aquarist and penguin volunteer. He is an SSI Dive Guide and is currently working towards becoming a scuba instructor. He plans

Tony RufoOpen Water Instructor (OWI)

Tony was first certified in 1973 by the Navy. After that initial certification, he took his first recreational course in 1978 with the YMCA. Over the following years, Tony worked his way up to Instructor, all in the NE waters. With over 5000 dives Tony has an incredible passion for diving that he loves to