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as well. It
isn't just the large number of logged dives that make his appreciation of the
sport so strong; it's the wide variety of dive experiences and the great
personal relationships too.
Alec Peirce of Scuba 2000 has been one of the featured
legends for each of the Legends Festivals with his
memorabilia on Sea Hunt and Lloyd
1958, almost half a century ago, and a 10 year old boy runs home from
school to watch his hero Mike Nelson on the TV series 'Sea Hunt'. Today
that boy runs the largest scuba school in Canada and introduces
thousands of divers to the exciting sport of scuba diving each year.
Alec Peirce attributes his interest in the sport of scuba directly to
the influence of his life-long hero, Lloyd Bridges and to that famous TV
show. He feels the early influence of honesty and hard work that
characterized Lloyd in his Mike Nelson role contributed to his success
in the business of scuba diving.
Alec became a certified diver in 1962 and counts himself fortunate to
have dived throughout the world - the Atlantic, the Pacific, of course
the Caribbean and many of the inland waterways of North America
Alec attended Ontario Teacher's College, York University and OISE and taught
math and science in the Ontario school system before entering the business
world. His hard work and attention to detail assured success and he achieved
enviable results in every effort.
The lure of scuba was too strong, however, and in 1980, Alec poured all his
attention and efforts into building the best scuba diving center anywhere.
Having been working in dive stores since 1969 and operating his own dive
business in Ontario and Florida since 1972, Alec was well equipped to succeed
and did exactly that in an industry noteworthy for its many well-intentioned
In 20 years he built the largest chain of scuba shops in Canada (The Wet Shop).
Then, in 1999, Alec dissolved that chain to build his dream -the ultimate scuba
diving center in north Toronto now known internationally as Scuba 2000. That
dream of a dive facility with class, pool. Pro Shop, service center and scuba
travel all built for scuba and in one central location in Toronto has come true.
Scuba 2000 is recognized as the finest scuba training facility in Canada and one
of the best in North America. Hundreds of happy, new scuba divers have already
benefited from the excellent and enjoyable programs offered and run by the top
staff assembled there. Scuba 2000 has been the subject of dozens of diving
articles, TV shows and endless chatlines.
Alec Peirce continues as the head of Scuba 2000. He currently holds instructor
certification with seven different scuba training agencies worldwide plus a
number of honorary awards from the scuba industry including the prestigious
'Platinum Pro 5000 Diver'.
Almost 50 years of interest, 45 years of enjoying scuba and 35 years in the
scuba industry has not deadened Alec's keen enthusiasm for scuba. "It is the
best sport for virtually everyone to try and enjoy" he says. "I've trained
divers from 10 years old to 75 years old and they've all been successful. More
important, they've all been thrilled".
Alec hopes that he has paid some of the debt of gratitude he feels to Lloyd
Bridges by helping so many others experience and enjoy scuba and the ocean world
that Lloyd loved.
with Zale Parry at the International Legends of Diving Festival at Portage
Quarry in 2007.
9033 Leslie Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Canada L4B 4K3
Portage Quarry Recreation Club, Inc.
12701 South Dixie
Bowling Green OH, 43402
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