Dive Club Executives

Simon Liu

President

Hi, I’m Simon! I’m the current President of UBC Aqua Society. I’m from China, and now I am a fourth-year student majoring in Physics at UBC. This is also my fourth year doing diving with UBC Aqua Society. I love diving, especially the feeling of being underwater. By the way, I am also an open water instructor!


Alexandra (Lexy) Reinhardt

Vice President / Social Coordinator

Hello my name is Alexandra but you can call me Lexy. I am Vice President and Socials Coordinator at the club. I am a second year Biology major and I plan to specialize in Marine Biology next year. I learned to dive when I was 10 in Thailand and have since completed 6 different qualifications with 2 different organizations. I have a few identification books (12) so if you ever need help identifying something feel free to send me an email and I’d love to practice my identification skills.


Dwayne Neustaeter

Treasurer

Hello! My name is DJ Neustaeter. I am an 5th year urban forestry student at UBC. I have been the Treasurer for UBC Aqua society for 2 years. In my time with the Club I have become a PADI Dive Instructor. As treasurer I sign invoices and help with the finances for the club. Scuba diving is a passion of mine. Being a PADI Instructor and club executive offers a unique opportunity to engage with both the student and diving community. I love to teach and enjoy the excitement people find in learning to explore the underwater world. My favourite places to dive so far, have been Whytcliff park, Port Hardy and Treasure Island in Costa Rica! I learned to dive in cold water and currently dive sidemount as I journey into the world of technical diving. Look forward to seeing you in the water!


Paige Smallman

Secretary

Hey there, I’m Paige! I’m the secretary for UBC Aqua Society this year. I just started diving in the summer of 2019 and I’ve been loving it. I got my first certification in Boston, Massachusetts. Although I love chilling with the lobstahs, I much prefer the cold water and biodiversity on the BC coast! I’m in my third year at UBC in the Oceanography and Biology program, so I always geek out over the critters we see on each dive. Say hi if you see me at Whytecliff park this year, I’m hoping to get lots of dives in!


Sean Junkin

Dive Coordinator

Hi, my name is Sean, and I’m the Dive Coordinator for the UBC aqua society! In addition to my role as Dive Coordinator I work part time for the aqua society as a Divemaster, and I’m training to be a PADI Instructor. I’m currently a 4th year undergraduate with a combined major in microbiology and oceanography, and one of my favorite things is to be able to bring some of this knowledge with me to share when leading dives and participating in various aqua society events and courses. I try to dive as much as possible and like to encourage others to do the same, I hope to see you around!


Krusna Balar

Newsletter Editor

Hello there! I’m Krusna, and I am this year’s newsletter editor for UBC Aqua Society. I am now a second year student studying combined Physics and Computer Science at UBC. Scuba Diving has given me some of my most memorable experiences, and I am very thankful for all the wonderful people I have met in my dives. I look forward to learning and growing as a diver with you, and to keep you posted on all the fun club activities that await us this year!


Andrew Zang

Internet Coordinator

My name is Andrew and I am the Internet Coordinator for the UBC Aqua Society. I am currently working on my PhD in the Department of Materials Engineering at UBC. I have always had a love for the ocean and learning to scuba dive was a dream come true! I also have a passion for underwater photography and a particular interest in deep diving (that’s where the great cloud sponges are). Through the UBC Aqua Society, I have met many amazing people and been on a lot of crazy dive adventures. Looking forward to meeting and diving with all of you!