Our Dive Crew.
Over twenty years of collective dive industry experience and over 6,000 logged hours – including worldwide instruction, National Geographic expeditions, Project AWARE mapping projects, film & TV marine coordination, and commercial dive jobs. Our staff is professional, passionate and committed to the International Diving Academy's standard of excellence. We will always go the extra mile for you and you can relax knowing that you are diving with the best.
Our crew puts people first. This is why you’ll never feel like a number, and the quality of dive instruction you receive will be the best. As dive professionals, we have the opportunity to transform people’s lives, including our own, while doing what we love. From on-time pick-ups and drop-offs to informative dive briefings and unmatched instruction, our staff brings fun and aloha to every dive experience.
Exploration – not exploitation. From our clients to our community and from our industry to our planet. It’s also why you’ll see an emphasis on conservation and awareness in everything we do. With that comes the responsibility of protecting our oceans as we explore them, and building a global dive family of advocates in the process.
Dive Hawaii’s oceans with the best crew on island. With over 7,000 species of coral, algae, mollusks, fish & crustaceans, Hawaii is a diver’s dream. Our unique marine environment is striking and its complex ecosystems support incredible biodiversity. There are species in Hawaii found no other place in the world – the Hawaiian monk seal, the Hawaiian green sea turtle, Humpback whales, and an estimated 30% of reef fish. That’s why we live (dive) here!
Owner & Founder.
Darren Fox is the owner and founder of International Diving Academy. He is a PADI Master Instructor, SDI/TDI Instructor Trainer and IANTD Instructor with 25 years of experience. Darren has had a lifelong love of the ocean, diving for the first time at age seven. Some people joke that he has gills! Fox is a firm believer in continuing education and always challenging yourself. He has served as both training and company director of several dive centers in Hawaii and New Zealand. Darren’s passion is technical and Rebreather diving, and he is well-known in these challenging and innovative fields.
Due to his leadership and quality of instruction, Ocean Legends is fast becoming the destination for this type of training. Fox is an avid expedition diver and has worked with National Geographic on mapping and cave exploration projects in Iceland, Galapagos Islands, the Yucatan and Hawaii. While in college, he worked as a commercial diver on and around the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Darren is also a committed sharkconservationist and marine advocate. He has a Asia Pacific pilot’s license for both Robinson choppers and Cessna aircraft.