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Owners of Bamboo Reef

Bamboo Reef has been serving Bay Area divers since 1961, and Monterey Bay divers since 1970.  We are proud to be one of a handful of SSI Platinum Training Facilities worldwide, which means we have the experience and knowledge to train dive instructors as well as students. 


Founded by Al Giddings in 1961, the business was owned and operated from 1972-2016 by Sal Zammitti; with 5 stores throughout the Bay Area at one point. Bamboo Reef is now owned by the father/son team of Mark and Brian Stanley. 

Brian and Mark have been working in the SCUBA industry since 2004 and have more than 30 years of experience between the 2 of them.


Join the Bay Area's most experienced operator when you are looking for diving lessons, equipment, or travel. See what Bamboo Reef has to offer and join us in the world below.

Our Story



Meet The Crew

Brian Stanley

NAUI/SSI SCUBA Instructor, First Aid Instructor, &  NAUI Intermediate Freediver Instructor Trainer

Brian is the Co-Owner of Bamboo Reef and has been scuba diving for over half his life. ⁠

These days, he tends to spend more time free diving and spear fishing. His biggest catch is the 50 pound ling cod (caught in Alaska) that he is holding in this photo! Brian loves anime, sushi and spicy food (especially in large quantities). ⁠

Fun fact: Brian is one of the lucky few to have seen a great white shark while diving!


Paul Keller

Service Technician

Paul is our service technician at Bamboo Reef San Francisco. He has been with us since 2012 and has been a technician for the past 16 years. He got certified when he was 13 and did his checkout dives at the famous Monastery Beach! When he's not working on equipment Paul is spending time with his favorite person in the world, his daughter Avery.

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Audrey Yang

Freediving instructor (NAUI, PFI, SSI)

Audrey's been freediving for ~10 years, scuba diving for 12, and teaching freediving for 5. She loves freediving in particular, because it unlocks underwater enjoyment in more remote areas, or situations where you aren't prepared or can't bring scuba gear. While dive travel is great, California is home and the kelp forests here are pretty amazing. Over the years, she's appreciated diving as a means to other ends, such as free (with fishing license) snacks, or contributing to with citizen science through Reef Check.



Shop Manager,
NAUI & SSI SCUBA Instructor
NAUI First Aid Instructor,

Meet Devin: Instructor, Dive Guide, and Staff Member at Bamboo Reef San Francisco! Devin learned to dive in 2014 in the chilly waters of Monterey Bay, and she immediately became a devotee to the dive life. To this day her favorite sites to dive are those with kelp forests, or if she's diving tropical, gorgonian fans. Devin is a water baby through and through, when she's not diving you can catch her sailing or doing some open water swimming! She hopes to work with young people and communities that are underrepresented in the dive industry and help people of all ages learn to appreciate the ocean!⁠

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Liz Ramstad

Social Media Specialist

Liz got certified at Bamboo Reef in 2018. She was hooked immediately and quickly started traveling full time and diving along the way. She has been diving in Central America, Mexico, Mozambique and Egypt!  She started working at Bamboo Reef's San Francisco location this year when COVID brought her back to the Bay Area. She is currently working towards her Master Diver, learning how to freedive, and enjoying cold water diving!

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Paul Harvey

SSI Assistant Instructor

Got a late start to diving (2005) but doing my best to make up for lost time. Do all the traveling I can and favorites are Indonesia and Philippines. Most of my classes are refreshers to get folks back into the water comfortably and safely.


Alex K. S. FraseR

Training Manager,
SSI Instructor, SDI/TDI Instructor & DAN Instructor

Lexi first breathed off of a regulator while vacationing on St.John’s USVI, and has been smitten ever since. At first it was all tropical, all the time… Belize, Great Barrier Reef, Honduras, BVI, Fiji, Philippines, Cabo San Lucas, Indonesia, Panama… but then decided to take a Stress & Rescue course locally… and discovered an entirely new world and new friends! These friends were a terrible influence as good divers can be, so shortly thereafter the technical and professional training began concurrently... and now Lexi has been helping launch new divers out into the world for about 10 years, and cave diving in Mexico in her personal time for about 8 years, with Under the Jungle, who have been an incredible source of mentorship and inspiration. Racking up thousands and thousands of happy hours underwater is a privilege… and sharing that experience with folks is a passion. The profile photo above was taken in the incredible caves of the Maya Riviera by Natalie L. Gibb.


Favorite diving specialties to teach are: Perfect Buoyancy/ Finning Techniques, Navigation & Sidemount

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Niko Kowell

NAUI / SSI Instructor

I'm Niko, a queer trans person, life long community activist, avid diver, and ocean lover. I'm an Assistant Instructor currently and created QTDC in 2021. QTDC is the Bay Area's Queer & Trans Dive Club that is building community amongst queer, and particularly trans folks around diving, with a focus on local diving and training. All experience levels welcome. Niko loves to support new folks getting into diving. More info can be found at QTDC on Facebook and @qtdiveclub in Instagram.


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Alyssa Bellamy

Shop Manager
NAUI SCUBA Instructor & First Aid Instructor

Meet Alyssa, one of our new full-time Monterey shop crew members and scuba instructors. She grew up in Half Moon Bay, CA, and moved to Monterey in 2013 to attend CSU Monterey Bay where she started her scuba diving journey. She graduated with honors in 2018 with a BS in Marine Science and later continued to work her way up to become a NAUI Instructor! ⁠

Fun Fact: Alyssa also competed in the 2019 Catch & Cook Competition and placed 5th for her delicious fish taco recipe which you can find at the link below:

Deconstructed Fish Taco with Avocado Crema & Grapfruit Salsa

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Giray Yalçın Armağan

NAUI/PFI Intermediate Freediver Instructor

Giray is one of our NAUI/PFI Freediver Instructors and one of the few Intermediate Instructors on the West Coast. ⁠

He grew up in Turkey and was introduced to freediving and spearfishing at an early age. Every since he was 8 years old he was holding his breath underwater and harvesting fish, collecting inverts or pulling anchors from the bottom. Freediving for Giray isn't just a sport or hobby, it's a way of life, a way to look inside and and be a more conscious person. ⁠

That is why he wants to share his knowledge and passion for freediving with others, so that we can grow a more conscious community. Join him on one of his kayak dives, line diving sessions, or Freediver courses to learn about safe diving and responsible harvesting.


Tori Bartindale-Guffey

Crew Member
NAUI Divemaster

I am originally from San Diego where I grew up snorkeling and tide-pooling. I moved up here to attend CSUMB and began my diving career there 3 years ago. Now I spend most of my time diving, hiking, and taking my dog to the beach!


Kacy Cooper

NAUI Divemaster

Kacy's love for scuba diving began when her dad took her diving at 10 years old! She is currently a graduate student studying ocean and coastal resource management, and works on local kelp restoration efforts on the Monterey Peninsula. She loves exploring new dive sites in Monterey and introducing divers to the wonders of kelp forests!

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NAUI SCUBA Insructor

Originally from Ohio, Cody got a taste of diving in Florida and never looked back. He loves being able to share his passion with students and seeing them learn new skills, overcome fears and discover the joy of being underwater.


Rebecca Torres

NAUI & SSI SCUBA Instructor

Rebecca started her diving journey at CSU Monterey Bay working her way through the program to graduate with a BA in Marine Science, a NAUI dive master certification and an AAUS certification. Her passion for teaching open water students began at CSUMB during her time assisting with the open water classes as well as the master diver classes. After crossing over to SSI and starting work at Bamboo Reef as a tank filler, she quickly worked up the ranks to a dual certified NAUI/SSI Open Water Instructor. She loves to pass on her love for the ocean through teaching SCUBA.



NAUI Freediver Instructor

Meet Brandon, our newest Freedive Instructor! Brandon made the move from scuba diving to freediving when he was 20 years old and living in Florida. He was hooked, and over the years has continued to practice and take courses, eventually becoming a Freedive Instructor with the goal of teaching safe and effective freediving to the masses. Brandon moved to Monterey to fulfill his dream of spearfishing and freediving in the kelp forest. Fun fact about Brandon…he has two golden retrievers that love the ocean just as much as he does—they just can’t dive as deep! We’re stoked to have him and his pups at Bamboo!


Timothy Vance

Crew Member

-Master Diver Level

-All Diving in Monterey Area

-Favorite Food: Pad Thai

-Agent of Shenanigans

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Kai Oda

NAUI SCUBA Instructor

Kai learned to SCUBA dive in college at UC Santa Barbara. He went on to obtain his AAUS certification and dive for research labs on campus. He's been sent to retrieve oceanographic instruments in white shark nurseries and swap temperature sensors in the crystal clear waters of French Polynesia. Kai became a NAUI instructor in 2020 and now helps to introduce others to the wonders of the underwater world!



NAUI SCUBA Instructor

Tyler moved to Monterey Bay in 2018 when he began work with projects involving marine science & technology. During his time here he has aided with various projects involving fish migration, habitat, and hydrophone studies for sea mammal conservation. As a scuba instructor, he loves to share his passion for the ocean with his students! 



NAUI SCUBA Instructor

Dave is a retired British police detective who recently moved to the Bay Area from Illinois. He became a PADI Divemaster in the mid-90s when stationed in the Cayman Islands and crossed over recently to become a NAUI Divemaster! He is currently in the process of earning his Instructor certification through NAUI. When not riding his motorcycle or walking his one-eyed dog, Dave is loving diving in Monterey and meeting new people!



NAUI SCUBA Instructor

Meet our instructor Sam, who can be spotted expertly leading tours, conducting refreshers and teaching scuba classes. Somewhere between a sea lion and a Cal Poly Mustang (a seahorse?), Sam has excellent water and land skills. Truly a master of trees and seas, he is currently working to complete a degree in Forestry. Next time you’re in Monterey make sure to sign up for a tour or class with Sam!

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Mark Leone

NAUI Divemaster,
AAUS Scientific Diver

Mark is originally from Florida but is new to California. He has experience with scientific diving and dive leadership at a university science diving program in Florida. He is currently studying engineering and marine science while finishing up his undergrad degree, and love to lead dives in the kelp forests in Monterey!


San Francisco


Located down the road from Oracle Park, the original Bamboo Reef sits nestled in Mission Bay, San Francisco. With it’s door’s first open in 1961, Bamboo Reef has catered to thousands of divers all across the globe.


(415) 362-6694 -


584 4th St.
San Francisco, CA 94107

Business Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 5:30pm

Sunday: Closed

  • Classroom

  • Pool (on-site)

  • Changing Rooms

  • Bathrooms

  • Store

  • Gear Repair

  • Rentals

Monterey Bay

Located just a couple of blocks from the historic Cannery Row, Bamboo Reef Scuba Diving Centers Monterey has been voted best dive shop 10 times by Monterey County Weekly! Come to the Monterey shop for…

  • Daily guided scuba dives in the majestic kelp beds of Monterey Bay

  • An air, nitrox, or trimix fill from our state of the art “Big Bamboo” blending station


(831) 372-1685


614 Lighthouse Ave
Monterey, CA 93940


Business hours:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday - Friday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am – 4:00pm


  • Classroom

  • Pool (off-site)

  • Changing Rooms

  • Bathrooms

  • Store

  • Gear Repair

  • Rentals

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Monterey Store
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