Pinnacle Diving Company is an American veteran-operated English-speaking professional diving service based in Kanagawa, Japan, and we nurture and grow the best divers on Earth.
It's a bold thing to say, and we know it. Yet we also know for a fact that amazing divers must be "grown" by leaders capable of solid mentorship, and this is exactly where Pinnacle Diving Company comes in.
We have a passion for diving. Our adventure is exploring the world-over, our mission is to teach, train, certify, and mentor, hands-down, the best divers in the world, and our goal is to grow a competent, confident, capable, and safe dive community, that truly cares about the health of the oceans, the planet, and each other. (Learn more)
To accomplish this, PDC offers:
PDC is available for dive training and certifications, expeditions and diving events, and professional / occupational SCUBA diving services year-around.
From beginning your own underwater adventures by getting certified or advancing your diver education, from custom drysuits, equipment sales, and services to supplying heavy compressors, hydraulic tools, and surface-supplied systems, from UW videography to providing our capabilities anywhere around the world, Pinnacle Diving Company is ready to help you succeed and meet your underwater needs.
If you are an independent Divemaster or Instructor from any agency, who is willing to crossover to NAUI, or if you are interested in becoming a NAUI Divemaster or Instructor, or if you are already a NAUI Divemaster or Instructor, and are interested in taking on a leadership role in the dive community, Pinnacle Diving Company might be the place for you!
The PDC team is on the lookout for both independent members and part-time staff members to join our team.
Must already be in Japan or moving to Japan, and have legal work status or be a SOFA member, or PCSing to Japan as a SOFA member, to apply.
If interested, please reach out to us via our Contact Page.
AJ is the primary instructor of Pinnacle Diving Company.
AJ is a Christian, a retired United States Army NonCommissioned Officer who served in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army, and he is a world-traveled American combat veteran.
AJ’s career has spanned both Aviation and Diving, both operationally and as an instructor, and a full spectrum of occupational areas in-between. He first learned to dive while serving in the Navy, and has since been blessed (or cursed) with opportunities to dive in some of the most challenging and demanding environments and conditions around the world.
AJ is a professional occupational diver, adventure / expedition diver, certified technical diver, closed circuit rebreather diver, and certified NAUI dive instructor. He has over 1,300+ logged dives and more than 1000+ logged hours accumulative underwater dive time, mostly in cold open-ocean waters, using both open and closed circuit systems, as well as surface-supplied systems.
As an independent NAUI dive instructor, AJ draws extensively on his career-long training and experience, incorporating many overlapping aspects from the world of aviation into the world of diving, and has taught and trained both military service members and civilians alike to become well-educated, competent, confident, capable, and safe divers, who are passionate about diving and growing in their diver KSA’s.
In this episode, Andy and AJ discuss everything from diving, Tactical Pause, Gradient Factors, dive training, challenging environments, personal growth, and of course, Spatial Disorientation for Divers.