The Crew


Al Ponchak  ~ Owner and Staff Lead Instructor

PADI Staff Instructor and SDI/TDI Instructor
Our Dive Centers main instructor. Al is certified to teach many specialties. Many years ago,  Al and sons took the Open Water course,  at the Salty Dog under the instruction of Cavu Novak. He continued his education  and became a Dive Master and as well as Instructor Training with PADI to become a Staff Instructor right here at Salty Dog!  Al  is also trained as an Instructor with SDI/TDI.

Harry Bryant ~ PADI OWSI Instructor
Certified as an Open Water diver by Salty Dog Dive Center in May of 2006, Master Diver September 2008, went pro as a Dive Master September 2011 and then on to Open Water Scuba Instructor in October 2011 and expect to advance to MSDT in 2013. OWSI exam was at Dutch Springs during “Snowtober” weekend 2011.  Great fun diving while it’s snowing!
Dives most every weekend from April through November, either at Dutch Springs or the Atlantic off of New Jersey.  Have traveled with the Salty Dog to Grand Cayman, Riviera Maya, Roatan, and Cooper River SC.  Also several personal trips to Rockport, MA, SE FL and Cozumel Mexico.

Walt “Cavu” Novak ~ PADI Master Instructor and SDI/TDI Instructor Trainer


Cavu started diving in the Navy as part of the Amphibious Warfare Group with UDT/Seal Teams and experimental Diving Unit.

When entering civilian life, he became certified as a NAUI Open Water Instructor, a PADI Master Instructor, a SDI Instructor Trainer and a TDI Technical Instructor Trainer.
Cavu worked on liveaboard dive boats in the Bahamas and with dive operations in the Florida Keys, conducting more than 800 dives per year.

He was owner/operator of Scuba Adventures Dive Center in Wilmington, Delaware for ten years. He built the first Nitrox blending station in Delaware and became the first Technical Instructor in the state. Cavu has traveled throughout the world leading divers on amazing expeditions.

He is currently semi-retired and enjoying teaching private lessons at the Salty Dog.
He also volunteers with the Handicapped Wounded Warriors of Iraq and Afghanistan.
His broad range of experience is a great resource for other divers and instructors.

Scott Hemphill ~ PADI Divemaster and TDI Tech Divemaster

Scott McCormick ~ PADI and SDI/TDI Tech Divemaster, Certified Service Technician

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