Bruce and Kathy Malasky reminisce about diving with Jack’s for 30 years.
“Our first dive with Jack’s was March 23, 1987. We did our confined water off the pier because there was no pool at that time. Dive one was at the Old Airport Pavilion, and dive two was at The Place of Refuge. The next day we did dives three and four at Spiral Staircase in Red Hill then Kealekekua Bay from the Blue Dolphin with Jeff and Teri. We remember the classroom was a blackboard from the van at Kahaluu next to the shave ice truck.
We fell in love with the Big Island on that first trip. We were married in 1990 and bought our first house in Kona during that trip. We finally moved here permanently at the end of 1999. I now have about 3800 dives and Kathy around 2200. Most are with Jack’s in Kona or on Jack’s sponsored trips. Kathy has done hundreds of fish id forms for Reef.org. Over the years we’ve watched Jack’s grow and move twice. One of the mermaid mosaics in the pool was provided by us.
Jeff Leicher is responsible for my interest in photography an provided immeasurable help when I first started with my Nikonus V. Jeff also took Kathy on her first night dive. Jeff and Teri introduced us to liveaboard diving on trips to Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Wakatobi and the Philippines. Over the years we’ve become friends with many of the staff and some customers. We have been spoiled from our very first day with Jacks but didn’t learn how much until our very first dive trip. Over the years we’ve played Dear Dottie and Zoom Schwartz. We’ve learned the importance of duct tape and WD-40. We’ve heard the mermaid joke over 500 times.” -Bruce Malasky
“Hollywood has the Walk of Fame, where famous people like Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and Moses Horwitz are commemorated by a star. Here at Jack’s Diving Locker, Bruce and Kathy Malasky have an analogous and well deserved tile mermaid logo in the deep end of our pool, visible to all through the pool window. As part of the JDL ohana for 30 years, Bruce and Kathy have witnessed (and helped facilitate) the transition from two instructors with a chalkboard to a staff of nearly 50. And just as the business has grown, so have the Malaskys’ skills and participation within our sport. Bruce, now a Divemaster, has learned to forego bubbles as a certified Rebreather Diver and recently purchased the Poseidon Se7en (available at Jack’s). He has volunteered as a training assistant in our Instructor Development Courses. You’ve likely met Bruce and Kathy on our boats, where they find and share hidden and rare animals with our other guests, (not to mention the paid crew). To these two ‘Hall of Famers’, we raise a kava shell and say, ‘Mahalo!'” – Jeff and Teri Leicher