Passion sets Evergreen scuba diving shop apart

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Jill Knapp opened a scuba diving shop in Bergen Park on Nov. 22 — her husband Scott’s birthday — as a tribute to the couple’s passion for diving.

Scott Knapp died in March from lung cancer.

“He was one of the good guys,” Jill said.

Jill Knapp is the owner of Twin Dolphins Diving in Lakewood, and she is opening a store in the back of the Bagelry because a lot of her customers at her Lakewood shop have been coming from Evergreen. “So I decided to move up,” she said.

The dive shop offers merchandise from wetsuits and snorkeling equipment to travel bags and diving gear. It also provides snorkeling and diving lessons, plus it plans professionally escorted scuba diving trips.

“We’re a five-star Scuba Diving International instructor and diver training center,” Knapp said. “We have 10 instructors, three of whom live in Evergreen.” She also said her shop is one of few in the area with four female diving instructors.

For the lessons, classroom instruction will be at the Bagelry. Knapp said she was negotiating with the Evergreen Park and Recreation District to use one of its pools for the required confined dives. The required open dives can be done with a Twin Dolphins instructor at Chatfield Reservoir, or Knapp will work with certified divers at a student’s vacation destination, so a student could do the required open dives in Hawaii or Cozumel or other warm vacation spots.

For the full version of Deb's column, see next week's print edition of the Canyon Courier.