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Founded in 2013, Trident Divers was the result of a lifelong love of the ocean, exploration and devotion to the ideal of safety through education. As a former ocean lifeguard, and lifelong waterman Joel Tracey’s focus is on competence in the water, both swimming and diving – while in pursuit of exploration.

I’ll guide you to competence in the water, and help outfit you to make a splash.



Dive Safety Officer, Scientific Diver, Refresher Skills Training, Private and Group Lessons, Ocean Lifeguard Prep, Aquatic Fitness Training, Consulting


Local Dives/Snorkel Tours.
​Non Local Tours.
  • Catalina Island – Avalon


 Scuba Refresher
Specialty Courses
Skin Diver
Basic Scuba
 Rescue and Advanced Rescue
Advanced Scuba
 First Aid/CPR
 Oxygen Administration



As a NAUI certified SCUBA instructor I can guide you from novice through advanced skills, keeping you safe all along the way. Classes are flexible and can begin when you are ready, so sign up today.
 NAUI certified Instructor # 55705.
AAUS certified Scientific Diver.
Dive Safety Officer, 2013 – Herzog & Company.
25 + years diving experience.
President San Diego Council of Divers.
California State Certified Emergency Medical Technician.
Former High School Varsity Swim Coach and competitive Masters Swimmer.
15 year veteran and current patrolman for the National Ski Patrol.
10 year veteran of the San Diego Mountain Rescue Team.



Joel was awesome! I enjoyed the very thorough prediving briefing before jumping in. He is a great underwater guide and a very experienced diver!! La Jolla Cove was such an epic dive site- totally fell in love with that spot! I hope to dive with Joel again in the future
Alana Cayabyab
Joel is a consummate dive professional with a wealth of knowledge of the area. He makes sure you are getting the best experience possible out of your dive, explaining the areas in detail, pointing out interesting sealife, and planning everything carefully so that the dive is safe and comfortable.  Highly recommended for divers of all skill levels – you can’t go wrong here
Jay C
Joel, it was a pleasure to work with you! I only have positive things to say. You’re an exceptional professional and I appreciate all your help
My son and I dove with Joel in La Jolla Cove in October, 2014. He’s a great guy, easy to talk to, and made sure we had 2 great and safe shore dives. He was very detailed in his prep and pre-dive instructions; he works well with beginners and with advanced divers. If you’re diving San Diego, give Joel a call!
You will not find a more dedicated and professional Dive instructor quite like Joel Tracey. He’s got boat loads of experience, he’s very patient, and caters your Dive Learning experience to exactly what you want/need. I was randomly paired with him through another Dive Company in San Diego, and I’m so glad I did! I needed a little more instruction after my PADI Certification, and Joel gave me the confidence I needed to safely enjoy the Underwater World. I worked with him one on one over the period of 3 months. He worked around my schedule, and provided an outline of specific skill sets for us to work on and master on each dive. He is very professional and organized, and I would recommend him as a Dive Instructor to all levels of Divers, whether it be for beginning certifications, all the way to Advanced. Joel is the underwater father you want looking over your shoulders at all times!!
Michelle Sullivan
I found that Joel was an excellent, patient instructor. He advised me as to the new ways that divers communicate, NAUI Tables and also we did a pool and an Open Water Dive. Putting me through my paces and checking out my skills left me with the confidence that I was still in possession of my skills. I would heartily recommend this group and Joel in particular
Ian McCool
Went on a dive with Joel on Saturday, he was the best guide I have had so far. I will definitely be giving him a call again when I come back to dive La Jolla. He took so much time to explain things and was in no hurry whatsoever to be done with the dive. And for probably just enough money to cover his gas, he went and picked up and dropped off my rental gear, which was pretty far inland. that was a huge help for me. i felt very safe with him as my guide since he knew which places were safe for me to dive that day, given my limited experience diving. he even took it upon himself to setup my gear for me since this was a guided dive. that was pretty cool. and he knew about all the local marine species, and made sure i knew to be safe from the poisonous ones. Thanks Joel!
Nicholas Saway
Joel is one of the best and is the most knowledgeable guides I have ever had. He has done over 5,000 dives in La Jolla and it shows. He gave an extremely thorough briefing and was able to educate us on the conditions in San Diego, a new dive location for us. Underwater, he was calm and attentive and captured some nice video of us. I am a divemaster and brother was returning to diving after a 10-year hiatus, and Joel was able to manage the dive so that it was fun and safe for both of us. I can’t wait to dive with him again! He was also highly responsive during the booking phase.
Becca Ganster
Highly recommend Joel for your dives at the Cove. He went way beyond expectations for my son and me. We showed up at 8AM to find Joel had been there since 6:30AM to secure a parking place. I won’t go into detail except to say Joel was extremely patient with us and even let us use one of his extra regulators for the day. Joel is highly certified and knows California diving conditions-situations well. Thank you Joel for a wonderful and safe experience for our dives with you. Best of luck in the future!
Gregg A. Hollomon
We took an advanced scuba diving course with Joel Tracy he went above and beyond the expectations of an instructor. The respect he has for the ocean and wildlife is incredible. He looks after you and makes you feel comfortable and safe. While taking the extra time to make sure that I understood how to become a smart and successful diver. We plan to do more courses through Trident Divers as soon as we can! Highly recommend to anyone either beginner or master!
Holly Smith


5.0 of 5 stars



Our Staff.


At Trident Divers, we know about the amazing connection that can occur when one descends underwater and explores a whole new world. Let me guide you in that amazing journey.

“An accomplished waterman and professional instructor, his priority is your safety, and mastery of the skills necessary for a lifetime of underwater exploration.”


“Certified Lifeguard and Advanced Diver, helps to schedule classes and monitor field logistics.”


“A heart made of gold, you’ll see her assisting with course scheduling, rental equipment needs and fielding course questions.”





Trident Divers was established to safely bridge the gap between exploration and education. Competence under Pressure is our motto.
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  • TridentDiverSD@gmail.com

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