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Molly V Crew

What intrigues us about exploring Great Lakes shipwrecks is the history and mystery that surrounds them, the way the shipwrecks stay preserved in the cold water for decades and centuries, the diversity of the vessels that have traveled these waters and the chance to see it all.

We are enthusiastic divers that enjoy diving anytime anywhere.  We embrace technical diving and the opportunities that come with being able to dive on the deeper, less visited and more intact shipwrecks.  We enjoy all diving  whether recreational or technical shipwrecks, oceans, quarries, caves, mines, or under the ice. We also enjoy sharing what we see through pictures and videos.  We are ready to help you organize the next trip of your dreams!

Capt. Jitka Hanakova & Diver

Capt. Jitka Hanakova

Capt. Jitka Hanakova

Responsible for running the scuba diving charter boat operation on the Great Lakes, scheduling trips and expeditions, and making it all an enjoyable and safe experience for divers.

  • US Coast Guard Licensed Captain
  • TDI – Advanced Trimix Diver
  • TDI – Advanced Gas Blender
  • TDI, NACD – Full Cave
  • TDI, NACD – Sidemount
  • IANTD – Inspiration diver
  • Megalodon CCR diver
  • PADI – Divemaster
  • PADI – Wreck Diver
  • PADI – Ice Diver
  • GUE – DIR Fundamentals
  • Enthusiastic freediver and sprearfisher
  • Underwater and topside photographer and videographer
  • Factory trained Klein sidescan sonar operator

 

“Deco” Deep Diver

Deco Deep Diver

Deco Deep Diver

Responsible for welcoming divers on board of Molly V by being cute and wiggling his tale.

  • Official greeter
  • Public relationship officer
  • Sniffer dog – dog treats and shipwreck artifacts specialties – don’t bring them up from the wrecks, he’ll know and bark!

 

 

 

 

 

Rick Ricther – Volunteer Archeologist & Diver

Rick Richter

Rick Richter

Responsible for shipwreck research (above and below water), underwater archeology, surface and underwater photo and video documentation in partnership with Silent Helm Underwater Productions.

  • Bachelor of Science – Archeological Studies
  • TDI, DSAT – Advanced Trimix Diver
  • TDI – Advanced Gas Blender
  • DSAT – Deep Diver
  • PADI, NSS – Cavern Diver
  • SSI – Mine Diver
  • PADI – Assistant Instructor
  • PADI – Divemaster
  • PADI – Rescue Diver
  • PADI – Research Diver
  • PADI – Wreck Diver
  • PADI – Ice Diver
  • PSI – Cylinder Inspector
  • Medic First Aid – CPR, AUD and O2 Instructor
  • Underwater and topside photographer and videographer
  • Master Storyteller

Mike Apke – Chief Engineer (mechanic), Able Seaman & Diver

Mike Apke

Mike Apke

Responsible for a smooth running of the engine on Molly V boat including major maintenance and repair tasks, and assisting on the deck with dive operations setups, docking and undocking.

  • IANTD Hypoxic Trimix (OC)
  • ANDI Megalodon Rebreather Level 1
  • Advance Cave with staging
  • TDI Advance Wreck (John Chatterton class)
  • Dive Master
  • Solo Diver
  • Advanced blender
  • SDI, PSI tank inspector

Ray Wilson (crew member and diver)

Ray Wilson

Ray Wilson

Deck-hand in training, 100% concentrated diver – just add water!

  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • PADI Master Scuba Diver
  • PADI Dive Master Candidate
  • PADI & SDI Ice Diver
  • IANTD Advanced Nitrox
  • TDI Intro to Tec (incl. DIR Fundamentals)
  • PSAI Overhead Sidemount Diver
  • PSAI Apprentice Cave Diver
  • IANTD Megalodon CCR Trimix Diver
  • Megalodon CCR Cave Diver

Lubo Valuch – Able Seaman, Deck master & Diver

Lubo Valuch

Lubo Valuch

Responsible for dive operation setup, line handling, deck duties, etc.

  • TDI – Advanced Trimix Diver
  • TDI – Advanced Gas Blender
  • TDI, NACD – Full Cave
  • TDI, NACD – Sidemount
  • IANTD – Inspiration diver
  • PADI – Divemaster
  • PADI – Wreck Diver
  • PADI – Ice Diver
  • GUE – DIR Fundamentals