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Captain Tim Burke

"There's no need to fear...Koder Dog is here!"

Captain Tim Burke

Captain, divemaster, Owner of the Great Escape

     Tim began diving in 1973 when he got his L.A.County certification while in high school and is now a NAUI divemaster.
     Tim has logged over 4000 dives in California and has extensive personal knowledge of most dive sites.   He has always been a avid lobster hunter and knows many great spots.   He has made underwater videos and appreciates the needs of photographers.
     He met Captain Roy Kaiser the opening night of lobster season in 1977 on his first night dive and trip on the Rio Rita.   Tim worked for Roy off and on until Roy sold the Rio Rita in 1980.
     In 1988 Tim and his brother bought their first boat, a 31' Trojan named "Bug Hunter."   They kept Bug Hunter in a slip in San Pedro and extensively dove both Catalina Island and the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
     In 1990 he and his brother bought a 32' 1979 Super Luhrs, named "Great Escape, Jr.".  On Jr. they dove all eight of the Channel Islands, and most of the known Southern California wrecks
     Tim bought the Great Escape (formerly the Charisma) in October 1996.  His improvements to the boat, dedication to maintenance, and record of running great dive trips and has turned the Great Escape it into one of Southern California's premiere live-aboard dive boats.

Official greeter of the Great Escape, Kodi Wan Kenobi. Has retired. My best friend is now helped someone with greater needs than me, and I miss him dearly.

Kodi is a European, or "White" Golden Retriever. He was born on July 23rd 2007.

Captain Tom Binkley "Retired, not dead"

This was a great quote from one of my favorite movies of all times, "RED". Captain Tom now enjoys his first love, fishing and can be seen on the docks on many different boats.





Captain Craig Bicknese

Relief Captain, Dive Master, Crew, Anchor Yankor, and bug hunting maniac.

Craig loves to just be in the water and on the boats. He works several different boats and is seen down at the docks just about every weekend. As a Dive Master he is second to none. If you are in trouble this is the man for the job. He used to be under the influence of the "Evil Empire" but has seen the light and changed his ways. Kodi gives him 5 paws up.


Kendel Lemus

DiveMaster, Crew, Friend, Bug Hunter next to none.

Kendel has worked with me since he was only 14. He has a million dollar smile and just loves customers. If at any time there is problem on the boat he will there to help you. He is an avid hunter and will help you any way he can and will share hunting tips handed down from me to him. Kodi gives him 10 PAWS UP. WOOF!!

Chris Grossman

Divemaster, photographer, web consultant, and deckhand

Chris Grossman began diving in 1983 when he received his L.A. County certification while in engineering grad school at USC.  He has additional certifications from IANTD, PADI, and NAUI and is a NAUI divemaster.  Chris is our webmaster, photographer, and sometimes works on the boat as a divemaster or deckhand. Chris has over 1800 dives in California and loves lobster hunting.  He also runs a web site,, dedicatied to California Scuba Diving.

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