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Course Director

Aqua Hands founder Thomas Koch, a lifelong adventurer, is known to say, “If you don’t dive, you haven’t lived,” to anyone who listens.


A Texas native, Thomas first jumped into a swimming pool at the age of two not yet knowing how to swim. This started a neverending love of water. In 1995, when The Sonny Carter Training Facility neutral buoyancy lab was built in Houston, Thomas saw scuba divers at work.  He promised himself he would be a scuba diver.


In 1996, he took his first diving course and enhanced his passion for water. A Worldwide First Deaf PADI Course Director, and love to dive with sharks and anywhere he could show others the beauty of the ocean. 
Article about Thomas:
PADI Blog: Thomas J Koch – PADI Course Director with a mission  -  27 September 2015
In Depth Interview with 1st Deaf PADI Course Director Tom Koch  -  31 August 2015
PADI ASIA Blog: Thomas J Koch, first deaf PADI Course Director  -  26 August 2015

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Digital Underwater Photographer Instructor

Peak Performance Bouyancy Instructor

AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation

Dive Against Debris Trainer

Project AWARE Instructor

AWARE - Fish Identification

AWARE - Shark Conservation

Drift Diver Trainer

Search & Recovery Diver Trainer

Dry Suit Trainer

Self-Reliant Diver Instructor

Boat Diver Trainer

Emergency Oxygen Provider Trainer

Underwater Navigator Trainer

Deep Diver Trainer

Enriched Air Diver Trainer

Underwater Videographer Instructor

Delayed Surface Marker Buoy Trainer

Night Diver Trainer

Wreck Diver Trainer

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