Alex Fancher

Name:

Alex Fancher

Position:

  • Training Director
  • PADI Master Instructor
  • Repair Technician (kinda)
  • Shop Staff

Bio:

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Alex and Ron share a last name, but grew up on different coasts; Alex hails from the wasted, rolling hills of North Carolina. He learned to dive when he was 13, and like all adventure sports Alex came across, he fell in love with it immediately.

Alex studied to be an accountant, which was the dumbest possible decision he could have made, seeing as a the outdoors have always inspired Alex. Kinda like that guy from Into the Wild. 

Alex was essentially shanghaied by Ron when moving to Alaska, as he was promised a job boutique mountain guiding in the Wrangells, and instead ended up in a classroom at Dive Alaska, without enough money to leave the state. He tries to make the best of his situation by mountain climbing, paragliding, hiking, freediving, and riding his motorcycle.

Diving Experience:

  • 2,000+ logged dives in the last 15 years
  • Instructor since 2014
  • PADI Master Instructor
  • GUE Technical Diver 1
  • GUE Cave Diver 1

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  • Advanced Ice Diving Instructor
  • Freediving
  • Spearfishing
  • Apnea-training
  • Motorcycles
  • Beans, and their rich nutritional value
  • Paragliding
  • Can biologically process things most people would consider “not-food”
  • Approaches life with the same wonder and resourcefulness as a feral dog

Fun Facts:

  • When Alex got certified to teach diving, he was the youngest instructor in the world for three days.
  • Alex’s condo is an area of Anchorage not unlike the world portrayed by the film Mad Max, where bandits breaking into the storage closest on his porch, on the third floor, is a legitimate concern. They apparently use grappling hooks. We’re not kidding.
  • Alex’s shop nickname is “Little Pig Boy” due to a genetic condition that allows him to smell truffles, not unlike the pigs used to harvest them.

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