Meet Our Dive Instructors

Rudy Tanner

Rudy TannerRudy has been diving Northern California and Southern Oregon for 10 years and actively teaching for 7 plus years as a Master Scuba Diver with over 10 specialty Instructor certifications. He relocated to Redding 3 years ago and would pop into the shop from time to time to outfit his students with gear. Once Rich saw his excitement, contagious energy, and passion to make students feel comfortable, confident, and safe in the water. Rich knew Rudy would be a welcomed addition to the Howell’s Instructor team in Redding, CA.

Rudy in the Ocean


Ken Johnson

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Ken Johnson has been a PADI-credentialed Dive Instructor for 15 years, and during his career has instructed and certified approximately 150 students in our local area.  Before becoming an instructor, Ken’s diving experience included areas in and around San Diego, including La Jolla Shores, San Clemente and the Coronado islands.  In addition, he has completed dives in the Channel Islands near Santa Barbara and in Lake Tahoe.

Ken has also served the community as a long-time member of the Tehama County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit’s Dive and Swift Water Rescue team and has diving experience in many of our local lakes and rivers.  He has also been a drag boat rescue diver for the National Jet Boat Association for the past 13 years.

Irrespective of your current experience level, Ken is anxious to help you improve your skills and comfort in the water.  He has worked with a wide variety of students and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for the sport of diving.


Charlie Knight

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Charlie Knight

I have been a PADI scuba instructor since September 2008.  I’m qualified to teach 13 Specialty courses with my PADI credentials.  “I really enjoy teaching scuba skills to students”!  I’ve logged over 1,000 dives during my 12 years diving with most of my dives completed in the cool waters off the California coast.  I have done some technical diving in Hawaii and deep technical diving off the Monterey coastline.  Join me in the beginning courses, specialty courses or deep diving in Lake Tahoe.

Richard Musselman, DO, FAAFP

Occupation: Medical Director “Pulse Urgent Care Redding, Ca.”

“Open Water Scuba Instructor”

My first certification in Scuba diving was in college.  In the day of Navy Frogmen as instructors.

I entered the PADI system in 2012 and re-certified.

Certifications: OWC, AOWC, Master, Dive Master, EHR Instructor (Adult and child), OWSI

Specialties: Peak Buoyancy, Nitrox, Deep, Navigation, Rescue, Drift, Night

Memberships:   PADI, DAN

Favorite Dives: Devil’s Throat Cozumel, MX. , Bonaire, St. Lucia

Special interests: Owner/administrator Divers Inn LLC, La Paz, Mexico

Richard Mussleman dive pic