Welcome to the board! We have weekly dives in the north and south Sound, you are welcome to join them. No buddy needed, we'll set you up! Keep your eye on the dive planning section.
With what agency are you thinking of pursuing your DM/instructor cert? If you are planning to work here primarily, I would do your coursework here. A friend of mine did an instructor boot camp in the Caribbean, and it was pretty brutal, plus the diving is just so dramatically different.
Come to the nerd side, we have pi!