**Come dive with the Whale Sharks with us...Nov 15, 2020**
Steve has been a diver over 49 years and an instructor over 46 years. His depth of experience makes our team one of the best.
When I was young, I watched TV shows about the ocean, shipwrecks, and scuba diving. Jacque Cousteau, Lloyd Bridges, and National Geographic sent my mind “swimming” with anticipation and wonder. As an adult, these dreams guided me to the dive center in my hometown of Port Clinton, OH where I became an Open Water Diver. It did not take long for me to fall in love with the diving industry.
Almost before I realized, I was a practicing Divemaster. Countless hours of working for little or no pay to feed my newfound passion of teaching. It soon was apparent Divemaster was not enough; I had to be able to teach and not just aid Instructors. I needed to be able to give students their first taste of the underwater world.
After years of being a Divemaster, I successfully completed an Instructor Development Course in Michigan with Richard Roost, one of the best Course Directors I have ever met. Richards’ technical knowledge and skills were superb, and his ability to find a way to connect with each individual Instructor candidate was uncanny. I immediately knew he would be my mentor.
Richard Roosts’ untimely death came as a shock to me. I found myself reflecting on my memories of him and realized that I too wanted to be a Course Director. Today, I strike to pass on my skills, abilities and enthusiasm to my Instructor Candidates. I feel that it is very important to take the time to make a connection to each Candidate and help them use their own personality / style to become an effective Instructor in the “real world of diving”. After all it means nothing to pass the Instructor Examination if the Instructor cannot teach in actual class situations.
Favorite dive locations: Cozumel – I feel at home and I enjoy the diving and local life.
The Great Lakes -The Great Lakes offer the best wreck diving in he world.
Josh is an 8 year US Army Veteran, Special Operations Radio Operator. Has traveled to multiple locations to include: Iraq, Germany, Croatia, Tanzania, and Djibouti.
He has been diving since 2006 and currently works for a rapidly growing IT company, in a Security Operations Center, monitoring networks for intrusions, malware, ransomware, or any other anomalies that affect the security of businesses’ IT infrastructure.
Currently certified as a IDC Staff Instructor, EFR Instructor Trainer and DSAT Tec Instructor with the ability to teach 20+ specialty certifications with experience in high altitude diving and overhead environments such as Cavern, Cave, Wrecks and Ice. Hobbies include, flying planes, flying RC planes and raising chickens/ducks.
Ken received his Open Water certification in 1992 and became an Open Water Instructor in 1997. He has dived many places throughout the globe including Truk lagoon and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef being the most notable.
Ken enjoys diving locally but does the majority of his diving in the Caribbean. His favorite dive location is Bonaire due to the spectacular shore diving there.
When he is not diving you will find him fishing, boating, hunting or disc doggin’ with his pup Lexi.
Kelly was first certified in February 1995 while stationed at Naval Station Rota Spain. His favorite dive location is Grand Cayman island in the Caribbean.
His hobbies include: Camping, Diving, Boating, Hunting, Fishing, Target shooting, Anything outdoors
Day job: he works for Dominion East Ohio Gas Company to support his diving habit!!!
As a little girl, Kristy was always in awe of the ocean and visiting places like Sea World. Her love of Dolphins quickly expanded to everything under the sea. After snorkeling for years, and earning the nickname ‘Mermaid’, Kristy was introduced to a PADI open water course while traveling to Cozumel, Mexico in 2010. It is there that her passion for diving began. Although Kristy loves all diving, she really loves wreck, cave, and shark diving and joins Reef cleanups as often as she can. She eventually continued to move up in the diving world and just finished her Divemaster Program.
Kristy has dove in twenty different countries to date with the Iceland Tectonic Plates as the most notable. When not diving, Kristy enjoys boating and spending time with family.
Kristy currently works as a Critical Care ICU Nurse at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. Mainly to support her diving habits and extensive love of traveling the world. 😊
Well, what can we say about our store mascot, Scuba Duke !!
He is the life of the party at the quarry and loves to be near divers!! Somehow I see a custom wetsuit, fishbowl in his future !