I was born a mermaid. With legs, that is. And landlocked. Yet, despite these early difficulties, I managed to keep my sanity in a biped world by diving into any body of water I could get to… including pools, lakes, rivers, natural springs, the ocean, my bathtub and even a watering hole for cows. (But that’s another story altogether! 😉) Fast forward to August 2018 and the chance of a lifetime – become a real life mermaid and swim with the Legendary Sirens of Weeki Wachee Springs! Truly, a life-changing, mermazing experience that finally landed this mermaid back in her tail and started a new obsession with mermaiding and the true joy it provides. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in many mermaid events to build my skills and sometimes, just get my fins wet! It’s a fintastic way to enjoy the water, build your leisure swimming skills, and in some cases, just lounge around on some rocks soaking up the rays… because let’s face it, that’s what mermaids do. Mermaiding is fun for all ages and I would love to give you your first mermaid swimming experience!
Hi! Nice to meet you. You can call me Ari. I am 19 years old and have been teaching swim lessons for 4 years. I have taught a wide range of ages and abilities. I am a college student majoring in Marine Biology, with hopes to study sharks and conservation. My dogs are my best friends and my mom is my number one supporter!! I look forward to meeting you in person for swim lessons!
I completed my initial scuba cert in 2007. I wandered into SeaVentures for the first time in 2014 to have my gear serviced…when I came to pick it up, I decided to sign up for SeaVentures Keys trip and have never looked back! The following year in 2015, I became an instructor with SeaVentures. Over the last several years, I’ve come to love the staff as my “Scuba Family” and have enjoyed some of the amazing trips to places like Bonaire, Cozumel, Galapagos, and Kona. I find being an instructor very rewarding and get excited to experience “aha” moments with students as they experience their first breaths underwater.
Hi, my name is Bridget and I’m a sales floor staff member, divemaster in training and lifeguard instructor here at SeaVentures! I have lived in the Atlanta area pretty much my entire life and I am a graduate of the University of Georgia. (Go Dawgs!) I previously spent time in the legal field before making the switch to pursue my next adventure and greatest passion: everything ocean! My favorite places to go diving are Bonaire, Hawaii and the British Virgin Islands, just to name a few and there are so many places I still have to explore. My other big passions include koalas, college football, and travelling the world. I would love to share my enthusiasm for diving and all things ocean with you!
I got open water certified with SeaVentures back in January 2020 on a Springs trip and I have been hooked since. I am now an SSI Divemaster. My favorite dives so far are diving with sharks in Jupiter, Florida. I have been diving in the Keys several times along with Loch Low-Minn, La Paz Mexico and Cabo Pulmo Mexico. When I’m not diving, I work as an advanced EMT, ride horses, kayak, and take photos. I decided to go professional for more opportunities to do something I really really enjoy.
Hi! My name is Cat and I’m the Aquatics Director here at Seaventures. I’m half admin and half swim instructor, but I do my best to help my team and everyone who comes in our doors with pretty much anything. I’ve been teaching all ages from infant to adult for nearly 4 years now and I’m looking forward to adding Lifeguard Instructor and CPO certifications to my collection which currently includes CPR/BLS and EMT.
My first visit to the underwater world under SCUBA was in 1995 and I knew right away this was a special place. A few years later, I linked up with SeaVentures and was immediately welcomed into their family of divers. I took an amazing trip down to the Florida Keys back when they would go to Tavernier and dive and stay with Tropical Vista. I have been lucky enough to drive the bus on over 150 trips and have had the opportunity to not only dive with some of the most amazing people over the years but acquired some lifelong friends. This led to some unbelievable overseas trips as well including Bonaire, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Maldives, Galapagos to name just a few. During this incredible journey I have worked my way up to Instructor Trainer. One of the most incredible experiences as an instructor was when I certified my son in Key Largo. I am continuing to learn a tremendous amount from students, both recreational and professional.
I was originally certified back in 2001 and always enjoyed it but when a friend introduced me to the Aggressor and Dive trips, I caught the bug and started doing a dive trip every year. My most memorable experience was in Turks & Caicos where I got this lovely shot of an Octopus during a night dive. During that same trip we saw dozens of sharks, turtles, rays. My most unusual dive was in Silfra, Iceland where we were able to dive directly in the crack of the two tectonic plates. As I began gaining more experience, I knew I wanted more education to become a better diver. The better diver I became the more I enjoyed my dive trips, and this ultimately led me to my quest to become a Dive Master.
I have always had a love for the ocean and a fascination with marine life, especially sharks! I love that SCUBA allows me to explore more of the underwater world. I’m an emergency nurse in my day job and recently achieved my rating as a dive professional with the mentors at SeaVentures. I can’t wait to share my love of the ocean with you!
I have been diving since the summer of 1994, when a buddy of mine at Fort Benning, during Infantry Officer Basic Course asked if anyone would like to go diving. He was a PADI instructor, and I jumped at the chance to get certified. I retired from the Army in 2016, with just over 30 years of service. I am an SSI and PADI open water scuba instructor, and I also teach the Scuba Rangers Program (8 to 12 year-olds). One of my favorite things about being an instructor is watching someone take their first breath, underwater…arguably the most unnatural thing a person can do. My favorite types of dives are deep, wreck, drift, and night. My favorite dive locations include Bonaire, Cozumel, and the Keys.
My name is Erika Rodriguez. I’m a student at Kennesaw State University studying psychology with a minor in statistics. I am interested in working in Industrial-Organizational Psychology when I graduate. Meanwhile, I greatly enjoy working with kids, which is how I found myself as a Camp Counselor for Seaventures H20 camps. I had previously worked as a tutor and a martial arts instructor for kids of all ages. Recently though I have shifted to the Swim Administrator position in order to gain a different experience.
I have always had a love of the ocean and all the creatures it contains. I can remember my first Try Scuba and knew right then that this was something I wanted to do. I became certified in 2016 and an SSI Open Water Instructor in 2020. I love being able to share my love of diving with those who are new to the sport and witnessing their “Aha!” moment. I love all types of diving from drift, night, wreck and have been blessed to dive in locations including the Philippines, Cozumel, and even the Maldives. Being able to capture memories of what I see led me to underwater photography and videography. I look forward to diving with you on one of SeaVentures amazing trips or even if it’s just a dip in the pool!
I can’t remember what my life was like before swimming – I grew up in a swimming pool. I started swimming when I was 5 years old, and was a competitive swimmer until I was 16. was an All-State Water Polo player in 1999 and Water Polo remains to this day my favorite sport although I haven’t played in many years. I love to travel and have visited almost 50 countries on 6 continents. In 2018 me and my wife decided to visit Iceland for a week, and while researching “What to do in Iceland?” I found Silfra, a “bucket list” dive for millions of divers around the world. I became a Master Diver and Closed-Circuit Rebreather Diver in 2019, and Open Water Instructor in 2020 in huge part due to the mentorship and motivation from fellow divers and instructors at SeaVentures.
I grew up on the shores of the Mediterranean sea and used to spend a lot of time swimming, body surfing, fishing and eventually diving in it. Being in the Mediterranean gave me the chance to do many dives in the Red Sea which quickly became my favorite place to dive! I have dove all over the world: Thailand, Philippines, Cayman Islands, Hawaii, Cozumel, the Mediterranean and the US. But the Red Sea remains my favorite! I love sharing my passion for the sea with new divers by opening them a door to a new world.
Hello, my name’s Harrison and I’m a Scubaholic. I was born and raised in Manchester, England. Manchester United is my religion and scuba diving is my game. I started scuba diving in 2019 and got addicted the moment I took my first breath under the water. Within a year I became a scuba instructor and I want to work in scuba for life, which is why I love working here with my SeaVentures family.
From the day Jae was certified to dive in Guam he was addicted to diving. Jae began teaching diving in 1993. During his free time he loves sharing with people the underwater world and teaching them how to dive. He looks forward to diving and exploring new countries with his family and friends. His favorite dive sites so far are in the Philippines. No vacation is planned without diving.
In 2006, I came to SeaVentures for that year’s ‘Big Event – Anniversary Sale’. I took advantage of the free “Try Scuba” session that was offered and have been entirely & happily “hooked” on scuba ever since! I am happiest when I am near, in, on or under water! SeaVentures has become my second family and that family continues to grows with each and every class taught or trip taken! As for trips, I am passionate about traveling to and diving in different countries with diverse cultures! I also love SeaVentures’ pièce de résistance,theever-loved & world renown trip to the Florida Keys aboard their “SeaVentures Surface Interval” custom passenger bus which I am privileged to drive! Come join us!!
I grew up and spent most of my adult life in Florida. My family and I now live in Atlanta, and it wasn’t until a family vacation to an island that I realized how much I have missed. We took the opportunity to dive with the resort and I loved it! I have always marveled at the underwater world, but now I could be part of it! As soon as we returned from vacation, we decided to continue our underwater journey and found SeaVentures. We started a new passion and found the right home for it! I personally just can’t get enough, and reached 100 dives in 2½ years in beautiful places like Cozumel, Florida Keys, Caribbean Islands, Bonaire…I joined the Dive Master training program so that I can continue to grow as a diver, but also share what I’ve learned with new divers to inspire their own passions underwater.
My first dive experience was in 2013 on a try scuba in Hawaii. I was hooked immediately and began my relationship with Seaventures as soon as I returned. My love of diving has taken me on trips with Seaventures to Fiji, Belize, Maldives, Galapagos and more. Now, my love of diving has also brought on a love of teaching. While my full time job is running my small IT firm in Atlanta, working with students to bring them into this wonderful sport is deeply fulfilling and something I hope I can do for years to come.
When I began my scuba training in 2016, it was a way to augment my career as a professional stuntwoman. Since receiving my open water certification, however, diving is so much more than a job for me. Now, when I’m not performing on set, I spend as much time as I can underwater. I’ve always loved the ocean and sea life (sharks especially), and diving opened an entirely new way to see the world. I’m thrilled to be part of the SeaVentures team as an Open Water Instructor, and look forward to the road ahead!
Advanced Open Water InstructorLifeguarding Instructor
I was born and raised in Tekonsha, MI. and from the timeI was little have always loved the water! Any chance I had to go swimming would lead me to the lakes and rivers that surrounded our farm. There are no oceans in Michigan but the mighty Lake Michigan was always a favorite of mine. I have wanted to learn how to dive for sometime now, so one day I signed up, took the Open Water Diving Class, and went to Key Largo for my checkout dives. I was hooked during my first checkout dive! I became an open water instructor and I still get the same feeling whenever I’m in the water as I did on that first dive!
Retail Sales ManagerAdvanced Open Water Instructor
I began diving back in 2009 as a NAUI diver and in 2012 I became and Advanced Open Water Diver. Since beginning my diving career I had the dream of being able to retire in the Caribbean and run a dive shop/bed and breakfast. In September of 2019 jump started that dream a lot earlier than I anticipated by joining the SeaVentures family and furthering my growth and knowledge as a diver. I completed my Open Water Instructor rating in April of 2021. I have enjoyed teaching my passion to other divers and look forward to making others excited about diving as much as I am.
I started diving in 2013, when my husband and I completed our open water certifications with SeaVentures. I recently became an instructor so I can share my love of diving with others. I especially hope to help introduce more women to this amazing sport! I also love traveling with SeaVentures, and have been to Fiji, Belize, Cozumel, the Maldives, and the Galapagos. I look forward not only to the amazing diving on these trips, but also to spending time with friends, old and new! When I am not diving or at my day job as an attorney, I am probably doing CrossFit or at an Irish dancing competition.
Advanced Open Water InstructorClassified Diving Instructor
I began diving with SeaVentures in 2015. By profession I’m a project Manager, Implementation Consultant, and military vet. In a past life, I was a skydiving instructor and jumpmaster. I’ve been married for 36 years and have three daughters. My favorite place to dive is Bonaire. Although I grew up in the water, I didn’t start diving until later in life. I began with the philosophy that a good diver is always learning and I still believe in it. That belief ultimately led to me becoming an Open Water instructor and going on to teach a number of specialties. I plan on sharing the friendships, experiences and travel opportunities with many more people in the future.
Steve Parham shares a birthday with Jacques Cousteau (his childhood hero) and, so, was destined to become a scuba diver! He began scuba diving in college and has been fortunate enough to dive all over the world during the last 30 years. Steve, who is a lawyer in his outside life, started with SeaVentures as a customer and trip participant before going on to earn his Divemaster and Instructor ratings. He is passionate about sharing the underwater world with new students and experienced divers alike. When not scuba diving, he enjoys swimming and spending time with his two teenage daughters, Becca and Merritt.
My name is Stephen Thompson and I love anything having to do with water. Growing up I spent as much time there as I could frequently hitting the beaches from Santa Monica, to Malibu, Topanga, and Zuma. It took me until 2003 visiting beautiful St Lucia with my wife, Melisa, that I finally took the plunge. I began diving with SeaVentures in 2007 going on a trip to Cozumel and experienced wonderful drift diving. The year 2009 was a big year for me; I became a professional Divemaster as well as part of the dive team for the Georgia Aquarium. In 2010 I became an Open Water Instructor so I could teach and inspire others to dive and see what so few people get a chance to see underwater.
I was raised in the Chesapeake Bay in Baltimore, MD, and have been a mermaid my entire life. I found my love of scuba diving later in life, thanks to my husband, who introduced me on our honeymoon in the Bahamas via a resort course. I quickly became passionate about scuba and the peace it provided when underwater. My desire to follow the professional dive path became an obsession. I felt there needed to be more representation in scuba diving by women of all shapes and sizes to teach and empower other women to explore this exhilarating activity.
My scuba diving career began in 1992 when I got certified and decided I wanted to study marine biology. As a marine biologist, my research took me all over the world diving and researching amazing reefs to investigate coral health and reef connectivity.I am a former Aquarius Reef Base Aquanaut having conducted two research missions living underwater for 10 days during each mission, and most of my time underwater has been spent conducting scientific research. As a scuba instructor, I am able to share my love for the ocean by teaching recreational diving and scientific diving programs.
Marketing Specialist, Open Water InstructorLifeguarding Instructor Trainer
I grew up in the water. I learned to swim at a young age and was on swim team from elementary school through high school both in the United States and Europe. In high school, I started lifeguarding at Fort Jackson in Columbia SC. I became an Open Water Diver in March 2013 for a college credit through Wateree Dive Center. A couple years after moving to Georgia, I hadn’t been near the water in a long time and I was itching to get back to it. I took a small step back to the water when I started at SeaVentures in August 2017 as a weekend part time swim instructor while maintaining my logistics career. I went full time in April 2018 my primary role is marketing specialist, but I am also a Lifeguarding Instructor Trainer and Open Water Instructor!
I was raised in Orlando, FL and have had a love of the water from a young age. My uncle used to take me snorkeling as a child and that is where my passion for diving started. In 2014 I took the plunge and signed up for one of the open water classes. From the second I got into class I knew I had just found a new life long passion! It was not until I went on a dive trip to the Florida Keys with Claude Smith and the SeaVentures Staff when how much the instructors enjoy sharing their knowledge and passion with the students. I am almost finished with my SSI Open Water Instructor certification. This has been an incredible journey and I cant wait to share my passion and knowledge with others soon!
Scuba diving has been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember. For almost 45 years, I have been drawn to breathing underwater. The connection to the underwater world is so powerful and healing that even when I’m away from it for 24 hours, I’m craving my next dive. When I’m diving in the ocean in particular (although cave diving has its own magical powers as well), I am often heard referring to its unbelievable powerful energy as Ocean Soul. I love the connection to nothing but my breath and the marine life world around me.