Dwain took his first scuba class when he was 19 at the University of Missouri in Columbia. After the first day of scuba class, he knew what he wanted to do with his life. For four and a half years, Dwain helped teach a course at the University of Missouri, then continued to teach scuba and managed several dive stores before starting Capt. Nemo’s Dive Shop 36 years ago. Now, 42 years after that first scuba class, Dwain enjoys giving newcomers the same inspiring experience he had in his first lesson, teaching beginning students and helping over 2,000 divers become certified.
As a child, Mary was always near an ocean and spent much of her time swimming. She has been diving for 36 years and feels like she “can’t live without it.” Mary has been an active instructor for 28 years and loves teaching scuba. She and her husband, Dwain, have owned and operated Capt. Nemo’s Dive Shop in Columbia, Missouri, for 36 years, introduced thousands of people to scuba and conducted close to 100 escorted diving trips to the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. Her boundless energy comes from a passion for introducing new divers to the beauty of being underwater and “getting them hooked on not just getting certified, but becoming a diver.”
I first started diving in 1981 while visiting Guam when I was in the Navy. I have been an SSI dive pro since 2017 and am passionate about teaching new divers and helping them develop as confident, safe divers. In addition to being a dive pro, I am also a PSI-PCI certified visual cylinder inspector and valve repair technician. I’m a level 8 diver and have been privileged to dive in the western and southern Pacific, the Sea of Cortez, California, Hawaii, Florida, and throughout the Caribbean. I also enjoy diving year-round in lakes and quarries in the Midwest.