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    Meet our fantastic staff!

    Andre Webber has been diving Virgin Island waters for 30 years. Quick to tell a story or a local anecdote, Andre's passion for the ocean and the people who enjoy it is what keeps customers returning year after year.  "Everyday is another adventure, a chance to learn something new."

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    Pam Balash, with a proven track record of over 25 years experience training instructors in the Virgin Islands, knows the resort dive industry. Pam has trained many of the dive store owners, managers and instructors in the U.S.V.I. Pam was formerly on staff at the PADI International College in Santa Ana, CA., and has been appointed by PADI as District Course Director and IE Coordinator for the USVI since 1989.


    Lauren Simpson starting diving in the murky, cold waters of the Pacific Northwest.  Working with her university SCUBA program, she grew a passon for the sport, especially introducing others to it for the first time.  Upon graduating from the University of Oregon, Lauren couldn't wait to pack up that dry suit and get into the warm Caribbean water.  Lauren currently enjoys teaching, diving and living the Caribbean dream life here in St. Thomas. 

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    John Korkosz: In his prior incarnation, an endodontist (root canal specialist) in upstate New York, he first dove on St. Thomas in 1995.  Now he is a PADI Instructor and a Coast Guard captain.  He still keeps a garden in NYS and brings fresh veggies down in the summer. 

     

     

    Dave Tracy moved to St. Thomas from Oklahoma because he always enjoyed long sunset strolls on the beach. Dave quickly became a member of the STDC crew, working his way from Advanced Open Water all the way to instructor.  You can count on Dave for a mind blowing experience in and out of the water. Dave's favorite animals to see under the ocean are sharks ... obviously! He has developed a unique system for measuring them, which you need to see to understand.  When Dave is on the boat, be ready to hop in the water or subject yourself to his large repertoire of pirate jokes and believe me, being in the water is better than the jokes! Just kidding, both will thoroughly entertain you.    


                 

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    Jashae Joseph

    Doug is the other half of the "Doug and Tejo" team. He came to St. Thomas Diving Club as an Open Water Diver in 1993, and was teaching scuba with us a year later. Doug is a PADI IDC Staff Instructor who, after twenty years experience training divers, seventeen years experience helping to train instructors, thousands of dives in the beautiful St. Thomas waters, the gain of a lovely wife and the loss of a head of hair, (rendering him the Uncle Fester of the Sea), ...... and almost has a dive site named after him.


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    Tejo (her only scuba name...kinda like Cher or Madonna, if they were divers) is one half, the better half of Doug and Tejo.   She started teaching at St. Thomas Diving Club back in 1996.  Tejo enjoys teaching and leading dives. 



    Greg Pettingill, captain and instructor, loves leading dives and sharing his underwater adventures.  He is our very own Captain Ron!

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         Jimi Smith

     

     



     
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