Meet the staff!
People make things great and one of the best parts of diving in the Caribbean is most everyone here is on vacation having the time of their life! With that freedom, people want to experience something they will remember for the rest of their life -- to escape and explore something completely new. Scuba diving is exactly that, and it's what we do!
Pam Balash, with a proven track record of over 30 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.
She is a 35 year resident of St.Thomas and has been active in the tourism industry.
Native of Athens Georgia, Jimi has been with STDC for over 9 years now. Jimi is a US Coast Guard captain and a PADI Instructor. Jimi is an excellent photographer and has captured many unique underwater and landscape images here in the VI's. Jimi is our go to guy to help keep everthing running.
Keep an eye on his other things:
Greg is a US Coast Guard captain and PADI instructor. He loves diving for treasure and lobsters.
He can be found on the sailboat Heavenly Days at Bolongo.
Hailing from Chicago, Bob is a bass player who loves to teach scuba diving! His favorite dive site is Coral Bowl, and Bob is one of the best Lionfish hunters around!
John Korkosz, in his prior incarnation, was 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.
Greg is a US Coast Guard Captain and a PADI MSDT Instructor. He has 20 years of experience and is a transplant from Northern California. Now he makes his home on St Thomas, as one of the St Thomas Diving Club's newest team members.
In loving memory of Andre Webber. Forever in our hearts, as with most who were lucky enough to meet him at least once in this lifetime! He shared his love of the sea with so many and his gentle spirit lives on.
As he would always say as the boat leaves the dock daily..."Yippee let's go diving!"