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PADI Elite Instructors

The PADI Elite Instructor Award 2017 recognizes PADI Instructors for reaching specific milestones based on the number of certifications they issue in a calendar year.

Dr. Everette Ingram

Dr. Everette Ingram

PADI Silver Course Director | Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor
  • Started diving in 1993
  • Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer
  • DSAT Tec Trimix Instructor Trainer
  • PADI Specialty Instructor Trainer
  • Traveled to 139 countries and all 7 continents
  • Worked in dive centers in Jordan, Honduras, and Tobago
  • Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor
  • Eagle Scout and BSA Merit Badge Counselor
Claude Smith

Claude Smith

PADI Master Instructor
  • Previous career was Truck Driving
  • Began diving with SeaVentures in 2004
  • Loves wreck diving
  • Leads our Florida Keys Trips
  • Loves hot sauce
Dan Weekley

Dan Weekley

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
  • Diving since 1986 with over 3300 logged dives. Teaching since 2006
  • Retired 24 year Navy Submarine Chief Petty Officer
  • National Speleological Society Cave Diver
  • Worldwide diver with extensive experience throughout the Caribbean
  • Favorite Dives: Drift and Wreck dives in the Florida Keys.
  • ANY CAVE DIVE!
John Player

John Player

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
  • Diving with SeaVentures since 2007
  • Retired Police Captain
  • Favorite dives are Cozumel, Cayman Islands, and Key Largo
  • Loves underwater photography, wreck diving, and drift diving
  • Enjoys time with his family and staying involved in community as a Cub Scout Cubmaster
Chris Magill

Chris Magill

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
  • Started Diving in 2002
  • When I’m not teaching diving or going diving I am teaching robotics and math.
  • I love to see the utter joy and amazement you see on peoples’ faces when they come up from being perfectly neutrally buoyant for an hour for the first time
  • I love teaching the Seal Team and Master Seal Team classes to the kid ages 8-14 and to see them just fall in love with scuba.
  • My long-term goal in diving is to become a Course Director, and retire to someplace with blue water and sandy beaches and teach others to become Scuba Instructors.

PADI Course Director

PADI Course Directors are PADI Master Instructors who have taken the next step and joined an elite group of instructor trainers. Course Directors teach PADI Instructor Development Courses (IDCs) and other instructor-level training, and thus are the scuba diving industry’s most influential leaders and role models. This rating is the highest and most respected professional rating in recreational scuba diving. To become a Course Director you must earn a spot in a Course Director Training Course (CDTC) through a competitive application process that examines your experience and training goals.

Dr. Everette Ingram

Dr. Everette Ingram

PADI Silver Director Course Director | Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor
  • Started diving in 1993
  • Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer
  • DSAT Tec Trimix Instructor Trainer
  • PADI Specialty Instructor Trainer
  • Traveled to 139 countries and all 7 continents
  • Worked in dive centers in Jordan, Honduras, and Tobago
  • Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor
  • Eagle Scout and BSA Merit Badge Counselor
  • PADI Master Instructors

    PADI Master Instructors are recognized as elite scuba diving educators who, through dedication and hard work, have proven to be dive industry leaders. You earn the Master Instructor rating by exemplifying what it means to be a scuba diving professional through your teaching efforts and professional conduct.

    Claude Smith

    Claude Smith

    PADI Master Instructor
    • Previous career was Truck Driving
    • Began diving with SeaVentures in 2004
    • Loves wreck diving
    • Leads our Florida Keys Trips
    • Loves hot sauce
    Becky Greene van Rooyen

    Becky Greene van Rooyen

    PADI Master Instructor
    • Started diving while getting a degree in Biology from UGA
    • Diving with SeaVentures since 2005
    • She enjoys teaching kids to dive
    • Favorite places to dive are Bonaire and Turks & Caicos
    • "Never too much neoprene"

    PADI IDC Staff Instructors

    As the name implies, IDC Staff Instructors assist with instructor training and share their wisdom and experience with new PADI leaders.

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    Woody Alpern

    PADI IDC Staff Instructor
    • Started diving at age 14 in Ft. Lauderdale. Supported dive habit (addiction) by lobster diving and selling the lobsters to parents’ friends.
    • Loves wrecks and deep wall dives.
    • Absolutely loves teaching. Taught accounting at UGA (GPC campus) and hosts his own financial talk radio show in Atlanta, currently on every Sunday morning on 106.7 FM at 10am
    • Number one rule in both teaching diving and diving myself is to HAVE FUN. That’s done by learning to be a safe, smart, and efficient diver.
    • PADI tec 40 CCR instructor for the Kiss Orca Spirit and HSA Instructor
    • "I think divers and the diving community are among the most intelligent and coolest people I’ve ever met. Seaventures staff in my opinion is at the top of that list and it starts at the top."
    Winston van Rensburg

    Winston van Rensburg

    PADI IDC Staff Instructor
    • Diving with SeaVentures since 2007
    • First diving trip was to Key Largo
    • Loves seeing new students fall in love with SCUBA Diving
    • Favorite dive thus far, Blackbeard’s Bahamas
    • Favorite fish is the Rock Hind
    Wayne Burdette

    Wayne Burdette

    PADI IDC Staff Instructor
    • Started diving in 1993
    • Current goals are to become Tec Certified and Rebreather Certified
    • Favorite dives are drift diving, wreck diving, and night diving
    • Favorite Dive Sites are Australia and Cozumel but looking forward to adding to this list
    • Trained as Paramedic and Firefighter Instructor
    • My favorite thing to do when not diving is spend time with my children

    PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainers

    Being an MSDT signifies the experience and certifications to offer all the training a diver needs to become a Master Scuba Diver – the ultimate recreational diver rating.

    John Player

    John Player

    PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
    • Diving with SeaVentures since 2007
    • Retired Police Captain
    • Favorite dives are Cozumel, Cayman Islands, and Key Largo
    • Loves underwater photography, wreck diving, and drift diving
    • Enjoys time with his family and staying involved in community as a Cub Scout Cubmaster
    Steve Thompson

    Steve Thompson

    PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
    • Diving since 2004
    • EFR CPR/First Aid Instructor
    • Favorite non-diving activity is cabinet making
    • Favorite dives are Turks & Caicos and Dominica
    • Digs Atomic Spring Heel Straps on his cool Atomic Split Fins
    Dan Weekley

    Dan Weekley

    PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
    • Diving since 1986 with over 3300 logged dives. Teaching since 2006
    • Retired 24 year Navy Submarine Chief Petty Officer
    • National Speleological Society Cave Diver and recipient of the Abe Davis
      Safe Cave Diving Award
    • Worldwide diver with extensive experience throughout the South East,
      Florida, and the Caribbean
    • Favorite Dives: Drift and Wreck dives in the Florida Keys. ANY CAVE DIVE!
    Chelsea Foster

    Chelsea Foster

    PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
    • Was born to dive and officially joined the SeaVentures staff in 2008
    • Graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Brenau University
    • Played collegiate volleyball
    • Phi Mu alumna
    • PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
    Mike Bailey

    Mike Bailey

    PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
    • Started diving in 1973
    • Trained as a MSDT and Service Technician
    • Likes any type of diving, especially wrecks and sharks
    • Favorite dive buddy is wife, Sally
    • Favorite dive site is Rappel, Bonaire
    Chris McGill

    Chris McGill

    PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
    • Extensive Dive Operations experience with 5 years of living and diving in the Caribbean
    • Over 3600 logged dives
    • Able to teach in Spanish and English
    • Enjoys connecting with people on a personal level and watching students grow to become confident divers.
    • Specialty instructor including night diver, deep, photography, drift, fish identification, buoyancy and more
    Brian Acker

    Brian Acker

    PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

    • Certified in 2007 and a SeaVentures Instructor since 2015
    • Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor
    • Favorite dive destinations: Bonaire and Cozumel
    • Favorite dive types: Wreck, Night, and Sunrise
    • Proud Alumni of University of the South (Sewanee) and Appalachian State University

    Jaim Nonenmacher

    Jaim Nonenmacher

    PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

    • Certified in 2007 and a SeaVentures Instructor since 2015
    • Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor
    • Favorite dive destinations: Bonaire and Cozumel
    • Favorite dive types: Wreck, Night, and Sunrise
    • Proud Alumni of University of the South (Sewanee) and Appalachian State University

    Oliver Ingram

    Oliver Ingram

    PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
    • From Florence, Alabama
    • Diver since 1983
    • Favorite place to dive: Belize
    • Wing Chun Assistant Instructor
    • Shinkendo Senior Student

    PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors

    PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals.

    Dr. Tonya Shearer

    Dr. Tonya Shearer

    PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
    • Diving since 1992
    • Research Scientist & Unit Dive Safety Officer at Georgia Tech
    • Director of the Discover Science Center
    • Teaches Seal Team, Master Seal Team, and Scientific Diving
    • Favorite dive is the Flower Garden Banks in the Gulf of Mexico
    Tertia Van Rensburg

    Tertia Van Rensburg

    PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
    • Diving with SeaVentures since 2007
    • Loves diving and teaching
    • Enjoys gardening and crafts
    • Favorite trips so far are Blackbeards and Utila
    • Loves sea turtles
    Summer Yang

    Summer Yang

    PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
    • Originally from Yunnan, China
    • Diving with SeaVentures since 2013
    • Favorite dive so far is Phi Phi Island, Thailand
    • Loves traveling and cooking
    • Work hard, dive hard
    Derek Harp

    Derek Harp

    PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
    • 29 years diving experience including: Florida Keys, Hawaii, Thailand,
      Israel, Bahamas, Belize, and lots of stone quarries in the Midwest
    • Day job: entrepreneur in cyber security industry
    • Eagle Scout & current Cub Scout Leader Pack 21 Brookhaven, GA; on SCUBA staff 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree
    • Happily married (diver) with two boys (future divers)

    PADI Assistant Instructors

    PADI Assistant Instructors are one of the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they are working and learning in the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals.

    Jonathan Catt

    Jonathan Catt

    PADI Assistant Instructor
    • Started Diving with SeaVentures in 2015
    • Born in England but moved to the US in 1994
    • Owns his own IT business working in the Film and TV Industry
    • Avid Underwater Videographer
    • Favorite Dive Destination: Bonaire
    Steven Dye

    Steven Dye

    PADI Assistant Instructor
    • Began diving with SeaVentures in 2015
    • By profession a Project Manager and Implementation Consultant and
      military veteran. In a past life, a Skydiving instructor and Jumpmaster
    • Married for 36 years with three daughters (one diving)
    • Truly believe a good diver is always learning
    • A Handicapped Scuba Association Buddy Diver
    • Favorite place to dive is Bonaire
    Doug Hill

    Doug Hill

    PADI Assistant Instructor
  • Began Diving in 1994 at Fort Benning, GA
  • Retired Army Officer (Infantry & Psychological Operations) and former Army Jumpmaster
  • Eagle Scout
  • Favorite Dives: Cozumel and Florida Keys (any dive with my wife
    Gina)
  • Other Hobbies: Triathlons, Muscle Cars, Guitar, Downhill Skiing
  • Loves spending time with his wife and two daughters
  • Bruce McPherson

    Bruce McPherson

    PADI Assistant Instructor
    • Began Diving in 1985
    • Is an Airline Captain and certified Flight Instructor
    • Bachelor of Science in Airway Science Systems Management
    • Married 20 years with two children
    • Roswell, GA Native!
    Chris Hartman

    Chris Hartman

    PADI Assistant Instructor
    • Diving Since August of 2016
    • First Dive : Honolulu Hawaii
    • Favorite Dive: USS Oriskany, Pensacola, FL
    • Favorite Dive Location: Bonaire, Netherlands
    • 13 PADI Specialties: passion for Underwater Photography and deep wreck diving and the history and story behind these sunken ships.
    • Day Job - IT Manager

    PADI Divemasters

    PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world – PADI.

    Tim Setser

    Tim Setser

    PADI Divemaster & DSD Leader
    • Diving since 2003
    • 7 years experience as a Scuba Service Technician
    • Master Diver
    • Poker aficionado
    • Favorite dive so far is Florida Keys
    Steven Glass

    Steven Glass

    PADI Divemaster & DSD Leader
    • Born and raised in Georgia
    • Studying Marine Engineering at Texas A&M
    • USCG 100 Ton Captain
    • Been Diving since 2008
    • Been to Four out of the Seven Continents
    Paul Rose

    Paul Rose

    PADI Divemaster & DSD Leader
    • Diving for over 10 years
    • Writer, painter, musician, software engineer, and lover of the Oxford comma
    • Favorite Dive: Ghost Mountian in Cayman Trench
    • SCUBA= Severely Craving Underwater Behavioral Adjustment
    • Advocate for healthy oceans
    Lauren Rothermel

    Lauren Rothermel

    PADI Divemaster
    • Diving with Seaventures since 2011
    • Profession: Sommelier and Wine Specialist
    • Fluent in French
    • Shark aficionado
    • Loves adventure, travel, and cooking
    • "The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." - Jacque Cousteau

    Divemasters in Training

    Sarah Reise

    Sarah Reise

    PADI Divemaster in Training
    • Certified since 2013.
    • Diving experiences: Keys, Fiji, Cozumel, Belize (all with SeaVentures!)
    • Interested in underwater photography
    • Profession: lawyer
    • Other hobbies: Crossfit, Irish step dancing, cross stitch, and planning our next dive trip!
    Jenifer Norwalk

    Jenifer Norwalk

    PADI Divemaster in Training
    • Began diving when she was 16
    • Student at Emory University
    • Diving experience in Florida, South Carolina, Malta, Spain, and the Caribbean
    • Favorite dive: Eden’s Rock in Grand Cayman
    • Loves night dives
    Doug Kays

    Doug Kays

    PADI Divemaster in Training
    • Go Jackets!
    • Lived in Roswell since 1973
    • Certified since 1986
    • Married 19 years
    • Excited about continuing his diver education
    • Favorite dive location: Florida Keys
    Kevin Cook

    Kevin Cook

    PADI Divemaster in Training
    Phil Ursery

    Phil Ursery

    PADI Divemaster in Training
  • Retired from Kimberly Clark 2009, currently contracting with Southern Company
  • PADI Master Diver Challenge (19 specialties)
  • Certified Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver
  • Emergency First Responder Instructor
  • Diving Experiences: Keys, Bahamas, Hawaii, and Palau
  • Troy Neal

    Troy Neal

    PADI Divemaster in Training
    • Diving since 2014 with SeaVentures
    • Grew up in Florida and goes back frequently for dive trips
    • Loves cooking
    • Does 2-3 half marathons and 1 marathon each year
    • Favorite dives are wreck diving
    Matt Reise

    Matt Reise

    PADI Divemaster in Training
    Gary Alexander

    Gary Alexander

    PADI Divemaster in Training
    • Diving with SeaVentures since 2016
    • From Michigan, moved to Atlanta in 2013
    • Favorite Dive Locations: Maldives, Bonaire, Philippines and Cozumel
    • Favorite Aquatic Life: Hammerhead Sharks, Sea Turtles
    • Favorite Dives: Night, Wreck, Deep (Anytime I’m Making Bubbles)
    • “Do Something Today Your Future Self Will Thank You For”
    Shane Webb

    Shane Webb

    PADI Divemaster in Training
    Dan Pettis

    Dan Pettis

    PADI Divemaster in Training
    • From Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Certified at 15 years old
    • Master Scuba Diver with 26 specialty certifications
    • Favorite Dives: clean-up dives at Lake Lanier. Save our environment!
    • Like James Bond/ MacGyver - can come up with last minute solutions to impossible problems.
    Nik Adams

    Nik Adams

    PADI Divemaster in Training
    • Loves wreck dives
    • Sharks
    • PADI Rescue Diver
    • Likes to travel
    • Claude’s BFF & likes 80s music