The Largest, Most Experienced Scuba Staff in Georgia

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PADI Elite Instructors

The PADI Elite Instructor Award 2014 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 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 120 countries
  • Worked in dive centers in Jordan, Honduras, and Tobago
  • Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor
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
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
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

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 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 120 countries
  • Worked in dive centers in Jordan, Honduras, and Tobago
  • Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor

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)
  • 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.
  • "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

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
Becky Hinkle

Becky Hinkle

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
  • Started diving in 2005
  • I love to teach new students and help them become confident divers
  • Favorite dive’s include Cozumel, Roatan, Little Cayman, Great White Shark diving in Guadalupe
  • TDI Technical Diver
  • PADI & TDI Sidemount Diver
  • PADI Ice Diver
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!
Jack Hinkle

Jack Hinkle

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
  • TDI Technical Decompression and Advanced Nitrox
  • PADI & TDI Technical Sidemount
  • Emergency First Responder Instructor
  • PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor
  • Ice Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Deep Diver

My favorite dives are,

  • Diving with Great Whites of Guadalupe
  • Long deep drifts in Cozumel
  • Diving with Sharks in the Bahamas
  • Wreck diving in the Florida Keys
  • Ice Diving in Minnesota
Hunter Hickox

Hunter Hickox

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
  • "I like Tuttles"
  • Diving since 1999, at 12 years old
  • Worked/lived in Roatan, Honduras, Oahu, Hawaii, St. Thomas, USVI
  • Love looking for the smaller/harder to find things ex: juvenile trunkfish, nudibranchs, lettuce leaf sea slugs
  • Favorite place to dive: Roatan, Honduras

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
Wayne Burdette

Wayne Burdette

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
  • Born in Charleston, SC
  • Started diving in 1993
  • Paramedic Instructor, Paramedic, & Firefighter
  • Loves Scuba Diving & becoming an Instructor
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor
Chris Magill

Chris Magill

Open Water Scuba Instructor
Melissa Dorman

Melissa Dorman

Open Water Scuba Instructor
  • Left New York and a career in fashion for pursue diving full time
  • Completed Divemaaster while living in Bali and IDC while in Sipadan
  • Could swim before she could walk
  • Favorite dive: Sunrise dive on USS Liberty, Tulamben, Bali
  • Couldn’t live without the beach, bikes, dogs, diving, avocados, travel, laughing, and yoga

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.

Oliver Ingram

Oliver Ingram

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

Rayanna Seid

PADI Assistant Instructor
  • Diving since 2013
  • Graduated with a biology degree from UNG
  • Favorite dive: Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
  • Loves her dog Finn, queso, hikes, and iced coffee
Chelsea Foster

Chelsea Foster

PADI Assistant Instructor
  • Was born to dive
  • Graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Brenau University
  • Played collegiate volleyball
  • Loves baking cupcakes and cakes
  • Phi Mu alumna
  • Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor & Water Safety Instructor

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

PADI Divemasters

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

Paul Rose

Paul Rose

PADI Divemaster & DSD Leader
  • Diving since 2010
  • Writes adventure fiction (with lots of diving and sailing!) as M.T. Harber
  • Paints marine based artwork
  • Favorite dives – Grand Cayman and Roatan
  • “I don’t teach SCUBA – I evangelize SCUBA”
Steven Dye

Steven Dye

PADI Divemaster & DSD Leader
  • 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
Steven Glass

Steven Glass

PADI Divemaster
  • 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
Tim Setser

Tim Setser

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

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
Doug Hill

Doug Hill

PADI Divemaster in Training
  • 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
Derek Harp

Derek Harp

PADI Divemaster in Training
  • PADI Advanced Open Water; PADI Rescue; SSI Enriched Air Nitrox
  • 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)
Kevin Cook

Kevin Cook

PADI Divemaster 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!
Matt Reise

Matt Reise

PADI Divemaster in Training