Our Story

Paul and KristenKristen and Paul met in Zanzibar where she managed the hotel and he and his business partner owned and operated a dive center. Paul and Kristen lived in Zanzibar for over 9 years together before moving back to the U.S. where Kristen could be closer to her family and Paul could pursue his dream of owning and operating his own dive shop. Kristen and Paul both speak Swahili (although Paul is fluent) and plan on visiting Africa as much as possible in the years to come! 

Paul and Kristen love to travel and have been to South Africa to dive with the Great White Sharks, Mozambique to dive with Manta Rays, and Belize to see the Whale Sharks on their honeymoon. Paul and Kristen have also been on Tanzanian and Kenyan safaris, to Egypt for the pyramids and down the Nile on a river cruise, throughout England and into Paris, France together. They are eager to share their experience and knowledge about the destinations they have been to so please stop by the shop and say hello!

Paul

PaulPaul was born in Bristol, England. As an only child Paul’s parent dragged him (kicking and screaming of course) from one continent to another and throughout Europe on their family holidays. His favorite place was Africa and after graduating from Bristol Grammar School he flew to Tanzania where he lived and worked on the side of Mount Kilimanjaro in a village close to Moshi, as an English teacher for a British charity – similar to the Peace Corp. When Paul’s parents came to visit him they took him to Zanzibar where he fell in love with the island and the diving. Soon after leaving Moshi Paul returned to England where he completed his University degree with a BA(Hons) Business Management and Sport Science. After graduating Paul returned to Zanzibar where he expanded his horizons in the world of diving firstly managing then as part owner of what became the top PADI Center in East Africa.

Pauls Passion is Underwater Photography and he loves to talk about it as well as do it. If you are interested in the subject as a beginner or Pro he would love to discuss it with you.
 
PADI MASTER SCUBA DIVER TRAINER: Specialist in Digital Underwater Photography, Wreck, Night, Navigation, Search and Recovery, Underwater Film Photography, Naturalist, Drift, Multi-level and computer diver, Oxygen First Aid, Enriched Air, Dry Suit, Deep, Equipment Specialist, Boat, AWARE fish Identification, Coral Reef Conservation, Peak Performance Buoyancy. 
TDI Extended range instructorBSAC Advanced Instructor
IAHD (International Association of Handicapped Divers) Instructor
Read Paul's Guide to Digital Underwater Photography! 

Kristen

Kristen was born in Brunswick, Maine but has lived a good portion of her life in Florida. After attending the University of Southern Maine Kristen took a job as a nanny in Graz, Austria so she could travel throughout Europe on her time off. After living in Europe for a year she returned home and moved to Orlando, Florida. Kristen’s professional background is that of hospitality management in Hotel/Resort Operations. While working in Orlando, where she had been for over 7 years, she was contacted about a job in Zanzibar, Tanzania, Africa. As opportunities to work and live in Africa do not come along everyday she jumped at the chance to experience a new country, culture and lifestyle. Kristen enjoys recreational diving with over 14 years of diving in places such as Zanzibar, Mozambique, Belize, Komodo, Bali, Fiji, Dominica and Honduras. 

PADI ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER: Boat Diver, Navigation, Deep Diver, Night Diver, Drift Diver , Under Water Photography, AWARE Fish Identification.

Our Team

Kerry

Kerry

Originally from the Midwest his first breaths on SCUBA were at the young age of 10 years old. Summers spent immersed in Rivers, Quarries and the Great Lakes led to an interest in wreck diving and the opportunity to work on several marine archaeology education projects in the US and the Caribbean. Although lucky enough to have dove in many beautiful locations globally he has never lost the wonder and enjoyment of just being under water and blowing bubbles. As a PADI instructor for over 15 years it has been his continued privilege to share the underwater world with others through SCUBA diving.
PADI MASTER SCUBA DIVER TRAINER: Care for Children w/AED Instructor, Dry Suit, Wreck, Night, Navigation, Search and Recovery, Underwater Photography, Underwater Videography, Drift, Enriched Air, Deep, Boat, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, Project AWARE Instructor, Peak Performance Buoyancy, EFR Instructor.

Karen

KarenKaren was born in Pennsylvania, moved to Florida several years ago and has no intention of moving back. She enjoys traveling and when possible incorporating diving into that travel. She wanted to learn to dive most of her life and after planning a trip to Hawaii in 2003, decided it was time to get certified. She was trained here in Florida, added more certifications, became a NAUI instructor, and then crossed over to become a PADI instructor. 

PADI Master Scuba Dive Trainer, NAUI INSTRUCTOR: Fish Identification, Boat, Enriched Air, Underwater Navigation, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project Aware, Aware Coral Reef Conservation.
EFR Instructor

Renee

In 1988, Renee was PADI Open Water Diver certified in the clear lakes of Arkansas. It soon
became apparent that this was a passion and she began to build towards higher goals. In 1993,
Renee earned her PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating and quickly discovered her
passions within the sport as an instructor and in her diving free time.

Renee has held the PADI Master Instructor rating since 1999 and IDC Staff Instructor since
1998. She teaches a variety of PADI specialties to include Night, Deep, Peak Performance
Buoyancy, Enriched Air and Drift Diver. She excels with the PADI Drysuit, Sidemount, Enriched
Air and Cavern Diver specialties as independent courses and also cohesively as part of a
progression. Renee is also an NSS-CDS Cavern/Basic Cave Instructor and can teach you to peer safely beyond the caverns that are illuminated by the sun. Renee is a technical diver holding a Full Cave Diver certification with the NSS-CDS and has training in CCR and Trimix.

Renee is the co-author of “Women Underwater” with Jill Heinerth. She loves mentoring divers of all skill levels, the diver who needs extra help overcoming physical challenges, or who desire guidance on their pathway.

Renee continues her 30 year career as a Cat Scan technologist at Florida Hospital South where
she has been since her move to Florida in 2002. When not caring for patients at the hospital or
diving, she may be found in her topside in her sea kayak enjoying the Floridian springs, rivers
and coastal regions.

PADI MASTER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR: Atlantis/Dolphin Rebreather, Underwater Navigation, Night, Enriched Air, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, Project AWARE Instructor, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Drift, Underwater Naturalist, EFR, PADI Cavern.
NSS-CDSNACD Full CaveIANTD TrimixNACD SidemountTDI Gas BlendingPrism Topaz Rebreather

Robert

Robert

Robert has been diving since 1967; he has lived in Central Florida for his whole life, so you could call him the local. The three moons of lost sink, the mushroom table at Little River, and The statue of Christ in Key Largo are just a few of Robert’s favorite places to dive.

He became a PADI Open Water Instructor in 2008 because he wanted to give back to the dive “My parents gave me the wonderful gift of diving and I just wanted to help and teach others the joy of diving.”

 

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer: Enriched Air, Underwater Navigator, Wreck Diver, Night Diver, Drift Diver, O2 Provider, Emergency First Responder Instructor, NSS-CDS Basic Cave.

Andy

Andy was raised in southern California where he learned to snorkel, skin dive and developed his desire to be a scuba diver. It was not until he joined the military and was stationed back in California that he was able to begin his training as a scuba diver.

Andy has been certified to dive since Dec 24, 1990. He was certified on Christmas Eve in Laguna Beach, CA.  He spent the next 14 years diving the west coast from Monterey ,CA down into Mexico and over to Hawaii,  with occasional trips to the Caribbean. In 2005 he moved to Kennesaw, GA where he took a 5 year break until he started teaching again, this time in the local lakes and quarry’s. In 2015 he moved to Sanford, FL and joined the team at Seminole scuba.  Andy is now learning and exploring Florida and the Caribbean.

Andy is a business analyst when he is not teaching.  He has a military background in weather Forecasting. He also rides motorcycles and is a certified single engine pilot. When he is not teaching scuba, he is diving for fun with his wife, former students, and friends. You will usually find him with his camera when he is diving trying to get picture of sea life he has yet to discover.

Andy is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer, meaning he not only teaches open water  through divemaster but teaches many specialties, up to 14 different specialties. Andy has been officially scuba certified for 26 years and has certified over 350 divers at various levels while totaling over 3000 logged dives.

Tom

Tom

Tom has been diving since 1972. He is a father of three (dogs) a Bijon Frise and two Golden Retrievers. He enjoys diving the Caribbean and loves liveaboards. Being an instructor makes him dive more and he has enjoyed the fascinating journey that diving offers and sharing the adventure of diving with others. 

PADI MASTER SCUBA DIVER TRAINER: Wreck, Deep Diving, Enriched Air, Underwater Navigation and Night.

Sarah

Sarah is a Florida native. She is currently a high school science teacher. She has been diving since 2009. Some of her favorite wreck diving is in North Carolina, on a wreck called the Carib Sea. She also enjoys diving in our springs here in Florida. Sarah became an instructor to share her passion with other people through teaching. Her three favorite aquatic creatures are the Florida Manatee, Manta Rays, and Cowfish. Having been lucky enough to dive in other areas of the World is something she treasures. Her trip to Raja Ampat in 2015 with Seminole Scuba was definitely a highlight, but Sarah has dove in Australia and around the Caribbean as well.

 PADI Open water instructor, EFR, Enriched Air, Deep, Wreck

Andrew


Originally from the UK, Andrew has been teaching for the past 10 years and diving for the past 15. His passion for teaching springs from his love of the sport of diving and his hope that he can encourage his students to continually challenge themselves to improve their diving abilities and become safer divers. Andrew has dove all over the world but particularly enjoys technical diving and says some of his favorite dives are the Spiegel Grove and Northern Light in Key Largo, Wilkes Barre in Key West, and of course some of the worlds best Cave diving found in Mexico.

Andrew also enjoys underwater videography and has put that talent to use training and filming with Jeremy Wade of the Animal Planet program River Monsters. For the past 3 years he has also worked with the Discovery Channel team on their famous Shark Week programming. 

SDI TDI Instructor (OC/CCR)
IANTD Technical Instructor (OC/CCR)
PADI MSDT
PADI TecRec Trimix Instructor

Josh


Josh is a native Floridian, born and raised in Orlando, and is currently attending the University of Central Florida pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. He began diving at the age of 15 and started at Seminole Scuba in the summer of 2015 as a Divemaster and shop employee. He has had the opportunity to dive many of Florida’s most exciting sites ranging from its famous freshwater springs to the spectacular reefs and wrecks of West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and the Florida Keys.

Josh’s favorite places to dive are at the Blue Heron Bridge in West Palm Beach, a fairly shallow dive that it is home to some spectacular marine life such as Batfish, Seahorses, Spotted Eagle Rays and Octopi making it a fun and easy dive for everyone, and the Spiegel Grove off of Key Largo, a U.S. Navy Dock Landing Ship that was sunk as part of an artificial reef project in 2002. He says that his passion for diving stems from a joint interest in photography and exploration of a world that few get to enjoy.

Shannon and Tim

Tim and his wife Shannon moved to Florida from Michigan and discovered their love of diving after taking a PADI Discover Scuba course (a great way to get introduced to diving) while on vacation.  Since then, the diving has not stopped.  Their day jobs are in the legal field so they are used to dealing with Sharks all the time!!! Tim and Shannon enjoy sharing the underwater world with new and experienced divers looking to refresh their skills or just try a new dive spot. They are currently Dive Masters but moving into the Instructor levels in 2017.

Richard

 

Richard has been diving for what seems all his life.  He started out doing all of his diving in the Gulf of Mexico. After that, his diving has mostly been along the coast of Jupiter, West Palm beach and Fort Lauderdale.  He has traveled North as far as the wrecks of North Carolina and South to the keys.  He has been lucky enough to make many trips to the Caribbean, Bahamas and Pacific.

Since becoming a Dive Master, he has enjoyed helping students learn to dive and share with them the world underwater. The other benefit he has enjoyed is taking divers out and showing them the many reef along the beaches of Florida.

Traveling the U.S. , hiking and biking have been other activities I enjoy when I am not diving.

Brad

BradBrad was Born in Tampa making him a native Floridian. He took his first breath underwater in a back yard pool. He relocated to a university that is 1 mile from the Florida east coast, FAU and graduated with a BS in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, FL. While attending FAU he served as SCUBA Dive Club President and FAU SUB Club President (human powered submarine). He is a certified research diver for the Ocean Engineering Department. Brad now enjoy wrecks, reefs and the springs of Florida.

*PADI Dive Master

Certified in: Night, Enriched Air, Deep, Wreck, Search and Recovery, Drift, Nitrox, Beach, Boat, Cavern, Underwater Navigation.


 

Contact Us

Address:
3869 Lake Emma Road
Lake Mary FL, 32746

Ph: (407) 333-8856

Hours:
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SAT 10am-5pm
SUN 1pm-5pm (unless otherwise posted)

Email Address: dive@seminolescuba.com