COURTNEY BLANKENSHIP – SHOP MANAGER
Native Minnesotan, and hot dish aficionado, Courtney comes to us from her job at the aquarium on the sunny shores of the World Mall in Minneapolis. After obtaining a degree in Marine Vertebrate biology, a Scuba Instructor Certification here on Roatan, and being a valued member of our instructional staff for 5 years, she has moved up to the position of Activities Coordinator and “She Who Must Be Obeyed”. With Courtney’s intimate knowledge and experience on Roatan’s reefs, she is certain to help you put together the holiday of a lifetime.
Alex Hernandez – Scuba Instructor
Mr. Hair-nandez is a life long Honduran born on the mainland and raised here on Roatan. Alex got his Scuba Diving Instructor certification 10 years ago here on Roatan and has logged thousands of dives on our reef. His knowledge of local history, culture, and customs, along with his upbeat attitude and his ability to stand out in a crowd, make Alex a joy to have around, even above water.
Page Rhodes – Scuba Instructor
With more than just a personality that is colorful, our former D.C. French Pastry Chef discovered Scuba diving while skipping out of a work conference sponsored by her Chocolatier employer in Grand Cayman. Later, escaping both kinds of icing, an extended Central American trip brought her to Roatan two years ago where her Scuba Instructor certification ended her travels, making pastry’s loss, our gain.
MADISON SEVERY – SCUBA INSTRUCTOR
Madison hails from Santa Barbara where she learned to Scuba dive ten years ago. Eight years of frigid suffering in central California’s waters drove her to the tropical paradise of Roatan, and water that is twenty degrees warmer. Instructing here for the last two years, with a 100% student survival rate, she is a valued member of the team.
BRIANA HAYES – SCUBA INSTRUCTOR
Brie (like cheese, you can’t say it without smiling) is a mid state New Yorker that learned her Scuba certification the hard way, in a rock quarry in Pennsylvania. A backpack tour of Central America showed her the sensibility of diving in warm, clear, tropical water. A quick turnaround at home to sell off her drysuit had her back in the Bay Islands earning her Instructor certification, and swearing off diving in excavations.
KAROL – PROFESSIONAL VICTIM
Rescue, EFR, and Divemaster courses require “victims” in their practice scenarios. Introducing Karol, professional volunteer. With a personality as garish as her choice of apparel, and more enthusiasm than a room full of five year olds at Christmas. Karol is strong as an ox and almost as smart, making her the perfect assistant when needing pseudo unresponsiveness.
JOSE AND NELSON – BOAT CAPTAINS
The best boat captains on the island!
Coming from the mainland as kids, these thirty-something brothers have over 45 years combined experience as boat captains on this reef. Their knowledge of the reef, currents, channels, and dive sites is amazing. Trained in boat safety, and First Aid, as well as being divers themselves, you can rest assured that when you surface from your dive that they will be there waiting to help.
BEAST – GENERAL MANAGER
Our four footed girl about the shop for the last eight years or so, is here to make sure that Prime Directive (keeping food in her dish) is being followed. Shop cat by day, and about the town by night, you may find this feline catching a few winks on almost any stable surface. Sure, you can wake her, if you give her a scratchin’ betwixt the ears.
JOHN HART CO-OWNER
Originally from Northern California, John learned to dive in the Monterey Bay more than 30 years ago. After a stint in the Navy, he migrated to the Northwest where he began his diving career. John is a PADI Master Instructor with more than 5000 dives and 20 years of teaching experience. Although John is generally busy caring for and maintaining the equipment, he does most of the more technical instruction. He has been a D.O.T. hydrostatic tester for more than 18 years, was an IDC Staff Instructor, is a DSAT Gas Blender Instructor, and is certified to repair all major brands of scuba equipment.
GARY CARLSON CO-OWNER
Gary is a former migrant industrial builder, machinist, and cold water diver. He arrived in Roatan in 2006, succumbing to his personal tropical epiphany. The guy in front of the computer, he is usually in his office cube, but we let him out to dive once in awhile.