Danielle C ( Instructors Team )

  • Instructor

    PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor - Scuba Diving since 2016

    Danielle is a New Jersey native who has a BSc in Zoology from Kent State University and an MSc in Marine Conservation from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Her dive career started in the Philippines, where she volunteered for a marine conservation NGO, focused on establishing marine protected areas. During her stay, she attained her Divemaster and inevitably fell in love with the ocean and the intrinsic role it plays to all life on earth.

    Fueled by her new-found passion for protecting our oceans and their inhabitants, she returned to the states and interned at Mystic Aquarium in their research department. There, she evaluated the top 50 imported marine ornamental fishes into the United States to target for aquaculture as a sustainable alternative to wild harvesting.

    Afterward, she jumped at the opportunity to work in Madagascar for an NGO dedicated to growing coral in their offshore nurseries and cultivate working relationships with the local fisherman to create sustainable changes that safeguarded the marine environment.

    Inspired by her time in Madagascar, Danielle packed up her belongings and moved to Key Largo to begin an internship with the Coral Restoration Foundation. Through CRF, she helped to preserve the genetic bank of endangered Caribbean hard coral species and engage the public through their dive programs.

    Danielle is thrilled to begin her next adventure with Rainbow Reef Dive Center and to have the opportunity to ignite a passion for others to protect our aquatic world!

    • Favorite Dive Site:

      Spiegel Grove

    • Favorite Specialty Class:

      Coral Reef Conservation

    • Favorite Fish:

      Green Mandarin Dragonet

    • Favorite Restaurant:

      Snook's Bayside

    • Favorite Movie:

      The Last of the Mohicans

    PADI Specialty Instructor Certifications:

    • Wreck Diver

    • Deep Diver

    • Enriched Air/Nitrox Diver

    • Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver

    • Night Diver

    • Project Aware

    • Coral Reef Conservation

    • Dive Against Debris

    • Coral Watch Health Chart

    • PADI Emergency 02 Provider

    • EFR Primary/Secondary Care

    • EFR Care for Children

My Dive Gear:

  • Regulators:

    Aqua Lung Legend LX

    Legend LX image - medium If the only two things you are concerned about is safety and comfort, look no further. This third generation Legend regulator has the same great breathability as its predecessors but with a new feature. The MBS is the new easy way to adjust the breathing ...

  • BCD:

    Aqua Lung Zuma

    Zuma image - medium The fun, travel-friendly ZUMA will find favor with those divers who are tired of paying excess baggage fees. This ultra-light, weight-integrated, back inflation BC has everything you need, yet lacks weight and bulk....

  • Dive Computers:

    Suunto Zoop Wrist Dive Computer

    Zoop Wrist Dive Computer image - medium Don't let the price of the Suunto Zoop dive computer fool you. It is loaded with features like wrist or console mounting options, downloadable to a PC or Mac with an optional USB cable. Nitrox anyone? The Zoop is Nitrox compatible up to 50%. At high viz o...

  • Mask:

    Atomic SubFrame

    SubFrame image - medium The Atomic Aquatics SubFrame Mask is so durable, it carries a Lifetime warranty against frame breakage. The strength comes from the internal frame (subframe) molded directly beneath the surface of the silicone rubber skirt (patent pending). This subframe ...

  • Fins:

    Aqua Lung HotShot Fins

    HotShot Fins image - medium Now available in White Arctic! Designed with the traveling diver in mind, this amazing fin packs power and comfort in a small package. It offers: Unsurpassed comfort Compactness for carry-on travel Power for a fully-outfitted scuba diver ...

  • Snorkel:

    Atomic SV-2 Snorkel

    SV-2 Snorkel image - medium The SV2 includes a Scupper Valve lower section with a sleek semi-dry top. The SV2 semi-dry top employs horizontal vents engineered to diffuse splashed water that would normally freely enter the snorkel top. The small gaps between the vanes of the vent res...

  • Octopus:

    Aqua Lung Legend Octo

    Legend Octo image - medium This balanced second stage is the perfect pairing for the Legend LX regulator. Its breathability is unmatched. In fact, it breathes easier than most primary regulators! Made with the same high quality parts and materials as the Legend LX, quality and dura...

Rainbow Reef Dive Center Barracuda