Jen Po 'Jen' ( Office Staff Team )

  • Director of Conservation

    PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer - Scuba Diving since 2006

    Jen first began diving when she was 16 here in the Florida Keys!  After that first dive, Jen was certain that she wanted a future in ocean protection and conservation but took a long and winding road to get there.  Growing up in Indiana and graduating from Indiana University for both undergrad and law school, living in a land-locked state made diving difficult.  Jen studied environmental law in law school and hoped to work for the EPA.

     

    However, the EPA was not to be and fate took Jen to a career in politics in Washington, DC where she worked as a senior tax and budget counsel in the US Senate, served as a Director on several Presidential campaigns and started and ran a multi-million dollar non-profit organization for several years.  One day, Jen woke up and realized she had strayed from her original dream of ocean conservation and decided to change that.  Almost immediately, Jen moved to Miami and graduated from the University of Miami with a Master's degree in Marine Biology.  After that, Jen moved to Andros Island, Bahamas where she taught college marine biology, field skills, oceanography, coral restoration and several other classes.  While there, she completed her Dive Master, Instructor and some Specialty Instructor courses in Nassau, eventually working as a full-time dive instructor there.

     

    After COVID restrictions lifted, Jen was asked to join the Rainbow Reef team in a new position as Director of Conservation leading a large team of professional divers and volunteers in conservation efforts.  Rainbow Reef participates in a variety of conservation efforts with the goal of restoring the reefs in the Keys including coral restoration and outplanting and Dive Against Debris.  Jen looks forward to increasing these efforts with Rainbow's amazing team of divers who are committed to conservation and restoring the reefs on which all life depends!  Come join us on a conservation dive or increase your knowledge by taking one of our conservation classes!

    • Favorite Dive Site:

      Molasses Reef

    • Favorite Specialty Class:

      Reef Restoration

    • Favorite Fish:

      Spotted Trunkfish

    • Favorite Restaurant:

      Pierre's

    • Favorite Movie:

      Pirate Radio

    PADI Specialty Instructor Certifications:

    • Deep Diver

    • Enriched Air/Nitrox Diver

    • Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver

    • Project Aware

    • Coral Reef Conservation

    • Invasive Lionfish Tracker

    • Dive Against Debris

    • Shark Conservation

    • 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 Balance

    Balance image - medium The Balance is the perfect way to keep you streamlined and comfortable. This model introduces the Tri-Loader Harness system. Clipping on accessories like cameras or lights is a snap with 3 stainless steel angled D- rings One of the most popula...

  • Dive Computers:

    Suunto Zoop Dive Computer

    Zoop 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:

    Aqua Lung MicroMask

    MicroMask image - medium The Micromask is a revolution in mask design. Its innovative, patented structure makes it possible for the lenses to fit in the ocular orbit. Never before have lenses been so close to the eyes. This not only results in an amazingly wide peripheral vie...

  • Fins:

    Aqua Lung Express ADJ

    Express ADJ image - medium The Express ADJ fin rep- represents the latest in technology and material innovation. Comfort, power and efficiency are the hallmarks of this propulsion machine. Strap a pair on and see for yourself. ...

  • 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
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