Jillian Jo 'Jill' ( Instructors Team )

  • Instructor

    PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor - Scuba Diving since 2014

    As a Florida native, with two parents that met delivering sailboats, I grew up captivated by their tales spent at sea. I spent almost every weekend learning to drive and clean my father’s boat (mostly clean, let’s be honest). During my freshman year at the University of Florida – Go Gators! - I signed up for a volunteer trip in Nicaragua where I went on to complete my PADI Open Water Course and work on Little Corn Island’s artificial reef project. After returning from my trip, I had fallen in love with diving and vowed to all of my family and friends I would open my own dive shop one day….Straight out of college however, I settled for going the corporate route taking positions working for The Hershey Company followed by Tesla.

     

    Albeit successful in my roles, the passion was missing. My love for the ocean and it’s natural treasures were always drawing me away from a cubicle. This past year, I quit my Job at Tesla to spend time traveling. After completing my Advanced Open Water certification in Ko Tao, I could not spend enough time in the water. I found myself binging ocean documentaries constantly and that’s when I stumbled upon one called Chasing Coral (highly recommended if you haven’t seen it!). I was astonished to see the rapid rate of Coral Bleaching going on across the planet. It was at that moment I knew I had to become part of this industry. 

     

    I came to Key Largo with that mission in mind and completed my Dive Masters and Open Water Instructor courses with the incredible team here at Rainbow Reef. Getting to show others how incredible the underwater world is and work with a company passionate about preserving the magic of the reef is a dream come true. The people and service at Rainbow Reef is unbeatable and we are stoked to have you come dive with us!

    • Favorite Dive Site:

      Speigal Grove

    • Favorite Specialty Class:

      Wreck

    • Favorite Fish:

      Honeycomb Cowfish

    • Favorite Restaurant:

      Snooks Bayside

    • Favorite Movie:

      This is the End

    PADI Specialty Instructor Certifications:

    • Wreck Diver

    • Deep Diver

    • Enriched Air/Nitrox Diver

    • Boat Diver

    • Fish Identification

    • EFR Primary/Secondary Care

    • EFR Care for Children

    • PADI Full FaceMask

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 Axiom i3

    Axiom i3 image - medium A feature-rich, ADV style, wrap-around jacket that incorporates the innovative i3 inflation / deflation system (patented). The integrated WraptureTM harness system (pat. pend.) allows you to stand up straight in total comfort while the cylinder remains pe...

  • 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:

    Atomic Frameless

    Frameless image - medium The success of this product derives from meticulous computer design and numerous optical tests. The central position of the eyes and the optimally angled window provides the widest possible viewing angle in every direction. Quick-adjusting ergonomic buckl...

  • 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-1 Snorkel

    SV-1 Snorkel image - medium The Atomic Aquatics Scupper Valve snorkel design is based on the same principle as the one-way Scupper Valve used in boats. If waves or splashes enter the boat, a one-way rubber flapper located on the deck near the rear of the boat opens to drain the wate...

  • Octopus:

    Aqua Lung ABS Octo

    ABS Octo image - medium This low profile, sleek octopus is very manageable alternate air source in an emergency. Its high viz covers and hose makes it easy to see. It clips to a BCD very easily with the included quick release mount. Its shape alone, helps to streamline the diver...

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