John ( Management Team )

  • Dive Center Manager

    PADI Master Instructor - Scuba Diving since 2005

    • Full FaceMask Instructor

    I always tell my students the story of how I began diving. It was entirely by accident. On vacation in Mexico, my wife and I were offered a Discover Scuba Diving experience and as soon as I took my first breath underwater, I thought, "This is for me!" When we returned home, we found a dive shop nearby and got certified. The next thing I knew, I was an instructor! Since then, I've become a Master Instructor and a specialty instructor in lots of different areas. I especially like teaching the search and recovery specialty. While teaching in Colorado, I'd bring students to Key Largo for open water and continuing education training. We would take trips with Rainbow Reef so I was a Rainbow Reef customer long before I worked here!

    My wife and I moved to Key Largo several years ago and I've managed dive shops here ever since. I try to teach a class or two as often as I can and I'm particularly happy to be a part of the fantastic professional team here at Rainbow Reef Dive Center. I'm also fortunate to have been the coordinator of our renowned internship program which allowed me to work very closely with the fine young people who come to us for their professional-level dive training. My management duties no longer allow me the time to run the intern program but I still like to get out and teach a class whenever I can.

    I think it's fair to say that Rainbow Reef is one of the very best dive centers for all levels of diving. If you want to earn your entry-level, advanced, or professional ratings, Rainbow Reef is a great place to visit. We'll treat you like our friends and family and always look forward to your next visit either as a student or a guest diver.

    Come see us soon! We can't wait to show you what a fantastic underwater world awaits you here!


    • Favorite Dive Site:

      French Reef

    • Favorite Specialty Class:

      Search and Recovery

    • Favorite Fish:

      Yellowtail Damselfish

    • Favorite Restaurant:

      Snooks Bayside

    • Favorite Movie:

      Ferris Buellers Day Off

    PADI Specialty Instructor Certifications:

    • Wreck Diver

    • Deep Diver

    • Enriched Air/Nitrox Diver

    • Boat Diver

    • Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver

    • Night Diver

    • Search & Recovery Diver

    • Self Reliant Diver

    • Altitude Diver

    • Underwater Naturalist

    • Underwater Navigator

    • SMB/DSMB Diver

    • Project Aware

    • Coral Reef Conservation

    • Dive Against Debris

    • PADI Emergency 02 Provider

    • DAN Emergency 02 Provider

    • EFR Primary/Secondary Care

    • EFR Care for Children

    • Ocean Reef Full FaceMask (IDM)

    • Ocean Reef FFM w/Coms

    • PADI Full FaceMask

    • Spiegel Grove Diver

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 D9tx Wrist Top Dive Computer

    D9tx Wrist Top Dive Computer image - medium Want to make a statement about the diver you are? Featuring a titanium frame, the durability is unmatched. The bracelet can even be equipped with titanium! It also comes with the sapphire glass face that is almost indestructible. Gas switching between 8 g...

  • 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 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-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 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...

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