Ross ( Management Team )

  • Director of Training

    PADI Platinum Course Director - Scuba Diving since 1977

    • Sidemount Diver Instructor

    • Full FaceMask Instructor

    • Poseidon Rebreather Instructor

    • Poseidon Rebreather

    Ross’ very first diving experience was from an ex-Navy diver who had a lean-to next to the pool at a hotel in Key Biscayne, FL.  He was only eight, but tall for his age and had spent the entire week at the hotel pool, fascinated by the man with the dive gear. Summoning up his courage, Ross asked if the man would teach him how to dive.  The man showed him how everything worked, threw all of it into the deep end, then told Ross that if he could put it all on and come up slowly, he would teach him how to dive.  That was the start of a lifelong career.


    It would take several more years for Ross, then in his early twenties, to continue his diving experience, in the cold-water lakes of Minnesota.  At the time, Ross was a performer in musical theater and opera and was doing a show in St. Paul.  As he traveled extensively while performing, Ross simply took his gear wherever he went.  Ross spent 10 years as a DM, before becoming an instructor, and ultimately a Course Director.


    Ross has worked for both big and small dive centers in four different countries – the US, the Netherlands, Honduras, and Canada – and has even been a Regional Training Consultant and Examiner at PADI.


    Born in Germany, raised in New York City, Amsterdam and Toronto, educated at The Boston Conservatory and McGill University, Ross is now on his second tour as Training Director for Rainbow Reef.

    • Favorite Dive Site:


    • Favorite Specialty Class:

      Full Face Mask

    • Favorite Fish:

      Damsel Fish

    • Favorite Restaurant:

      Fish House

    • Favorite Movie:

      The Big Blue

    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

    • Sidemount Diver

    • Public Safety Diver

    • Gas Blender

    • Altitude Diver

    • Underwater Naturalist

    • Underwater Navigator

    • Digital Photo/Video

    • Diver Propulsion Vehicle

    • Drift Diver

    • Dry Suit Diver

    • Equipment Specialist

    • SMB/DSMB Diver

    • Project Aware

    • Coral Reef Conservation

    • Invasive Lionfish Tracker

    • Dive Against Debris

    • Fish Identification

    • Shark Conservation

    • Whale Shark Awareness

    • Coral Watch Health Chart

    • Manta Ray Awareness

    • Sea Turtle Awareness

    • TecRec Gas Blender

    • 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

    • Dive Heart Instructor

    • Poseidon Instructor

    • Poseidon 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 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 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...

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