Meet Our Dive Team

Ann Marie Estes Founder & PADI Rescue Diver


Hometown: Formative years in the suburbs of Los Angeles
Favorite Dive Site: French Cap and Congo Cay in the summer; Eagle Shoals in the winter.
Favorite Marine Life: Red Lip Blenny
Fun Fact: Animal enthusiast and supporter of our Animal Care Center; currently owns one dog, and many cats; Loves to read and enjoys historical novels and films on the Military.

Bob Shinners Founder, US Coast Guard 100 Ton Captain; PADI and NAUI Dive Instructor


Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Favorite Dive Site: Carvel Rock; the drop; and the Wit Shoal
Favorite Marine Life: Dolphins
Fun Fact: One of eight kids; loves to read Clive Cussler books; been on St. John for over thirty years.

Tina Conrad Dive Coordinator & Platinum PADI Course Director

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Sydney Mace Reservations Manager & PADI Open Water Diver


Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
Favorite Dive Site: Lovango
Marine Life: Cephalopods
Fun Fact: Sydney is obsessed with tiny houses! She is having one built from shipping containers and was converting a school bus into a tiny house before she moved to St John.

Basil Bsisu PADI Open Water Instructor & USCG 50 Ton Masters Captain


Hometown: Covington, KY
Favorite Dive Site: Any dive at French Cap
Favorite Marine Life: Juvenile Spotted Drum
Fun Fact: Ride a motorcycle, even though I am a fun guy I don’t like mushrooms. I shaved my head originally as a Halloween costume.

Max Koestenblatt PADI Open Water Instructor, USCG 50 Ton Captain


Hometown: Bellrose Village, NY
Favorite Dive Site: Chikuzen Shipwreck, BVI
Favorite Marine Life: Spotted Eagle Ray
Fun Fact: Has been playing ice hockey for over 20 years. Don’t ever talk to him while the Rangers are playing.

Tuck Hall Captain & PADI Instructor

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Gavin Joyce Captain & PADI Instructor

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Eddie Polachek PADI divemaster , Tusa/Sherwood/Cressi certified technician, psi certified cylinder inspector, psi cylinder hazmat instructor


Hometown: Northampton, MA
Favorite Dive Site: Any place I can get in the water, the drop
Favorite Marine Life: Octopus
Fun Fact: Ed likes long walks on the beach, picnic lunches and the sun sets. It has been said that Ed could talk to anybody for an hour.

CJ Hobbs Captain & PADI Open Water Instructor
JR Sparks PADI Master Instructor

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Erin Burger PADI Open Water Instructor

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Lindsey Metz PADI Open Water Instructor

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Nora Smith PADI MSDT/OWSI/EFR Instructor, Certified Sherwood Technician


Hometown: NY, NY
Favorite Dive Site: Cow Rock
Favorite Marine Life: Narwhals
Fun Fact: Her favorite holiday is Halloween, she even scuba dives in her costume!

McKenzie Owen PADI Open Water Instructor