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Meet The Team

Mike Jackson Dive Team Manager

Certification: IDC Staff Instructor

Favorite Dive Site: French Cap

Favorite Sea Critter: Sharks!

Favorite Restaurant: 1864

Favorite Specialty Course: Self Reliant 

Fun Fact: I got into scuba diving after 10 years as a chef because I wanted to volunteer to clean the tanks at the Charleston Aquarium

Tina Conrad Dive Program Manager

Certification: Course Director

Favorite Dive Site: Ledges of Little St. James

Favorite Sea Critter: Great White Shark

Favorite Restaurant: ZoZo’s

Favorite Specialty Course: Caribbean Lionfish Hunter

Fun Fact: I learned to dive and got certified when I was 7 years old while my dad was in the NAVY and stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Serenity Mitchell Master Dive Trainer & Underwater Photographer

Certification: Master Scuba Diving Trainer

Favorite Dive Site: Arches and Tunnels

Favorite Sea Critter: Caribbean Reef Squid

Favorite Restaurant: Longboard

Favorite Specialty Course: Fish Identification and Underwater Photography

Fun Fact: Secretly a Mermaid!

Andre Michael Goolishian Hernandez Staff Instructor, Underwater Photographer, and Captain

Certification: IDC Staff Instructor 

Favorite Dive Site: French Cap

Favorite Sea Critter: Tiger Shark

Favorite Restaurant: Tap & Still

Favorite Specialty Course: Underwater Photography

Fun Fact: I’m published in the Smithsonian journals and hold the title “finder of unicorns”

Brent Bowman Dive Instructor

Certification: Master Scuba Diving Trainer

Favorite Dive Site: The ledges at French Cap or the backside of Carvel Rock

Favorite Sea Critter: Eagle Rays

Favorite Restaurant: Extra Virgin

Favorite Specialty Course: Self Reliant

Fun Fact: My favorite childhood memory that hooked me on scuba diving was watching my dad snare lobster off St. Croix. That drove my passion to return to the USVI.

Ali Place Dive Instructor

Certification: Open Water Instructor

Favorite Dive Site: Coral Bowl or Steven Cay

Favorite Sea Critter: Any kind of Ray, also Mantis Shrimp!

Favorite Restaurant: Banana Deck

Favorite Specialty Course: Fish Identification 

Fun Fact: I used to work at an aquarium and take care of all sorts of Caribbean creatures

Josh Scornavacchi Dive Instructor

Certification: Open Water Instructor

Favorite Dive Site: French Cap

Favorite Sea Critter: Tiger Shark, Orca, Octopus, or Manta Ray

Favorite Restaurant: Sun Dog Café, especially on Wednesdays for Open Mic Night!

Favorite Specialty Course: Fish Identification 

Fun Fact: I’ve sailed both the West and East Coasts of the United States as a crew member on ships used in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies

Carey "Alex" Hinton Dive Instructor

Certification: IDC Staff Instructor

Favorite Dive Site: Congo

Favorite Sea Critter: Any marine mammal, especially sea otters!

Favorite Restaurant: Beach Bar

Favorite Specialty Course: Diver Propulsion Vehicle 

Fun Fact: I was in the inaugural class of a performing arts high school

Mike DePinto Dive Instructor

Certification: Open Water Instructor

Favorite Dive Site: Stragglers (so far, still learning all the sites)

Favorite Sea Critter: Puffer Fish

Favorite Restaurant: My Kitchen

Favorite Specialty Course: Self Reliant

Fun Fact: I’ve lived in 4 different countries in the last 4 years.

JR Sparks Maintenance Manager & Dive Instructor

Certification: Master Instructor

Favorite Dive Site: Carvell Rock

Favorite Sea Critter: Frog Fish

Favorite Restaurant: Tap Room

Favorite Specialty Course: Wreck

Fun Fact: I got my first speeding ticket when I was 4 and started riding motorcycles that year too.

Jeremy Prudhomme General Manager

Certification: Advanced Open Water

Favorite Dive Site: French Cap and Wreck Alley in BVI

Favorite Sea Critter: Octopus

Favorite Restaurant: The Terrace

Favorite Specialty Course: Looking forward to our new Caribbean Lionfish Hunter course that we in the process of developing

Fun Fact: I am one of six children, all of whose first names begin with the letter J

Sydney Himelein Office & Reservations Manager
Certification: Open Water – certified at Low Key!
Favorite Dive Site: French Cap
Favorite Sea Critter: Cephalopods
Favorite Restaurant: 1864 for sushi!
Favorite Beach: Lameshur
Fun Fact: I just moved back to Pennsylvania after 4 years in St. John. I work remotely from home.
Emma Greene Reservationist

Certification: Rescue 

Favorite Dive Site: Coral Bowl

Favorite Sea Critter: Sergeant Major & Fairy Basslet

Favorite Restaurant: 1864

Favorite Specialty Course: Project Aware Shark Conservation

Fun Fact: I can speak a little Korean and I am aspiring to become a Dive Instructor 

Angela Peck Retail Manager

Certification: Advanced Open Water

Favorite Product in the shop: Dive Boat Silipint for many reasons

Favorite Sea Critter: Octopus  

Favorite Restaurant: ZoZos 

Favorite Beach: Francis 

Fun Fact: Years ago I took a break from retail and  was a Rock Radio DJ and Concert Promoter

Rachel Wells Operations & Customer Service Manager

Certification: Advanced Open Water

Favorite Dive Site: French Cap or Anywhere for Night Dives

Favorite Sea Critter: Whale Shark & Black Durgon

Favorite Restaurant: Banana Deck

Favorite Specialty Course: Fish Identification 

Fun Fact: I received a full-ride softball scholarship to Ursuline College, in Cleveland Ohio. Still to this day, playing Co-ed softball is one of my favorite hobbies. 

Ed Polachek Dive Technician

Certification: Dive Master & Repair Specialist

Favorite Dive Site: The Octopuses Garden

Favorite Sea Critter: Turtles

Favorite Restaurant: Salty Sun Dog BBQ

Favorite Specialty Course: Peak Performance Buoyancy

Fun Fact: I am soon retiring from Low Key after an amazing 10+ year run, but I am available for guest appearances, BBQ’s, Dad jokes, and to hangout.

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: Carval 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.

Emiliano Pureco Dive Shop Attendant

Certification: Working towards becoming Open Water Diver

Favorite Product: Mares Fins

Favorite Sea Critter: Squid

Favorite Restaurant: Joe’s Barbecue

Favorite Beach: Solomon Beach

Fun Fact: I enjoy playing soccer in St. Thomas

Tuck Hall Captain

Certification: 100 Ton Master Captain & Open Water Instructor

Favorite Dive Site: Dog Island

Favorite Fish: Jaw Fish

Favorite Restaurant: Tap Room

Favorite Specialty Course: Deep Diver

Fun Fact: I did my first warm water dive at French Cap more than 30 years ago!