Captain Jim began his boating/diving experiences at a young age while growing up in Connecticut. He left Connecticut moving to Colorado, continued his dive education becoming a tec diver, and stayed for many years. Jim then decided it was time to sail. He sold the house, headed back to Connecticut, bought a boat and sailed away heading for the Caribbean. On his way to the Caribbean Jim stopped in Marathon for a couple of weeks but instead Marathon became his home! Jim, once again, continued his dive education by going pro. Now, Jim is a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, a Tec diver, Scubapro equipment tech, PSI-PCI tank inspector, a USCG Master Captain and USCG examiner.
Captain Tracy, an alumni of Western Kentucky University, grew up in Kentucky. She decided to trade in the corporate world and became a PADI professional in 2001. Tracy traveled the Caribbean extensively gaining experience in dive instruction and sailing, focusing on dive centers in the Florida Keys, Bonaire, the Cayman Islands, and the Bahamas. Prior to purchasing Abyss Dive Center she taught at the Florida Keys Community College (FKCC) a PADI career oriented college diving program. Tracy worked as an American Academy of Underwater Sciences diving safety officer and served on their board at FKCC. Tracy holds a 100 Ton USCG Master Captain License, is a USCG Captain trainer, Emergency First Response Instructor trainer and a Divers Alert Network Instructor trainer.
Christina moved to the Keys in January of 2014 to escape the brutal Michigan winters, and fell in love with the islands. After becoming certified at Abyss on her birthday, she was hooked on diving and joined the staff in June. Christina is currently a Rescue Diver, and plans to continue her education to Divemaster, and eventually Open Water Instructor. Right now, you can find her in the shop, helping you pick out dive gear and plan your Scuba trips!
Captain Dean, a transplant from Massachusetts, began diving his diving adventures "back in the day". He decided he wanted warmer waters and headed for the Keys. Captain Dean ended up in Marathon, bought his own boat and hit the water as often as his schedule allowed. Eventually, Captain Dean obtained his USCG Captain's License. Even though he has a day job Captain Dean enjoys taking people out for a dive on the weekends. Completing his PADI Divemaster course is next on Captain Dean's list of adventures!
Dave has been diving since 1987, and has worked his way through the professional ranks of PADI to become a Master Scuba Diver Trainer. He spends part of his time in the Dive Department at Florida Keys Community College, and is also an AAUS Scientific Diver. You can find Dave at Abyss teaching new students how to dive, and pointing out critters along the reef!
Brooke began diving in the chilly,murky waters of the North Carolina Appalachian Mountains. Once certified she knew it was an interest she wanted to pursue. Brooke then applied at Florida Keys Community College Business of Diving program where she completed her PADI advanced and PADI rescue certifications. Brooke is currently a Emergency First Response Instructor, and working on her PADI divemaster certification.
Eric moved to the Florida Keys from Michigan in 2007. He joined the staff at Abyss Dive Center in August of 2009 and married in 2013. Eric and his wife moved back to Michigan in 2014 where he continues serving as our webmaster and does a fantastic job! We're lucky to have an individual as talented as Eric.
The Abyss family rescued Lexy from the animal shelter on Feb 14, 2014. She lived under the gear bench the first month of her life at Abyss. Eventually Lexy began enjoying her tempurpedic bed under Captain Tracy's desk and amusing herself by watching staff and customers attempting to lure her out to play. Two months after her arrival, in typical cat fashion, Lexy now runs the shop. She greets divers for the morning and afternoon trips, entertains students with her long lasting meows in the classroom, and assists divers trying on rental gear.