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 EMT, 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 is now a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, a Tec diver, Scubapro equipment tech, PSI-PCI tank inspector, a USCG Master Captain and USCG examiner. The list of specialty courses he teaches includes but is not limited to enriched air diver, wreck diver, dry suit and equipment specialist.
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, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac 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 facility. Tracy also worked as an American Academy of Underwater Sciences diving safety officer and served on their board at FKCC. Tracy served on the local Near Shores Water Committee, holds a 100 Ton USCG Master Captain License, is a USCG Captain trainer, Emergency First Response Instructor trainer, PADI Course Director and a Divers Alert Network Instructor trainer. Tracy purchased Abyss Dive Center turning it into a Blue Star Operator and the first PADI 5 Star IDC in Marathon. Her focus is on education and conservation. Tracy is passionate about our oceans and remains a diving enthusiast.
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 strolled into Abyss Dive Center to sign up for the Nitrox course last year. That is when we welcomed her to the Abyss team and where she continued her education. Brooke is currently a PADI Instructor and Emergency First Response Instructor.
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 and now have a son! Eric designed our website, twice now, and does a fantastic job serving as our webmaster! We're lucky to have an individual as talented as Eric.
The Abyss family rescued Lexy from the local 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 truly amusing herself by watching staff and customers attempting to lure her out to play. Two months after her arrival, in typical cat fashion, Lexy began running the shop her own way. She greets divers at the door for the morning and afternoon trips, entertains students with her long lasting meows in the classroom, and assists divers in the show room shopping for gear.