Captain Jim Wilcox

  • USCG 50 Ton Master
  • Tec Diver
  • PSI-PCI Inspector

Captain Jim began his boating/diving experiences at a young age while growing up in Connecticut. He left Connecticut moving to Colorado 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, and hasn’t left since! Jim is a Tec diver, and USCG 50 Ton Master Captain.

Captain Tracy Brenner

  • PADI Course Director
  • DAN Instructor Trainer
  • USCG Captain Trainer
  • USCG 100 Ton Master

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 sailing and diving, focusing on dive centers in the Florida Keys, Bonaire, the Cayman Islands, and the Bahamas. She holds her 100 Ton USCG Master License, is a PADI Course Director and USCG Captain trainer.

Christina Arnold

  • Store Manager
  • PSI-PCI Inspector

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 Bob McCormick

  • USCG 100 Ton Master

Our New Englander transplant is now enjoying the “retired life” here in the Keys. Captain Bob has his 100 Ton USCG Master license and is a PADI Instructor. Lucky for us Captain Bob’s ability to teach diving and driving the boat is better than his jokes!

Beth Smith

  • PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Beth is another transplant from New England. She retired from corporate life, and gave up the cold water of the north for full time life in the Keys. Beth has been diving for over twenty years, progressing over the years she reached her latest certification of PADI IDC Staff Instructor. She enjoys teaching new and experienced divers alike, and hopes to see you underwater soon.

Rebekah Havrilla

  • Store Assistant

Rebekah quickly left Brooklyn in May 2015 after finishing her Masters Degree because the winters up north really weren’t her thing. She grew up in SC, loves the heat and the ocean, and decided to take a chance and pursue a career in the diving and ocean conservation industry. Rebekah is a Rescue Diver who works part-time in the shop and helps out on the boat whenever she can with the goal of becoming a PADI Instructor. Come see her about setting up a dive trip today!

Eric Rolfe

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.


  • Security Cat

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.