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Meet the Crew

We are a family business and the best part of that, is the large dive family that shares our love of the underwater world! The professional staff here at Stuart Scuba have many years of dive experience and are waiting to share that with you.

In the Shop:

 

Peter Friedman 

Peter has been scuba diving both recreationally and technically since the 1970’s in New York and New England. Peter is also an avid cave diver and Cave instructor. An Electrical Engineer by trade he opened his first dive shop in the Orlando area in 2004 and divided his time between his engineering company and the dive shop. In 2011 Peter and his local Martin County partner opened another store, Stuart Scuba and shared the time between the dive shops and their primary occupations. Not long after opening Stuart Scuba Peter sold his engineering company and retired to work exclusively in the diving industry. Peter currently holds instructorships in multiple recreational agencies (NAUI, SDI, IANTD, DAN PADI) with Course Director Level and Course Examiner level instructorships in NAUI, SDI/ and TDI. Peter teaches and holds certifications for Cave, Multiple models of Rebreathers and Technical instruction with TDI, NACD, IANTD and NSSCDS he continues to be a very active Technical diving Instructor, Instructor Development instructor and is the Director of Operations in both dive shops.

 

Matt Siegel – Operations Manager

Matt has been scuba diving and managing the complexities of the dive business for nearly a decade. You will find Matt an excellent diver when you dive with him, but more importantly, he knows about recommending the right dive equipment, training, and dive sites. So feel free to avail yourself of his expertise and concern for customer satisfaction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephanie McGrath - Instructor/Training Supervisor

Stephanie comes to us from North Carolina. She began diving in 2000 in Honduras while studying for her geology degree. She even lived in Roatan, Honduras in 2006 for a Divemaster internship with Subway Watersports. Stephanie then became a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor later in 2006 with Rainbow Reef in Key Largo, FL. She taught for three years with Bermuda Triangle in Asheville, NC (diving in Lake Jocassee…ew). Stephanie also was a full-time high school science teacher in North Carolina for 10 years before moving to Florida with her husband Dustin in 2014 and crossing over to SDI in 2015. When she’s not in the shop or teaching, you’ll find her in the gym (watch out, she’ll kick your butt), or chasing around her son or crazy dogs, and her wallaby, Mick.

 

 

In the Water:

 

Christy Campbell – Instructor Trainer

Christy started diving in 1989 off the coast of San Diego. After taking a twenty one year long hiatus from diving to attend school and pursue a career Christy moved to Florida 2001 taking a position with a local area Dentist. Christy returned to diving some years later by being recertified as an Open Water Diver. As luck would have it Christy’s PADI Instructor was actually a PADI Course Director that mentored what turned out to be her part time occupation all the way to achieving certification as a Scuba Instructor. Christy is an avid underwater photographer and leads dive trips all over the world.

 

 

 

Paul Seldes – Course Director

Paul Seldes took his first NAUI dive class in 1978. He can often be found serving as crew or guiding dive trips along Florida’s Treasure Coast with Stuart Scuba. He is an SDI Course Director and dive instructor for most SDI specialty classes, a TDI Technical Dive Instructor, and a NAUI instructor. He holds advanced training certifications in dive medicine, search & rescue, and emergency response. When he is not diving, Paul works for a government contractor providing homeland security and emergency management services. Paul also holds certifications in Fire/Rescue, EMS and law enforcement and is a certified Florida Professional Emergency Manager (FPEM) and a Florida State Fire College Instructor.

 

Shawn Robotka - Technical Instructor

  

Mr. Robotka is one of our resident technical instructors and has a fondness for seals and sea lions. He is a Staff Instructor and is certified to teach all levels of recreational and technical diving including Advanced Trimix on both open circuit and multiple closed circuit rebreather units. Shawn's favorite dive spot to date is the Ande wreck out of Palm Beach that sits in 195' of water.

 

 

Jennifer Jennings - Technical Instructor/Crew

Jennifer is  from the Philadelphia area, Bucks County northeast of the city.  Just an hour away from the New Jersey shore and an hour away from Dutch Springs, a lake in Bethlehem, PA!  This is where much of her diving experience has come from. She has been diving for 27 years and began that journey when she was just 14 years old.  Her parents took her on a trip to St. Maarten where she got to experience a Discover Scuba course.  It was something Jennifer had always wanted to do, and finally had the opportunity to try it.  After that experience, she knew she needed more diving in her life.  It was that summer that Jennifer received her Open Water Diver certification at Dutch Springs.  Each summer from then on, she would take a continuing education course or two in order to continue diving and gain experience.  In June of 2003 Jennifer became an Instructor and is currently an Instructor for both PADI and SDI/TDI teaching courses from entry level through technical diving including the Inspiration closed circuit rebreather. Jennifer is also the operations manager for Silent Diving LLC, the exclusive distributor for the AP Diving Inspiration Closed Circuit Rebreathers and all Ambient Pressure Diving LTD products for North America, Central America and the Caribbean  Outside of diving, Jennifer also gone through college and has earned an MBA. Jennifer loves the deep walls of the Cayman Islands,  the ease of shore diving in Bonaire, and North Carolina’s amazing wrecks from WWI and WWII. Sea turtles are her favorite creature that graces the underwater world.

 

Nick Barrett - PADI IDC Staff Instructor/SDI Instructor 

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Donna Barrett - PADI MSDT/SDI Instructor

Nick and Donna are originally from Washington DC area but are now retired from Corporate America living the dream in South Florida. Nick and Donna have been diving over 15 years, and they have both been Instructors for over 10 years. They love teaching Rescue Divers, Nick says,  “it’s one of the most valuable life lesson courses for the whole family, it teaches you how to mitigate risks, and calmly assist in all types emergency situation, even when you are not diving. I was with a group of coworkers at lunch, a stranger in the restaurant started having a fit. I calmly used my Emergency First Responder training, while all around stood frozen. My reward for my service as well as assisting was extra special VIP treatment at that restaurant whenever I returned.” Donna says, “once we started diving we both knew immediately what our future looked like and it helped us plan and implement our retirement goals”. Nick and Donna’s favorite Diving is reefs and wrecks, they have dived all over the world and try to plan an annual bucket list dive trip every year. Both are accomplished sailors and own their own Sailboat. “We regularly make the short hop to the Bahamas just 60 miles away and you guessed it while we are there we enjoy the local diving around the islands. I think you could say we are Shark Dive junkies. Any chance we get to be in close proximity to these fantastic creatures  is a bonus.” Favorite Dive Sites: Bonaire, Indonesia Wakatobi, British Virgin Islands, Micronesia Palau and Yap, Bimini Bahamas.

 

 

 

On the Boat:

 

Steve Krasco - USCG Master/Captain, NAUI Instructor Trainer, SDI Instructor 

Steve, although born in rural northwestern New Jersey, was raised in Jupiter, FL and  graduated from Jupiter High School. He went on to attend Florida Atlantic University earning a B.S. in Exercise Science and Wellness. After working in his field of study for several years, Steve began his career in the dive industry. Steve became fascinated with diving at a very young age by watching The Undersea World Of Jaques Cousteau and his interest was piqued while at swim practice he saw people learning to dive in the pool.  After convincing his mother this was what he really wanted he started class and received his PADI Jr Open Water certification in 1982. Then after some time in the dive industry he earned his NAUI Instructor rating in 1999. In 2002, he opened his own dive shop in Sebastian, FL which he operated until 2015. Steve grew up on the water. Boating was a way of life as a kid growing up in Jupiter. His family has had a number of boats in every shape, size, and configuration. Steve received his “Captain’s license” in 2008 and began working as the full time captain for Stuart Scuba in 2016. Steve's favorite dive sites are Hammerhead, Zeigler's Zoo, and Area 51. His favorite marine animals are Orcas.

 

 

Brad Kassay - USCG Captain/ Instructor 

Brad is originally from Chicago and has been diving for more than two decades. He holds his USCG 50-ton Master License as well as Instructor qualifications from both SDI and PADI. When he’s not captaining or crewing with us, he drives and dives for a salvage operation based here on Florida’s Treasure Coast. Best dives sites for Brad have been anything on Cayman Brac where you can find the Caribbean Reef Squid, or locally he recommends Lemon drop off Juno Ledge. If you’re lucky enough to dive with him, you’ll be sure to see his lobster hunting skills in action.

 

Michael Carr - USCG Captain 

Mike is a retired US Military Officer and now serves as a relief Captain on Stuart Scuba’s two dive boats. He assists with specialized diver training and custom training programs. Michael holds an Unlimited All Oceans USCG License and is a NAUI Instructor. Carr is a qualified US Navy Diving and Salvage Officer & US Navy Riverine Warfare Officer. Michael served as Diving Officer for the Coast Guard’s National Strike Force Dive Team.

 

 

Roger Eder - USCG Captain 

Roger is another transplant from Huntington New York who moved to South Florida in 1991.  He has been diving since 1986, when he became Open Water certified in the frigid waters of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He holds Instructor certifications from PADI and SDI that he utilizes when not driving boats as a 100 ton USCG licensed captain. His favorite dive sites include the Jupiter wreck Trek for Goliath aggregation and shark encounters, Victory Reef in Bimini for the solitude, swim throughs, and impressiveness, Night Dives at the Blue Heron Bridge for octopus, Neptune’s memorial (because that is where his brother is), The David T for hunting, and secret sites in the keys for lobsters. Klein Bonaire is another top dive for Roger, for the most mesmerizing Plankton night show. The Delray Ledges, Breakers and Paul's Reef for their continued ability to impress year after year. He is clearly well versed in many sites all along the Florida coast.

 

Will Spencer - Instructor/Crew

Will is a former infantryman in the United States Army, where he completed deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He grew up in Houston, TX and lived in Colorado for twelves years where he learned to dive later mastering his IDC and becoming an instructor in 2016. While Will enjoys diving and guiding along the Treasure Coast, his favorite dive site to date is the Spiegel Grove wreck off Key Largo. He remains fascinated by all sea life, the Great Hammerhead holds his attention greatly. Will is a spectacular crew member that helps maintain the boats and goes above and beyond industry expectations, you're sure to enjoy your dives with him.

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