Introducing Your Future Friends
HI! Welcome to St. Croix and Sweet Bottom Dive Center. We are glad to have you and are looking forward to diving with you soon.
Our staff of professional scuba instructors are experts in every type of diving imaginable here on St. Croix. We could even teach you some ice diving...if we had ice. As certified PADI Instructors we can conduct almost every certification available from our beach front dive center. If you're making the run to warmer waters to finish your Open Water certification, want to learn how to take beautiful underwater photographs, or even become a professional dive master we can do it all for you.
Here at Sweet Bottom we focus on the fun and relaxing parts of the diving. Whether you're on a full blown 5 dives a day adventure or just feel the urge to catch a quick dive, we'll help to make every moment count. Don't you worry about a thing either because we are more than happy to put together, carry, break down, clean, and dry your gear after each and every dive! Just relax and enjoy the underwater view off the closest dive site to "The Wall."
So let's meet your future friends...
Technical Diving Instructor
Diving became a career and passion for me in the cold waters of Lake Michigan diving the wrecks off Chicago. Soon after my first few breaths on SCUBA in 2008; I worked my way up to become a shop manager in a large dive center, and taught as a technical instructor in my hometown of Chicago. When the time came to move to St Croix, it was an easy choice (Warm Water, Great Vizz, and Deep Depths! No Brainer!)
My favorite things to do in STX are long exploration dives on "less known" dive sites along the island.. the DPVs and CCR make this managable and quite enjoyable.
In the future, I hope to continue my education as a Paramedic/Fire Fighter and run a Public Safety Dive Team. My non-diving hobbies are making beer (the hoppier the better), rock climbing, skiing, and planning the next big DIVE :)
Favorite Dive Site: Wrecks @ Butler Bay
Favorite Restaurants: Blues Backyard BBQ & Rowdy Joes
Favorite View: the view from the Bolke Cessna Plane Island Tour
Favorite Drink: Any IPA!
I moved down to St Croix to start a new adventure in the Scuba Industry.. With a past resume' of Early Childhood Education, Swim Instructor, and Lifeguarding this change was a BIG one. I have been learning a lot about diving and how to ensure all our divers have the best possible time while in our care. I started diving back in 09'. I needed the certifcation for an internship with the Miami Seaquarium. Soon after, I found my other water joy, diving! Other than diving, I love being around children, swimming, running, rollerblading, tennis, soccer, & of course watching The Chicago Blackhawks!
Favorite Dive Site: The Jungle
Favorite Restaurant: Maria's Cantina
Favorite View: The mountains of the island
Favorite Drink: Very Berry Margarita
Director of Training
During my 28 years of diving, I have had the opportunity to travel and dive in many different locals and dive environments…whether I was diving on the beautiful coral reefs of St Croix, the massive wrecks off of Lake Michigan, Key Largo or Fort Lauderdale, swimming with the dolphins in Curacao, playing tag with the baby peacock flounders in Bonaire, dodging the 12' bull sharks in Fiji or swimming inside a school of barracudas in Malaysia, my dive adventures are always fun and exciting.
During my 30+ year career as a Chicago Paramedic and EMS Educator, I have had the opportunity to hone my instructional and presentation skills. What a perfect fit to take that experience and combine it with something I truly enjoy sharing with others…scuba diving!
As a dive educator, I can hold your hand during your very first breath underwater, or I can train you in unique underwater skills, such as; advanced navigation, search and recovery, sidemount diving, full face mask and dry suit diving, just to name a few. I can mentor you into leadership roles, as you learn the information and skills necessary to become a PADI Divemaster. Or, I can help you change your life forever; as I lead you down the path of becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, Specialty Instructor, IDC Staff Instructor or I can even mentor you, as you prepare to become a PADI Course Director.
My passion lies with people. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experiences with people, but more importantly, I love learning about you…your passions, your experiences and your dreams. Scuba Diving has a HUGE social component to it. Anyone, can teach you how to tie a bowline underwater…let me get to know you and see if I can't help you realize your dreams.
Favorite Dive Site: Davis Bay!
Favorite Restaurant: Rum Runners
Favorite View: My office... the Ocean
Favorite Drink: Samual Adams Boston Lager
Diving has become my escape from noise, technology and everyday issues; Looking around the beautiful underwater world is my heaven on Earth. Bright flourescent purples and oranges of sponges and sea fans, bountiful fish, marine life to observe, sharks to swim with, all make my "front yeard" a place to explore. Let me show you our piece of heaven on Davis Bay. I have been diving nearly 30 years spanning the shores of Chicago, Florida, St. Thomas, Jamacia, Curacau, Bonarie, Roatan, and Mexico all the way to Malaysia and Fiji. I fell in love with the diving here in St. Croix. Where else could I see sharks and seahorses in one dive (my two favorites)?! Mark and I came to St. Croix in March 15' to fulfill a dream of owning a dive center in the Caribbean, leaving behind the cold winters of Chicago and a 30 year career in nursing. I feel blessed to be able to show new divers our world beneath the sea through the discovery diving experience, guiding dives for certified divers, and teaching Open Water students the joy of feeling weightless. As a Master Instructor, I have helped many divers experience this wonderful sport! Let me show you the wonders of St. Croix diving!
Favorite Dive Site: The Frederiksted Pier
Favorite Restaurant: The Waves
Favorite View: The top of "The Beast" coming into the Carambola Resort
Favorite Drink: Carib Beer
Master Scuba Dive Trainer
I came from Easter Island and have been diving since I was 7 years old. I have been teaching diving for many many years and love introducing people to my "office." I speak 5 different languages and am constantly learning about different cultures. I have been on the Island of St Croix since November and the diving is phenominal. As far as my future goes, I am currently working towards becoming a course director and a technical instructor. I am also apart of the Ski-Patrol in Chile!
Favorite Dive Site: Armageddon
Favorite Restaurant: Carambola Resturant
Favorite View: My girlfriend, my love!
Favorite Drink: Any drink with friends, especially FERNET from Italy!
Open Water Scuba Instructor
When I was 14 years old, my family and I all got open water certified in Jamestown, Rhode Island so we could take dive vacations to the Caribbean. We went to Bonaire, Cozumel, Turks and Cacios, and Grand Cayman Island. I was hooked on diving and never wanted my vacation to end (as most can relate to). My parents eventually got a time share on the east end of Grand Cayman and because of that I dove there a fair amount. Amazing diving! …So, ever since I started diving I’ve had the goal of becoming a DM or an Instructor. Fell in love with St. Croix; and what better place to be a dive Instructor? Cheers!
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Mike was introduced to SCUBA diving at the age of 13 way back in 1962 in Colorado by his dad who was a member of the Denver Police Department underwater search and recovery team.
He is a Physician Assistant, works in the Emergency Department at Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center on St. Croix and is an Assistant Professor and the Associate Director of Medical Education at the Barry University Physician Assistant Program, St. Croix Campus.
When he's not saving lives or training others to save lives or under water, Mike rides his bicycle up and down the hills of St. Croix, and is generally a fan of being physically fit. He's also an avid lionfish hunter, a member of CORE (Caribbean Organization for Reef Education) Foundation and CRABBS (Caribbean Reef Association of Bubble Blowers).
Favorite Dive Site: Armageddon
Favorite Restaurant: Angry Nate's
Favorite View: From the top of Scenic Road West
Favorite Drink: Captain and Seven with a lime ;-)