With over 30 Dive Professionals, we provide scuba diving programs for all experience levels starting at eight years old (Bubblemaker, Seal Team, and Discover Scuba) through Open Water Certification to the elite Master Instructor.
We have an active Course Director on staff who sees that we adhere to the strictest training standards. Our small classes, flexible schedules, and year-round diving make us the leading choice in Dallas, Texas.
Rich is a Master Instructor, TecDeep Instructor, TDI Tec Instructor through Extended Range and avid Side-mount Cave Diver at International Scuba. Scuba diving is Rich's job, passion, and obsession.
"The first time I ever went diving was 2001 in Cozumel. Before I was even out of the water, I knew I wanted to become a dive professional. My favorite place to dive locally is hard to pick because there are so many from which to choose. Bonaire, Tulum, and the Florida caves are some of my regular locations for cave diving. My favorite classes to teach are Tec courses Side-mount, Wreck, and Cavern because these classes all have challenging skill sets. If you are my student, you should know that I am looking forward to teaching you soon!
I signed up for Open Water Certification because I thought scuba would be a great way to meet people and have fun on international vacations. Little did I know that on my first day of check out dives, I would meet the love of my life. Shortly thereafter, Rich purchased the shop after managing International Scuba for 15 years.
In my first year of diving, I have dove in Aruba (wrecks), Tulum (caverns), Playa (sharks), Cozumel (reefs), South Dakota (Missouri River) and Texas. Soon, Rich and I will be leading trips to Cayman Brac, Bonaire and Nassau (New Years!!).
I love my time at the Dvie Shop. I still have lots to learn, and seeing my new friends walk into the store makes me happy every single time. Our Dive Tribe is awesome!
Micah has dove all over the world. You will find him most days in the shop. He is a certified Open Water Instructor and Emergency First Response Instructor.
I was certified in 1980 as a NAUI Sport Diver and continued my diving education by taking NAUI specialty and advanced courses while diving around Texas.
I attended and graduated from The Ocean Corporation in 1982 as a Commercial Diver and had the opportunity to work in the Gulf of Mexico as a tender/diver. I moved to Hawaii and dove around the Hawaiian Islands while living on Oahu for three years.
I worked as a Public Safety Diver for the Garland Police Department and since 1988 I have worked in some form of public safety diving from actually diving to instructing dive teams. I was certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in 1998. I taught as a private instructor until 2005 at which time International Scuba became my new home. IDC Staff Instructor was soon completed. I then began assisting with Instructor Development Courses and teaching all levels of PADI courses.
I have continued my own training by taking technical dive courses and instructor courses. I became a Master Scuba Instructor in 2009 and went on to become a PADI Course Director in 2011.
I enjoy learning about diving and in turn, educating people about diving. I continue to take courses to further my knowledge and am an avid recreational and technical diver.
After 33 years in law enforcement, I retired in 2018 to work in the dive industry and travel every chance I get. I am able to instruct PADI recreational courses, instructor courses, recreational and instructor specialty courses and PADI technical courses
I look forward to assisting you in your diving journey.
Learning how to scuba dive during his first semester in college Marine Geology, Joe’s interest in the world’s oceans eventually leading him to secure his PADI Advance Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver and several other specialty certifications.
He eventually became a PADI Dive Master at a local dive shop and worked on several dive boats. Being a student of history and having a fascination for the mysteries surrounding historic ship wrecks, Joe would often lead dive tours to the vast ship wrecks of the Northern Atlantic.
In 1988 Joe became a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and taught in NYC and then relocated to Las Vegas NV, where he would continue his educationto become an IDC Staff Instructor in 1995. In 2005, after relocating to Plano, TX, Joe continued his scuba education and achieved PADI Course Director in 2018.
Today, Joe continues to enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced divers.
YEAR STARTED IN SCUBA:1985 – yes they had SCUBA back then, and no, I didn’t learn from Jacques Cousteau.
CERTIFICATIONS: PADI Master Instructor, Multilevel Diver, Night, Digital Underwater Photographer, Emergency O2 Provider, Tech Gas Blender, Enriched Air, Marine Life Injuries, Search & Recovery, Underwater Navigator, Drift Diver, Deep Diver, Boat Diver
WHERE IN THE WORLD HAVE YOU GONE DIVING? Hawaii, Turks and Caicos, Belize, Roatan, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, Flower Gardens, Texas lakes, rivers and ponds
FAVORITE LOCATION? Cayman Brac, it’s our home away from home with friendly people and great diving.
BIO: Yes, I was originally certified way back in 1985. Unfortunately, I did not continue diving much after my initial certification. In 1999, I caught the dive bug again and have been diving actively ever since. My wife, Pam, and I make regular trips to either Cayman Brac or Little Cayman. My dive passion is photography and sharing my knowledge of underwater photography with other divers.
STARTED IN SCUBA: 1997
CERTIFICATIONS: Master Instructor, Cave Diver WHERE HAVE YOU GONE DIVING? Maldives, Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Solomon Islands, Hawaii, Palau, Yap, Truk Lagoon, Catalina Island, Socorro Island group, Florida Caves & Keys, US Virgin Islands, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Grenada, Curacao, All Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos, Cozumel, Roatan, Belize, Texas Flower Gardens and lots of lakes & rivers in the USA.
FAVORITE LOCATION? Truk Lagoon WHY? Great combination of historical wrecks from WWII that now have elaborate reef systems growing on them.
MORE: I enjoy traveling the world and then sharing my experiences. I have over 35 articles pertaining to scuba published in international magazines like Dive Training, Wreck Diving Magazine, Dive Center Business, Skin Diver and others. I shoot both photo and video on dives to preserve the memories. I enjoy learning new skills that make me a better diver, including earning a certification as a cave diver. I caught the scuba bug and went up through the PADI recreational ranks to Master Scuba Diver before being persuaded that I could help out more as a dive professional, so I went up through the ranks on that level. I also enjoy sharing my experiences and skills with others through classes I teach or through leading trips.
WHERE IN THE WORLD HAVE YOU GONE DIVING? Texas, Kentucky, Florida, Hawaii, Belize, Honduras, Cozumel, Cabo, Grand Cayman, British Virgin Islands, St. Lucia, Bonaire, Palau, Truk, Yap, Australia, Wakatobi
FAVORITE LOCATION? WHY Palau, Every dive I saw something I had never seen before.
BIO: Air assisted, Water cooled, Twin fin, Fandango
STARTED IN SCUBA and became a diving professional in 2003.
Nancy has dove Palau two times and is leading a "trip of a lifetime" to Palau scheduled for 2022. She has also dove in Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel, cenotes in Playa del Carmen, Grand Cayman, Roatan, Bonaire, St. Croix, Aruba, Catalina Island, Flower Gardens, lakes & ponds.
"I've had the privilege of training thousands of students and helping many of them join the professional ranks. I've been fortunate to dive in some incredible places around the world and along the way I've forged lasting friendships with the coolest people. Nothing in the world beats watching someone's eyes light up the first time they breath underwater."
28 Aug 2008
Master Scuba Diver Trainer
25 Jul 2005
Open Water Scuba Instructor
10 Aug 2004
24 Feb 2004
10 Nov 2003
08 Sep 2003
IDC Staff Instructor
28 Aug 2005
10 Jan 2004
Underwater Videographer Instructor
16 Jul 2014
Digital Underwater Photography Instructor
15 Jul 2014
Care for Children w/AED Instructor
11 Jun 2010
Fish Identification Instructor
17 Mar 2010
Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor
23 Dec 2008
Equipment Specialist Instructor
06 Oct 2008
Underwater Naturalist Instructor
25 Sep 2008
26 Aug 2008
Diver Propulsion Vehicle Instructor
06 Oct 2006
Search & Recovery Instructor
12 Sep 2006
04 Oct 2005
Tec Rec Trimix Blender Instructor
28 Sep 2005
31 Aug 2005
22 Feb 2005
22 Feb 2005
Dry Suit Instructor
22 Feb 2005
Enriched Air Instructor
Jeff is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and is certified to teach several courses at International Scuba:
Peak Performance and Bouyancy
Digital Underwater Photography
Enriched Air (Nitrox)
Emergency O2 Provider
Tec Rec Gas’s Blender
DAN Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
DAN Neurological Assessment
Jeff has dove all over the Caribbean including Bahamas, Jamaica, Antigua, Turks & Caicos, Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia.
He enjoys coaching high school baseball, was Plano Fire Volunteer of the year in 2000 and was named one of twenty five “One to Watch” by CIO magazine in 2010 and “40 under 40” by Computerworld Magazine in 2007.
Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Master Scuba Instructor
Originally from France, Ally is our PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, settling in the UK after 4 years abroad.
I have been diving for 27 years. I have been a PADI pro for fouryears, two as a Divemaster and two as an Instructor.
I LOVE diving in Cozumel and have over 200 dives there. I love the people, the culture, the food and the diving. It is cheap and super easy to get there from Dallas.
I have been to Galapagos, Socorro, Grand Cayman, Honduras, Belize, North Carolina, Florida, The Flower Gardens and several Yucatan cenotes. My fun diving passion is photography and I have taken thousands of pictures over the years
My day job includes teaching and training. My stress relief is to teach diving and I love it.
I did my first Discover Scuba Diving class in 1996. I did a 2nd on I’m 2000 and finally got certified in 2013... long story.
Brian is a PADI Assistant Instructor and a DAN Instructor. He's been diving around the Bahamas, Caribbean, Texas Caribbean (Flower Gardens), Missouri, North Carolina wrecks, and around the Florida Keys and Florida Springs.
"Of all of the places I’ve been diving, Grand Turk is one of my two favorite places. Gliding along the reef, confident in my buoyancy, I hover over a 7,000’ drop off. Key Largo’s Spiegel Grove wreck is tied for my favorite spot. To be able to explore such a well intact wreck is unbelievable. On my list of places I want to dive are the Silfra dive in Iceland and Truk Lagoon."
WHERE IN THE WORLD HAVE YOU GONE DIVING? I have dove the Caribbean from end to end including USVI, BVI, Roatan, Belize, Grand Cayman, Bahamas, Barbados, and Bonaire; Mexico including Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Playa del Carmen, and Los Coronados; the California Channel Islands, the Florida Keys, the Texas Flower Gardens, Venezuela, and Costa Rica.
FAVORITE LOCATION? Bonaire is my favorite place to dive because of the freedom to dive when, where, and however long you want in one of the most beautiful underwater environments in the Caribbean.
BIO: In my real life I am a Computer Infrastructure Architect and technology leader, and scuba is my break from reality. I got certified in 2003 in preparation for a trip to Grand Cayman, and my only regret has been that I waited so long to start diving. In my early years, I was fortunate to be working for a company based in Southern California, so frequent trips gave me opportunities to dive the kelp forests along the Channel Islands which pushed me to continue to learn. Although I am just getting started in my professional career, I’ve already been responsible for getting many friends and family members hooked, and I enjoy being the leader when they lean on me during trips. I like assisting with Open Water classes, especially when I get to help someone overcome a fear or problematic skill.
CERTIFIED IN SCUBA: 1988
Jeff is certified as Dive Master. He has dove in Mexico, Bahamas, Canada, Scotland, Indonesia, Malaysia and all over the US.
Jeff's favorite place to dive is the cenotes in Mexico because of the crystal clear water. He has been assisting with classes for over 15 years and has loved every bit of it!