Staff


 

AllenMatt Allen

Matt started diving in the summer of 1999.  Made his 100th dive in 2005. He loves to wreck dive and his favorite wreck is the Niagara 2 in Tobermory Canada. Matt’s goal is to dive all 5 Great Lakes and every wreck in the St. Lawrence river. “LOL, he had better get diving”

Agency Rating Date
SSI Open Water Diver 1999
 SDI  Solo Diver 2012
 
Ann Barker-Griffith
Agency Rating Date
SSI Open Water Instructor 2005
DAN O2 Provider Instructor  

Gary Barlow
Gary was certified as a diver by National Aquatic Service, Inc. in 1967. He started diving for the New York State Police in 1979. He became the Assistant Division Diving Officer and the primary instructor for the 64 member State Police dive team.Gary became an SSI Advanced Open Water Instructor in 1995, and came to National Aquatic Service in 2000. Gary holds a PhD in Science Education, and has taught a variety of subjects at different levels. He has taught at Liverpool High School, SUNY Cortland, Syracuse University, and the New York State Police Academy.Gary’s favorite dives are the Empress of Ireland in the Upper St. Lawrence River and anywhere in Cozumel.
Agency Rating Date
SSI Advanced Open Water Instructor 1995
SSI Dive Control Specialist Instructor 2005

Eliweb pics (17)zabeth Byrd 

Elizabeth began diving in 2006. After working at NAS full-time, Elizabeth left to pursue a PhD in Agricultural Economics. She still helps out by generating ideas and designing emails.Her most memorable dive to date is stealing an underwater kiss from her fiancée on their annual New Year’s Eve Dive. Elizabeth’s favorite dive site is Mount Storm, WV because it’s off the beaten path and full of curious catfish. Her diving “claim to fame” is that she has never been scuba diving without her drysuit- even in the Caribbean. She also enjoys snorkeling, freediving, and underwater photography.

Agency Rating Date
SSI Open Water Diver May 2006
SSI Specialty Diver 2007
SSI Century Diver 2008

CahillKevin Cahill 

In the summer of ’94 I was searching for something. I found what I was looking for in buoyancy. SCUBA gave to me what I couldn’t find on land. Since then I have logged 1089 open water dives. Even though the Caribbean dwells in my soul, I would be lost without my Friday night dives on Skaneateles Lake. My favorite site? Wherever Grand Dad takes us. Dive long and prosper.

Agency Rating Date
SSI Open Water Instructor 2005

Cameron

Kenneth Cameron

Ken started diving in 1997. Ken completed the ‘Century Diver’ Level (100+ Dives) in 1998.Ken’s favorite diving spot in Central New York is the wreck of the ‘Wolfe Island II’ ferry outside of Kingston Ontario. In all the oceans of the world Ken likes Bonaire the most.

Agency Rating Date
SSI Dive Control Specialist 2000

Terry Carmen

Terry Carmen

Terry Carmen: In 2000, my father-in-law gave me a box of his used SCUBA equipment. I took it to National Aquatic Service to have it checked out, signed up for Open Water classes and have been diving and taking classes ever since.

My favorite local dives are the summer Grandad boat dives on Skaneateles Lake and the wreck of the Keystorm on the St. Lawrence river.

My favorite dive ever was on Buddy’s Reef behind Buddy Dive on Bonaire, which is also the location of my favorite burger. It was a incredible bacon and smoked Gouda cheeseburger with grilled onions.If enough people want to go there and try the diving and the burger, I’ll set up a trip. Just drop me an email.

 
Agency Rating Date
SSI Dive Control Specialist 2006
SDI Solo Diver 2012
IMG_5187Juan Carrasco

Agency Rating Date
SSI Dive Control Specialist 2013

Tom Carroll
Agency Rating Date
SSI Open Water Instructor 2005

Bruce CarterBruce started diving in 1968. Bruce completed the ‘Century Diver’ level (100 dives) in 1974.He reached the 500 dive level in 1994, and then reached the 1000+ dive level in 1998.Bruce started as a teenager in St Petersburg Fl and has worked his diving north arriving in Syracuse in 1981. In addition to being an NAS dive instructor Bruce has a Ph.D. in Psychology and is on the faculty at Syracuse University.Bruce’s favorite diving spot in Central New York is Staghorn Point in Skaneateles Lake. In the all the oceans of the world Bruce likes the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and would like to dive in Thailand and Papua New Guinea.
 
Agency Rating Date
NASDS Open Water Instructor #2567 November 1989
SSI Open Water Instructor #3946 June 1990
SSI Advanced Open Water Instructor #3946 June 1990
SSI Dive Control Specialist Instructor #576 June 1990

Larry Carter
Agency Rating Date
SSI Open Water Instructor 2005
SDI Solo Diver 2012

Josh Cross
Agency Rating Date
SSI Dive Control Specialist 2006
SSI Open Water Instructor 2010
SSI Dive Master Instructor 2012
SSI Advanced Nitrox Instructor 2017
SSI Decompression Procedures Instructor 2017
SDI Instructor Trainer 2017

DohertyPaul DohertyPaul started diving in 1985. Paul completed the ‘Century Diver’ level (100 dives) in 1995. Paul’s favorite diving spot in Central New York is the platforms at Lourdes Camp. In all the oceans of the world he likes The Bloody Bay Wall off of Little Cayman the best. Paul’s favorite wreck dive is The Empress of Ireland at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River.
Agency Rating Date
SSI Open Water Instructor #5932 August 1996
TDI Nitrox / Rebreather Instructor #1906 May 1998
SSI Advanced Open Water Instructor #5932 March 1999
SSI Platinum 1000 Instructor March 2005

IMG_6413Mike Druceweb pics (10)Mike started diving in 1988. He completed the ‘Century Diver’ level (100 dives) in 1992. He reached the 500 dive level in 1998. Mike is a member of the full time staff at NAS. His favorite spot to dive in Central New York is ‘Red Hook Wall’ located in Skaneateles Lake. Most memorable dive to date is on the Empress of Ireland. Dutch Springs Quarry, PA and Mount Storm WV among his favorite dive spots. Still enjoys Skaneateles Lake very much. YES, he enjoys warm tropical waters with lots of colorful fish,  just don’t get there as often as he likes.
Agency Rating Date
SSI Open Water Instructor January 1997
TDI Nitrox / Rebreather Instructor May 1997
SSI Specialty Instructor December 1998
TDI Solo Diving Instructor 2000
SSI Advanced Open Water Instructor 2002
SSI Dive Con trol Specialist Instructor 2004
SSI Platinum Pro 1000 Instructor 2006
SDI Advanced Open Water Instructor January 2010
SDI Solo Diving Instructor January 2010
SDI Ice Diving Instructor January 2010
SSI Freediving Level 2 October 2011
SSI Freediving Instructor Level 1 October 2011
SDI Sidemount Diver June 2012
Fred Farrar
Agency Rating Date
SSI Dive Control Specialist December 2002
Foley, Kyle

Kyle Foley

Agency Rating Date
PADI Open Water Diver 2012
 SDI  Pool Assistant 2015

Jere Hallenbeck
Jere Hallenbeck was one of the worlds diving pioneers. He started diving in 1956. By 1993, he had reached the prestigious Platinum Pro 5000 level, indicating that number of logged dives and having made significant contributions to the industry. He was presented the Platinum Pro award at its first induction along with such luminaries as Jacques and Jean -Michel Cousteau, Sylvia Earle and Scott Carpenter.Jere founded National Aquatic Service in 1960. Jere’s formal education was in psychology and with that background was the first in the nation to bring a humane approach to the training of recreational divers. Both international certification agencies, NASDS and SSI, have used Jere’s talents in the production of open water level textbooks, curriculum design and instructor training. materials. He lectured and wrote widely about diving, especially to other retailers on how to build and maintain a successful business.Jere was the past editor of “Dive Retailer” a trade publication for dive industry. He was the creator of the International Divers Experience Card. He sat on the Board of Directors of the Platinum Pro Foundation, was chairman of the Northeast Scuba retailers Association and a member of the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association. Despite a demanding consulting and speaking schedule, he still found teaching entry level students the most rewarding part of his job.He and his staff have been very proud of building one of the largest training programs and dive centers in existence. The NAS staff certifies well over 1000 students a year and teaches credit bearing courses at some 16 colleges and universities. In February of 2000 NAS certified its 30,000th. NAS will be quick to point out proudly, all those students and not a single accident.Jere had the good fortune of diving most of the planet. His favorite local dive stop was the St. Lawrence River, especially off Carlton Island. His Caribbean favorite was Cozumel and world pick would be the Indian Ocean’s Maldive Inlands, off the SW coast of India.Jere Hallenbeck passed away August 9, 2003. While he will be missed, his spirit and passion for the sport of diving continue to be an inspiration to us all.
Agency Rating Date
YMCA Instructor August 1959
NASDS Scuba Diving Instructor #3 June 1963
NASDS Open Water Instructor #36 November 1969
SSI Open Water Instructor #3941 June 1990
SSI Advanced Open Water Instructor #3941 June 1990
SSI Dive Control Specialist Instructor #572 June 1990
NAUI Instructor #25998 May 1998

HastingsTia Hastings Tia started diving in 2006 and joined the staff of National Aquatic Service as a Dive Control Specialist in 2008.Tia took her certification course at Syracuse University, took her first scuba trip to Belize in February of 2007 with National Aquatic and was hooked ever since.  Her favorite local dive spots are ‘Sherwood Forest’ and ‘Red Hook Wall’ in Skaneateles Lake.  She enjoys the local trips to Dutch Springs in PA every summer and wreck diving on the St. Laurence River.  Traveling to faraway places and tropical locations is by far Tia’s favorite type of diving. Traveling to the Galapagos Islands to dive with whale sharks and hammer heads was an amazing experience and she is always looking forward to the next great adventure.
 

Agency Rating Date
SSI Dive Control Specialist 2008
 
 
IMG_6411Steve LedwithSteve started diving in 2002 while living in Southern California. Steve spent nearly every weekend over the next years at the dive shop, in the ocean, and training to be a Dive Control Specialist and then an Open Water Instructor. Steve’s favorite West Coast dive site is in the dive park on Santa Catalina island off the coast of California.In 2005, Steve moved to Central New York and joined the instructional staff with National Aquatic. Steve has taught classes at Syracuse University, Ithaca College and local classes at the store. In 2011, Steve became one of the first SSI Certified Free Diving Instructors in the North East.When diving on the East Coast, the Open Water Dive Park at Lourdes Camp is one of Steve’s favorite places to dive. Especially in the fall when the scenery around the lake is stunning and water is clear and warm.
Agency Rating Date
SSI Open Water Instructor 2002
Joe Muolo
Agency Rating Date
SSI Dive Control Specialist 2016
 
 
Misurelly, FrankFrank MisurellyFrank began diving in 1997.  He became a Century Diver and an Instructor in 2000.He has made dives in the Atlantic, Pacific and Caribbean Oceans and the Great Lakes.   He’s been diving off the Channel Islands in California going through kelp forests.  In the Caribbean, he dove off of Curacao among the mushroom coral and exotic fish.  In the Atlantic he been diving off the coast of Florida from Pompano Beach to Key Largo.  The most memorable dive was on the Spiegel Grove, naval recovery ship put down as an artificial reef.  As special as that dive was, he feels some of the best wreck diving is in the St. Lawrence Seaway, having been on several wrecks over the years.
 
Agency Rating Date
SSI Dive Control Specialist #4466 November 1999
SSI Scuba Rangers Instructor April 2000
SSI Open Water Instructor #7270 June 2000
SSI Advanced Open Water Instructor #7270 2005

NewmanJoshua Newfield
Agency Rating Date
SSI Dive Control Specialist 2016

Ellen OlneyEllen started diving in the Fall of 2004 She completed her 400th dive in March 2013 while diving in Fiji. Ellen enjoys diving the Great Lakes, Finger Lakes, Adirondack Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. Her favorite dive destinations include the Caymans, Dominica, Bonaire and Skaneateles Lake. She is a member and an officer of the New York State Divers Association and Central New York Scuba Club, a member of the International Society of Aquatic Medicine and Club Aquarius.

Agency Rating Date
SSI Open Water Diver 2004
SSI Master Diver 2006
TDI Advanced Nitrox Diver 2008
SSI Dive Control Specialist 2011
SDI CPRox 1st AED Administrator 2012
SDI Assistant Instructor 2013

Pape, Joel

Joel Pape

Agency Rating Date
SSI Master Diver 2007
SDI Solo Diver 2012

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Jim Reid

Agency Rating Date
SSI Master Diver  
SDI Solo Diver  
SDI CPRox 1St & AED Instructor  2017

RossTabitha Ross
Agency Rating Date
SSI OWD 2008
SSI Nitrox 2010

IMG_6408Chris RyanChris started diving in 2003. In 2010 he reached the Century Diver level. Chris is a full time staff member at NAS. His favorite place to dive is any wall in Skaneateles Lake. His most memorable dive would be a night dive at Dutch Springs Quarry watching all the dive lights moving around the wall of the quarry. Skaneateles Lake is his favorite place to be either diving or driving National Aquatic Service’s boat Grandad. Chris also started Freediving in 2012 and enjoys going out freediving when he can.
Agency Rating Date
SSI Master Diver 2010
SSI Century Diver 2010
SDI Solo Diver 2011
SSI Dive Control Specialist 2011

TolesCharles Toles
Agency Rating Date
SSI Open Water Diver August 1, 1999
SSI Master Diver  


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David TranceDave started diving in 1994
 
Agency Rating Date
SSI Open Water Instructor # 6289 October 1997
SSI Scuba Rangers Instructor April 2000
SSI Dive Control Specialist Instructor 2004

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMarc Turenne
Agency Rating Date
SSI Open Water Instructor 1997
SSI Advanced Open Water Instructor 2006

IMG_6406Steve VetterSteve started diving in 2001. He completed the ‘Century Diver’ level (100 dives) in 2004. He reached the 500 dive level in 2010. Steve is a part time member of the staff at NAS. His favorite spot to dive in Central New York is Lourdes Camp located on Skaneateles Lake. His latest favorite dive was in Beqa Lagoon Fiji. Dutch Springs Quarry, PA and The Islander in Alexandria Bay are among his favorite dive spots.
Agency Rating Date
SSI Open Water Instructor 2005
SSI Specialty Instructor 2005
SSI Advanced Open Water Instructor 2006

IMG_6410Frank WalterFrank started diving in 1970, became a pool aide in 1971, and an instructor in 1975. In 2005 he completed his 2000th dive.Frank is NAS’s senior instructor with a passion for wreck diving. One of his diving goals is to dive Truk Lagoon. He loves diving shipwrecks in the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes. The Roy A. Jodery and the Arabia are his two favorite wreck dives.In 2003 Frank retired from being a public school math teacher after 33 years. He now works part-time here at National Aquatic Service, supporting his habit.
 
Agency Rating Date
YMCA Scuba Instructor May 1975
PADI Scuba Instructor May 1976
NASDS Open Water Instructor #1571 June 1977
SSI Open Water Instructor # 3943 June 1990
SSI Advanced Open Water Instructor #3943 June 1990
SSI Dive Control Specialist Instructor #574 June 1990
TDI Advanced Nitrox Instructor July, 2009

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