Meet the Staff

Sail Fish Scuba Family

Dive Shop Team
This page consists of our Sail Fish Scuba Family, While we work hard as a team to make sure our customers have the best experience possible, we also have fun and enjoy each others company. This is what makes Sail Fish Scuba so successful! Good friends, smiling faces, & creating everlasting memories.

Owners

Chris Kerr

Owner / Captain / PADI MSDT Instructor
When Jen bought Chris his first scuba lessons in 2002, he told her, “I don’t even swim.” “Class starts next week,” she replied. “Learn quick!” Four years later, Jen put their house on the market and said, “We’re moving to Florida. I hate snow!” They became scuba instructors and worked for dive shops in Oahu, St. Thomas, and Key Largo before finally opening their own shop, Sail Fish Scuba, in 2011.

Jen Kerr

Owner / PADI MSDT Instructor
Jen spent years helping other scuba shops build their businesses but that only inspired her to want to open her own dive company. Taking the best of what she’d learned, and adding a few special touches of her own, Jen envisioned Sail Fish Scuba, a small, less-crowded scuba operation where customer service is the highest priority and guests are treated more like family than customers.

Crew

Mike Jordan

PADI MSDT Instructor
Mike was still a Florida State Trooper the first time he came into Sail Fish Scuba looking for two folks who’d been in a traffic accident the day before. (We weren’t hiding them, honest!) “I been diving all my life,” he told us. “But if I wanted to do this professionally when I retire, how would I do that?” Within minutes, Mike was signing up as a DM intern and filling out the paperwork for AOW, Rescue, DSAT Gas Blender, and EANx specialties. So… that’s how he did that.

Tom Simmons

PADI MSDT Instructor
Tom publishes a blog named oldguydiving.com but that’s not how we think of him. He runs a couple of miles on his days off and works as hard as anyone on his days on, so we just think of him as another member of the Sail Fish Scuba team. Certified since 1965, a dive instructor since 2012, Tom joined us in the spring of 2018 we haven’t worn him out yet. The only things he misses from his prior life in Virginia are his children (now grown) and his ultralight airplane.
Really though please visit Tom’s site and follow it for the fun adventure: https://oldguydiving.com/

Rick McKinley

PADI Divemaster
Rick and Mike are old friends so when Mike was completing his DM internship, and Rick was having a bad experience with another shop (no names!), Mike brought Rick to Sail Fish Scuba, where he signed up as a DM intern. A former firefighter and paramedic, Rick brings a world of experience to our little band of brothers and he became a valued member of the team right from the start. Whether he’s leading a dive or guiding a group of snorkelers, Rick’s enthusiastic professionalism is always well received.

Tim Tobey

PADI Divemaster
Tim is a former hard-hat commercial diver who retired to Key Largo in 2019. He came into Sail Fish Scuba looking to “refresh” his 1983 PADI Open Water certification but when he heard about our DM Internship, Tim jumped at the chance to sign up. He earned his Divemaster rating in 2019 and now he’s well on his way to becoming an instructor. You might detect a slight “Bahstan” accent when Tim regales you with stories of his commercial diving past exploits.

Captain Bill Defries

Captain / PADI Divemaster
Captain Bill takes the helm of our dive boat, DEEPER, most days and our “guest experience” is one of safety and comfort in his capable hands. Introduced to Jen and Chris by a mutual friend, Bill joined Sail Fish Scuba in 2015. A former marina owner and diesel mechanic, Bill’s expertise extends far beyond the fly bridge and makes him a most valued member of our team. Bill is also a Divemaster but, as he says, “Captains are mostly like cats. They don’t like to go in the water.”

Crew Photos

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If you cancel your booked tour less than 12 hours of your scheduled check-in time OR you are a NO-SHOW for your booked tour, you will be held to payment in full for the booked tour. Our staff have already committed to working for you on this day and they are all independent contractors. We have no salary staff, so these folks make their living working for you and would have little chance of finding other work with this short of notice.

If you call between 12 – 48 hours before your scheduled tour to cancel, you forfeit your payment collected. Any cancellations more than 48 hours before scheduled check-in time will have payments refunded.

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