Sail Fish Scuba Family
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.
– Owner / Captain / Master Scuba Diver Trainer
When Chris and Jen first started dating back in 2002, Jen bought Chris Scuba to which he promptly responded: “thanks but I don’t even know how to swim!” Jen answered with no hesitation “Class starts in a week, learn quick!” Chris almost failed his swim test but loved & aced the Scuba class. In February 2006 Chris returned home to find Jen putting up a for sale sign in their front yard. She told him “We are moving to Florida – I hate the snow! We will get our Instructor license to teach SCUBA & travel the world being dive bums.” Chris just said “Ok, when do we move?” They agreed on 60 days and they did! Between 2006-2011 they worked for multiple dive shops in Key Largo & Islamorada, Florida, Ohau, Hawaii, & St Thomas, USVI learning how the dive industry works. They opened the doors to Sail Fish Scuba n 2011 and the rest is Sail Fish Scuba history!
– Owner / Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Chris and Jennifer spent many years helping to build other dive operations. On the island of St. Thomas, they were inspired to build their own. Jen and Chris envisioned a small operation with very personalized customer service. They wanted a place where customers become friends, not just more numbers in a data base and staff is more like extended family. With the help of some good friends, Sail Fish Scuba quickly came together.
– Open Water Scuba Instructor / Captain
Dave is retired from The Boeing Company and was the owner of another small dive operation in Key Largo from 2010-2016. He’s been diving since the 90’s & like’s to say “He was a Scuba Instructor before he was a captain”. He’s been diving around the world including French Polynesia, Fiji, The Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Honduras, Belize, Mexico (both coasts + Cozumel), Grenada, Bonaire, Aruba, St. Lucia, US & British Virgin Islands, the Caymans, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, as well as many lakes & quarries in the US. But, he has found his dream diving (& Captaining) home right here in Key Largo. After so many years in the corporate world, the friendly, laid back atmosphere of Key Largo & Sailfish Scuba is just what the doctor ordered. Talk with him for a while & you’ll discover that he is quite passionate about being out on & in the water and loves to collect photos (that he takes) of sharks from around the world.
– Open Water Scuba Instructor
David began his diving career during his seven years spent in the Colombian Navy where he accomplished his Open Water – Rescue Diver certifications. When he left Colombia, he came to the Miami in search of a better life. A yellow dive shop in the heart of North Miami Beach called to him when he would drive past it every day. Finally, after being in the US for 5 months he entered the dive shop and signed up for his Divemaster Course. It was at this shop he met his Instructor and future wife Holly Painchault. He spent the next months trying to convince her to leave the country with him because his VISA was about to expire. They left together to Honduras where David could complete his Instructor training. Shortly after they traveled the world and visited / worked in 11 countries that year. They then decided to get married and move back to the United States. As soon as David was able to work legally in the US they accepted a position here at Sail Fish Scuba where they could work together doing what they love daily.
– IDC Staff Instructor
Holly was born & raised in League City, Texas. Surrounded by murky, muddy waters her family constantly went on vacations aboard cruise ships to the Caribbean. Mesmerized by the clear waters and abundant wildlife, Holly completed her Open Water Scuba Certification at her first year in the University. That summer her family went on a cruise to Cozumel, Mexico. Holly did not return to college the following year and instead, moved to Cozumel to become a Dive Master. Several months went by then Holly traveled to Costa Rica to begin her Instructor certification. After completion, she accepted an offer in North Miami Beach as a Dive instructor. A year later she met her future Husband / Dive Master student David Painchault… They left together to Honduras where David could complete his Instructor training. Shortly after they traveled the world and visited / worked in 11 countries that year before they decided to get married and move back to the United States and accepted a position here at Sail Fish Scuba.
– Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Glenn started diving in the sunny land of Kuwait! It was a great place to learn. After moving to Dubai, Glenn started out on the Technical diving route with TDI, completing Nitrox and Advanced Nitric courses before deciding to go the teaching route. Glenn’s DM course was interesting in that the dive shop, Scuba Dubai did the course for free, provided Glenn captained one of the dive boats and looked after divers as well. Glenn moved to Singapore in February 2001 and started doing some DM work with Big Bubble Center, doing the weekend trip to Palau Aur via Mersing! Aaaah, those were the days! In 2009 Glenn’s knee started creaking rather badly (As a result of years of rugby, cricket, golf & hockey) so it was off to Phuket to do IDC and IE Volunteering on the Manta’s. During the off season in Singapore, Glenn and his wife Jill (Also a keen diver) went diving in other areas in Asia. Notables have been Sipadan, Maldives, Palau, Great Barrier Reef, Manado, Moalboal, Cebu, Bali NE Coast and the world famous Palau Hantu! Once moving to the USA Glenn completed his USCG Captains Course whilst in Fort Lauderdale. Glenn and his wife Jill decided to move to Key Largo, purchase a house, and almost immediately on arrival, Glenn started working Sailfish Scuba. Glenn loves the small organization and close group of instructors, DM’s, & Captains that work at Sailfish.