Sail Fish Scuba Family
Dive Shop Team
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 in 2011 and the rest is Sail Fish Scuba history!
PADI Dive Master & USCG Dive Boat Captain Bill came to get to know the owner of Sail Fish Scuba many years back shortly after SFS opened through a mutual friend. Captain Bill had been working for a Big Pine Key dive shop and working with PADI Inst. Brian who SFS owner Jen & Chris Kerr knew from their years living and working on St. Thomas USVI. Brian made the introductions and Bill, Chris and Jen bonded with instant friendship. A few years later Bill walked into SFS dive shop and announced he had moved up from Big Pine Key to Key Largo and wondered if we needed a boat captain. We knew of his extensive expertise and immediately joined him to the Sail Fish Scuba team.
Bill is a PADI Dive Master but enjoys working topside with divers more than underwater so if you want to dive with him, just ask him to join for a dive on his days off from Captaining.
Bill is also our dive shops boat engineer and a most valuable member of our dive shop team!
Tim walked into Sail Fish Scuba dive shop 18 April 2019 and stated he was a decades-long hard hat commercial diver who is now retired to living here in the Florida Keys. He was looking for a shop to help him get back into open circuit scuba diving with a tune-up and reintroduction to modern scuba gear as his PADI OW card reflects a certification date of 1 May 1983.
Jen mentioned Sail Fish Scuba’s OW to DM Internship program and before finishing her sentences Tim was jumping up and down saying: “How do I sign up?” Student folder was filled out within minutes and Tim got started down the PADI Path to Dive Master. By the end of May 2019, Tim had exchanged shop chores for his Scuba Tune-Up day and his PADI Advanced Open Water Certification. He is now working on his PADI Rescue Diver, DSAT Gas Blender, EANx, Specialties, and then Dive Master certifications.
Tim is a true natural in the water looking after guests and UW Photo came easy to him, so when joining us for tours in 2019 you maybe will get to see him in action learning the ins & outs of becoming a Professional PADI Dive Master