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Staff Group Shot 2016

Below please find our instructional staff.  Each has a passion for diving and for teaching others about the wonders of scuba.  Come in and meet us!

 

Paul Mickel
Owner and Instructor

Paul formed Underwater Adventures in 2007 so that he could provide great experiences for his customers and share his passion for scuba diving and teaching.  Paul worked as an insurance underwriting manager for 20 years before deciding to use his skills in a business that can thrill and delight so many people.

Marco

Marco Accattatis
Instructor

Marco began diving in 2004 when he received a PADI Open Water course as a birthday gift on a trip to Jamaica. It was love at first splash and he became an Advanced Open Water diver the following year and a Rescue diver the year after that. Naturally, Divemaster and Open Water Scuba Instructor followed, and he achieved his Master Scuba Diver Trainer in 2016. Between courses, he has been logging hundreds of dives all over the world. He is also an avid swimming pool diver which is why he teaches SCUBA whenever he has the opportunity. Not known for ever turning down a dive, Marco has the goal of spending at least a year of his life underwater. Many people shout out Marco’s name, expecting him to respond ‘Polo’!  Marco rarely does so, in spite of the fact that he is a direct descendant of the noted Italian adventurer.

Liz

Liz Clark
Instructor

Multi-faceted and multi-talented, Liz is a regular around the dive shop.  When she's not at UADC she's busy writing books and poetry, volunteering as a Dive Team Leader at the NY Aquarium, and teaching the subjects of literature, writing and technology to college students.

 Neil headshotNeil Demaster
Instructor

Neil has dived and traveled extensively during his dive career.  An avid naturalist, rumor has it that he keeps extensive log of all the creatures he encounters in his travels.  Neil is also a volunteer Dive Team Leader at the NY Aquarium, and is now back in school as he works towards a career in wildlife/environmental conservation.

 

Brian Esnes
Divemaster

Brian began his dive training with UADC by taking the Open Water and Advanced Open water classes in July of 2010. During the next 18 months he received his Rescue certification and 9 others including PADI Master Scuba Diver.  Brian recently logged his 100th dive.  His business profession is an IT Director, and when not diving he enjoys golf and kickboxing.

Mike Frost
Instructor

Mike’s background in training and development is a logical fit for his activities as a PADI Instructor.  His day job often sends him to conduct workshops around the world, and he has taken advantage of enjoying the local diving in places such as Thailand, Indonesia, Egypt and Brazil.  Mike also enjoys diving the wrecks off the coast of New Jersey.  “My wife likes it when I bring home dinner!”  Lobster is the usual target.

Bill Garner
Instructor

Bill was first certified in 1974, and for the next five years enjoyed recreational diving in Arkansas's beautiful clear water lakes and and participated in numerous underwater recovery operations in conjunction with Arkansas Law Enforcement. After leaving diving when he started a 30 year career in Information Technology, Bill resumed recreational diving several years ago.  He became an instructor in 2013.

Paul K yellPaul Kneuer
Divemaster

Originally certified in 2005, Paul joined the UADC team in 2013 after achieving his PADI Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster certifications.  Along the way, he earned eight specialties and made over 200 dives in places far and near, including the Galapagos Islands, Central America, the Yucatan, California, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Thousand Islands and the Mediterranean.    But Paul says that some of his favorite dives have been at Dutch Springs, Pennsylvania with newly certified Open Water divers.

Ramas lobsterRamas Liutikas
Instructor

Ramunas, affectionately known as ‘Ramas’ by anyone with sufficient courage, is ‘The Most Competent Man In The World’.  A result of genetic engineering experiments in the former Soviet Union, Ramas possesses superhuman strength, feels no pain, and is able to fix any mechanical object just by staring at it.  In the water, Ramas displays a preternatural calm and competence.  When Ramas submerges, Ramas does not get wet; the water gets Ramas.  Ramas is immune to the bends.  “Hey – you know – nitrogen is just a gas…  Soft.  I crush it,” says Ramas.

 

Rob Morris
Instructor

Rob Morris is The Most Interesting Man In The World.  As a young man, he spent three years riding his bicycle around the world, leading to an appearance on the TV program, To Tell The Truth.  Interestingly, several international incidents of great intrigue occurred in countries at the time Rob was pedaling through, leading to speculation that Rob was under contract with the CIA.  Rob does not talk about this.  Rob loves to tie knots and splice line and is in the habit of offering people his useful creations.   Rob loves sharing his passion for diving, making him a gifted instructor.  "Stay wet my friend", says Rob.

Bridget Neary
Assistant Instructor

Bridget became a PADI certified diver in 2001.  The class was her high school graduation gift.  She then went on to study Marine Science and got into the New Jersey shore diving scene.   Later, Bridget dived in locations that don’t include Raja Ampat, Lake Baikal, and the Arctic Circle.  Instead, she flew around the world for her job with an airline and later joined Underwater Adventures to work in the store.   She completed her PADI Divemaster certification in 2012 and AI in 2015.  In her spare time, Bridget is a Roller Derby Queen, skating under the moniker “Sandy Hook-Her”.

 

Chris Peterson
Instructor

Chris is one of the most interesting people you will likely meet.  In addition to his interest in diving, Chris has a wealth of knowledge on just about any topic having to do with sports, entertainment, or heavy metal.  His body is literally a work of art, which is obvious to anyone taking a class with him.  And he rides a Harley.

Chris Province
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nstructor

Chris did six resort dives with his wife over the years until his wife finally signed them up to get certified while in the Bahamas in 2007.  Since then, he is sure there are times when his wife must question that decision, because almost every weekend during the diving season he is in the water rather than at home mowing grass and doing chores. Chris is now a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and teaches many specialties.  In addition, he is certified as a PADI Tec Gas Blender, PSI Tank Inspector and Scubapro regulator technician. He has been lucky enough to dive many places around the world.  However, as the saying goes, there is no place like home, and his favorite place to dive is the wrecks off the New Jersey coast.

 

Scott Savarese
Instructor

Scott has been diving and teaching at UADC for the past 4 years, and comes with specialty experience in wreck and cave diving.  He is never without his precious drysuit, as he doesn't like to get wet when he dives.

 

Greg headshotGreg Strickland
Divemaster

Newly minted as a DM in 2015, Greg enjoys a wide range of diving, including local dives off the NJ coast.   Don't let the beard fool you, he is only a part-time hockey player.

 

 

Gerry Wilson
Instructor

Gerry grew up on the shores of northern Lake Michigan.  He often saw people scuba diving, always thought he’d like to try it, but never got around to it.  In 1986, during a visit to the Philippines, he decided to try it, then loved it, and decided to get certified.  Twenty years later, he finally got around to it, and became a PADI Open Water Diver.  Gerry met Paul Mickel about a year after Paul opened Underwater Adventures.  Gerry was impressed with Paul and his vision for the shop.  Underwater Adventures isn’t just a business – it is a community of people who enjoy diving and enjoy each other.  This was a community Gerry wanted to be a part of, and help succeed.

Gerry is now a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and has earned many specialty instructor ratings including his favorite – Underwater Digital Photography.  If you are interested in underwater photography, or even if you are just very patient and indulgent, ask Gerry about it.  This will make him happy.

Gerry’s advice for anyone interested in scuba?  Don’t wait twenty years.