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Staff

Capt Pat - Owner

Capt Pat - Owner

Capt Pat is the leader of this motley crew. He is a Panama City Native. The driving philosophy Pat brings to the shop is the idea that we can always do a better job and striving to do so makes us all better people (and businesses). Pat got the scuba bug back in 1991 and has been diving in Panama City ever since. He has thousands of dives locally and loves internationally to experience new diving with his wife, Kate. Spearfishing is his true passion and he has also become actively involved in fisheries management politics for the last decade.

Capt James - Owner

Capt James - Owner

James Green is usually found driving the Steel Slinger on an offshore charter. Although now that he is an partner in the shop you may find him going bald doing payroll in the office too. In addition to being able to reach the items on the top shelf, James brings a solid background in business and finance to the operation having had a career in commercial banking before discovering the dive life. James is father to two dogs and the future boat Captain for the shop, his son Ethan.

Josh Summerville - Captain/Divemaster

Josh Summerville - Captain/Divemaster

Josh is PADI Divemaster, USCG licensed Master Cptain and father of two boys. He is a former Steel-Worker for US Steel and has transformed into an underwater Steel Slinger (boat puns)! He has been diving for over a decade, and first learned how to dive with the well-known shop in Birmingham, Southern Skin Divers. Now with over 1,000 dives in the Gulf of Mexico, he has fully adapted to the laid-back beach lifestyle.

Ben Carpenter- Instructor Trainer

Ben Carpenter- Instructor Trainer

Ben Carpenter holds professional certifications from PADI and SDI and is our lead instructor. Ben is an not just a regular open water instructor though, he is an Instructor Trainer for SDI. Originally from Dothan, Alabama, Ben moved to the beach in 2014. He quickly adapted to the salt life by getting his underwater fix as a freediver, and went to the state park every chance he could get. He always knew he wanted to get scuba certified though and he finally took the plunge and got certified at Panama City Diving! Knowing that diving held a future for him, he advanced quickly over the last few years and went from a regular customer and has become one of Panama City Diving’s Instructors. Ben's love for diving is contagious, and if you hang around him for too long you just might end up becoming a pro too!

Baylee Tindol- Instructor and Manager

Baylee Tindol- Instructor and Manager

Baylee made the transition from customer to staff with the dive shop. Her sister and her earned their certification with Panama City Diving when they were just 15 and Baylee has made scuba a career, logging dives all over the world. She is an instructor with both SDI and PADI. She has her ducks in a row and we were happy to have her join the ranks and help keep us organized above and below the surface.

Mandi Wendt- Master Instructor

Mandi Wendt- Master Instructor

Mandi is a PADI Master Instructor, EFR Instructor Trainer and DAN instructor. She recently added SDI Specialty Instructor to her credentials. She moved here in 2012 from D-town Dallas, where she began her diving career teaching for a scientific diving program at the University of Texas. Mandi has operated as an independent instructor in the area for many of those years until she found her home here! When she’s not blowing bubbles, she’s hanging out with her hubby and two kids.

Bella Masarik - Divemaster Candidate

Bella Masarik - Divemaster Candidate

Bella works full time as a fisheries biologist at the NOAA National Marine Fisheries lab and moonlights with us. She brings her scientific background and love of the marine environment to compliment her fantastic customer service skills in the shop. Bella love animals and is Mom to a cat and a dog.

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