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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 traveling 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 is usually found driving the Steel Slinger on an offshore charter. Although, now that he is a 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 a 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 a PADI Divemaster, USCG licensed Master Captain, 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 holds professional certifications from PADI and SDI, and is our lead instructor. Ben is 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 to 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 recently made the transition from customer to staff with the dive shop. She earned her certification with Panama City Diving when she was just 15 years old. Baylee has made scuba diving a career, logging dives all over the world. She is an instructor with both SDI and PADI, as well as a Marine Biologist. 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 and is working on becoming a Course Director and Instructor Trainer. 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 two kids. 

Greg Murphy PhD- Technical Instructor

Greg Murphy PhD- Technical Instructor

Greg is a transplant to the Florida Panhandle from the great white Upper Pennisula of Michigan. Greg is a great mix of both the serious and fun sides of diving. As a matter of principal you will almost always encounter Greg in his flip flops, which is his way of celebrating the escape from snow. The US Navy lets us borrow Greg from the Experimental Diving Unit, where he works his day job, whenever we need him for a deeper dive into dive theory.. Presently Greg teaches our Sidemount, Advanced Nitrox, Decompression Procedures, and Trimix programs. 

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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.

Chris Maday- Divemaster Candidate

Chris Maday- Divemaster Candidate

Proud father of 3 wonderful girls. Chris spent 6 years in the Navy as an aviation hydraulic tech before owning a cabinet shop for 35 years and worked part time at UPS for 18 years. He retired 5 years ago and moved to PCB and discovered scuba diving a year ago and fell in love with and now works with a bunch of great people and a great dive shop.

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Jen Herting- Staff

Jen Herting- Staff

Jen Herting is a transplant from southern New Jersey and moved to Panama City January 2021. Jen has been a full time fisheries biologist for 8 years and is a working diver at the NOAA National Marine Fisheries lab while moonlighting at the dive shop. Having a background in marine science and previous diving experience, Jen brings some serious A game to the dive shop's staff.

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