Our Team

Bob Kennedy

Bob has been enjoying the island since he was born. As a child BK frequently visited the island to enjoy a day of sailing. He started diving in 1971 and became instantly hooked. After marrying his college sweetheart, Tina, he came to the island to make his way. In 1984 he and Tina started the Catalina Diving Resort out of one of the hotels on the island. Since that time the pair ditched the hotel industry and totally submerged themselves in SCUBA. Now Bob is happiest with a rebreather on his back and a camera in his hands.

Brianna Velasco

Brianna grew up in Avalon then moved to Orange and now attends Saint Joseph’s College in Indiana. Little did she know at 5 years old that her preschool teacher would one day become her boss. Throughout her years at Scuba Luv and now Catalina Divers Supply, Brianna has developed a love for diving and furthered her love of the ocean. When she isn’t in the water, she loves to write novels and music. Despite her distance from Catalina, Brianna always knows her dive family will still be there and looks forward to returning to her island home.

Robert Park

Robert started diving in 2011 and started teaching in October of 2013, both on Catalina.

His favorite dive site is Blue Caverns. Robert's favorite fish is the Giant Black Sea bass and his favorite sea creature is the Mantis shrimp.

Often known as Bobby Bass, Robert loves loves teaching drift diving and his favorite song is Octopus' Garden by the Beatles.

He has traveled to Florida, North Carolina, Oregon, Massachusetts, Maui and Bali, Indonesia.

Tina Kennedy

Tina Kennedy has been diving since 1987, right after the birth of her second child, brrrr-January.

One of her favorite diving experiences was diving in Kona finally with all four of her daughters and husband.  Her eldest daughter was working in Kona, and led them on the dives.

Although she has been in the divemaster program for 20+ years, and am not a insured professional, she loves giving people confidence that they too can experience all the beauty there is to offer in our waters!

She loves diving in the majestic kelp beds.  A dive is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you will find around the corner!

Mark Guccione

Mark has been diving for42 years. His favorite dive experience was certifiying his two sons.

He loves sharing the underwater world with others and his favorite thing about diving Catalina Island is the diversity of experiences. "You never know what you'll see tomorrow."

Jason Manix

Jason has worked in all positions of the dive industry since 1989: scuba technician, videographer, specialty instructor, technical diving instructor and captain. 

Jason's later expereinces include salvage & rigging, inspections, underwater construction, environmental cleanup, hazmat diving, confined space diving, deep mixed gas, contaminated water diving, boat handling, movie stuntman and underwater model. 

As an original member of the first ScubaLab, with Jon Hardy, Jason was a technical coordinator and tester for 10 years, traveling around the world doing accident investigation, expert witness work, consulting and writing.

Jason has logged more than 15,700 dives with multiple dives below 220 fsw. 

Joel Wilson

Joel started diving in 2012 in Thailand and it was love at first dive. He quickly accumulated dives and experience while backpacking around Southeast Asia and Australia, eventually earning his PADI Dive Master and Instructor certification in the Philippines in 2014.

After a brief teaching stint in Buffalo, Joel returned to the Philippines where he taught PADI courses and guided divers on the Japanese World War II wrecks of Coron for two years before moving to Catalina.

He loves introducing people to the wonders of the underwater world and watching them go from anxious to amazed. 

His favorite thing about diving Catalina Island is the healthy and abundant marine environment steps from the shore and of course our famously friendly giants, the Giant Sea Bass.

Jerry Motter

Jerry began diving in 1982 in Kona, HI with a two-tank introductory dive.  Ten years later, he completed introductory dives with each of his three sons at the famous Casino Dive Park (pre-stairs.)  Ten years after those dives, Jerry discovered that his youngest had become certified, inspiring Jerry to get busy.  He obtained his PADI OW certification in April 2011, followed by his AOW in May 2011.  Jerry continued diving Catalina, Anacapa, Santa Cruz Islands, and Wreck Alley out of San Diego, completing the Rescue Diver Course, plus enough dives and PADI specialties to qualify as a PADI Master Scuba Diver.
Jerry and is wife Denise retired to Catalina Island in November 2016 to the home that has been in Denise’s family since her great-grandmother.  When they are not traveling, Jerry greets our guests that come ashore from the cruise ships and directs them to fun-filled days of diving, snorkeling or just out on the Scuba Cat looking for marine life.
One of Jerry’s most exciting diving experiences was a trip to the Cayman Islands in October 2018 with his son Jonathan for a week of diving aboard the Aggressor V liveaboard dive boat.  Even though the waters were warm, he still enjoys diving the kelp forests we have right here on Catalina Island.  He enjoys “tagging along” with our Instructors and Dive Masters and has met many interesting people from all over.  He also enjoys taking photographs and videos during his dives and looks forward to honing his skills even more.

Elaina Thomas

After finishing high school Elaina ran off and joined the circus! After four years, 6 countries, and thousands of High Diving Shows she retired from acrobatics and moved to the island to be closer to her family. Now, she enjoys scuba diving below the water, instead of high diving above it. She still can't decide which type of diving she loves more.

Larry Harris

Larry has been diving since 2005. 

As a dive professional, he is re-energized by seeing the excitement of both new and experienced divers. 

For him, the best part of diving around Catalina Island is the diversity of dive sites as well as the different divers that are attracted to the island. 

Larry's favorite dive experience was discovering a field of Gurney sea pens at 130 feet below a huge 60 foot arch. 

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