October of 2017 begins the 7th year of owner at Off The Wall Divers for Tom, and the company has grown to a “2-boat” operation with five (5) employees
Following college, Tom got into the travel business working as an agent, and later, with COMAIR, a Delta Connection Carrier. Following the corporate world, Tom recalls, “throwing up my hands and saying ‘what do I want to do'”.
Tom gained his instructor in 1995 and went to work in 1996 at Red Sail Sports in Cayman where he spent six months.. Following 18 months in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Tom was brought back to Cayman, where he worked for Parrots Landing and Tortuga Divers. before managing the business office for eight years at the Cayman Aggressor IV.
After 1.5 years away, Tom returned to Cayman with Off The Wall Divers.
When not diving in Cayman, Tom is usually diving somewhere else around the world or snow skiing. Another love of Tom’s is the CM Ranch in Dubois, WY. This area of the country was introduced to the him as a youngster and in the 70s, Tom even worked on the ranch. Now, Summer is not complete without a visit to beautiful area of the US.
Diving locations: Key Largo and the East Coast of Florida, Dominica, Honduras, Belize, Galapagos, Ireland, North Carolina, BVIs, USVIs, Cozumel, Micronesia (Yap, Chuuk, Palau), and the Philippines.
Hobbies: Music of the 60s, 70s, and Carolina Beach music; Royal Doulton collection (over 700 pieces – including numerous prototypes of MLB Baseball Teams and British Football Teams). Snow skiing is a great “release”.
Nakai Coni is a true Caymanian. . . . born and raised not only in Cayman, but under the water. His father, Sergio, is the well-respected manager of Don Foster’s Dive, where he has served for over 25 years.
Receiving his instructor at age 18, Nakai worked for his father before joining Off The Wall Divers.
When asked for a short bio, Nakai eloquently wrote: ” born on Grand Cayman, I’ve been fascinated by the ocean. . . looking for small sea creatures and being able to be surrounded by the beauty of the ocean. On my time off, I search for surf or sit back and relax on the beaches here.”
Surfing, his career in diving, and star gazing are a few hobbies Nakai enjoys, along with all types of music.
Originally hailing from the North Side of Chicago, Illinois, this “city girl” migrated to a small Caribbean island off the coast of Honduras, one of the Bay Islands, Utila. Here, Maria discovered her dream of becoming a dive instructor.
After working several dive shops and resorts she hopped aboard the Utila Aggressor and began the next phase of her diving exploration, live aboards and yachts. Yacht hopping allowed Maria to discover several amazing dive destinations she had never imagined. From The Bay Islands to Turks and Caicos, St. Maarten, Saba, St.Kitts, Nevis and even a private yacht in Singapore and Bali. After a four (4) year career on yachts, Maria was looking to return to a land-based life. This brought her to the island of Grand Cayman where she found the perfect balance for her dive career while also being able to partake in her other hobbies like yoga, fitness, cycling and lazy days on the beach
Maria’s previous “life” was about the theatre and stand-up comedy. Come join her for some awesome Cayman diving and if you are doing dive training, Maria is an SSI and PADI instructor.
Returning to Cayman for break from the dive industry, Celeste elected to stay, and thus has joined Off The Wall Divers (OTWD) for a six (6) month period.
No stranger to the Cayman Islands, Celeste has been visiting the island paradise since she was a youngster. Her grandparents lived her and this is where she learned to love diving. It was not long before Celeste completed her instructor training and went to work for a couple of small operators on the island. She knows the reefs and the dive sites.
Seeking something more, Celeste work for a liveaboard in Australia and did whale shark work in Exmouth, Western Australia. Next, she joined the Aggressor Fleet (Bahamas), before landing on her feet with the Turks & Caicos Explorer.
“I would hire her before anyone else I have ever worked with in the dive industry,” commented a fellow employee. “She was brilliant with people and serious about her diving and teaching duties.
You will see Celeste guiding dives, teaching and running a boat, and we welcome her to Off The Wall Divers.
NOTE: Celeste is “on-leave”, as she is completing an EMT course in the US in September, and doing some much-deserved travel in late September and October. We look forward to her return in November.
Off the Wall Divers staff are friendly, fun, and competent. We dove with them after a recommendation of a friend who has been diving with them for over 10 years, if not longer! Great service all around. We were picked up right on time at our hotel, and taken care of from start to finish with gear, snacks, and friendly dive masters. …My only complaint was that my visit was too short to go back and do more dives!! I’ll definitely dive with them again if I’m ever lucky enough to make it back to Cayman.
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