Experienced Staff in Key Largo

Our Professional Education Staff consists of 6 PADI Course Directors, 3 of which have been consistently awarded Platinum Status. They are supported by our robust staff of PADI Master Instructors and PADI IDC Staff Instructors. All together they form our dedicated IDC/CDC team and they have come together to create the best real world training environment you could ask for. We put this team together not just because of their experience, but because we believe our team philosophy and approach translates to a better learning experience for our Instructor Candidates.

Our Diving Staff Members:

  • Kirk McFarlin
    Director of Training

    Certifications:

    Side Mount Instructor

    PADI Platinum Course Director

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    Kirk was born in the desert of West Texas where water was merely something that came from a faucet. Kirk was however, drawn to water from the earliest age. He swam competitively through his high school years and his first real job was being a lifeguard and teaching swimming lessons to children. Kirk have always felt at home in the water, but life got in the way and for the majority of his adult life he was a police officer. During his 31 years of police work....

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  • Neil Evans
    PADI Course Director

    Certifications:

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    Neil has always been drawn to the water from an early age whether it be swimming, waterparks, snorkeling, and boating. In 2012 Diving became the next logical step for Neil to take to be in the water more! From his first breaths underwater Neil knew that diving was for him and that he wanted to help others get the same joy that he has while diving.

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  • Jim Wyatt
    PADI Platinum Course Director

    Certifications:

    Rebreather Instructor

    Rebreather Instructor Trainer

    Deep Cave Diving Instructor

    USCG 100T Master Captain

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    Jim was certified as a PADI instructor in 1974 and spent several years in the United States Navy as a Diving/Salvage Officer after graduating from the U.S. Navy's Officer Candidate School. Jim was also trained as a recompression chamber operator/supervisor by the US Navy, where his first assignment to the fleet was as Gunnery Officer on the USS Spiegel Grove, LSD-32 which is now an artificial reef off of Key Largo.

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  • Billy Wise
    PADI Platinum Course Director

    Certifications:

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    Billy's first introduction to scuba came by way of his father. At an early age, Billy assisted his dad on various commercial diving jobs along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In 1978, Billy became a PADI Open Water diver and began exploring recreationally around the globe.

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  • Joel
    PADI Course Director

    Certifications:

    EFR Instructor Trainer

    PADI Freediver Instructor

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    Born a child of the tide with an unrelenting draw to the water, the allure of becoming a scuba diver was more of a calling than anything else.

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  • Jardin Macdonald
    PADI Elite Master Instructor

    Certifications:

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    Jardin came to the United States in 2007 from the sunny shores of Australia where he grew up surfing, surf lifeguarding and working at a customs brokerage. Travelling around the states for 1 year before finally settling on Chicago, he missed living beside the ocean so much that he took up scuba diving in a 40 degree quarry and absolutely loved it!!!

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  • D.J. Wood
    PADI Master Instructor

    Certifications:

    Rebreather Instructor

    USCG 100T Master Captain

    D.J. started diving quite by accident in 1999 when he visited the Florida Keys for Christmas vacation. The resort mixed up his dolphin swim reservations, and they offered to make up for it with a Discover Scuba Class. The rest is history, as they say.

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  • IDC Course Schedule

    We run PADI IDC's about once a month throughout the year, so you are never more than a few days away from our next class cycle!

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  • Career Package Builder

    Use our package wizard to walk you through creating your own custom IDC package of courses, complete with pricing breakdown.

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  • PADI IDC Report

    What is the experience like? Follow all of the days and weeks activities with our IDC staff and candidates.

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  • Featured Specialty Course

    See what our featured specialty of the month is, and learn why it's important to your professional diving career.

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  • Our Next IDC Course:

    Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging,...

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  • Testimonial: John Hanna

    The fact that all of the IDC candidates that made it through the IDC that I audited with Rainbow Reef passed...

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