D.J. Wood, AKA "Oz"


    • PADI Master Instructor

    • USCG 100T Master Captain

    More about D.J. Wood:

    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. He liked diving so he decided to get certified. A native of NJ, he flew down to Key Largo numerous times to dive over the next couple of years and eventually decided to sell his Internet consulting firm, leave the rat race behind and start a dive business.

    The mission was to create the dive center everyone wanted to dive with, and the one everyone wanted to work with.

    D.J. became a PADI OWSI in 2002 and a USCG 100 Ton Master Captain in 2003. He enjoyed teaching a variety of classes so he focused on continuing education such as AOW and specialty certifications. Rainbow Reef became a PADI 5-Star IDC in 2004 when they hired there first Course Director and began Instructor training. D.J. helped staff some of the IDCs and taught hundreds of recreational classes and became a PADI Master Instructor in 2006.

    As Rainbow Reef grew, D.J. slowly shifted from being Captain and an Instructor to mainly focusing on marketing, managing and building the systems that run Rainbow Reef. Today you can see him doing anything from fixing a compressor, to making a reservation and everything in between.

    Photograph of D.J. Wood, Oz in Key Largo, Florida Keys
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