Kell Levendorf, PADI Career Development Director/Risk Manager
PADI Master Instructor
More about Kell Levendorf:
Somewhere in his family archives there is an old B&W photo of Kell Levendorf, circa 1965, watching Sea Hunt on a B&W TV, wearing his bathing suit, "flippers," and with a mask firmly on his forehead, a la Mike Nelson. Fast forward to 1980 and Kell has earned Open Water certification as an elective at American University in Washington, DC and has begun working for a local DC dive shop.
Kell originally began teaching through NASDS, handling all the introductory scuba experiences, and cutting his teeth on the wrecks of New York & New Jersey, Virginia Beach, and North Carolina. He made the switch to NAUI in the mid-80s and taught part-time in the scuba program at the University of Pittsburgh while working in the professional liability insurance and risk management industry. In the last days of the 20th Century, he pulled the plug on corporate life and opted to "retire" and become a full-time dive instructor.
Kell moved to FL on January 1, 2000 to crossover to PADI and has since taken on one of the most varied scuba careers imaginable, with management positions in Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Jupiter, Key Largo and Key West. He has been the Chief Development Officer of PADI's original Career Development Center; owned and operated charter operations in the Palm Beaches; served as Gear Editor of Sport Diver Magazine and ScubaLab Director for Scuba Diving Magazine; was Director of Training for the world's largest scuba retailer; and spent two years as a Forensic Dive Accident Investigator and Risk Management Consultant for the Lloyd's of London insurance markets and their principal defense law firm.
Still playing the role of Rainbow Reef's Risk Manager, Kell is also responsible for promoting professional and career development for our divemaster and instructor candidates.
Specialties: Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE, Deep, Navigation, Night, Search and Recovery, Wreck, Nitrox, Equipment Specialist, Multi-Level Diver, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Photographer, Boat, Coral Reef Conservation, Drift, Medic First Aid, Oxygen First Aid, Tec Gas Blender