John and Abbe founded Atlantic Edge Scuba in 1993. For over 30 years they have taken groups to more than 20 countries worldwide to such exotic diving destinations as Palau, the Red Sea and Maldives. They have been divers at the National Aquarium in Baltimore for over 30 years. They actually met at the Aquarium and were the first to be married underwater at the Aquarium!
Bill's interest in scuba started at Aberdeen University, Scotland back in the 1980s. Bill has been an instructor with Atlantic Edge for over a decade, teaching Open Water through Instructor students. He particularly enjoys coaching both new and experienced divers, and helping them build confidence, skills and competencies. Bill has a background in the technical aspects of the sport, holding an Advanced Rebreather Certification, in addition to his portfolio of Instructor Certifications.
Originally from England, Terry Wells has been with Atlantic Edge Scuba since 2009. Terry has thousands of dives under his belt, instructed countless classes, and has led dozens of scuba trips! Be sure to catch Terry at the local pool, Lake Phoenix, or around the world scuba diving!
Pat has been diving all over the world including Africa, Asia, Australia, Honduras, Mexico, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, and the US West and East Coasts. Pat particularly enjoys diving the wrecks of the Florida Keys.
Pat enjoys meeting fellow divers, comparing dive travels, and learning about new dive destinations.
Mike Mazza is a Master Scuba Diver Instructor, including Emergency First Response and CPR. Mike has embarked on 700 dives all over the world and enjoys teaching others how to safely explore the ocean.
It all started in the 90s on a trip to Acapulco, Mexico that Mike took with a friend. They were relaxing on the beach working on their tans and a guy came up and asked if they wanted to go scuba diving. Mike and his friend decided to go for it. They hopped on a short boat ride, listened to some basic instruction, and dove right in. Fast forward 15 years to 2005 and Mike decided the time was right to get certified, in Runaway Bay, Jamaica.
After getting certified and diving as much as he possibly could with friends and family, Mike decided he wanted to become a professional diver and in 2011, started his dive master training with Atlantic Edge. Mike spent 5 fantastic years as a DM with Atlantic Edge and then turned his interest to teaching, becoming an instructor in 2017 and now a Master Scuba Diver Trainer. He has been working for 11 years with Atlantic Edge and enjoys teaching new and experienced divers about how to navigate shipwrecks, deep diving, O2, Emergency First Response and CPR. Mike has some creative teaching techniques including helping to design a unique zombie-themed program with our shop owner where certified divers learn about zombies and how to search for them, practicing their search and rescue skills.
Diving has a familial aspect to it and is a common language around the world. Some of his favorite places for diving are: Australia, Cozumel, Coiba, and Martinique. One of Mike's favorite spots is in the Bahamas where he hunts lionfish surrounded by many sharks! The best memories he has with diving are the close friendships that he has made and certifying his son!
Leyla started diving in 2008 on a whim and fell in love with that first breath in the pool. She has worked as a diving professional since 2013 and became and instructor in 2017. Of all the places, she’s traveled, Roatan will always be her home away from home and after 15 trips there, the reef still holds more unknown beauty to explore. She can always be found on a dive talking trash to damselfish (the jerks of the sea) or just staring at the beauty of the underwater world!
Meet David! An assistant instructor with us!
David started diving in 1990! He served in the Navy and the Coast Guard before retiring in 2021. Now you can find David in our retail center assisting divers in training and traveling!
David is a gear expert and can help you with any of your scuba gear questions! Stop by and say hi!
Harvey became a diver earning his open water certification in 1983 and advanced open water certification in 1984. He still has his first mask, snorkel, and fins! After a brief hiatus post college, Harvey came back to diving while on his honeymoon in Cozumel in 1994. After diving a couple times a year on vacation, he renewed his advanced open water certification in 2006 with Atlantic Edge. Harvey earned his Dive Master qualifications through Atlantic Edge in 2011. In addition, he earned his Master Scuba Diver certification in 2012 after earning a number of specialty courses through Atlantic Edge. Harvey enjoys assisting in classes and showing guest divers the Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit at the National Aquarium.
When he is not helping instructors with classes, Harvey dives year-round with his son and daughter, who both became divers through Atlantic Edge. Some of these family dives have been in the Florida Keys; Nassau, Bahamas; Hawaii, Burlington, VT; Aruba; and Cancun, Mexico.
Harvey also enjoys diving locally either to gather oysters in winter months, carve pumpkins underwater in October, or just to have fun with family and friends.
When Harvey is not diving, talking about diving, or listening to diving podcasts; he is training for triathlons, running or coaching with one Montgomery County Road Runners, brewing up a refreshing beer, or showing his 1955 Chevrolet Pickup.
Debbie has been an avid diver since 2003! Debbie completed her Divemaster course with Atlantic Edge in 2010 and has been with us ever since. Debbie has traveled the world over the course of her dive career. If you have dive travel questions, she has answers! From the Galapagos to the Red Sea, she knows her dive sites.
Debbie is known for her hot pink fins and expert divemaster skills! What Debbie really loves about being a divemaster is working one-on-one with students to overcome any challenges they might have. Debbie is an expert at helping students become comfortable with diving!
Be sure to dive with Debbie during our dive trips, at the local pools, the National Aquarium, or Lake Phoenix!
Hello I’m Kasim! I started scuba diving in 2016 and I’ve been a divemaster with Atlantic Edge since 2019. I enjoy helping people getting into this sport and love watching students improve their diving skills! My favorite diving location is the EPCOT Dive at Disney World, and the Blue Heron Bridge in West Palm Beach Florida. It’s amazing interacting with the guests at the aquarium, and even cooler to see all the ocean life surrounding us.
Diving since 2002.
Divemaster w/Atlantic Edge Scuba
Education: Studied at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Work: Public Safety for Montgomery County, Maryland
He has been working as a Divemaster with Atlantic Edge for over 7 years now. In that time, he met some incredible people and been to some amazing locations. He dived all over Florida & the Caribbean, from freshwater caverns to the Virgin Islands, and down to Curaçao. He loves to travel and has also visited the Red Sea, Coastal Africa & Macronesia, the California coast, Hawaii, and the Philippines. His passion is underwater photography and marine species identification. You'll never see him underwater without a camera in his hand. He loves sharing his interest with students from Atlantic Edge. He has led workshops and classes on underwater photography and for the past 3 years he has led an Atlantic Edge trip to the more remote sister islands in the Caymans, which offer pristine conditions for photography. He is always interested in discussing photography or marine species - especially nudibranchs!
Places that he has traveled and gone diving:Palau, Chuuk, Roatan, Bahamas, Key Largo, Dominican Republic. Manta rays in Palau, Japanese shipwrecks in Chuuk, Lionfish hunting in the Bahamas with Atlantic Edge!
She started diving in Cape Cod, MA. Since then, she has gone diving in Maryland, Florida, North Carolina, Missouri, Hawaii (where she went from being OW certified to becoming a Divemaster), Fiji, and Australia. She has immensely enjoyed all her diving so far, but she especially love diving wrecks, finding a glorious nudibrach, swimming with sharks, and saying hello to turtles.
She loves meeting divers from different backgrounds and all experience levels. She not only wants to hear all about their scuba adventures, but also likes to learn & teach constantly.
Fascinated by the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau since childhood, Denise always wanted to learn to dive. In 2002 she got her Open Water certification from Atlantic Edge. The Caribbean is her favorite underwater playground, with Roatan and Belize at the top of the list (Cozumel is in 3rd place). She also volunteers to assist divers with physical disabilities and has her Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA) Dive Master certification. Her favorite local dive is the Baltimore Aquarium because the aquatic life is very interactive there. Denise loves helping new open water students obtain their certifications, as diving is her passion. She enjoys sharing dive photos and stories with anyone who will look and listen!
He has been diving in the Bahamas, Cozumel, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, Honduras, Florida Keys, and St. Lucia.
Dive Master for three summers in St. Kitts.
Proposed to his wife while diving.
Ready to dive with new people in new locations.
Cory started diving in 2016 while studying abroad in Bonaire! Cory was lucky to have an amazing mentor who guided and taught him how to be a great diver.
This great mentor really pushed Cory to becoming a divemaster and share his love of diving with everyone he meets!
Cory loves boat dives, but is also a huge fan of all the shore dives in Bonaire.
Originally from Massachusetts, Stephen moved to the DC area in 1983 to attend law school at the Catholic University. He completed his Open Water certification in Costa Rica in 2006!
Stephen discovered Atlantic Edge Scuba through a scuba trip to Bonaire in 2010. Ever since then Scuba Stephen has been part of our team!
Scuba Stephen loves diving the Bloody Bay Wall in Little Cayman and any shore dive in Bonaire!
Originally from Poland, Eggroll has been a certified divemaster since 2017. Eggroll loves to teach! He loves sharing his passion for diving with anyone he meets! His positivity and fun explanations of skills makes learning to dive with this divemaster a blast!
Eggroll loves to dive in Florida, Martinique, Mexico, DR, Bahamas, St. Croix, and of course Lake Phoenix
Peter earned his open water certification in 1985 and dived for a decade or so before his daughter came along. As he was working in Antarctica by that time, he figured he had enough risk in his life and stopped for a few years. Peter started diving again about seven years ago, WITH his daughter, in Malaysia. He earned his Master Scuba Diver and Divemaster ratings through Atlantic Edge. Peter became a divemaster and met his personal goal of doing so two weeks before his 65th birthday! Peter started working at the shop to round out his divemaster education. Although Peter has nothing against warm water, he has dived everywhere from a whitewater river in Idaho to the Galapagos to a flooded mine in Missouri to a kelp forest in California. Peter volunteers at the National Aquarium, behind the scenes in endangered coral propagation and so he HAD to join the shop's coral reef restoration trip in October 2022 to Bonaire.
Amber earned her Open Water ceritification over Memorial Day Weekend in 2021. Once she got her OW, she knew she wanted to be a Divemaster! By the end of 2022, Amber achieved her goal of earning Divemaster!
Amber loves diving and sharing her love of diving with everyone she meets! Be sure to dive with Amber at Lake Phoenix, the local pools, and abroad!
Bob earned his Open Water ceritification over Memorial Day Weekend in 2021. Once Bob started diving, we couldn't keep him out of the water! Bob became a Divemaster with AE in 2022. Bob loves to dive in literaly any body of water, Bob just can't stop diving! Be sure to catch Bob traveling or teaching at Lake Phoenix!
Cindy Fox started SCUBA diving in the 80s and teaching SCUBA in the 90s. She set up a credit and non credit SCUBA programs at Carroll Community College and taught her boss to dive as well as a host of other people. She especially loves working with kids and people with disabilities, so EVERYONE can enjoy the water! These days she enjoys supporting others, working as a DiveMaster for Atlantic Edge in the pools and quarry and escorting divers in the National Aquarium. She loves boats and anything in the Caribbean. "Diving over a wall feels like flying off a cliff. Weightless magic!"
Julian is an Army brat and grew up all over the world. He joined the Army and served for 14 years before joining the team!
Julian has been a certified diver for over ten years and is working towards his goal of becoming an instructor!