Meet the Team
Melissa Barnes has been diving since 2007. She is an architect during the day and moonlights as an Instructor. She assists with classes and runs our Refresher course for rusty divers. Melissa also enjoys traveling, watching the Phillies and Flyers and playing softball and football when not in the water. Melissa@Scubadelphia.com
Dave Barnes is a proud member of Glaziers Local 252 and District Council 21. He has been diving since 1995. Dave is a PADI Course Director and teaches beginner scuba through instructor levels. When he’s not diving, Dave also enjoys flying airplanes, watching the Phillies and Flyers and traveling. Dave@Scubadelphia.com
Obie & Owen
Obie (left) is the shop Guard Dog. His main job is to make people smile. When he isn’t working he loves to play fetch and bounce balloons off of his nose. Obie is the highest paid member of our staff. Owen (right) is the newest member of our staff. His main job is to greet people at the door. He enjoys sleeping in the sun and stealing toys from Obie when he has some down time from work
Divemaster. Adriana is a bilingual (Spanish) Divemaster and EFR Instructor who’s been diving since 2013. You may find her helping customers at the shop or assisting at the pool or Dutch Springs. She also works in harm reduction outreach and can provide NARCAN training during EFR courses.
Divemaster. Starting diving in 98, has dove NJ wrecks, Caribbean, Hawaii, FL Caves, but prefers the great lakes ship wrecks. He will be most commonly found on the phone in front of the computer making non local customers happy.
Divemaster. Originally from the Bronx, NY, where there wasn’t a large need for scuba divers. My scuba adventure began in 1981 and I’ve been lucky enough to dive many parts of the planet; from California to Australia, Cape Cod to the Caribbean and a few places in between.
Dive Master. Dorothy Lehman is a Dive Master who started diving in 2014 after taking Discover Scuba Diving in Saint Thomas. She enjoys sharing her love of diving with students. She likes diving in warm tropical waters and seeing various tropical fish, but has also grown to love the wrecks off the New Jersey coast.
Instructor. Jerry started diving in 2012 while on vacation in the Dominican Republic. He has found a passion for teaching others how to scuba dive and hope everyone will find as much enjoyment in the sport as he does. When not diving, he devotes his time to public safety, and hopes he can intertwine the two passions soon.
Divemaster. Don started his scuba diving journey with Scubadelphia in 2014. His favorite dive locations are Bonaire and the Socorro Islands. He works as a management consultant and has a passion for spearfishing and searching for gold.
JANINE, MS OTR/L
Instructor. Janine is currently a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and a newly certified technical diver. Her most memorable diving experience thus far was learning to hand feed Caribbean Reef Sharks while taking a course with Cristina Zenato in the Bahamas. Janine is the founder of the Miss Scubadelphia Advanced Training Grant, The Nicole Rhoads Foundation for Empowerment, the Facebook group “Women of NE Diving” and is passionate about making diving a more accessible sport for everyone by using her skills as an occupational therapist.
Instructor. John completed his open water certification in 2016 while vacationing in Key West, FL, and immediately fell in love with scuba diving. Born and raised in NE Philly he was happy to find further instruction and experience, right in his hometown, with Scubadelphia. Working as a Critical Care Registered Nurse and an Instructor, John finds great fulfillment in helping others on land, as well as in the water. John’s favorite diving includes: any dive with sharks, New Jersey wreck diving, trips to North Carolina, and Liveaboards. John plans to continue to learn from the great expertise the Scubadelphia staff has to offer.
Assistant Instructor. I first tried Scuba many years ago, while vacationing in the warm Caribbean. Immediately, I fell in love with the freedom offered by this sport. The beauty and the exhilaration of underwater exploration inspired me to share my passion with others. My goal is to guide beginners unfamiliar with the sport, so that Scuba becomes their favorite life-long hobby.” Victor is a Russian speaking Assistant Instructor.
I am an IDC Staff instructor who loves to share my passion of scuba with my students. I am also a regulator and drysuit technician. I love diving the New Jersey ship wrecks and spearfishing for fluke, flounder, sea bass, tautog and monkfish. Of course I love traveling and diving clear, warm, blue water too. Let’s go diving!!
"In Memorium" Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Tec Deep Instructor and Tec Trimix Instructor. A frequent diver in Central and South America, he loves diving and wants to introduce others to the awesome adventures of the deep. When not diving, he has a regular day job of Investment Portfolio Management.