James ( Instructors Team )

  • Instructor

    PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer - Scuba Diving since 2010

    • Full FaceMask Instructor

    James Wood has lived and loved the water his whole life. His adventures in the beautiful blue ocean started at the very young age of 4, with his father on Alligator Reef in Islamorada! Snorkeling on the surface, he watching in awe as divers swam below him. James' father introduced him to scuba at 6, in the canal next to their home.  James is a native Floridian that has shared his life in both Florida and Missouri. His diving career started in Missouri where he earned his open water scuba diver certification in Springfield. After his first class, he knew that he wanted to share his passion with others by becoming a Scuba Instructor. He completed his first Instructor course down in the Florida Key's at Hall's International Diving Career Institute. After a grueling course, he earned his instructor rating for both NAUI and SSI. With years of building knowledge and skill of diving and teaching in the midwest, he wanted to come back to his roots in the Key's. He moved to Marathon to continue his career in the warmer/clearer waters of the Atlantic. James came to Key Largo with the intent to keep growing and learning in the industry and found a home at Rainbow Reef. He earned his instructor rating with PADI and is now a Master Scuba Diver Trainer. He plans to become a Course Director and even a Captain. It still stands that James is at peace most in the water!

    • Favorite Dive Site:

      The Duane

    • Favorite Specialty Class:


    • Favorite Fish:

      Hammer Head Shark

    • Favorite Restaurant:

      Mrs. Mac's Kitchen

    • Favorite Movie:

      Endless Love & The Notebook

    PADI Specialty Instructor Certifications:

    • Wreck Diver

    • Deep Diver

    • Enriched Air/Nitrox Diver

    • Boat Diver

    • Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver

    • Night Diver

    • Underwater Navigator

    • Diver Propulsion Vehicle

    • Drift Diver

    • Dry Suit Diver

    • Project Aware

    • Coral Reef Conservation

    • Invasive Lionfish Tracker

    • Dive Against Debris

    • PADI Emergency 02 Provider

    • DAN Emergency 02 Provider

    • EFR Primary/Secondary Care

    • EFR Care for Children

    • Ocean Reef Full FaceMask (IDM)

    • Ocean Reef FFM w/Coms

    • PADI Full FaceMask

My Dive Gear:

  • Regulators:

    Aqua Lung Legend LX

    Legend LX image - medium If the only two things you are concerned about is safety and comfort, look no further. This third generation Legend regulator has the same great breathability as its predecessors but with a new feature. The MBS is the new easy way to adjust the breathing ...

  • BCD:

    Aqua Lung Axiom i3

    Axiom i3 image - medium A feature-rich, ADV style, wrap-around jacket that incorporates the innovative i3 inflation / deflation system (patented). The integrated WraptureTM harness system (pat. pend.) allows you to stand up straight in total comfort while the cylinder remains pe...

  • Dive Computers:

    Suunto D6i Wrist Top Dive Computer

    D6i Wrist Top Dive Computer image - medium The Suunto D6i is the wristop dive computers of choice for those who take their diving seriously. With a new tilt-compensated 3D digital compass and wireless air integration, it's an essential tool when other people rely on your diving skills. The D6i is ...

  • Mask:

    Aqua Lung MicroMask

    MicroMask image - medium The Micromask is a revolution in mask design. Its innovative, patented structure makes it possible for the lenses to fit in the ocular orbit. Never before have lenses been so close to the eyes. This not only results in an amazingly wide peripheral vie...

  • Fins:

    Aqua Lung Express ADJ

    Express ADJ image - medium The Express ADJ fin rep- represents the latest in technology and material innovation. Comfort, power and efficiency are the hallmarks of this propulsion machine. Strap a pair on and see for yourself. ...

  • Snorkel:

    Atomic SV-2 Snorkel

    SV-2 Snorkel image - medium The SV2 includes a Scupper Valve lower section with a sleek semi-dry top. The SV2 semi-dry top employs horizontal vents engineered to diffuse splashed water that would normally freely enter the snorkel top. The small gaps between the vanes of the vent res...

  • Octopus:

    Aqua Lung Legend Octo

    Legend Octo image - medium This balanced second stage is the perfect pairing for the Legend LX regulator. Its breathability is unmatched. In fact, it breathes easier than most primary regulators! Made with the same high quality parts and materials as the Legend LX, quality and dura...

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