Joel 'Leprechaun' ( Course Directors Team )

  • Course Director

    PADI Course Director - Scuba Diving since 2013

    • Sidemount Diver Instructor

    • Full FaceMask Instructor

    • Tec 40 Dive Instructor

    • Free Dive Instructor

    Born a child of the tide with an unrelenting draw to the water, the allure of becoming a scuba diver was more of a calling than anything else. Joel grew up as a lad in the north shore of Massachusetts, just outside of Boston, and as such, is very proud of his Scotch-Irish heritage. Tired of a career in a cubicle behind a computer as an analyst, Joel aggressively pursued many of the various adventures diving had to offer.

    Since his inception into the world of scuba in 2013, Joel has been diving all around Florida, in the Dominican Republic, and Maldives. After his world travels in diving, he continued his education where he became an instructor in the summer of 2015 through the Rainbow Reef Dive Center IDC. Three months later, Joel was added to the Rainbow Reef team, and three months after that, established himself as an IDC Staff Instructor. Three years after becoming an entry-level Open Water Scuba Instructor, he had the honor of becoming a PADI Course Director with a passion for diver education.

    Joel is a fan of diving all over the sites off of Key Largo, especially the Spiegel Grove, SS Benwood, Snapper Ledge, a drift dive along Woody's Ledge, and Logan's Run on Molasses Reef.

    Joel is always excited to teach, particularly the specialties of Full Face Mask, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Deep Diver and Wreck Diver. He is all about safety first, fun always!

    • Favorite Dive Site:

      Spiegle/Benwood

    • Favorite Specialty Class:

      Full Face Mask/Wreck/Self-Reliant

    • Favorite Fish:

      Scorpionfish

    • Favorite Restaurant:

      The Fish House

    • Favorite Movie:

      Boondock Saints

    PADI Specialty Instructor Certifications:

    • Wreck Diver

    • Deep Diver

    • Enriched Air/Nitrox Diver

    • Boat Diver

    • Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver

    • Night Diver

    • Search & Recovery Diver

    • Self Reliant Diver

    • Sidemount Diver

    • Altitude Diver

    • Underwater Naturalist

    • Underwater Navigator

    • Digital Photo/Video

    • Drift Diver

    • Dry Suit Diver

    • Project Aware

    • Coral Reef Conservation

    • Invasive Lionfish Tracker

    • Dive Against Debris

    • Fish Identification

    • Shark Conservation

    • Whale Shark Awareness

    • Coral Watch Health Chart

    • Sea Turtle Awareness

    • Tec SideMount Diver

    • Tec 40 Diver

    • Tec 45 Diver

    • Tec 50 Diver

    • TecRec Deep

    • PADI Emergency 02 Provider

    • EFR Primary/Secondary Care

    • EFR Care for Children

    • Ocean Reef Full FaceMask (IDM)

    • Ocean Reef FFM w/Coms

    • PADI Full FaceMask

    • Spiegel Grove Diver

    • Basic Free Diver

    • Open Water Free Diver

    • Advanced Free Diver

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 Dimension i3

    Dimension i3 image - medium The Dimension i3 is a back inflation BCD with an integrated i3 inflation/deflation system. The integrated Wrapture(tm) harness system allows you to stand up straight with comfort and control. Loaded with features, with high quality materials ...

  • Dive Computers:

    Suunto D9tx Wrist Top Dive Computer

    D9tx Wrist Top Dive Computer image - medium Want to make a statement about the diver you are? Featuring a titanium frame, the durability is unmatched. The bracelet can even be equipped with titanium! It also comes with the sapphire glass face that is almost indestructible. Gas switching between 8 g...

    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:

    Atomic SubFrame

    SubFrame image - medium The Atomic Aquatics SubFrame Mask is so durable, it carries a Lifetime warranty against frame breakage. The strength comes from the internal frame (subframe) molded directly beneath the surface of the silicone rubber skirt (patent pending). This subframe ...

  • 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...

Rainbow Reef Dive Center Barracuda