ShellyP ( Support Staff Team )

  • Intern

    PADI Rescue Diver - Scuba Diving since 2017

    How I came to know and love our underwater world is not like most stories. For me diving was not a life long dream, in fact until 2017 I didn't even like the ocean. When I moved to Florida it took me two weeks to get ankle deep in the ocean! But my mother pushed me to try scuba diving by getting the whole family to pressure me into it. It was one of the greatest things my mother ever did for me. As I went through the training I realized my fear of the ocean was because of sharks. So going into my first ocean dive I was very nervous. Needless to say we drop down into the sand to do some training exercises and I come face to face with a black tip reef shark. My instructor spent next 20 minutes calming me down. Some how I managed to push through and the next thing I knew I was dropping down ship wreck. Again as soon as I hit the sand two bull sharks swim past me. However this time was different, something changed in me and I found myself falling in love with those sharks. Ever since then sharks have become a big part of my life. They aren't big scary monsters out to get us, they are apart of this world just as much as we are. And now I cant imagine a world where I'm not diving. 


    I came to Rainbow Reef Dive Center to continue my dive training and gain specialties in conservation as well as for recreational diving. Rainbow Reef has provided amazing opportunities for growth and knowledge gain. I wanted a career that would allow me to dive for a living and Rainbow Reef has opened the door for me to do so. I never feel like I have learned it all, here I lean something new everyday and will continue to do so. 


    • Favorite Dive Site:

      Spiegel Grove

    • Favorite Specialty Class:

      AWARE Shark Conservation

    • Favorite Fish:

      Hammerhead Shark

    • Favorite Restaurant:

      Rustic Inn Crabhouse

    • Favorite Movie:

      Lord of the Rings

    PADI Specialty Instructor Certifications:

    • Enriched Air/Nitrox Diver

    • Gas Blender

    • PADI Emergency 02 Provider

    • EFR Primary/Secondary Care

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 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-1 Snorkel

    SV-1 Snorkel image - medium The Atomic Aquatics Scupper Valve snorkel design is based on the same principle as the one-way Scupper Valve used in boats. If waves or splashes enter the boat, a one-way rubber flapper located on the deck near the rear of the boat opens to drain the wate...

  • Octopus:

    Aqua Lung Titan / Calypso Octo

    Titan / Calypso Octo image - medium Perfectly compatible with the Titan regulators, this mid sized alternate air source is a high quality, affordable octo. High viz purge cover along with the high viz 39 inch hose makes identifying fast and efficient. The front purge cover is designed for e...

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