Joe began his journey as a PADI instructor in the early 80's, finding passion and adventure in scuba diving. He opened Divers Two in 1983 and for years has spread his love for scuba to generations of divers, both recreational and technical. He has decades of experience in not only education, but in the service of your life support. His philosophy is positivity and that the shop is a diving family.
Anne has been surrounded by water her whole life for sport, work, and competition. She starting diving in 2012 and is currently a PADI Dive Master. You'll find Anne buzzing around the shop in service & sales roles, as well as keeping Joe in check..
Dan Lieb has been employed at Divers Two since 2014. Certified as a PADI SCUBA Diver at age 17 in 1974, Dan has over 2,250 scuba dives from Canada to the Caribbean. He holds a PADI DIVERMASTER certification. He is president of the New Jersey Historical Divers Association, Inc. (NJHDA). A trained technical illustrator, he has worked on 30 archaeological expeditions recording shipwrecks. Dan has identified 14 shipwrecks off New Jersey and lectures extensively on shipwreck history. He ran a mapping expedition for NOAA in 2014 to record the remains of the Coast Survey steamer “Robert J. Walker.” He has written and illustrated numerous articles on New Jersey shipwrecks including Wreck Diving and Skin Diver magazines, and several books on New Jersey wreck diving. Dan appeared on the History Channel’s “Deep Sea Detectives” featuring the sunken locomotives off Long Branch. He is also the director and curator of the New Jersey Shipwreck Museum at InfoAge in Wall, New Jersey, and a member of the Explorers Club.
PADI MASTER INSTRUCTOR/ TRAINING DIRECTOR
Sharon has been diving since 2000 and is in love with the underwater world! Ever since her first breath underwater, she was hooked, it is her passion and her world!
In 2016 she reached the PADI Master Instructor rating which is a great accomplishment in her professional SCUBA career!
To this day you can still find Sharon teaching a variety of SCUBA courses, traveling to many exotic location as a trip leader for the shop, as well as being the Training Director for Divers Two. Sharon is also the co-founder and President of Warhorse SCUBA - a non profit, dedicated to helping out combat veterans through aquatic therapy.
Sharon ❤'s SCUBA!
Steve received is Basic open water certification in 1982, Divemaster in 1987 and instructor in 1997 becoming a Master instructor 2007. Steve was Training Director for Divers Two from 2001 to 2012. Steve Also helped crew on allot of different dive charter boats throughout his career.
Steve's passion has always been to teach everyone the sport he loves, to allow them experience the underwater world that he so loves. To maybe, just maybe change their lives for the better as it has done for him.
PADI IDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR
Born & raised in Brooklyn , NY, I spent most of my childhood and teenage years near and around the sea. Whether it was nature walks through the marshland water front of Sheepshead bay or fishing the Hamptons for a weekend... Most of my free time was spend by the Sea
My favorite TV series is "The Undersea World of Jacques Coustea." Each episode aired once a week and after I watched it, I couldn't wait for the week to pass so I could watch the next episode! Also, the name of Jacqes Coustea's research vessel "Calypso" made a lasting impression on me.
My favorite movie is "Jaws". Not too long after Jaws was released I moved from Brooklyn to NJ. It was at that time that I walked into Divers Two.
Divers Two Changed my life!!! As soon as i entered Divers Two, I was greeted by the most kind, friendly, courteous and professional group of people I ever met. As I browsed the store, something caught my eye. It was like a mini yellow UFO was in the display case. I asked the owner what is that? He said is is a sony underwater housing and a sony 8mm video camera so people can take a video underwater. OMG!! I knew nothing aout diving but I bought the housing and the camera. I had to have it! After I took the camera home I said now what? So I went back to Divers Two and asked how I can make underwater movies like Jacques Coustea, and that was the start of my new life.
Divers Two certified me and they took me diving. They taught me more then I could ever imagine. Til this day, I still have the same amount of love and respect for the staff, the shop and the owner.
Craig is a veteran dive instructor who can usually be found offshore. Teaching advanced courses and specialties at D2 (three of which he has authored), Craig loves the challenge of North Atlantic wreck diving and has spent the better part of the last 25 years exploring New Jersey’s wonderful shipwrecks.
Craig is Co-Leader of an expedition seeking to identify two shipwrecks off the coast of New Jersey.
“I work very hard and take great pride in seeing my students exceed what they thought possible. Together, we find what’s over their horizon!”
PADI IDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR
Jeremy was introduced to diving at the age of 13 at his summer camp. After his first breath underwater, he knew he was hooked. After getting certified in college in 1999, he knew he had to help introduce others to the wonderful world of diving! Jeremy pursued this goal by becoming a divemaster in 2003, an instructor in 2005 and an IDC Staff Instructor in 2020. Most of Jeremy’s extensive dive experience is off the beaches and in the inlets and bays of New Jersey. However, he has logged some time underwater in the St. Lawrence River between Canada and the US, and the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Some day he will get to the crystal clear blue water of the Caribbean.
Jeremy lives for wreck diving and loves nothing more than seeing the various wrecks that are available locally. He takes nothing but pictures and leaves nothing but bubbles, and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Qualified to teach : dry suit, nitrox, underwater navigator, wreck, deep, night, and search and recovery.
PADI OPEN WATER INSTRUCTOR
Kayla has been certified since 2012 when she completed her open water certification. She went on to become a divemaster in 2017 and finally an instructor in 2018. She has been teaching ever since and loves it. Sharks are her favorite!!
PADI MASTER INSTRUCTOR
Rich is a PADI Master Instructor and has been with Divers Two for the last 14 years. Rich also teachs for the National Boy Scouts of America at the Florida Sea Base in Islamorada, Florida. Rich is very much into coral reef conservation and underwater photography. Although Rich loves diving in the Florida Keys, the Jersey shore is his home and he loves to dive here every chance he gets. Rich has been very lucky to have had the most amazing instructors from Divers Two who guided me all the way on my path to becoming a PADI Professional.
Ever since my first resort dive in Aruba May of 1992. I knew my happy place was beneath the Sea. There were a number of dive shops in the area, but after I met with Joe Skimmons, owner of Divers Two, my search was over. That was 29 years ago and a 1000 plus dives later. During that time, my recreational dive career lead me to achieve the level of Master Scuba Diver. But my love for the sport lead me down a professional path. I have achieved my instructor certifications from PADI, SDI/TDI and Sidemount Essentials. (Steve Martin) Over the years, I developed severe knee and back deterioration, so diving doubles was out of the question. But that didn’t stop my participation in the sport I love, I knew Sidemount diving was the way to go. So I have my Instructor Specialties in Sidemount Technical Diving and my journey continues, and so can Yours! Let me show you how through Sidemount Scuba Diving.
PADI Assistant Instructor
Diving with Drivers Two since the age 12, Adam had accumulated almost as much time underwater as on solid ground. With almost thirty years of diving experience all over the world he will still tell everyone that his favorite place to dive is New Jersey. He has been known to hijack dinner conversations talking about his favorite wreck dives off the Jersey coast. He has a passion for teaching others the world of scuba and instilling the confidence to dive safely. Now it is his mission to certify all four of his children to enjoy the world under the surface.
Nick began diving in 2009 because of his love for the ocean and his urge to help the Community as a Public Safety Diver. He began volunteering as an EMT and PSD with Lincroft First Aid and Rescue Squad. He became a PADI certified Assistant Instructor in 2018 with DiversTwo. Nick graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy with a BS in Logistics and Intermodal Transportation, and works in the maritime industry as a Second Mate with Masters, Mates, & Pilots. He continues to pursue his hobby of diving by helping the environment with Crew 3000, a nonprofit dive group that helps build coral farms and promote ocean conservation. Since his diving career started he has traveled to many different dive sites around the world including diving Silfra in Þingvellir National Park, Iceland. Nick’s passion is underwater photography and loves to teach it too while on trips with DiversTwo. Check him out on Instagram! @nickspics91
PADI ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR
Bud is an AI (Assistant Instructor) with Divers Two. He started diving in 2000, became a Divemaster in 2016, and in 2020 earned his AI certification.,
Bud’s dive experience includes many liveaboard dive trips in many locations across the globe. Bud is an underwater photographer, and he loves taking photos of marine life and the underwater environment.
“I feel that the experiences I’ve had during my years of diving in varied locations and conditions is beneficial in working with students, as I can pass on some of my personal experiences to enhance their classroom learning.”
“I love working with students, and feel privileged to work with some very talented and humble instructors at Divers Two.”
PADI ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR
Kelly began diving in 2016 and has been hooked ever since! Through scuba she's had the opportunity to dive in incredible places such as Costa Rica, Australia, Indonesia, Tobago, Saba and Cozumel but she will always call diving in New Jersey home. In 2020 she completed both her Divemaster and Assistant Instructor certifications. She's always excited to jump in the water and identify all the fun creatures under the sea!
PADI ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR
Lorie completed her Advanced Open Water with Divers Two in 2017 and immediately fell in love with all things SCUBA. Knowing this is something that she needed to be a part of she further her education by completing her AOW in 2017, her Rescue in 2018, Divemaster 2019 and now is an Assistant Instructor with Divers Two. She is an enthusiastic diver who is eager to help students find their underwater comfort zone. She enjoys working with all students, but is especially sensitive to new or returning divers who might be second-guessing their capabilities.
John enjoys a lifelong passion for all things involving the ocean including SCUBA diving for which he has been active in for well over a decade. As a Divemaster at D2 John splits his time between supporting the D2 instructor staff with the development of new divers and introducing experienced divers to our local waters through guided tours of our many offshore wrecks. John is currently the president of the Ocean Wreck Divers (http://www.oceanwreckdivers.com) and partners with Craig and Dan on various expeditions to identify unknown shipwrecks off our beautiful coast.
My name is Victoria (Vic), my philosophy with diving is take it one step at a time, keep breathing and live in the moment. My favorite part of teaching SCUBA is watching people's confidence increase every time they get into the water, and I love being part of that journey. Sea Turtles, Sharks, seals, whales, and Octopus are some of my favorite oceanic critters, but I love them all!
Specialties: Sea Turtle Awareness, AWARE Shark Conservation, AWARE Whale Shark Conservation, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, Project Aware, Boat, Deep, Drysuit, Drift, Dive against Debris, Enriched Air, Equipment, Peak Performance, & Wreck
Glenn began his diving career in 2018 and quickly fell in love with the freedom of being underwater. Inspired to continue his training, Glenn dedicated himself to taking a wide variety of advanced courses and quickly earned both his Dive Master certification as well as the Master Diver credential in 2019.
Glenn is equally at home working with new divers in a pool as well as advanced divers offshore! He is a member of an expedition that is engaged in identifying two shipwrecks off the Jersey coast.
“I cherish every moment underwater I can get. I hope to inspire other divers to do the same!”
PADI ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR
Pat Re-entered the water in 2018 with his older daughter Cassidy under the supervision of Sharon Patterson of Divers Two. Since that time Pat has completed his advanced open water, rescue diver, and divemaster training. Pat has also completed his training in the PADI Dry suit specialties course. He enjoys going to the warm waters of Aruba, Turks and Caicos, Cozumel to enjoy the incredible sea life, but also has tried the cooler water of Dutch Springs, Pa and just off the coast of New Jersey. Pat will be continueing his education and starting his Assistand Instructor training soon.
Danny started his diving career in 2017 through a Warhorse SCUBA scholarship sponsored by Divers Two. Diving has been an intricate part of his therapy as a combat veteran and has created a passion in him to help others and share his love of diving. Now as a PADI Divemaster Danny is very involved with all Diver Two activities and classes.
Johna began her scuba diving adventure in 2018. From starting the first pool session for her PADI open water certification to now being a PADI assistant instructor in training, nothing has been the same. Johna has always had a passion for teaching stemming from her career as a master hairstylist/mentor for the new generation entering the industry. So when the opportunity to assist new divers learn how to dive she just couldn’t resist. Since her first breath under water to now seeing new divers take first breaths under water her passion has grown and scuba has become her favorite hobby as well. Adventure and being outside have always been a big part of her life. Some of her other hobbies include snowboarding, riding her motorcycle, hiking, indoor rock climbing, boating and travel. Some of her adventures for scuba diving include the trips she took with Divers Two to Tobago, Saba and Cozumel. Johna’s father was a scuba diver and urged her to try it out as she was a little hesitant at first, she could not be more thankful for his encouragement now seeing how life changing being underwater can be. A quote that has resided with her for a long time reads, “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire” - Jennifer lee.
PADI ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR
I began diving as a teenager and a year after my high school graduation I earned my PADI Open Water Certification. I had always been fascinated by the sea and watched Jacque Cousteau on TV every chance I could get. It held a sense of mystery and adventure filled with exotic life and treasures yet to be discovered. The oceans’ have their shipwrecks and each one has a unique story about their voyages, their crew and what happened to them. The more I learned the more I wanted to know. Over the years I have had the opportunity to dive in some beautiful dive destinations throughout the Caribbean, Central America as well as right here in New Jersey, enjoying each locale’s unique character and charm. By the time I met Joe Skimmons at Divers Two I had already made up my mind that I wanted SCUBA to play a greater role in my life. Joe and the staff helped me move forward and become a Divemaster in 2019 and an Assistant Instructor in 2020. All of which makes me want to become more involved in diving. I also really enjoy working with student divers as they take their first breaths while submerged underwater, an act that takes a giant leap of faith to perform initially. SCUBA diving allows you to gaze into a world that is hidden for most people. Just under the waves is an entire universe of alien beings, strange creatures, and life forms whose lineage dates back millions of years. As the great Cousteau once said,
“The sea, once it cases it’s spell, holds one in it’s net of wonder forever.” See you on the dive boat…
Maureen and Steve Langevin are PADI instructors, technical divers, US Coast Guard licensed Captains, Expedition Leaders, videographers and Film Producers. They founded Dive Voyager Expeditions, a company that specializes in scuba instruction and documentary film-making. They introduce students to diving in the Northeast US aboard their dive boat “Voyager”.
Together they produce films to entertain audiences about our amazing undersea world and rich maritime history. Their work has been featured on TV, in magazines & newspaper articles, at dive events and film festivals. Maureen received a highly coveted recognition for her achievements and contributions in 2011 by being inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame.
Julia’s first experience with scuba, which was when she also fell in love with the sport, was when her dad held a pony bottle in the shallow end of her pool and let her breathe underwater when she was just 5 years old. Julia has been certified since 2020, and is now a divemaster as of August 2022. Of course, she also considers Diver’s Two her second family! On occasion you may see Julia in the shop helping a customer, and again in the pool helping the Instructors as a Divemaster! When not helping with a class, Julia loves to do inlet dives and will show everyone under water even the least interesting of “underwater discoveries” (Usually, this includes tickling the sleeping fluke or sword fighting with a passing crab.) Julia is currently working towards a degree in Marine Biology at Nova Southeastern University in Florida and plans to use all of her knowledge and experience acquired through her years diving with D2 so far to help restore and replant the coral reefs.
PADI ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR
Al began his diving journey in 2018 when he completed his Open Water Certification along with his wife and son. His Open Water training quickly sparked his love for SCUBA. Over the next three years he completed various advanced certifications and completed his Dive Master Certification in the summer of 2022. Through the years, Al logged many local shore and boat dives, fresh water quarry dives and furthered his knowledge and skills while diving in Roatan, the Bahamas, Cozumel and Costa Rica. Al’s experience has helped him achieve advanced levels of certification while allowing him to continue to cultivate his love for SCUBA.
Al is currently engaged in the Assistant Instructor Program and is on track to complete the certification requirements by the summer of 2023.
PADI - DIVEMASTER
Chris Garrick - Divemaster.
Chris Garrick had fallen in love with the sea while in sixth grade.
He (like many others) watched The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau and was smitten.
He received his Open Water certification in 2017 and went on to dive across many parts of the Caribbean.
He also enjoys diving the numerous wrecks on the Jersey Shore.
In 2022 he decided to work towards and achieve his Divemaster certification.
As he likes to say, “I love being in the water and I love helping new divers as they begin their diving journey.”
He is thrilled to be apart of the Divers Two Family and working with the numerous great staff at the shop.
Ray had his first breath underwater during a trip to Costa Rica in 2011 after returning from Afghanistan. It wasn’t until after Ray retired from the Army that he was able to pursue his dream of becoming a scuba diver. Ray was certified through Divers Two in 2022 which changed his life forever. Through Divers Two and Warhorse, he continued his training to become a PADI Divemaster in 2023. He is thankful and honored to serve with the Divers Two family of professionals who change people's lives through scuba. For Ray, scuba is a sense of peace, exhilaration, and intrigue. He is fascinated with exploring our oceans, sea life, underwater photography, dive theory, and the physics and physiology of diving. He loved traveling to Costa Rica, Bonaire, and the Caymans to scuba dive but he loves diving right here in New Jersey the most. New Jersey has great shore diving and over 5000 wrecks to explore! See you out there!
Nell came to Divers Two as a vacation only PADI Advanced Open Water Diver in the summer of 2020. Joe, Craig and the whole Divers Two family welcomed her with open arms, unlocking the awe inspiring world of offshore New Jersey wreck diving! Since that very first shadowy, exhilarating, wondrous and twisted hunk of metal at the bottom of the ocean came into view, she was hooked. In 2022 Nell earned her PADI Divemaster certification to “pay it forward” and pass on the knowledge and love of NJ wreck diving that was so generously shared with her. She looks forward to meeting you in the pool or even better on the boat!
Eric has lived on the Jersey shore his entire life, constantly surrounded by the ocean and instantly fell in love with it from a young age. He earned his Advanced Open Water at Divers Two back in the summer of 2021 under the instruction of Craig Beattie and help from the D2 family. After receiving a degree in marine biology, Eric has "dove" back into the world of diving by receiving his divemaster certification under Craigs mentorship once more. Now, he can be found roaming about the shop, taking after work dips in the water and keeping Anne in check..
Scuba Tank and Valve Service Department
Santiago is a seasoned water enthusiast with a rich background in maritime operations. With 12 years of distinguished service in the US Coast Guard, he spent half of that tenure as a Navy Diver. His expertise spans underwater construction, mechanical services, welding, search and recovery, environmental protection, salvage operations, aids to navigation, security measures, inspections, hull cleaning, sonar technology, and marine research. Now transitioning from his role in the Coast Guard, Santiago spearheads the Scuba Tank and Valve Service Department at Divers Two. Concurrently, he's on a quest to attain his PADI Dive Master certification, aspiring to mentor the next wave of divers and to further contribute to marine science and conservation.