Capt Dean ShulerPresident, USCG 100 Ton Captain, PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer, PADI Tec Deep Instructor, PADI Tec Sidemount Instructor, DAN Instructor

Dean is an accomplished United States Coast Guard-licensed 100 Ton Captain and technical Instructor, as well as a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Emergency First Responder Instructor, and DAN O2 Provider Instructor.

Dean generously serves the diving community as an deanactive Board Member of the Palm Beach County Diving Association. He also serves as a Governor appointee to Florida’s Boating Advisory Council.

Dean is an avid Technical Diver, and holds a Full Cave certification under many agencies. He is Rebreather certified on multiple units, and currently favors his closed-circuit Megalodon 15 Rebreather.  Dean enjoys diving the caves and caverns of Florida and Mexico, but his favorite dive sites are Atlantis and Paul’s Reef, off of Palm Beach.


Justin Newton - PADI DSAT Technical InstructorFill Station Manager, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, PADI Tec Deep Instructor, PADI Tec Sidemount Instructor, EFR Instructor, PADI Tec/Rec Gas Blender

Justin’s passion for SCUBA diving began in the Florida Keys, where he completed his Open Water Certification. He continued advancing his dive education back home in upstate New York, eventually earning a Divemaster certification and numerous specialties including Ice Diver and Search and Recovery Diver

Justin also put his diving skills to use as a volunteer for several underwater search and recovery agencies in New York, training in the murky waters of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers.Justin Newton

In 2016, Justin moved south to take full advantage of Florida’s beautiful diving. Shortly after arriving he pursed his passion for cave and technical deep diving, earning his PADI Tec Trimix Diver and TDI Full Cave Diver certifications. He is currently pursuing his PADI Tec Trimix Instructor Rating.

When he isn’t behind-the-scenes coordinating Pura Vida Divers’ Fill Station, Justin can be found offshore enjoying his favorite sites the Ande and the Danny / Spud Barge, or diving the caves of North Florida.

James Weber

PADI Course Director & Instructor Trainer for TDI/SDI: Rebreathers

James Weber took his first breath underwater in 1977, and has been hooked ever since! His diving experience consists largely of exploring the deep, dark wrecks on the Northeast coast. Ten years ago he made the fateful move to Palm Beach County to enjoy warm, clear water and leave the cold behind.James Weber

His extensive diving career has brought him to many places and introduced him to many types of diving, including technical and rebreather diving. James is currently a PADI Course Director and Instructor Trainer for TDI/SDI.

James is a Firefighter/Paramedic and a Public Safety Diver in Palm Beach County. When he’s not on shift or teaching, you’ll find him diving on the exciting technical sites of South Florida.