Meet Our Staff
Jim Joseph - NAUI Course Director #36510
Jim began recreational diving in 1989 and quickly turned his passion into a career when he became a PADI Instructor.
He opened Fantasea Scuba in 1993 with his lovely wife (me) Julie. Jim has taken his career to many levels becoming a NAUI Course Director and NAUI Technical Course Director.
He enjoys spearfishing, technical diving and his new toy a rebreather. Jim is a wealth of information so if you have a question or need something fixed he knows the answer and can pretty much fix anything.
Julie Joseph, Dudley & Daisy - NAUI Instructor #42033
Julie began diving in 1992 when Jim required her to become certified before they would marry......
Together they opened Fantasea Scuba in 1993.
In 2003 Julie became a NAUI Instructor and you can always find her behind the counter with her assistants Dudley and Daisy.
Kinga Bekier - NAUI Instructor #42035
Kinga is originally from Poland and has been in US since 1996. Outside the dive store she is a licensed Physical Therapist.
She began diving with Fantasea Scuba in 1999 as an open water student and continued her training becoming an NAUI Instructor in 2003. Kinga and her husband David love diving, sailing and traveling.
Their love for travel and diving has taken them to some amazing dive spots in Belize, Galapagos and Great Barrier Reef. Locally she enjoys fossil hunting in Venice, FL.
Kinga enjoys teaching open water classes since"it's all about the adventure and it's fun to take new people along.
Joe Gaudette - NAUI Instructor #50405
Joe started diving with Fantasea Scuba in 2006 as an open water student. Soon after he began to advance his training levels and in 2011 became an NAUI Instructor.
You can often find him in the Gulf Waters off Venice Beach looking for fossils. His passion for travel is also giving him the opportunity to dive in new locations. He enjoys teaching new students and sharing with them the underwater world.
Joe has lived in Florida for 27 years and has a beautiful wife and son. His son recently became a certified NAUI Scuba Diver and are enjoying diving together.
Jon Pellant NAUI #56580
Jon started SCUBA diving in the cold lakes and quarries of Northern Wisconsin originally obtaining his Open Water certification from YMCA in 1979. Since then, Jon has accumulated a number of technical and professional ratings including full cave, hypoxic trimix CCR, and of course NAUI instructor. Jon enjoy’s spearfishing and advanced technical diving (cavern, full cave, extended range decompression, wreck penetration, and deep hypoxic trimix) with his Prism2 rebreather. Jon joined the staff here at Fantasea to help give back to the sport that continues to give him much pleasure. He is passionate about diving and loves teaching students to become quality certified divers.
David Bartels - NAUI Instructor #57249
David Bartels credits “Seven miles an hour” by Don Wallace and to the wonderful vacations with his wife Kinga with opening his eyes to the world beyond the shoreline.
After moving to Florida from Illinois he began to spend virtually all his leisure time finding new adventures that involved traveling to new destinations.
When he's not off on an exotic vacation that includes scuba diving, you can find him (on his days off from work) on Charlotte Harbor Sailing or Carmelita Fields playing softball.