Meet Our Staff

Jim Joseph – NAUI Course Director #36510

Jim JosephJim 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.

Baja California Jim Joseph

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 Jack and Dudley

Julie began diving in 1992 when Jim required her to become certified before they would marry……

Jim and JulieTogether 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 BekierKinga is originally from Poland and has been in US since 1996. Outside the dive store she is a licensed Physical Therapist.

Kinga UnderwaterShe 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 Pellant

Jon started SCUBA diving in the cold lakes and quarries of Northern Wisconsin originally obtaining his Open Water certification from YMCA in 1979. He received his Advanced Open Water from PADI 1987 and more recently continuing his enjoyment of the sport with Advance Scuba Rescue, Master Diver, Dive Master and Instructor ratings from NAUI. Jon enjoy’s spearfishing, technical wreck diving (Cavern, Extended Range, Decompression Diving, and Trimix), and deep diving. 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.