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 – NAUI Instructor #42033

Julie Jack and Dudley

I began diving in 1992 when Jim required me to become certified before he would marry me……

Jim and JulieTogether we opened Fantasea Scuba in 1993.

In 2003 I became a NAUI Instructor  and  you can find me behind the counter with my assistant Dudley.

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 a NAUI Instructor  in 2003.

Love for travel and diving took her to some great 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.

Shawn Bonam – NAUI Instructor #54102

Retiring from the communications industry and becoming a first time author, Shawn decided to swap the cold winters of Philadelphia for the warm tropical waters of South Florida.

Shawn’s passion for the water extends from his childhood days in Houston, Texas, where he spent countless hours consumed in swimming competitions and waxing his father’s boat.

Shawn, also a Gulf War Veteran, joined forces with Fantasea Scuba in 2012, to share his passion for diving with others looking for new discoveries and amazing adventures!

He enjoys spearfishing, technical and cavern diving, along with teaching Open Water classes to new students.