Ron was captain of the Pirate's Lady (a Blackbeard Cruises vessel) for 8 years prior to leading the crew of the Aqua Cat. He is also a NAUI instructor. Ron is from Richardson, TX. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Chemistry. Ron really enjoys riding his motorcycle, hunting and eating goldfish crackers.
Des is from Port Elizabeth, South Africa where he grew up loving the ocean. He began his career on the Aqua Cat in 2005 as a dive instructor. Previous to working on the Aqua Cat, Des was an instructor in South Africa and Thailand. On the Aqua Cat he worked his way up to first mate before becoming the captain on the Cat Ppalu in 2010. He was promoted captain on the Aqua Cat in 2012. Des enjoys remote control planes, motorbiking, barbequing and beach combing on his time off the Aqua Cat.
Chuck came to Blackbeard's in 1987 and has been a fixture on one of the boats ever since! He is from upstate NY but loves Colorado, where he owns a home. He is 1 of 8 children and has tons of great childhood stories to share. His latest passion is riding his motorcycle on his time off to visit, explore and unload.
Tom joins us from South Africa. He is an instructor that loves the water. His easy going way is perfect for our passengers.
Mark is originally from New York. He was the captain of the Cat Ppalu for 6 years prior to leading the Aqua Cat team. He is also a PADI instructor. In the past, he has worked as a chef and personal fitness instructor. He graduated from Dutchess College, and is also quite a skilled marksman with a pole spear. He is President of Blackbeard Cruises overseeing all maintenance operations and crew.
Diego was born in Sao Paulo, SP Brazil and has a degree in International Business. He is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer with 13 years as an active Dive instructor with many specialty courses to offer! He loves diving and sharing diving as an instructor. Prior to working on the Aqua Cat, He worked on several Dive Centers and 2 Marine Parks (Fernando de Noronha and Abrolhos) in Brazil and also in the Mexico Caribbean. When He is not diving, He loves to Travel, play Soccer and Beach Volleyball!
Mark is our newest member of the dive team!
Corey was born in Campbellsville, KY and his family has lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2001. He graduated from East Carolina University in 2011 with a BS in Communications. Thsi is where he started his diving career, in the spring semester of 2008. The sport has completely changed his outlook and direction in life! Aside from SCUBA diving, his hobbies include photography, spearfishing, kayaking, camping, soccer, and volleyball. Basically, he enjoys being outdoors and around water!