MEET THE STAFF


Aquatic Ventures is a full-service Dive Center that is dedicated to making the SCUBA certification process lots of fun and convenient for you.

Whether you’re looking for SCUBA Instruction, need to buy gear, or want to plan a dive trip, we can meet your needs.
We also service equipment and fill and service tanks. Let Aquatic Ventures show you the best that South Florida diving has to offer!

Our outstanding instructors stand ready to teach you the fun of Scuba diving from Open Water Certification to Open Water Instructor. If you are thinking this could be a career move for you, talk to Kary, he will work with you to get your fully prepared to ace your Instructor Evaluation.
Read about our team members below!

Kary McNeal: Regional Training Director/ Instructor Trainer

Kary is a Regional Training Director  with National Association of Scuba Educators (NASE), Instructor Trainer with Technical Diving International (TDI) Scuba Diving International (SDI), Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI), Dive Instructor with Professional Diving Instructors Corporation (PDIC), and a DSD Dive Master with Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI), and also a certified Bleachwatch instructor by SEAFAN. Kary started diving in the United Stated Marine Corps, and also worked in the Commercial Diving field. He has had the privilege of diving in the warm water of the Caribbean to the frigged waters of the Arctic. Kary is an accomplished Wreck diver with a passion for underwater exploration. Kary is also the Owner of Dive4Vets, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that teaches combat wounded service members how to scuba dive for the therapeutic benefits, and this organization pays 100% of the cost for the first certification of any combat wounded service member, including PTSD.  Dive4Vets

 Thomas Carpenter: Master Instructor
Tom Carpenter began diving in 1965 at the age of 10. With borrowed equipment adapted to his size and vision for adventure, he descended beneath the waves at Hillsboro Beach, FL. In the years to come, Tom would explore waters both tropical and frigid. From sunny blue waters of the Caribbean, to the chilly darkness off Scotland and from the Chesapeake Bay to the Mediterranean Sea, he followed his passion. A career in the U.S. Navy broadened tom’s skills and experience as a diver, equipping him to enter the Ocean for the sea, air, or land and deploying him in specialties including combat search and rescue. Now Tom dives for pleasure and write of his adventures, promoting the sport of beach diving and championing the cause of Marine Conservation. As an instructor affiliated with Scuba Diving International (SDI), he trains divers new and certified to become safe and proficient in the sport he considers a lifetime adventures.
Tom Carpenter
Michael Satz: Instructor Trainer
Michael is a multi-agency trained, Master Scuba Instructor with the National Association of Scuba
Educators (NASE), Instructor for SSI (Scuba Schools International), SDI (Scuba Diving International), and
Assistant Instructor with PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors). As a native New Yorker,
he grew up watching Jacques Cousteau exploring the ocean deeps on television. Compared to his gray
concrete jungle, Jacques’ world was intoxicating, colorful, rich and filled with teeming life. When
Michael moved to South Florida, this budding diver practically ran to the nearest dive shop to learn
about Jacques’ world. As an avid adventurer, he jumped in, feet first, to start his Basic certification with
NASDS (National Association of Scuba Diving Schools. Diving since the 80’s, Michael was your typical guy
doing ten or so dives per year. After a few hundred dives, in 2006, Michael earned his coveted Master
Scuba Diving rating. In 2014, he commenced training for the professional track to become an instructor.
Now, dozens of certifications later, he teaches 18 different recreational scuba specialties and has
assisted certifying hundreds of students. Michael is an adrenaline junky, and when he is not teaching
scuba, you may see him flying his Cessna 172 around town, racing a Ferrari around a race track, or
jumping out of perfectly good airplanes to skydive. Michael’s passion is ensuring students’ safety while
diving and introducing new people to “his” undersea world, especially at night-time when Michael’s
favorite undersea creatures are roaming about: Lobster!
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Victoria Devine: Open Water Instructor / Dive Shop Manager

Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL developed a passion for the ocean and marine life early. Growing up in sunny south Florida, you would normally find Tori tanning at the beach, snorkeling, paddle boarding, surfing, longboarding and the occasional skydive in the Everglades. After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL, Victoria took two years to travel the across the country experiencing cultures from all over. Tori started her path with the marine industry while working with a youth ocean camp teaching children ages 4-17 how to snorkel, paddleboard, boogie board and skim board. Victoria was first certified in the summer of 2016 through Aquatic Ventures and that’s where she began her journey with us.  Since, she has earned her Divemaster with NASE and is currently working on her Instructor certification with NASE and SDI. Tori is also a certified Bleachwatch instructor by SEAFAN which enables her to share her passion for ocean and marine life conservation every day through workshops here at Aquatic Ventures.

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