Paul is a Wake Forest University graduate who holds a PhD in Chemistry from VA Tech. While in grad school, he learned to SCUBA dive and later became a Dive Master. It was that activity that led him to move to Wilmington and later become co-owner of Aquatic Safaris in 1998. Paul also serves as a Captain aboard one of Aquatic Safaris’ Coast Guard Inspected Vessels.
Michael is a Marine Biology graduate of UNCW and wears many hats. He joined the team in 2007 as a shop guy/boat crew, soon became an instructor, and then progressed to co-owner of Aquatic Safaris in 2011. He is a PADI MSDT and DSAT Tec Trimix Instructor, TDI Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures Instructor, a Master Captain, and has DMT and MPIC certifications. Mike is a devoted surfer, giving him something to do when we can’t dive.
Eliza is a graduate of NC State University and is currently enrolled in the Marine Technology program at Cape Fear Community College. Growing up in Wilmington, she has always been drawn to the ocean and completed her PADI Open Water certification at age 16. While at NC State, she decided to continue her diving education by taking a semester long scuba diving course and shortly after joined the Aquatic Safaris team in the summer of 2012. When she is not working at the shop, Eliza enjoys being on the water and diving offshore. She looks forward to pursuring a career in Scientific diving and turning her passion into a job that she loves.
Brad’s passion for SCUBA diving began at age 11. To further his experience and cultivate his passion, Brad has worked for Captain Charlie on the Dive Buddy, volunteered for the NC State SCUBA program, and lived in the Caribbean, working for Broadreach Summer Adventures as an instructor and USCG licensed Captain. He joined Aquatic Safaris in 2008. As an PADI Course Director, Brad has certified students from Open Water Diver to IDC Staff Instructor and teaches many specialties including DAN O2 and Emergency First Response.
Lloyd has been with us since the beginning. He started as a shop employee for 5 years and then moved to boat crew. Lloyd is an Assistant Principal at Trask Middle School and spends his summers on the boat.
Pat came to Wilmington to attend UNCW where he received his Bachelors as well as his Masters in Marine Science. Currently Pat is responsible for the Aquaculture facility connected to the Center for Marine Science Research at Wrightsville Beach. Pat is one of Aquatic Safaris’ most experienced mates.
Brian has been with Aquatic Safaris since 2010. A graduate of Cape Fear Community Colleges Marine Technology program, Brian’s life truly revolves around the ocean! Currently he lives and works as a Navigator aboard an international offshore survey vessel for 5 weeks at a time. During his 5 weeks off he enjoys being a crew member aboard our dive boats. Brian is a PADI MSDT and a USCG Captain. Whether he is SCUBA diving, free diving or surfing he can be found in the water when he is not working. There is nowhere else in the world he’d rather be than diving off the coast of Wilmington, North Carolina!
Drew moved to Wilmington in 1979 to attend UNCW and earn a degree in Marine Biology. Choosing to stay at the beach after college, he has been diving the local wrecks and live bottom areas of our coast ever since. Being certified in 1976, Drew has been diving for over 35 years! Currently Drew is an instructor. His favorite hobbies are spearfishing and underwater photography. You can find Drew most weekends working with students or diving with his family.
Frank was born and raised in Wilmington and has been appreciating the ocean all his life. He has been scuba diving for almost 30 years. When Frank is not working his day job in technology marketing, he is trying to find ways to be diving and teaching as much as possible. He is a PADI MSDT Instructor who tries to share his enthusiasm for the ocean to everyone around him.
Neal joined the Aquatic Safaris crew in 2010 after teaching diving in Central America and other locations in North Carolina. He is a veteran of the US Army 82nd Airborne Division, and graduate of ECU with a degree in Business Management. Neal is certified in Freediving, Decompression, Tri-mix Diving, and is a NAUI Instructor Trainer. He also enjoys spearfishing and exploring the many shipwrecks along the coast North Carolina. You can find Neal crewing on the boats during his days off from HVAC work.