Meet Our Staff

Wayne

Wayne Brandt
PADI MSDT Instructor/ USCG Master Captain
Tec Gas Blender / Gear Technician
wayne@redhookdivecenter.com

Wayne retired from a 30 year career in Law Enforcement in New York State, he and his wife Anne relocated to sunny St Thomas. As a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and a USCG 100 ton licensed captain Wayne worked for Chris Sawyer until the St Thomas store closed in July, 2008.

After the closure, Wayne spearheaded the formation of the Red Hook Dive Center LLC along with Tom, Peggy and Russell to keep a full service dive shop available in Red Hook and is now the managing partner of the operation.

 

 

Tom

 

Tom Baily
PADI Instructor
tom@redhookdivecenter.com

In 2003, Tom and Cindy packed up their snow shovel and snow blower and moved from Pittsburgh.  We were married in St. Thomas we had been considering moving to the Caribbean. St Thomas was our choice because of the weather and the closeness of the dive sights (you can do a 2 tank dive and be back by noon). 

Initially, Tom just wanted to work at a dive shop and dive, but he caught the “bug” and became a PADI OWSI. 

When  you dive with Tom do not forget the “‘Beer Rule.”
 

Russell

 

Russell White
PADI Instructor/ USCG Master Captain
russell@redhookdivecenter.com

Russell and his wife Ellen came to St. Thomas and planned to stay for 2 years. That was in July of 1986! Since then Russell has been instructing scuba and running dive trips. Ellen has her own business as a yacht charter broker, booking people on private, crewed yacht charters. Both had careers in Virginia before their move and maintain close ties to family and friends there.

His fellow dive instructors affectionately call Russell the “Dolphin Whisperer”. He won’t promise anything but he does seem to frequently find dolphins on his dives - or maybe they find him! Russell is committed to making sure his divers are safe and that they have fun.

Travis

 

Travis "One Shot" Krueger
PADI MSDT Instructor/ USCG Master Captain
Gear Technician
travis@redhookdivecenter.com

 

A midwest boy from the shore of Lake Michigan, Travis discovered saltwater while serving his country in the United States Navy.  Still seafaring, he lives on a sailboat with his talented wife Babs.  Travis is a Captain, Dive Instructor, and gear Technician.  
 
Growing up hunting and fishing around the lakes of Michigan, Travis has honed his skills to help with the problem of the Invasive Indo-Pacific Lionfish. It is rumored that he took out 3 Lionfish with "One Shot".
 
P.S. Ask him about FreeDiving.

 

Luke

 

Luke Furnas
PADI OWSI

Luke “Big Tuna” Furnas is our shops very own St. Thomian.  Born and raised on the North Side of St. Thomas it is easy to see why he loves the ocean.  Luke left St. Thomas for the states only to return 22 years later chasing a dream… that dream was to become a Scuba Instructor.  

This heart filled drive and dedication to his diving led him here to Red Hook Dive Center where Luke has been diving with us as a guest, until reaching his professional level diving, and was then offered a position here.  

His favorite dive sites, Carval Rock and Congo are both found on the north side. 

 

Chloe Rolls
PADI OWSI

Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Chloe learned to dive in the cold, low visibility quarries and rivers close to home. A 2011 RIT graduate, her passion for photography shifted to documenting aquatic life when she fell in love with diving during an underwater photo elective in the summer of 2010. Shortly before the winter of 2013 she finally left the snow behind and made the Caribbean her home here on St. Thomas. Arriving as a PADI Divemaster, Chloe decided to take the next step in her diving career and became a PADI OWSI in May here in the Virgin Islands.
 
While her infectious laughter has earned her the nickname of ‘giggles’ around the shop, Chloe is all business underwater. She has a profound love and respect for the ocean and all of its inhabitants, primarily sharks, and enjoys helping people understand them better so as to avoid any fear in the water.