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.

 

Miki

 

Miki Bultman
PADI IDC Staff Instructor / Tec Gas Blender
PADI Sidemount Instructor
PADI Self-Relient Instrucor
miki@redhookdivecenter.com

Miki has been teaching diving since 2001. After making her great escape from a career in IT industry in Japan, she set out to dive her way around the world.

So far, she has worked in Thailand, Australia's Great Barrier Reef back to the southern Japan over to Mexico's Sea of Cortez then moved to St. Thomas in 2007.


Instructions in both English and Japanese available.
日本語でのガイド・講習も行っています。詳しくはこちらまで・・・

 
John “Big Country” Webb
 
He lived most his life in the North Georgia Mountains in a little city called Dahlonega. He grew up hunting, fishing, and boating. Has a passion for building and tinkering with just about anything. 
Joined the US ARMY and served as a Combat Infantryman in theatres of operation all over. He holds many military, firearms, explosives, automotive, and diving certifications. 
He picked up diving a little later in life and has been in love ever since. He has dove in a myriad of places to include, Georgia, Florida, Mexico, Honduras, Belize, other Caribbean Islands, and most importantly the USVI. He recently completed his Instructor Development Course and is looking forward to helping others get into diving. His main diving interests are TecRec, Cave, Wreck, and closed circuit rebreathers. He loves diving for bugs, spearfishing, and showing off his services as a lionfish tamer!
 
He can teach 9 specialties in addition to regular recreational curriculum. 
His three favorite quotes are “Living the dream,” “If you can’t be good, be good at it,” and “That’s a fact, JACK!”

 

 

Kristen Casalenuovo
 
 
Kristen began her diving career in Sydney, Australia where she was working on her PhD in Photovoltaic Engineering for 4 years before she decided to pack it in and answer the call of the wondrous ocean depths and share her reverence for marine wildlife and ecology with both seasoned and new scuba divers alike. 
 
Her passion for teaching the sport of scuba and love for her family who call Virginia their home have brought her back to this side of the planet to put down roots in St. Thomas.