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Staff

Meet our Dive Center & Training Staff

Jeff Cinciripino

Jeff Cinciripino

PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Owner

Jeff has been diving with his wife Donna and son Matthew since 2004. His passion for diving led him to the PADI professional ranks in 2006 with the goal of helping new divers discover the thrill of underwater adventure. He has numerous dives off the islands of Maui and Lanai and continues to explore new sites across the Caribbean and the Northeast. Jeff completed the PADI Instructor Examination and became an instructor in the fall of 2009.

 

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Monty Fitzpatrick

Monty Fitzpatrick

PADI Course Director, Owner

Monty is Scuba Shack’s resident PADI Course Director and Public Safety Instructor Trainer. Monty started his diving career working for his father as a commercial diver. His love for working underwater led him to become a PADI professional. During his 15 years as an instructor, he has certified more than 1,000 divers from basic open water to IDC Staff Instructor. Monty is an instructor trainer in 19 different PADI specialties.

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Matt Cinciripino

Matt Cinciripino

PADI Instructor & Owner

Since being certified in 2004, the sport of diving quickly grew from a hobby to a passion for Matt. Diving has since opened up various areas of interest from marine ecology to sub-aquatic history to underwater photography. Matt’s been working at Scuba Shack since 2015, and has been privileged to dive in many locations from Hawaii, across the Caribbean to some of the fabled dive sites here in our own backyard.

Donna Cinciripino

Donna Cinciripino

PADI Divemaster, Owner

Donna got certified in 2004 and became a PADI Divemaster in 2006. She likes to share what she has learned with new divers, and enjoys diving on group trips because scuba divers are an adventurous bunch and really know how to have FUN! Her favorite dive spots include Mempachi Cave in Maui, Trinity Caves in Grand Cayman and the Mushroom Forest in Curacao. While she spends most of her days at Scuba Shack, she hopes to keep traveling the world to see new places, above and below the water!

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Instructors

Joel Toohey

Joel Toohey

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Joel is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer who started diving in 1982. He enjoys the vertical walls, great swim throughs and diverse marine life in the Cayman Islands (who doesn’t!). Jacques Cousteau made quite an impression on Joel and got him interested in the underwater world.

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Peter Katz DMD

Peter Katz DMD

PADI Master Instructor

Peter is a PADI Master Instructor who started diving in 1987. Like many divers who have been diving for years, Sea Hunt and Jacques Cousteau got him involved with the sport. He enjoys diving the wrecks off Block Island and in the Bahamas.

Mike Manzi

Mike Manzi

PADI IDC Staff Instructor

The first time that Mike jumped in the water for a dive, he was hooked! Since his certification in 2012, he has become a PADI Instructor. Mike's worldwide travels have allowed him the experience the dive sites in many different locations including the Philippines, Greece and Croatia but his favorice is Tobermorey, Canada.

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Alex Marchenko

Alex Marchenko

PADI Instructor

Alex got his Open Water certification at Scuba Shack back in 2012 and since then he has continued improving his diving skills and learning about the underwater world. Now as an Open Water Scuba Instructor he is eager to help his students  learn and fall in love with scuba diving. His favorite diving spots are the Bahamas, Grand Cayman and the ABC islands. He is always down to dive in the cold and murky waters of the North Atlantic.

Lizzie Weller

Lizzie Weller

PADI Instructor

Lizzie received her Open Water Certification in 2014 and has never looked back. After getting her Advanced and Rescue Diver Certifications with her Dad, Lizzie became a Master Diver. While working at Scuba Shack in 2017, she became a Divemaster and then became an Instructor, along with her Dad in 2019. Lizzie graduated from the University of Florida, where she worked as a Divemaster. 

Ron Weller

Ron Weller

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Ron has been diving since 1995, and happily went along as an Open Water Diver until his daughter Lizzie caught the diving bug. Since then, Ron and Lizzie completed their Advanced and Rescue Diver Certification, Divemaster in 2018, and then became Instructors together in 2019. 

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Jill Hall

Jill Hall

PADI Instructor

Jill developed an intense passion for scuba diving and the training philosophy at Scuba Shack. Along with her husband, Chris Young, their diving adventures began in 2009 after obtaining their Open Water certifications in the chilly October waters at Brownstone Park. Since that time, Jill has explored a wide variety of dive sites, became an Instructor, enjoys working with students and leading Drive & Dives.

Tom Janesky

Tom Janesky

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Tom joined the Scuba Shack family in 2018 after completing his Instructor Development in 2017. Tom has a passion for diving that has taken him to many different places with many different experiences. Tom continues to feed this passion with his ventures into technical diving.

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Assistant Instuctors

Deb Dauphinais

Deb Dauphinais

PADI Assistant Instructor

Deb has been diving for over 30 years (don’t do the math!) and became a Divemaster and an Assistant Instructor back in the 1990s. Deb loves New England diving and is passionate about sharing the joys of local diving, including her weird but charming love of marine invertebrates, with anybody who will listen! She is particularly passionate about ocean and marine life conservation. Deb enjoys the outdoors, both above and below water, and co-owns Bicycles East in Glastonbury with her husband (and Divemaster) Steve.

Divemasters

Chris Young

Chris Young

PADI Divemaster

Chris developed an intense passion for scuba diving and the training philosophy at Scuba Shack. His diving adventures began in 2009 after obtaining his Open Water certifications in the chilly October waters at Brownstone Park with Jill Hall. Chris enjoys leading many of our Drive & Dives and is one of our PSI/PCI qualified scuba tank inspectors here at the dive center.

Donna Lynch

Donna Lynch

PADI Divemaster

While vacationing in Ambergris Caye, Belize in 2011 Donna took a Discover Scuba at the resort and made her first dive. It was amazing and she was hooked. She returned home and came to Scuba Shack to sign up for the Open Water Class where she fell in love with diving and never looked back. Donna has enjoyed traveling with Scuba Shack on many trips and looks forward to many more.

Ivan Valad

Ivan Valad

PADI Divemaster

Ivan started scuba stemming from a curiosity for cave diving in 2015. Some of his other hobbies include rock climbing and enjoying days on the boat.

Ned Pendleton

Ned Pendleton

PADI Divemaster

Ned has been intereseted in Scuba since snorkeling off the Coast Guard ship he was stationed on in Florida. Like a lot of his generation he was influenced by the TV show Sea Hunt and the Jacques Cousteau Underwater World specials. He became a Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving Leader in 2017. Ned enjoys diving in Cozumel and the Bahamas. His dives in the Great Lakes over 10 years has made him an enthusiastic supporter of Project Aware. The Midwest also enabled several dives to Bonne Terre Mine in Misouri. He had also enjoyed dives at Truk Lagoon in Micronesia and dives in the Philippines

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Bill Mitlehner

Bill Mitlehner

PADI Divemaster

Growing up, Bill was a competitive swimmer and triathlete and has spent his entire life in, on and around the ocean. His scuba diving career began in 2019, getting his Open Water certification with Scuba Shack in preparation for a family trip to Hawaii.  A  night dive with manta ray’s changed his interest to a passion and since then, Bill has endeavored to learn as much as possible about all aspects of diving. He now spends as much time as possible diving around New England, the Great Lakes and the Caribbean and is an avid supporter of ocean conservation organizations such as Project Aware, Coral Restoration Foundation and Mission Blue.

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