MEET OUR STAFF
Deb and her family own Extreme Sports Scuba. She certified to scuba dive in 1990, became an SSI assistant instructor in 1998, and an SDI instructor in 2004. Deb teaches a lot of the open water classes throughout the summer. She has logged over 2,700 dives and has traveled to many destinations in the Caribbean. Many of her photos from her dive trips are located in the dive shop on display. Come visit Deb in the dive shop any time through the week
Dan La Due
Dan certified to dive in 2003 to become a buddy for his daughter. Since 2003, Dan has not missed a single month in making a dive. Dan became a divemaster in 2006 and an SDI assistant instructor in 2008. Dan has logged over 2,600 dives and is an avid underwater photographer. He is also ERDI certified and Chief and board member of Newton County Rescue & Recovery. He completed his SDI Instructor course in September of 2020.
Doug certified to dive in 1990 and has over 1600 logged dives. Doug has earned certifications in Nitrox, Wreck, Night Diving, Limited Visibility, Deep, Rescue Diving, Dry Suit, and Dive Master. Doug became an SDI Assistant Dive Instructor in 2014. Doug enjoys underwater photography and helping with classrooms and pool sessions. He completed his SDI Instructor course in September of 2020.
Justin certified in 1990 at the age of 13. He became an SSI dive instructor in 1997. Justin became a TDI Nitrox instructor the next year. He started teaching SDI open water courses in 2000. Most of his interest in diving has been in public safety diving. Justin specializes in teaching ERDI courses and water rescue. He is a former Chief of Newton County Rescue & Recovery.
Jared certified to scuba dive at the age of 12 in 1994. He has been a volunteer on several local fire departments in the past and currently works as a full-time captain for Gravette Fire Department as a Firefighter/Paramedic. Jared has completed his ERD1 certification and is the Assistant Chief of Newton County Rescue & Recovery. Jared is currently a Dive Master.
Shaye might not be a certified diver, but she is far from inexperienced in this field. By growing up in the business, she has found interest in both sides of the business. She is the brain behind the storefront and handles the majority of the sales. Shaye is also the person to talk to if you’re wanting to travel out of the country with us.
Mark is the IT Diver. As of 2015, he adds SCUBAPRO Service Tech to his accomplishments. Mark was certified to Scuba Dive in July 2013. If you ask him, he can’t get enough dives in any given year. Mark has additional certifications in CPROX, NITROX, Wreck diving, Night/Limited Visibility Diving, Master Diver, and Solo.
Nicole is the Diver behind the blog, the diver behind social media, the diver behind the website, and she’s behind the camera most of the time, both on land and in water. Nicole was certified in July 2013. She has received additional certifications in CPROX, NITROX, Wreck diving, Deep Diving, Advanced Diver, Rescue, Night/Limited, Master Diver, and Solo.
Drake may be the youngest staff member but he is far from inexperienced. He was able to put together and take apart equipment before he was certified in 2010 at the age of 10. He completed his Pro Tech service with Scubapro in July of 2019. He has dove in Cozumel and Bonaire as well as Mermet Springs and at Beaver Lake. Drake completed his PADI OW SCUBA Instructor course in January of 2022. He is also an Assistant instructor for SDI as of May of 2021.
part-time / brand ambassadors
Richard Crouch has been kayaking and paddle boarding in the area for about 2 years now. He has used kayaks for both recreational and fishing purposes. He has taken swift water safety classes in kayaking. In 2020 he became a Brand Ambassador for Extreme Sports Scuba. He became a certified Scuba Diver in 2019. He’s also a member of the Duenweg Volunteer Fire Department as well as Newton County Rescue and Recovery.
Allison has been an American Red Cross water safety instructor for over 15 years. She has also been a Lifeguard instructor and lifeguard instructor trainer for over 15 years. Allison is also a certified athletic trainer and waterfront director; she has been for 9 years. Allison is our swim instructor for children and adults. She completed her Advanced Open Water Diver and multiple specialty certifications in the last few years.
Josh has been canoeing and kayaking this area for 20 years. His father was a Missouri State BASSMASTER Champion in 1993. His father taught him how to tournament fish where he went on to win his first tournament at the age of 15 years old on the BASS local circuit. He has been fishing tournaments full time by kayak for 3 years. Since kayak fishing full time, he is a 3-time KBF National Championship qualifier, a 3 time YAK4IT Tournament of Champions Qualifier, and was the 2016 MoYAK Rookie of the Year, the 2017 MoYak Angler of the Year, and has 25 top 10 finishes.
a tribute to a great man . . .
October 7, 1955 - October 24, 2019
Thursday, October 24, 2019, we lost one of our own. A father, husband, grandfather, brother, dive instructor, mentor, friend. Grady Weston gained his wings. If you needed him, he was there, no questions asked. And truthfully, there were those moments you never knew what he was about to say. He could catch you off guard faster than anyone. But the minute you were a friend, you were family. He was certified to scuba dive in 1989. Continuing education prompted the family to open Extreme Sports Scuba in August 1997. He became an instructor in 2001. Grady and his son Justin’s passion for rescue lead them to become ERDI (Emergency Response Diving International) instructors. Grady had logged well over 2,000 dives in a variety of destinations but states that Cozumel was his favorite dive destination. We love you!