Meet the Blue Octopus Team

Each of the Blue Octopus instructors brings a different interest, perspective, and capability enabling us to offer in-house instruction at nearly all diver levels. Whether you want a basic scuba certification to see a colorful fish on a shallow reef, make deep ocean dives, or forge through the underwater labyrinth of caverns and caves, we are able to provide these training opportunities.

Owners

Mike Wright
Owner and Staff Instructor
Mike Wright
Mike started diving in 1994, earning his Open Water certification while stationed in Keflavik, Iceland. The following year Mike discovered warmer seas in Puerto Rico, at which point he earned his Advanced Open Water. After traveling around the world due to being active duty military, Mike finally completed his Rescue diver in 2012, with his Divemaster following immediately behind. He did not stop there and in 2013, he went on to earn his Instructor up to the level of MSDT. In addition to being an experienced diver, Mike also dabbles in the service side of diving. He is currently certified to service Sherwood, Poseidon, Zeagle, Hollis, Oceanic, Dive Rite, Atomic, SEAC and IST.

Some of the places Mike has had the opportunity to dive are Iceland, Scotland Loch Nest, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St Lucia, Grand Bahamas Island, Exuma, Grand Cayman, Aruba, Bonaire, Venezuela, Honduras, Cozumel, Hawaii, Belize, Florida and Keys, and last but not least New Jersey.

Finally, while all divers have their favorite gear, Mike is no different. The following are some of his favorite pieces of gear: Dive Rite Trans Pac and back plate; Zeagle Ranger; Poseidon regulator; Shearwater Patrel computer; OMS slip stream fins, Atomic Viper mask with SV2 snorkel; wet and drysuits by Waterproof; and lastly the SeaLife micro HD point and shoot camera. As you can see, he has a plethora of knowledge he can share to enhance your diving experience.

Current certifications include: Boat, Deep, Navigation, Drift, DPV, Search & Recovery, Dry Suit, Night, Digital Underwater Photography, Cavern, Side mount, and Rebreather.
Scott Rose
Scott Rose

Store Staff

Janet Clayton
Janet Clayton
Store Staff and Instructor
Janet Clayton

Course Directors

Steve Ford
Steve Ford
PADI Course Director, EFR Instructor Trainer,  Equipment Technician
Steve Ford
Steve began diving as a youth. He especially enjoys sharing SCUBA Diving with youth divers. Like many, he found a lifelong passion in diving and after retiring from the Army, became a PADI Instructor. He has continued his training with PADI and thrives on helping others find underwater excitement. Steve can almost always be found in the water. He has logged dives all over the world and thoroughly enjoys our local diving. Steve enjoys teaching all levels of the PADI recreational diving courses and many specialties. He is jazzed when working with new divers, Rescue Divers, Divemasters, and Instructor Candidates. Steve believes that buoyancy control is the key to safe, relaxing diving. He works with every diver from the very beginning to help them find weightlessness and control in the water. Join him for an hour in the water and see the difference in your dive experience. Lets go diving!
Earl Glock
Earl Glock
PADI Course Director & PADI Tec/Rec, DAN, SDI, TDI & HSA Instructor, EFR & PADI Trimix Gas Blender Instructor Trainer,   TDI Advanced Trimix Diver, NACD/TDI Full Cave Diver, Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society (MAHS) Dive Safety Officer and Board Member
Earl Glock
As an avid wreck diver, my favorite dives have been to Bikini Atoll’s sunken fleet and our annual mid-summer excursion (Join us!) to North Carolina’s Graveyard of the Atlantic. While cave diving and technical decompression diving (and now even Fish ID) are great fun, teaching divers from their first breaths underwater in a Discover Scuba program to professional level divemasters and instructor development are the most rewarding for me. Questions about training, equipment, travel or just diving, always glad to talk scuba.

Instructors

Greg Jolley
Greg Jolley
MSDT Instructor, NAPD Instructor, UDT Master Instructor, Blackwater Archaeology, Mark V Diver, Full Face Mask, Drysuit, Wreck.
Greg Jolley
I learned to dive in 1985 while taking a college class and fell in love with diving ever since. Really enjoy working underwater archeology projects as well as wreck diving. The next thing I would like to do is become a full cave diving instructor.
Curt Harpold
Curt Harpold
Master Instructor, PSAI Instructor Trainer, TDI Decompression Procedures Instructor, US Representative for Rebreathers Australia, Gas Blender
Curt Harpold
Curt started diving at the age of 14 in the mountain lakes of West Virginia, and has never looked back. Curt has been a PADI Instructor for over 25 years, and wrote his own Dry Suit Specialty Course way back when it was considered a "Distinctive Specialty" (parts of the course he wrote were used in the standard PADI materials). Curt has been known to dive any place and under any conditions "so long as the water is still liquid". Curt has led diving trips all over the world, including annual trips to Cozumel since 1988, many trips to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, the Galapagos Islands, and most Caribbean locations.
Aaron Chisholm
Aaron Chisholm
MSDT, EFR, DEMP & HSA Instructor
Aaron Chisholm
Over 30 years Diving Experience Love the underwater world and introducing others to its fascinations. There are always new discoveries and adventures and scuba divers are a fun bunch, friendly and socially engaging.
Tuck Palmer
PADI Instructor, Wreck Diver
Tuck Palmer
Tuck fell in love with the water as a child. Instead of doing homework, he drew SCUBA divers. He took the paycheck from his first job and paid for SCUBA Lessons, becoming a diver officially in 1985. Tuck dove in FL and NC before beginning his current "real" job as an Army Engineer in 1987. (yes, he finally got his homework done) Since then, He has an extensive dive history to include locations like New England for Lobsters, The Caribbean, Germany, as well as the Red Sea off Egypt. Someday he wants to do a "Live Aboard" cruise on the Great Barrier Reef off Australia. Tuck Joined Blue Octopus SCUBA in March 2016 where he gains great joy watching eager students cautiously enter the water, only to leave as confident comfortable divers ready to enjoy the wonders underwater.
Tim Cavanaugh
Instructor
Tim Cavanaugh
Ron Filadelfo
Instructor
Ron Filadelfo
Don Lewis
Instructor
Ozzie Vazquez
Instructor
Ozzie Vazquez
Brian Hills
Instructor
Brian Hills

Assistant Instructors, Divemasters, Divemasters In Training:

Mindi Walker
Mindi Walker
Divemaster; EFR Instructor; Scuba Review
Mindi Walker
Greetings! After many years of wanting to learn to dive, I finally became certified. I was happy to earn that credential, but I didn’t realize how amazing the sport was until I went drift diving in Cozumel, Mexico. When I came home from that trip, I knew I wanted to learn more about diving, and after much research, I decided to take my chances on a new (at the time) dive shop, namely Blue Octopus!Once I received my Advanced Open Water Diver certification under the tutelage of Mike Wright, I was hooked! I then realized that I wanted to share my love of diving with others and became a PADI Pro. My dream dives would be at the Great Barrier Reef.
Sam Abbe
Sam Abbe
Divemaster, Webmaster, Ice Diver, Archeology, Archeology Field Training, Wreck, Sidemount
Sam Abbe
Learned to dive while traveling to FL but really got hooked on New England wrecks. Love diving where I can see anything big: wreck, sharks, turtles & eels or where I can bring something home, like lobster or Megalodon teeth. Recently took underwater archeology specialty and want to do more. I’ve dove along most the east coast and took NITROX & sidemount so I can stay longer and see more. Favorite trip was CocoView Resort, Honduras where I proposed to my wife underwater. I didn’t lose the ring and she said yes. Someday I’d like to dive the Bikini Atoll.
Bill Donnis
Divemaster
Bill Donnis
Tim Halls
Tim Halls
Assistant Instructor
Tim Halls
TJ was certified in 1998, at age 16, with his family before going on a trip to Venezuela. He has primarily been diving in the Caribbean and the Florida Keys, however has most recently returned from Hawaii, Kwajalein (Marshall Islands), and diving off the coast of North Carolina.  Some of his favorite underwater creatures are Turtles, Goliath Groupers, and Puffer-fish. TJ has been a PADI Divemaster since January 2013 and finished his Assistant Instructor in 2017. He hopes to travel to Australia, Thailand, and Bonaire in the near future and looks to continue his education by taking the Tech-40 and cavern diver courses.
Rick Gallagher
Divemaster
Rick Gallagher
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