DIVE BVI STAFF

Yacht Harbour • Scrub Island

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”

– Aristotle

Captain Jeff and Sea Bandit

JEFF MCNUTT

Director of Special Operations

A proud Texan, Jeff has been a Scuba Instructor since 2000. He moved to Virgin Gorda in 2003 after a BVI sailing trip for his birthday. In 2010, he received the prestigious SSI Instructor Trainer/Certifier rating (meaning he can train new Instructors).  In early 2019, Jeff was awarded the Platinum Pro 5000 Instructor rating from SSI.  He started out as manager of our former Marina Cay location before being named General Manager of Dive BVI in 2006.  Later in 2009, Jeff became an operating Partner of Dive BVI, along with his dive buddy, Casey.

CASEY MCNUTT

Managing Director

Arriving with Jeff, Casey has made herself essential as the one in charge of Retail Operations/Human Resources, ordering all of the latest dive gear and resort wear for our locations and boutique. Casey also still enjoys leading dives at some of her favorite sites which include Ginger Steps and the Chikuzen.  She enjoys running, time out with friends and her Olde English bulldog, Dixie.  She’s recently added Mermaid Instructor to her already impressive diving resume.

Andrea (AJ) Syrett

General Manager

AJ was born in Woking, UK (home of F1 team McLaren). AJ worked in Accountancy for over a decade but it was on a vacation to the Maldives that she realized it was time for a career change. After completing her Advanced Open Water course, she returned to the UK and trained to become an instructor, even though it meant diving in very cold, dark, murky waters (although was better than being in the office).  AJ has a passion for Fish ID and Underwater Photography. On her days off, she enjoys going diving (both closed & open circuit and with the camera), cooking and baking, watching movies and shopping (she has a dangerous online shopping habit).

Captain Steve Ellefson

Steve Ellefson

Director of Fleet Operations

Steve is a SW Florida native, but has spent the last 10 years in the Caribbean.  He’s a multi-tasker on land and in the water, shooting great photos, he’s an excellent mechanic, and a fun Instructor.  He’s a great boat captain as well!

Clayvorne Pope

Locations Manager

Clayvorne is a native of St.Vincent.  She moved to the British Virgin Islands in early 1995.  Clayvorne first met Jeff and Casey when they were managing the Dive BVI -Marina Cay operation. Clayvorne was the administrative assistant of the island.  She is a “people person”, happily dealing with customers daily and always had a smile on her face. She is also super excited about becoming a certified diver in this new adventure.

Captain Rupert Raven

Rupert Raven

Captain & Scuba Instructor

Rupert is from London, England. In 2005 he went and travelled around the World for a couple of years where he first fell in love with Scuba Diving. He’s got to dive at some amazing places like Phe Phe Island, Thailand, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Poor Knights island, New Zealand (his coldest dive to date !!), Taveuni Island, Fiji, Sodwana Bay, South Africa, and Hawaii to name a few … seeing Whale Sharks, Manta Rays, Potato Cod Fish and more and boy was he was hooked !!! By 2007 he decided to broaden his love for diving and became a Scuba Instructor having worked in the Bahamas for 3 years as an Instructor and Shark Feeder before heading down to the BVI in January 2011. Rupert’s other passions are sports (too many to mention, but is often chatting to the guests about the games the previous night) and weather !!! Yes that includes going Storm Chasing and seeing some amazing thunderstorms and tornadoes. He’s experienced 7 tornadoes up close so far and yearns to see more.

Zoltan and Sea Monkey

Zoltan Birinyi

Captain & Scuba Instructor

Born in Budapest, Hungary, after studying mechanics in college Zoltan went to get a degree in economic studies. He became involved in Scuba Diving by chance. His flight from Asia to Hungary stopped in the UK and was snowed in for a week. He liked the UK so decided to quit his job back home as a sales manager and move to the UK. In the UK whilst working in a hotel, a dive shop opened opposite and thought it would be a good career and signed up for the instructor course without even a try-dive.  Zoltan has previously worked in marketing and sales, went to the army as a Helicopter Paratrooper so a career in an extreme sport was inevitable. His biggest passion is sailing. On his days off, Zoltan enjoys CCR diving, watching American Football and doing anything active, he cannot sit still for long.

Becca Knight

Scuba Instructor & Crew Leader

Becca’s first steps into diving were taken whilst traveling Australia in her early 20’s. They were baby steps indeed as she was afraid of the water!!  But after a few nervous breaths she fell in love with the freedom she found with SCUBA and the world beneath the waves.  Becca was offered a place to help crew on her friend’s yacht on a trans-Atlantic crossing from the UK to the Caribbean – what better excuse to wear that pirate outfit?!  Six months later, they had island hopped through the Azores and the Canaries, finally arriving in St. Lucia.  She was desperate to get underwater after such a long time above, so she scoured the job boards and soon landed in Saba, a tiny volcanic island in the Dutch Caribbean.   After a three month break in Europe she returned to the Caribbean, this time to Virgin Gorda and Dive BVI.  So far she’s enjoying exploring our ‘big’ island (Saba is only five square miles!) both topside and below, especially the various wreck sites; and has been lucky enough to be welcomed by eagle rays, sharks, turtles and a dolphin!

Elin Jo

Scuba Instructor

Elin comes to us from South Korea. She started diving in the Philippines when she visited to study English in 2011 and fell in love with Scuba diving. Hard to believe if you know her now, but she wasn’t open minded to travel and new discoveries. Diving changed her life!  She went to Australia to become a Dive Instructor and met her husband, Yohan, in a language school who had the same wishes. They completed their Divemaster course and got certified as Instructors in Cairns, Australia. From then on, they traveled and worked together, looking to Live The Dream through many different experiences in the Maldives, Oman, Cayman Islands and certainly now in the BVI.

Yohan Kremer

Scuba Instructor

Born in the French Alps, Yohan started diving as a fun experience in a pool and then got trained and certified near his hometown in cold lakes and quarries.  After meeting Elin, his wife, in Australia, they had the plan to move to Cairns to become Dive Instructors. Since then, their journey has been ongoing.  Yohan worked in Australia, the Maldives, Oman and more recently, before the BVI in Grand Cayman where he was feeding the Stingrays at Stingray City! A big sports lover, Yohan is always happy to challenge himself and is really enjoying the wildlife here in the BVI.

Ruby Daniel (”Finey”)

Retail Associate

Called Finey because, as a baby, everyone in her St. Kitts’ neighborhood said she looked so fine.  Finey has been with Dive BVI for almost 20 years!  As our friendly retail clerk, Finey is so helpful with our divers and shoppers that they often find more than they were looking for! She is the source of all island information so stop by and let her fill you in.

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