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

Chief Operating Officer

A proud Texan, Jeff became a PADI Divemaster in 1997 and then an Open Water Instructor in 2000. He moved to Virgin Gorda in 2003 after enjoying an amazing BVI sailing trip for his birthday. In 2010, he received the prestigious SSI Instructor Trainer rating (meaning he can train new SSI Instructors) and in 2011 became an SSI Instructor Certifier.  In 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.  Jeff loves being on the water and is known for the awesome mix-tapes he brings on the boat.  Jeff really enjoys working with Dive Professionals to upgrade their certifications, working with local community groups, and supporting environmental protection projects.  Diving all over the world, he still loves to just pull up next to an island and jump in and see what’s there.  That’s how he found his new favorite site – Jeff Rocks!  It’s located down near Carrot Shoal and is a really beautiful dive.

Top 3 Dive Sites:  Jeff Rocks!, Carvel Rock, Joe’s Cave (with Kate Winslet as his dive buddy)

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. Casey also has a fabulous clothing brand called The Filthy Mermaid™ that is available in our shops and in several stores throughout the Caribbean.  She recently become an SSI Mermaid Instructor Trainer and enjoys teaching Mermaids of all ages.  She enjoys running, time out with friends and her Olde English bulldog, Dixie.

Top 3 Dive Sites:  Ginger Steps, Painted Walls, Carvel Rock

Captain Steve Ellefson

Steve Ellefson

Director of Fleet Operations

Steve is a SW Florida native, but has spent the last 16 years in the Caribbean.  He’s a multi-tasker on land and in the water, shooting great photos and keeping our boats in top shape.  He’s also a fun Instructor with dive experiences from all over the world.  He’s a great boat captain as well!

Top 3 Dive Sites:  Santa Monica Rock, Carvel Rock, Tobago Canyons

Clayvorne Pope

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.

Top 3 Dive Sites:  Santa Monica Rock, Carvel Rock, Tow Rock

SSI Instructor Becca Knight

Becca Knight van der Werff

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. She joined the Dive Industry while backpacking in Asia and hasn’t looked back since!  She loves guiding certified divers as well as teaching at all levels from Try Scuba to Divemaster.  She loves to find the little critters so bring your macro lens!  She has been lucky enough to be welcomed by eagle rays, sharks, turtles and a dolphin while diving in the BVI!

Top 3 Dive Sites:  RMS Rhone, P.O.S., Dry Rocks East

Aziz Mohamed

Captain & Scuba Instructor

An Egyptian/Mediterranean, Aziz was born and grew up at the North entrance of Suez Canal in a city called Port Said, located in 2 continents (Asia & Africa). Learning to drive boats at a very busy marine traffic area, he grew used to handling very complicated boat maneuvering since he was young. Aziz finished Commerce University-Accounting Specialist- but never worked as an Accountant, simply, he couldn’t work and live away from the Salty Water, and he doesn’t mind if it is Sea or Ocean, but it should be warm! Starting more than 20 years ago, and after his first Scuba Dive at the Red Sea, Aziz decided to live this underwater dream forever. Aziz loves mathematics, physics, dogs, boats, and the BVI, especially VG. He speaks English, Arabic, Russian, a little German and French, and wants to learn Spanish so any help would be appreciated.

Top 3 Dive Sites:  Alice in Wonderland, Ginger Steps and RMS Rhone

Franco Roca

Scuba Instructor

Originally from Buenos Aires, Franco discovered his passion for diving in southeast Asia in 2015. By 2017, he had embraced the lifestyle as a certified instructor. Since then, Franco has been on a global odyssey, immersing himself in various cultures and marine environments. Beyond his love for diving, he actively participated in coral planting and has encountered diverse sharks, including Bull sharks and tigers in Fiji. Eager for new adventures, Franco looks forward to the next thrilling chapter in the BVI!

Top 3 sites: RMS Rhone, Sharkplaneos, Wreck Alley

Holly Lewis

Divemaster

Holly is from Canada and started diving in Mexico in 2014, after deciding it was a bit silly to be a marine biologist who couldn’t dive! She absolutely fell in love with diving and the coral reefs, and continued all the way to Divemaster in the same year. Since then, she’s explored the underwater world of Southeast Asia, Australia, the Canary Islands, Hawaii, and our stunning Caribbean. She is a coral and macro lover and enjoys searching out the small stuff! Topside, you’ll catch her reading or spending time with her dog, Blue!

Top 3 sites: RMS Rhone, Kodiak Queen, Aquarium

Kalilah (Lilah) Stephens

Retail Associate

Everyone calls me Lilah, because they said it’s easier to remember. Kalilah was born in the beautiful British Virgin Islands, the place which everyone calls paradise. Kalilah worked with us prior to Irma, and is happy to be back.  She enjoys helping her customers, meeting new people, and is quite handy.

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 over 25 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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