Martha Lewis

 

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If you have a love for all that lies on the ocean floor, Martha Lewis is a good person to know. A practicing dentist in Clinton, Martha left her hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi, to pursue dentistry, helping patients in the Jackson-Metro for nearly 3 decades. In 1995, she earned her diving certification. Throughout her experience of logging nearly 500 dives in Australia, the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Pacific, Martha secured her SSI Instructor certification, which affords her the opportunity to teach a variety of courses :

 

 

  • Open Water
  • Advanced Open Water
  • Nitrox
  • Stress and Rescue
  • First Aid/CPR/Oxygen Provider/AED

In an effort to offer these classes and as well as the opportunity to develop an understanding and fascination of the underwater world, Martha opened Tanks Dive Shop in the heart of Flowood. As busy as she is, is it any wonder her favorite underwater creature is the elusive octopus?

Deborah Holmes

 

deborahholmesA lifelong Mississippian, Deborah Holmes is a recent retiree of the public education system, having taught science for nearly 30 years.  It is in the capacity of a biology instructor that she began to appreciate the complex beauty found underwater – and to share this appreciation with her students, friends, and loved ones, including her son and daughter-in-law.  Venturing further into her underwater interest, Deborah secured her SSI (Scuba Schools International) diving certification in 2010.  She has logged over 200 dives in locations such as: Australia, Bonaire, Cayman Brac, Cozumel, Gulf of Mexico, Little Cayman, and Roatan.  When she’s not diving – seeking out her favorite underwater organisms: the seahorse, frogfish, and octopus – Deborah enjoys reading, painting, and spending time with Bella, her chocolate Pomeranian.

Susan Crump

 

susancrumpSusan comes to us from the beautiful Gulf Coast of Alabama. A music educator by profession, she also coached volleyball and basketball. She is an accomplished trumpet player, having previously played with the Mobile Symphony, the Gulf Coast Symphony and countless small ensembles. She first dove in the crystal clear waters off of Belize and was hooked. She is a PADI certified diver and recently completed her SSI certification. When she’s not at Tanks, she can be found taking care of her family, two dozen horses (and almost as many kids) or riding her tractor around the farm. Susan, her husband, Richard, and their kids enjoy riding dirt bikes, and taking care of their pets.

Darren Crysup

 

darrencrysupDarren Crysup is new to the area but not new to diving or the South. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Darren earned an engineering degree from Louisiana Tech, though his master’s is from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Having spent the last twelve years in Western Kentucky with his wife Meshea, Darren is an avid motorcyclist and a licensed pilot. When a local dive shop in Indiana offered a “Try Scuba”, he was hooked, quickly becoming an Open Water Diver, and working his way through numerous specialty courses. Now a Dive Control Specialist and certified in technical and cavern diving, he also plans to become an Open Water Instructor. Darren enjoys diving everywhere but especially Cozumel and Bonaire.

Kendall Wilcher

 

kendallwilcherKendall Wilcher comes from the small town of Carthage, Mississippi. He discovered early in his life his desire to help others and has chosen the career path of Nursing. After achieving an Associate’s Degree in science, he continued his education and is now a senior enrolled in the Bachelor of Science Nursing program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Kendall has been a firefighter for 4 years and also serves with multiple search and rescue teams. Kendall discovered his passion for scuba diving 3 years ago. As a SSI certified Dive Control Specialist (DiveCon), he is now pursuing his goal of becoming an SSI instructor. Kendall has spent time diving in the shallow freshwaters of Alabama and the salty oceans of Florida and just recently completed his first Caribbean trip to Bonaire.

Dewayne Lindsey

dewayne-lindseyHailing from north Mississippi, Dewayne Lindsey embarked upon his diving career in the United States Navy. Securing his requisites for both Padi Divemaster and SSI Dive Con certifications, Dewayne moved to the Jackson-Metro area with his wonderful wife and family. As a member of the Union County Search and Rescue, he has furthered this interest with his involvement as part of the Rankin County Search and Rescue. His passion for new students has helped him to streamline his efforts as he pursues SSI instructor certification. Having spent time in Japan, Korea, and the Caribbean, Dewayne uses his varied diving experience to attract and inform others about this pastime that has afforded him opportunity to explore the world of the ocean.