Anthony Ford - President
My name is Anthony Ford and I am proud to be a Founding Member of the Southern SeaQuestrians. I am currently a Course Director with NAUI ( National Association of Underwater Instructors). My passion is in the education of diving, both as a student and a teacher. That pursuit has motivated me to become a cave diver as well as an open water Instructor. I was certified to dive in 1999 after a very nice man from Jamaica introduced me to the sport in a Discover Scuba class. From there I was hooked!! As a student, my goals are to continue pursuing my DAN certifications. As an educator, my goal is to introduce as many people as I can not only to the recreational aspect of diving, but also to the leadership opportunities that exists for motivated divers. Diving is truly my passion. I hope to help others feel that as well.
Rob Watts - Vice President
My name is Rob Watts and I am one of the proud Founders of the Southern SeaQuestrians where R.E.C Diving (Recreation, Education, and Conservation) is the standard. I am currently an Advanced Open Water, and Nitrox Certified Diver. While on a cruise of the Western Caribbean in 2003, I completed my first introductory dive at a SCUBA resort in Roatan, Honduras; this is where my fondness for the sport began. Since my introduction to the sport of SCUBA diving, I’ve had the opportunity to dive in Hawaii, the Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Belize, and Panama City, Florida. I am extremely passionate about dive safety and the conservation of our oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, and streams. I look forward to being involved in activities that educate, while also taking an active role in preserving our waterways and the ecological systems that depend on them. In addition, I will likely pursue other SCUBA certifications that will further my knowledge of diver safety for myself and my fellow divers. I am truly grateful to be part of a sport that continuously challenges me, and provides me the opportunity to be among a special breed of people who are just as passionate about SCUBA diving.
Chris Brown - Public Relations Director
Hello my name is Christopher Brown; I am a founding member, and currently an open water diver with the Southern SeaQuestrians. My interest in diving started on a trip to Mexico in 1998, and has remained a dream until 2011 when I obtained my certification as a NAUI Open Water Diver. I also have a strong love of photography which I hope to marry my love of diving with the art of photography. I will have my advanced certification by the end of this year, and move towards my Nitrox Certification. I am eventually looking to progress to the Instructor level! One of the main reasons I wanted to become a founder with this club, is that everyone at their core wanted to build a club where recreation, education, and conservation were paramount to serve the needs of individuals who wanted to reach a level of understanding about our seas, oceans, lakes, and rivers; furthermore, we hope to motivate them to do something to preserve these delicate ecosystems! Also I want to help everyday people understand how important these ecosystems are in the balance of their daily lives!
Jennisea Whitaker - Social Media Director
My name is Jennisea Whitaker. I am so excited to be a Founding member of Southern SeaQuestrians. I received my open water certification in 2008 as a freshman in college by being interested in plants, animals, and water. Upon receiving my bachelor's degree in Biology in 2013, I decided to obtain my Advanced and my Nitrox certification at the same time because I was extremely fascinated with being able to physically observe what I'd spent years reading about in a classroom. As a young diver and woman, I am obtaining a Master's degree in Biology where I can educate the urban youth on how science and education can lead to the great explorations of scuba diving.
Kim Yarbrough - Secretary
Hello, my name is Kim Yarbrough and I am excited to be a Founding member of Southern SeaQuestrians, Inc! I am currently a Divemaster with PDIC (Professional Diving Instructors Corporation) and NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors). I have also been a volunteer diver for the Georgia Aquarium for over 5 years. I started diving in 2003, and my dive trips have taken me to many exotic locations to include the Caribbean-South Pacific and the Middle East! I have always enjoyed being around water, whether it was exploring shipwrecks at depth, swimming with large aquatic life or just spending time on my boat. As an active Divemaster, my goal is to introduce as many people as possible to the sport of recreational scuba diving. After all, 70% of the earth's surface is covered in water…there's plenty to explore!
Jennifer Ford - Treasurer
My name is Jennifer Ford and I am excited to be a Founding Member of Southern SeaQuestrians. I am currently a Divemaster with NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors). I am also a DEMP (Diving Emergency Management Provider) instructor for DAN (Divers Alert Network). I am also an American Heart Association Instructor for Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support. I initially became interested in diving in 2006. Unfortunately, at this time, I could not swim. I took swimming classes and learned to swim and then enrolled in a open water scuba class in 2008. I became an open water diver in July of 2008. Over the next three years, I dove acquiring over 500 dives during this time frame, and eventually obtained my Divemaster in 2011. My goal as a dive educator is to introduce the joy of diving to more women in general and to women of color in particular. My passion is to travel around the world enjoying the aquatic environment.