|Matt - Captain/Instructor|
Matt was born and raised in Southern California and started SCUBA diving in high school in the mid 80’s, originally certified by the YMCA. After High School, he joined the NAVY working as a jet engine mechanic on A6 Intruders onboard the USS Nimitz. He is a Gulf War Veteran serving two tours in the first Persian Gulf War. After the NAVY, Matt attended the California Culinary Institute in San Francisco. He worked as a chef for almost 20 years before following his heart back to the sea. Matt got his PADI instructor certification in 2006 and started working on the KONA AGGRESSOR II™ before being transferred to the PALAU AGGRESSOR II™. After working in Palau for a couple years he spent some time working on private yachts and has now rejoined the Aggressor Fleet.
Mike - Captain / Instructor
Hi, I am Mike. I was born in Massachusetts, and I will always have that accent. Being from New England, water was always a big part of my life. I began to really appreciate SCUBA in the early 90's while I was living on St. Croix, USVI where I became a PADI instructor.
In 1997 I earned my Merchant Marine Credentials for Captain and became a Master Instructor for PADI and an Instructor Trainer for EFR in 2011. I have now found my dream job as part of the crew aboard the Kona Aggressor II™. I am exceptionally happy to be part of this operation. I look forward to sharing some great dives, beautiful scenery, and incredible sunsets with all of you.
Shea Markwell (Captain/Instructor/Chef)
Born in Kansas, but raised in Atlanta, Georgia, I have been a cook and chef since I was 7 years old and started professionally when at 17. I have run Restaurants, and owned a Catering Business for 10 years. I started Diving 14 and in 2012 started working on the Bahamas Aggressor as a chef. Since then I have become a Divemaster, Instructor, a licensed captain, and Cruise Director on the Palau Aggressor II. I am happy to be back stateside on the Kona Aggressor II and look forward to showing you all that Kona has to offer.
Yoav Cuthbertson (Captain/Instructor)
Yoav grew up in Ft Lauderdale Fl and began diving in his early teens. Originally certified when he was 15 he then went on to FSU and was involved in the dive program there. After graduating he joined the military and traveled extensively for a number of years. He then decided to become a dive professional full time and has been fortunate enough to work and dive in the Bahamas, Maui, Kauai and now the Big Island. To round out his experience Yoav also holds a 100ton captains license. His passion for the ocean, the marine life and sharing those amazing experiences is what drives him on a daily basis. He feels truly blessed to be a part of the Aggressor family, doing what he loves, and looks forward to sharing even more amazing experiences with our guests.
Eric Fresquez (Captain/Instructor/Chef)
Jeremy - Engineer / Instructor
My name is Jeremy. I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. One summer while traveling Central America I discovered scuba diving. I was instantly hooked. I spent my next few years returning to the Caribbean to dive as much as possible and ended up becoming a dive instructor. Now I have landed my dream job,working as a Instructor/Engineer with the Kona Aggressor II here in beautiful Kona, Hawaii. Look Forward to blowing bubbles with you soon. Mahalo.
Celia - Instructor
Born in San Diego, Celia grew up near the ocean for the majority of her life. It wasn’t until four years ago that she left her career in Corporate Meeting & Event Planning, in Los Angeles, that she began to pursue her passion for the water. Celia has since then sailed across the South Pacific, been diving all over the world, including working on private superyachts, and has returned to Kona Aggressor II for a second time.
When she’s not out adventuring in the water, she’s traversing through mountains, deepening her practice in yoga, and learning more about wine.
Celia’s strong background in hospitality and planning has helped her transition with ease in the liveaboard diving industry.
Meet the Crew