|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.
Randy began working on the Cayman Aggressor way back in 2000 after spending some years on the island at a local dive shop. Following a few years on the Cayman boat a move was made to the Cocos Aggressor with a newly acquired captains license. A year or so and a few 1000 hammerheads later an opportunity arose to work on the Kona Aggressor and then Tahiti to run the Aggressor that island-hopped around the atolls of the Tuamotus. He then worked 3 years on a private yacht and then to the Philippines to spend a few years on a liveaboard there before coming back to the Aggressor fleet to work in Palau and the Rock Islands and then once again back east to Kona. Happy to be back in the waters of the Big Island and looking forward to showing you guys all the cool critters and sites we have to offer.
Eric - Captain/Instructor/Chef
Hailing from the sun soaked beaches of South Florida Eric started his oceanic experiences free diving for spiny lobster along the coast with friends. Yearning for more he took himself to Guam to complete the Instructor program as well as begin working aboard locally chartered vessels. He soon found his way back to Florida then later spent time in Turks and Caicos, Nassau, Exumas, Bimini, and Eluthera. After completion of his Captain’s licensing he headed back to the Pacific, this time to Hawaii and a coveted position aboard the remarkable Kona Aggressor II.
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.
Shelby - Dive Master / Cruise Director
Originally from McLean, Virginia, Shelby learned to dive during a semester abroad in Bonaire. Having grown up with parents who dove, it was no surprise that she fell in love with the sport. From there, she went on to complete her Divemaster certification while interning at MarineLab in Key Largo, Florida. After graduating from Allegheny College in 2013, she taught outdoor education for three years on Catalina Island and spent summers in Ketchikan, Alaska, taking guests from the cruise ships snorkeling. Shelby is very excited to be in Kona on the Aggressor, surrounded by the fantastic flora and fauna Hawaii has to offer. She looks forward to meeting everyone on the boat!
Celia - Dive Master
Celia’s heart and soul has always been with the ocean being raised in Southern California, but it wasn’t until she was certified as an Open Water diver during a gap year after high school in Guam that she found a passion for diving. It took her over a decade to be able to take diving more seriously until she decided to leave her career in event planning. She knew it was time for a lifestyle change and sold everything she owned to travel the world two years ago.
During Celia’s nomadic years abroad much of her time was spent in Komodo
National Park, where she spent four months working on her dive certifications from Advanced to Divemaster. All of Celia’s diving experience has been outside of the U.S. exploring places like Indonesia, Australia, and Central America. She’s thrilled to get to know our marine life closer to home.
I grew up in upstate New York and then moved to North Carolina. I continued to move towards the palm trees and warm weather and spent some time in California. After vacationing in Hawaii for a week, I felt like it should be my home. I have resided in the Hawaiian islands for almost three years now. Having been in the restaurant business for over 25 years, I decided try my cooking skills on a smaller group of people. Taking the job as Chef on the KONA AGGRESSOR II™ was the perfect opportunity for me to test the waters. Cooking is my hobby and an enjoyment for me. I like to entertain people with the meals that I make.
Meet the Crew