Get to Know the Crew
100 Ton Master Captain and PADI IDC Staff Instructor
Capt. Jerry is known around Siesta key as the pretty face of scuba. Jerry did his first dive in 1979 with his uncle Gene taking him on a pool dive for his 6th birthday, and that set in motion a love for diving. Jerry got certified in 1986 as a padi junior open water diver. After serving in both the U.S. Army and then the U.S. Coast Guard Jerry worked as a professional dive instructor since 2007 in the Caribbean, and all over Florida. He has certified hundreds of divers through the years. Capt. Jerry takes great pride in training and running dive trips though the keys. He can always be found helping divers, and boaters alike enjoy the waters of the Siesta Key.
Master Captain, PADI Dive Master
Rex’s voyage to Dive Master has been long and colorful. It includes being a retired Police Sergeant, owner of a small chainmail costuming company, author of romance novels, extra in 34 movies and television shows and he likes to talk. So be brave and ask him a question or just leave an uncomfortable silence and he will be happy to fill it with numerous stories.
“Hold on let me find my readers.”
Master Captain/Dive Master Ryan
There are no seas too high, no wind too strong, encounter an issue, he’ll solve it without even taking his eyes off the horizon. Captain Ryan is a former Marine who served our country honorably prior to serving us again as a Police Officer. Ryan and his K-9 partner kept the steers of Ohio safe for more than 20 years. Now Ryan and his Huka Crew partners continue to use their super powers for good, keeping weekend warriors safe on the beaches (and waterways) of Venice………. Florida, of course.
Ryan should not have survived his adventures in Guam, for real ask him about the underside of a submarine! Regardless, we are so fortunate that he did!! Ryan is one of the longest tenured team member at Keys Huka Dive for a reason. He is an amazing Captain who will ensure that your day is adventurous, safe and organized.
The green ones are the best.
Dive Instructor and Operations Manager
Emma aka “The Boss Lady” played collegiate rugby in the frozen wastelands of Canada where she studied the chemical biology of the Canadian Snowman, ok actually infectious disease, but same difference, right?
On a break from her brainiac life, Emma came to Keys Huka Dive via the Fort Lauderdale yacht community. Emma is not only a PADI Dive Instructor, but a Certified Yacht Crewman. After an endless number of hours spent polishing the same surface, the Below Deck life lost its glimmer for Emma.
Emma left the East Coast of Florida, earning her Open Water, Advanced, Rescue and Dive Instructor certifications with Keys Huka Dive in a few short months. She then wasted no time rising to Huka Dive and Beach Manager. Emma is a force of nature, her attention to detail and preparedness, never fails to provide high quality customer service which is catered to the needs of each adventurer. Yes, she can out-swim you, and the other crew members!
It’s way to cold
Brock, former football superhero from Missouri State University and aka “Golden Retriever” came to Keys Huka Dive via Roatan where he spent almost a year in a beach shack, diving all day, fighting off mosquitoes and the beautiful island ladies each night.
Brock arrived at Keys Huka Dive with his witty reporte, Fabio vibes and all his belongings in a dive bag. Through his romance novel good looks and his outstanding customer service skills, he promptly elevated himself to Scuba Instruction Manager.
Brock never fails to not only bring back all of his students, but he manages to actually bring them back as more knowledgeable, skilled and confident divers.
Are you for Scuba?
PADI Dive Master
Wes is an actual Florida native, they do exist! Wes worked several part time jobs while growing up in Florida including fisherman extraordinary, secret agent, leaping tall buildings in a single bound and photographing goats in trees.
Wes then decided he wanted to do more than just fish. He then applied himself to the study of the migration of prehistoric sharks from the Boneyard in Venice to the Mariana Trench. While Wes was in high demand as both a high stakes gambling influencer and a highly skilled sushi chef, his love of the sea ultimately won his heart.
At this point it was all over for Wes he responded to a social media spam from Captain Jerry and his destiny was forever changed. Wes mastered both the academics and practical skills, quickly earning his Padi Dive Master. Wes is a valuable member of the Keys Huka Dive Team.
“Just Dive Already!”
PADI Dive Master
Kasey is a dive master with a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University. He worked and dove the Texas Aquarium until he heard the hypnotic song of once specific Venice Siren. Kasey immediately left the water and vowed not to return.
After graduation, Kasey blindly followed a Tender date to Florida. Very surprisingly, that did not work out. Lucky for us, once Kasey saw the Venice visibility, he was hooked. For real, it is actually better than Corpus Christi!
Kasey is a graduate of the Keys Huka Dive Divemaster Program and is the poster child for “Venice Strong”. He survived Hurricane Ian in a 1969 Airstream boondocking at the Venice Jetties.
“Those mountains aren’t blue!”
Captain and PADI Dive Instructor
Nick came to Huka Dive from the cold cold land of Providence, Rhode Island
in the land of northern aggression. Nick served in the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne division as a grunt. Capt. Jerry always has a place for veterans on his boats, so Nick started his journey to become a dive master.
Nick came to us as a lowly open water diver wanting to be more like the older and wiser good Capt. Jerry.
He worked his way through all of the dive courses, and earned his divemaster. He has been a big part of the dive team. Nick is always ready to go diving and find the Megalodon teeth. Nick has a super power he can actually smell the Megs. Its not unusual to see Nick telling Capt. Jerry were to drop the divers. When not working Nick can be found diving in the local rivers looking for Megs.
“What’s that smell? Oh its Meg teeth.”
Master Captain and PADI Dive Master
Sheldon was a welder at a nuclear power plant were he made a 6 figure income.
Then one day he came to Venice on a vacation and went huka diving with the crew, and it changed his life. After being back at the plant for a few months he started to realize that money isn’t everything in life. So he called Capt. Jerry and the next thing you know Sheldon quit his job moved to Venice and started working with Capt. Jerry and becoming a dive master, and a boat captain.
“Is hero a strong word?”
PADI Dive Master
Cody came to KHD in June of 2022 from the great state of Texas. He just graduated high school and was on a mission to find a career were his love for the outdoors, and boating could lead him. Well it just so happens, at that exact time, keys huka was looking for someone who loved boating and being outdoors. Cody has worked like a rented seahorse, knocking out his dive certs one after the other like Mike Tyson’s punch out. Cody is always the first one ready for a dive.
Cody completed the zero to hero program (our loving term for someone with no diving experience that goes from nothing to a PADI Divemaster). I am proud to say Cody is now a full member of KHD. Does Capt. Cody have a nice ring to it? I think he might be on that path as well.
“Yes Sir I can do that!”
PADI Dive Instructor
Taylor came to huka dive from Wisconsin. She moved to the town of Northport were the boredom drove her to look for a career were her love for the environment, and wildlife could come into play. That’s when she seen that Capt. Jerry was looking for a divemaster trainee. She meet with the good Captain, and decided to take the jump and become a divemaster.
She worked her butt off for several months of training while holding down two part time jobs. Taylor earned her dive master then her Instructor. Don’t be surprised to see Taylor out diving most of the guys, and making them eat bubbles. She can always be found competing with the other crew as to who can find the biggest Meg teeth.
“5 min. beach clean up anyone?”
PADI Dive Instructor
JD came to keys Huka Dive from Colorado via Ohio.
He has succeeded in a myriad of careers including ownership in a brewery in Colorado before moving to Florida and bumping into captain Jerry at a tiki bar.
Is JD lovable…. Yes
Is he a great diver…? Yes
Is he left-handed…? sadly yes
However, this man consistently finds Megalodon teeth.
He might even grab them with his left hand. He’s strong enough to move a piano or steal your heart.
When JD isn’t leading divers, he can be found with a beer in his hand (most of the time someone else’s beer) enjoying the local tiki bars and sand bars.
“It’s for sale, 2 for 1 today only! (Megalodon teeth of course, get your mind out of the gutter!)”
Master Captain and PADI Dive Master
Haylee came to Huka Dive in Jan 2020 and in just a few months she went from never dove before to a dive master.
She has in this short time also earned her Master Captains license.
Haylee has plans of traveling the Caribbean.
“Tell me I can’t do it.”
Chief Financial Officer and Queen of Everything
Kim has worked as a CPA, and Finance Director for several state government agencies during her career. While she loved her career she wanted more than just a desk in her life. So she decided to check out scuba diving.
Kim then meet the good Capt. Jerry as a dive student in Mexico Beach, Florida. After completing her advanced diver certification, Kim decided to ask the good Captain out for a few drinks after a dive trip. Well, it just so happened that the good Capt. Jerry had his eye on Kim as well. It worked out in Kim’s favor after pursuing the young Capt. for many, many years, she final won the big door prize! Kim is now Mrs. Capt. Jerry Williams.
She is the backbone of Keys Huka Dive. With Kim’s extensive experience in financial management as well as early childhood development, she’s keeping the business and the good Capt. Jerry in order. Although Kim holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Florida State, she still whishes’ she could be a Florida Gator.
“Play the long game ladies!”
He hails from the cold state of Illinois. Michael started his working career in his early 20’s as a mortgage broker.
He was a super successful broker acquiring all the things that are supposed to make us happy like a beautiful wife, a BMW, and an McMansion of a house. However Michael just wasn’t happy with the so called successful life of a desk bound guy.
So one day as he was pursuing the internet he seen an ad for a job as a professional scuba diver. Upon reading the ad the idea of a fun and exciting career grabbed Micheal’s interest like a pit-bull in a school yard. Michael then began daydreaming of days spent on the water and under the water and what living a fun and rewarding career might bring. So he had some obstacles to get through in order to become the Aqua Man that he envisioned.
So the first one was how to get the wife onboard with the whole life style change.
Well he was fortunate that his wife works in the health care industry particularly in dermatology. So pretty easy sale for are professional salesman like Michael.
What better place than Florida to advance a career in dermatology.
So then he moved to Florida got himself established and made a phone call to the good guys over at Keys Huka Dive.
Michael started his dive training with absolutely no experience at all. After the first couple of days it became apparent to Captain Jerry that Michael wasn’t a window licker, and was making great strides in going through the dive master program with ease.