ABOUT AQUA ACTION
Aqua Action Dive Center is a PADI 5-Star Instructor Development Dive and Snorkel Resort located on beautiful St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands! Our focus is on custom-tailored SCUBA and snorkeling trips, individual training (beginner through instructor!), and small, fun groups of people!
If diving's not your thing, you can plan a half- or full-day trip on our new 35' Intrepid, Ocean Explorer! With plenty of seating (both sun and shade), you can visit the beautiful St. John beaches for some great snorkeling or sightseeing. Breakfast, snacks, and open bar on all of our Ocean Explorer trips!
We are located at Secret Harbour Beach Resort, near Red Hook, on the southeast end of St. Thomas. We offer beach chairs, kayaks, paddle boats, stand-up paddleboards, snorkeling (the best on St. Thomas!), a beautiful white sand beach and a beach side bar and bistro. We also have a fully-stocked store and gift shop, with a wide assortment of souvenirs, snacks and refreshments. Plus, we are the only HSA (Handicap SCUBA Association) Certified Dive Center on St. Thomas, with specialized programs for divers and snorkelers with physical challenges.
Come diving with us and let us show you some of our exciting dive sites - exciting adventures in diving are assured as you explore the undersea world with us!
MEET THE TEAM
SAM PISCITELLO & DIANE GONDA
Sam and his wife Diane are the owner/operators of Aqua Action Dive and Watersport Center and Splash! Caribbean Boutique.
Sam is a PADI Master Instructor, an SDI/TDI Dive Instructor and an HSA (Handicapped SCUBA Association) Instructor. He is also certified as a Primary and Secondary Care Instructor/Trainer by the Emergency First Response Corporation. He has been an avid SCUBA diver for 20+ years, diving in such diverse locations as the Red Sea, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, and the Great Lakes (Lake Erie). He holds a USCG (United States Coast Guard) 100-ton Master's License, a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University and a Master's degree in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University with an emphasis in Networking.
Diane is an SDI/TDI Divemaster and PADI Assistant Instructor. She is also an attorney and owned her own law firm in Cleveland, Ohio before moving to St. Thomas. She specialized in Domestic Relations and Constitutional Law, so when diving with Diane, you'll ALWAYS have a shark in the water!!! She finally got tired of the stress of the courtroom and pressed the "escape" button on her computer and ended up in St.Thomas with Sam. She and Sam have never regretted the move for a moment!
Head Dive Instructor/Training & Marketing Manager
Steph has been diving since 2018 and knew from her first breath underwater that she wanted to have a career in scuba diving. She is now a PADI MSDT and couldn’t be happier. Steph has many specialty certifications she’s able to teach, so just ask her what’s available! Steph loves traveling and has been all over the world including Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Bali, Kenya, Switzerland, Mexico, Little Cayman, Bahamas, Honduras, and all over the United States. She moved to St. Thomas in September 2022 to escape the frigid cold of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Before her diving career, Steph earned her BA in Psychology and Philosophy and worked for many years as a social worker helping low income disabled adults. Steph also manages Aqua Action’s social media accounts and works on the behind-the-scenes aspects of the dive shop. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the beach, free diving, scuba diving, gardening, cooking, crocheting, reading, and spending time with her two fur babies. A fun fact about Steph is that pickles are her favorite food!
Jarrod has been diving for 10 years and is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. He can also teach many specialties, so just ask him what’s available! Jarrod grew up in Louisiana and Texas before he called St. Thomas home on and off for the past three years. He has traveled and been diving all over the world including Mexico, Andaman Sea, Gulf of Thailand, Bali, the Caribbean, and Texas. Jarrod used to work as a security guard and management in nightclubs back home. His favorite fish is the yellow headed jawfish and is an expert at spotting them! Jarrod’s favorite hobbies are riding his motorcycle, playing darts, gaming, scuba diving, and traveling. A fun fact about Jarrod is that he loves superheroes & Harry Potter!
Alex is a PADI Divemaster who started diving in 2004. She is from Orlando, FL and has called St. Thomas home since September 2021. She has dove all over Florida and the Virgin Islands. Alex has also traveled to most of the US states, American Samoa, Costa Rica, Peru, and Canada. Alex is also working on getting her captain’s license and learning more about sailing so she can get involved with the local regatta. She also has experience as a bartender, working in IT, and as a boat crew. Alex enjoys freediving to hunt for lobster and lionfish, wreck diving, and hanging with her dog in her free time. A fun fact about Alex is that she’s afraid of dolphins and giggles in her sleep!
E. LEE HUTCHINS
Dive Instructor/Beach Attendant
Lee has been diving since 2005 and is a SSI Dive Master Instructor. Originally from Brockton, Massachusetts, Lee has lived in many places due to his career in the Air Force. He now calls the SV Unladen Swallow home, which he shares with his wife & cat and is anchored in Secret Harbor Bay. Talk about a short commute to work! Lee has sailed, dove, and traveled all over the world including all over the Caribbean, Bahamas, Belize, Bonaire, United States (VA, FL, HI), Mexico, Maldives, and the Philippines. He also has an Master of Business Administration, Master of Information Systems, and has taken American Sailing Association courses 101-106 (up to offshore passing making). Some of Lee’s favorite hobbies include sailing, underwater photography, and scuba diving. A fun fact about Lee is that he is also an Eagle Scout!
SAVANNAH JOY MEYERS
Store Attendant/Boat Crew
Savannah joins us from Boise, Idaho and is the newest addition to our team! She works in our store and is part of our boat crew. Savannah is a rescue diver and started diving in 2018. She has been diving in the Utah crater, Belize, Honduras, Jamaica, Cozumel, and USVI. Savannah has traveled all over to Panama, Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico and Canada. She has also lived in Peru Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Savannah has been a zip line guide, worked in property management, and as a bartender and waitress. Some of her hobbies include learning about new boat stuff, fiber art, weaving, and botanical dying- using plants and natural sources to create vivid colors which are incorporated into wall hangings, plant hangers, and more. A fun fact about Savannah is that she has webbed toes which basically means she’s part mermaid!
Denise grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and has called St. Thomas home for a year and a half now. Denise is a jack of all trades in our dive shop and boutique, Splash!, and is sure to great you with a smile! Denise has a Bachelor of Science and worked in healthcare until she happily retired here in STT. She enjoys cooking and spending her days at the beach. She is truly just a free spirit!
Brian is from Santa Cruz California which is where he learned to SCUBA dive. He has been NAUI Open Water certified for over 24 years. He has lived on St. Thomas for two years. He has been diving all over Monterey Bay in California and spent some long vacations in Hawaii diving around the island of Oahu. Brian has a Bachelors degree in Marketing from San Jose State University in CA, and spent his professional career working for various corporations and casinos in sales and marketing. His favorite thing to do is SCUBA dive and snorkel and is learning to spear fish. A fun fact about him is that he have an identical twin brother who lives in Las Vegas.